EXECUTIVE BOARD & COMMITTEES
GARY R. ADLER is CEO/President and Founder of Pro Players Association, a non-profit organization of professional athletes, media and entertainment personalities, and associate members whose mission is to raise funds for charitable causes and provide community service.
He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, William Patterson University, Juilliard School of Music, The New School University at NYU and Red Rocks Community College. In 1983 while attending Fairleigh Dickinson University, Gary was instrumental in organizing and implementing the Adult Education Learning Experience Credit Division. He was a member of its Organizing Committee. Gary was commended by the Dean of the University for his taking a lead on the committee.
Gary grew up in New Jersey. He founded the American Cancer Society Juniors in 1970, a national branch of the American Cancer Society comprised of youth volunteers raising funds through a variety of activities for the cause. He was appointed at the age of 11 to the National Board of Managers of the American Cancer Society and served as a manager on the local Passaic County Board. Gary was very active in the community as a volunteer for emergency services and the Office of Emergency Management. He had been a past member and officer of the Wayne First Aid Squad, NJ Forest Fire Service, NJ Search & Rescue, NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management, and Wayne Flood Control. Gary volunteered as an American Red Cross CPR Instructor and assisted in teaching American Red Cross emergency childbirth at Wayne General Hospital for many years. He served as a Law Enforcement Officer and Communications Specialist with the Wayne Police from 1980-1986, 1988-1992. Gary served as Secretary of the Wayne Police Officers Association for two years. He was among some emergency responders who were presented with the Wayne Citizen of the Year Award for saving lives during Hurricane Gloria and the subsequent flooding disaster by Wayne Mayor Walter Jasinski in 1985.
NJ Motor Vehicle Services in Trenton and Wayne employed Gary as an assistant administrative law judge and the NJ State Assembly appointed him as a Notary Public Officer in 1988. He was honored by NJ State Attorney General Cary Edwards for leading a team to reorganize the NJ Motor Vehicle Customer Service Division in 1989.
Gary had also worked as the Assistant Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the County of Marin, and as a Communications Specialist for the Marin County Sheriff's Office in California from 1986-1988. During that time, he was project manager for Marin County's mobile command unit; having designed the conceptual plans and then implementing a fundraising effort for the construction of the vehicle. With the financial assistance of major corporate sponsors who Gary solicited such as Lucas Film, Pacific Bell, Macy's California and Kaiser Permanente, the unit became reality in early 1989. Its arrival was just in time for the Loma Prieda Quake of 1989, where the mobile command unit served as the primary command and communications post for all of the bay area during the disaster and for weeks to follow.
From 1974 - 1983 Gary followed his dream of working in the music industry. Introduced into the music business by his mentor, Wayne Valley HS Band Director Gerald Tedesco while Gary was his student. Tedesco taught Gary how to operate the reel-to-reel to record the school band. Always fascinated with audio recording, Gary picked-up on the techniques in no-time. He quickly became a pro behind the controls and was referred to many music professionals for their recording services. At the age of 17, Gary was contracted to provide recordings to Warner Brothers Music Publishing for their demo discs services. He regularly recorded the Musician's Union Local 248 Big Band NY/NJ Chapter for the Warner demos. In-turn, Gary was introduced to many well-known members of the music industry. He went on to record and engineer sound for such artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Gerry Mulligan, Sir Roland Hanna, George Mraz, Odetta, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, The Tokyo String Quartet, Mary Travers, James Brown, Livingston Taylor, Don McLean, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Spyro Gyra, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral, U.S. Navy Commodores, and several more.
Gary then understudied at the New School/NYU with Concert Impresario Sid Bernstein who was best known for bringing the Beatles to the USA. Gary changed his work format to concert production and promotion. His first concert production was for the classical consort 'Simoroc' at Montclair State University. Gary went on to work in association with concert promoters John Scher in NJ and Ron Delsner in NY on several productions.
Gary did his stint over the years in retail management and sales of records and tapes, audio/video equipment at consumer, pro and esoteric levels. He was employed by Korvettes, Campo stores Macy's, A&S, and Bloomingdales, and Conklin's Audio/Video. He also was employed by both Sam Goody and Harmony Hut stores in management, promotion and sales.
A member of the World Champion Honor Guard three-years consecutively of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps, Gary was honored to have marched with the drum corps legends form 1990 - 1993. Thehonor guard were selected to open and lead the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade All-Star Drum & Bugle Corps in 1992.
