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Keith Amerson

Director of Basketball Operations

Keith is originally from Los Angeles, California. Upon graduation from high school, Keith played at Santa Monica City College from 1987-1989. As a result of his outstanding achievements on the court at Santa Monica City College, he was honored with his first of many basketball awards as the 1989 California’s Junior College Co-Player of the State. Keith’s collegiate basketball career continued at Kansas State University, playing guard for the Wildcats from 1989 to 1991. Due to his excellence demonstrated both on and off the court, Keith was also honored by KSU and the athletic program with an academic scholarship named after him. Many exceptional scholar-athletes at KSU have been recipients of the Keith Amerson award since it’s inception in 1992. Each recipient is honored and mentioned on the KSU website. During his senior year at KSU, Keith was a chosen as a member of the Big 8 AAU Senior’s team that played in an AAU tournament in Kansas City, Missouri in 1991. Keith’s superior performance during the AAU tournament resulted in him receiving yet another honor. At the conclusion of the tournament, Keith was selected as a national AAU Men’s Basketball Champion All-Star. Since its inauguration in 1917, the AAU All-Star Basketball Team has been selected on the basis of performance in the National AAU Basketball Tournament. The selection of this elite team is made by a tribunal of press, radio, and television sports experts attending the tournament games, and is a significant honor for those chosen to participate. Keith went on to play in the United States Basketball League (USBL) for the New Haven SkyHawks and given his 1991 performance in the USBL, he was invited to attend the Sacramento Kings’ Basketball Camp.

Currently, Keith continues to play the game he loves as a member of a New York based 3- on-3 basketball team that plays in several tournaments each year on the east coast. His team recently won back-to-back (2009 and 2010) championships in the Madison Square Garden March to Garden Basketball Tournament. The New York Knicks website has featured Keith, interviewing him for his thoughts on the 2011 tournament. Keith’s team has played in and won HOOP-IT-UP Tournaments in New York City and Boston.

Keith has passed on his vast knowledge and skills regarding the game of basketball to youth participating in both school and AAU teams for well over 10 years. His devotion to excellence and ability to bring out the best in every player has helped hundreds of youth reach their full potential. Keith’s style of coaching has a long history of proven success in that not only have his teams enjoyed success in terms of winning games and championships as a team, but the individual players have also received guidance and training that have allowed each one to blossom as students of the game.
Email Keith at: kamerson@bballiq.net

 

Jamie Schwartz

Director of Marketing & Business Development

Jamie is an experienced entrepreneur, businessman and attorney. His career and business experience as an accomplished marketer is diverse. As Executive Vice President of GHP Office Realty, LLC, he is in charge of marketing, leasing and managing over 6 million square feet of office and retail space throughout the New York Tri State region, as well as sales and acquisitions. He has also headed up the Real Estate and Entertainment law practices at a mid sized NYC law firm. Jamie’s diverse experience also includes him raising millions of dollars for an Internet marketing/new media company where he was the co-founder and CEO, which focused on music genre youth culture marketing. As Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Loud Records, he was instrumental in making it a major Hip Hop record label that sold over 50 million records while he was there with such acts as Wu Tang Clan, Big Pun and Mobb Deep. He also simultaneously served as the SVP and General Manager of the Steven Rifkind Company, an original Hip Hop culture marketing company that founded Street Teams. Jamie created, collaborated and executed major marketing campaigns with such giants as, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Levis, Proctor & Gamble’s Hugo Boss Fragrances brand, Five Star Basketball Camps, Coors Beer Company, Bausch & Lomb’s Killer Loop sunglasses brand, Sony Records, MGM Films and Qwest Records. Jamie also is an accomplished youth basketball coach and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Castle Youth Basketball Association.
Email Jamie at: Jschwartz@bballiq.net