20 Years’ Experience: As Paradise’s Co-Owner and President, Tony brings 20 years of award-winning business development experience in the payment services, logistics, medical device, and sports sponsorship industries to the agency, and is responsible for leading new business growth in Paradise’s client roster. Having managed relationships with hundreds of businesses during his career with Equifax/Certegy, Chase Paymentech, The Grimes Companies, and DJO Global, Tony succeeded in delivering client solutions with measurably impactful results.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Tony was highly recruited by all top-20 major division 1 college programs in America. Despite a college career plagued with a long list of injuries, Tony was a Top-10 first-round draft pick of the USBL and CBA leagues. Tony spent seven years playing professional basketball all over the world, including the CBA and USBL leagues, and with professional teams in France, Greece, Israel, China, England, and the Dominican Republic.
Tony’s intermittent high-level of play between injuries also gained the attention of NBA scouts. As a result, he was selected to try out with the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, and the Milwaukee Bucks before retiring due to injuries.
Plus: Tony’s passions include all types of fitness training, golfing, boating, fishing, snow skiing, and “first-time experiences.”