Gary arrived to Colorado in 1992 and pursued a career as a pro sports, media and entertainment photographer and digital imaging artist.
He attended digital imaging classes in NYC and studied under the prominent and internationally renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland in 1993. At the conclusion of his studies, Mr. Kirkland composed a letter of reference and high regard for Gary’s talent addressed to the Colorado State Rehabilitation Division. Gary was awarded a $35,000 grant for digital imaging equipment to assist him toward a career although he was legally blind. The Division was convinced by Mr. Kirkland’s recommendation; this was the first time a photographic related award was made for a visually disabled individual by the Division.
Gary's subjects have ranged from Pope John Paul to Muhammad Ali to Bruce Springsteen. He was the personal photographer to Mayor Wellington Webb of Denver from 1993-2001. Gary was one of the lead photographers for ‘World Youth Day 1993’ for Pope John Paul. He was the chief photographer for the ‘Summit of the Eight’ held in Denver 1997 and was selected as one of two still photographers from the ‘World Pool’ to be a photo escort to First Lady Hillary Clinton and the other world leaders wives.Many of his photographic works have been widely published and adorn the walls of museums, governmental buildings and sports venues around the country, including the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and the Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center. Gary is legally blind and photographs under the name, "Blind Images".
Appointed as a member of the Colorado Rockies Prospector Club from 1993-1998, he helped promote Major League Baseball to the Rocky Mountain Region. The Colorado Rockies awarded Gary for obtaining "#1 in Number of Seasons Tickets Sold" and "#2 in Ticket Sales Revenue" for the 1994 season.
Gary reorganized the NFL Alumni Rocky Mountain Chapter in Colorado. He held positions as the Media Relations and Membership Director for the Alumni from 1999-2002. During the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Gary was the Media Relations Director for the United Women's Professional Football League. In the 2004 and 2005 minor league football seasons, he temporarily filled the position as the Vice President of Business Operations for the Colorado Lightning Semi-Pro Football Club.
A member of the Coors Field, Pepsi Center and Denver Center for the Performing Arts Access Advisory Boards, and Consultant to the NFL for Super Bowl, he was instrumental in the design of the disability accesses at these venues. In 1993 Gary was appointed to the RTD Access-a-Ride Program Development Committee. The committee organized, planned, and launched a program providing accessible public transit options to the disabled community, a first of its kind in Colorado. Gary was one of the first three disabled RTD clients to be certified to use Access-a-Ride. Following the Access-a-Ride launch, he was appointed and served as a member of the Denver Mayor's Commission for Older Persons and People with Disabilities, 1994-2003, and the Colorado Governor's Commission 1994-1999. In 2012, Gary was appointed to a commission reviewing disability rights issues at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
The Mayor of Denver appointed Gary as a member of the Emergency Planning Commission for the City & County of Denver in 1996. Shortly after, he was elected by the state board of emergency management to be the Representative-at-Large to the City & County of Denver representing the Commission on the Transportation of Hazardous Materials. Gary organized Statewide Emergency Management Response/Denver Search & Rescue in 1996, now a community service special project of the Pro Players Association. The fire chief of the Wiggins Rural Fire District on the eastern plains of Colorado appointed Gary as an Honorary Member for providing emergency management assistance which saved life and property during a 1998 flooding disaster in their community. The Salvation Army Intermountain Regional Headquarters elected Gary to serve as a board member to their Emergency Disaster Services committee in 1999, following his three week volunteer coordination of resources at the Columbine High School Shooting Tragedy. The Mayor and Town Council of Castle Rock appointed Gary to a two-year term as a Public Safety Commissioner for the Town of Castle Rock, 2004-2006. During his term, Gary attended the Castle Rock Citizens Police Academy and was a member of its first graduating class.
Gary, along with his good friend and now fellow PPA Board Member Bob McCaslin, founded the Colorado Foundation for Diabetes Research at Colorado State University in 2004. Bob and Gary visited the Biomedical Labs at CSU to witness a demonstration of a study done by the renown researcher Dr. Douglas Ishii. The research was regarding the Systemic insulin-like growth factor-I administration which prevents cognitive impairment in diabetic rats, and brain IGF that regulates learning/memory in normal adult rats. This discovery at Dr. Ishii's labs at CSU could lead to a cure for latent diabetes. A fundraiser to assist in the research funding was held by Pro Players Association at the Wynkoop, Denver.
