June 9, 2020
Horizon Leader Group (HLG) is excited to announce that former first round NBA draft pick of the Philadelphia 76er’s and Toronto Raptors, TSN broadcasting veteran Leo Rautins, has joined the firm as the latest addition to its world-class team of Managing Members.
A member of Canada’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and considered one of the best ever Canadian-born players, Rautins has been at the forefront of Canadian basketball for more than three decades. With an outstanding reputation in the business of sports community, Rautins brings a combination of extensive experiences to HLG as an NBA professional athlete, Canadian National Team Head Coach, successful businessman, and studio and courtside commentator for the NBA Raptors.
“Leo’s career development and transition path embodies what forward-thinking athletes should be and can be,” said HLG partner Joe Jackman. “From his studies at Syracuse University, to his off-season internship, to his National Team coaching experiences and his multiple business ventures, and lengthy career as an NBA analyst and commentator, Leo strategically mapped out a game plan, overcoming the many ‘life after sport’ hurdles that limit others, and has enjoyed phenomenal success beyond his playing career. Leo serves as a fabulous role model, mentor, brand ambassador and spokesperson for our game-changing services and he will help us accelerate and execute our strategic vision and growth moving forward.”
Rautins joins HLG members, elite athletes turned entrepreneurs, philanthropists and influential community leaders: Steven Caldwell, a 17-year professional footballer in the Premier League and MLS, and currently an on-air analyst for TSN; Ian Leggatt, a 19-year PGA pro golfer and Tour winner, currently an analyst at Rogers Sportsnet; Jocelyn Lemieux, a 13-year NHL athlete presently an analyst for RDS/TSN; and Dr. Patrick Graham, a former NHL athlete and presently the Official Consulting Chiropractor for MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays.
“I’ve seen a fundamental shift in athlete culture. Next-gen athletes, understand that they’re much more than just athletes: they’re striving to be entrepreneurs and philanthropists; they want their voice to be heard beyond the locker room, to share their unique personalities, interests and meaningful causes, to make a difference,” commented Rautins. “What I find most compelling is HLG’s ‘built by athletes, for athletes’ coaching and mentoring business model. With the proper guidance, athletes can make better educated sport, business, and life decisions to ensure a smooth transition to what’s next.” Every day I speak to athletes who are looking for direction to elevate their game on the court, or in the business world, now we can help them avoid the development and transition pains that too many encounter and find sustainable success and fulfillment. Even though I’m pleased with my career evolution – it wasn’t easy – I made mistakes, sometimes very costly mistakes – I just wish HLG was around for me when I was playing,” Rautins added.