Serial Entrepreneur Turned Pro Hoops Player Named CEO of New Team
Can anyone say Jackie Moon? He was the character from the movie Semi-Pro, played by Will Ferrell, who used the profits from his one-hit-wonder singing career (the song was Love Me Sexy) to buy a semi-professional basketball team—and then made himself a player.
Well, the Jackie Moon references can’t help but come to mind in relation to Adam House. He’s the Detroit native and serial entrepreneur (his last company, Velocitude, was bought by Akamai in 2010) who we reported last week at the age of 33 had signed a contract to play professional basketball for the Rochester RazorSharks and fulfill his hoops dreams.
Now, today word comes that House has bought a stake in the team and been named its new CEO. House says he had no idea that this might happen when he uprooted his family—wife and three sons—and moved to chilly Rochester. “I was trying to hide my business background because I wanted to make the team purely for basketball,” he wrote me this morning in an e-mail. “As I spent time with the owner, and being a part of the franchise, when the opportunity arose I thought it was a perfect fit. This is a dream opportunity combining my love for the game and my God-given business skills.” Still, House quips, “There have been several Jackie Moon references already.”
Perhaps more importantly, House played in his first game last Saturday. He grabbed three rebounds in a short span and reports that “coach was pleased with my play.” That’s good, because despite his ownership status, House says, “Coach still has total control over playing time.”