In 2009, he founded CYMBAL- Colorado Youth in Music Benefits Academic Learning, a project of the Pro Players Association. In affiliation with several local music professionals, a music academy for youth is being developed which will offer an introduction to music and teach instrumental lessons to underprivileged, disabled, and at-risk youth. The programs will help to get those kids acquainted and familiarized with musical possibilities through discipline, respect, responsibility, and success.
Pro Players Association Radio Network's 'Sports in Perspective' hit the airwaves in 2010. Gary was the executive producer, director and owner of the weekly radio show broadcast on Mile High Sports Radio AM1510/FM93.7 and streamed globally on the Internet. The show was co-hosted by former CU Buff and AFL Quarterback Bobby Pesavento and former NFL Defensive End Ebenezer Ekuban, and interviewed guests from around the world of sports, media and arts & entertainment. As the show was frequently pre-empted by major league sports broadcasts and the studio was relocated, PPA's board decided to conclude broadcast in late 2011.
'Sports in Perspective' made a comeback on ESPN1580AM Colorado Springs with Gary as the Show Owner/Producer/Director/Co-Host and Barry Helton, 2X Super Bowl Champion SF 49er as co-host. SIP made it on to the Drive Time Show, Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm and then moved to the NFL Pre-Game Show, Sunday mornings just prior to the ESPN NFL Game of the Week broadcast 2013- 2014.
Gary is Pro Players Association's expert in certifying the authenticity of sports, entertainment and celebrity collectibles. He coordinates PPA's Auction Assistance Program providing fundraising opportunities to other non profit charities. He is a member of the Colorado Auctioneers Association.
In 2012, Gary was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Denver Salvation Army. A very honorable position among several other esteemed members of the community; he has been reappointed each year since.
Gary volunteers as a certified severe storm spotter with SKYWARN/National Weather Service/Department of Homeland Security, and as the Director of Denver Search and Rescue/Statewide Emergency Management Response. Gary plays a key role in seven Northeast Colorado Counties, he bonds the fire and law agencies, supports the emergency management community, handles logistics for regional incident management, and SKYWARN. Added to this list would be coordination of communications and networking assignments, presence on regional government and non-profit advisory committees, and he coordinates resource management through donations in disasters, and information flow between all responding agencies.
Regional Field Manager at the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Kevin Kuretich stated, "Gary provides a stable environment for emergency management that promotes awareness, preparedness and prevention in our communities. As his abilities have expanded emergency management through his proven expertise and unselfishness, emergency management planning that has been non-exist in some rural communities are fortunate today for Gary's dedication, planning facilitation and volunteerism".
Gary is single and resides in Colorado, where he works on organizing, producing and coordinating a variety of small to large-scale fundraising events through Pro Players Association. In his spare time, he enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, water and snow sports.
Throughout his fundraising career, Gary's efforts, often with the assistance of his celebrity friends, have generated over 100 million documented dollars for community service projects and charitable causes.
HONORARY/MEMORIAL BOARD MEMBER
STORM JACOB ADLER (2001-2015) was the executive assistant to the CEO. Double-degreed in Service and Search & Rescue. Storm was the official mascot of the Pro Players Association and was named the official mascot of Sam's Club. He didn't let the fame get to his head and fulfilled his roles like an ambassador. Storm's favorite food was french fries, but please don't tell his vet ;)
Storm passed away on June 17, 2015 after a 4-month battle with a gastro-intestinal disorder. He eventually passed due to fluid in one of his lungs. He fought hard to stay at the side of his service partner Gary R. Adler, PPA CEO, but unfortunately the medical issues were not resolving. He was totally devoted to Gary as his Guide/Service Dog for almost 14 1/2 years. His presence and guidance is incredibly missed.
Storm's Bio as seen on ESPN1580.com: STORM J. ADLER a Yellow Lab Retreiver, double-degreed as a Guide Dog and a Search & Rescue Dog, adds his bark to the show. A staunch fan of all the Colorado pro-teams, Storm’s canine approach takes a bite into sports. For biscuits to bacon he gets down and dirty especially on subjects like Michael Vick, and his all-time arch rivals, the Oakland Raiders. Storm was crowned show mascot on ‘SIP’ at Mile High Sports in 2010 and 2011. So throw him a treat and get his growling ‘perspective’. Woof!
KURT HANSEN, retired Formula race car driver and host of yRace Central TV and Radio. A 1982 graduate of the Jim Russell Racing School, Hansen was a member of the French Formula 3 AVIA team in 1986, and claimed both the West Coast Formula Atlantic and Pacific Coast Racing Championships in 1991. Hansen broke three qualifying lap records in Portland, Ore., Laguna Seca and Sears Point Raceway and competed professionally in the Toyota Atlantic Championship 1991-93. After retiring as a driver, Hansen saw broadcasting as a way to keep his competitive fires burning. Hansen launched his broadcasting career in 2001 at KNBR 1050 in San Francisco as host of Race Central before moving the program in 2003 to Denver’s ESPN Radio affiliate KLZ 560, and can now be heard on the Rocky Mountain’s FOX Sports Radio affiliate KKFN 950 ‘The Fan,’ where it is heard every Saturday. Hansen could also be heard nationwide as motor sports correspondent for ESPN Radio’s The V Show, heard on all 450 of the network’s affiliates. Hansen also hosts a television version of Race Central on Rocky Mountain’s Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network – television home of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NHL’s Colorado Avalanche - reaching over nine million homes blanketing an 11 state area, and is also seen regionally and nationally on Comcast, Dish Network and Direct TV. Hansen also makes regular appearances on ESPN2, Speed TV and the Outdoor Channel’s racing coverage. Race Central’s guest list is a ‘Who’s Who’ in auto racing, including Bill Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick, as well as numerous celebrities from sports and entertainment. Kurt has been very active with PPA over the years. He often promotes our organization and events on his TV and radio shows. Kurt was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army in 2012.
SANDY ANDERSON, earned her real estate license in 2005. She joined 8z at the inception of this new innovative company in 2009. She is incredibly excited about the company. Her staff is fully supported by inspiring ethics, state-of-the art technology and unsurpassed professionalism. She feels it has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be an integral part of this hand-picked team. Sandy is the Managing Broker/Team Leader for the Castle Rock 8z Office.
Sandy has a wonderful husband, Alan. Alan has owned and operated Harvard Electric, Inc. for over 40 years. He also has his real estate license and helps her a great bit. She has two amazing sons, Ben (26) and Mike (23). Both have a long history of professional motor cross. They are aspiring young men and they are greatly proud of them.
In a past life, she was a Registered Nurse. Sandy has many years’ experience working as a Nursing Administrator as well as working with patients and families in the acute and home care settings.
On the very rare off-chance she is not working, Sandy enjoys hiking, biking, camping, canning, reading, gardening, cooking and traveling.
*2015 President, Douglas Elbert REALTOR Association
*2013-2014 Board of Directors, Douglas Elbert REALTOR Association
*Member, Colorado Association of REALTORS
*Member, National Association of REALTORS
*5280 Magazine - 2013, 2014, 2015 FIVE STAR PROFESSIONAL
Pro Players Association Directory of Professionals
(sample, not complete listing)
Gary R. Adler
Joe Amato MSHOF
Garry Ballman Honorary Memorial Member
Ernie Banks MLBHOF Honorary Memorial Member
Raymond Berry NFLHOF
Bobby Burnett Honorary Memorial Member
Gary W. Cruz
Lynn DeBruin Honorary Memorial Member
John Elway NFLHOF
Tony Exum Jr.
Tony Exum, Sr.
Barry Fey Honorary Memorial Member
Whitey Ford MLBHOF
Roman Gabriel III
Fred Gayles Jr.
Chuck Gavin Honorary Memorial Charter Board Member
Judy Hillhouse Glaser
Rich G-Man Goins
Goose Gonsulin Honorary Memorial Member
Goose Gossage MLBHOF
Dan Haggerty Honorary Memorial Member
Devin Patrick Hughes
Myron Jefferson Jr.
Barry Lersch Honorary Memorial Member
Ron Lyle Honorary Memorial Member
Fran Lynch Honorary Memorial Member
Bob McCaslin MLBHOF
Kelli McGregor Honorary Memorial Member
Don 'Dyno' Messina Honorary Memorial Member
Minnie Minoso MLBHOF Honorary Memorial Member
Earl Morrall Honorary Memorial Member/NFLHOF
Vito Babe Parilli
Jim Bob Rogers
Willie Ross Honorary Memorial Board Member
Amy Van Dyken Rouen
John Sandy Santucci
Jim Sendek Honorary Memorial Member
Robert 'Shark' Sharkey
Aaron Smith Honorary Memorial Charter Board Member
Lightning Lonnie Smith
Billy Van Heusen
Wellington E. Webb
The Wayne Valley High School Band Alumni Association of Wayne, NJ are all official Associate Members of Pro Players Association.