Michael Raymond is the President and Founder of Raymond Representation, a Sport and Talent Agency specializing in Business, Marketing, and Lifestyle management. Raymond has a passion for representing professional basketball players using his vast network and experience. He currently represents professional basketball players, golfers, influencers, student-athletes for NIL, and E-sports teams. Now a certified NBPA and FIBA agent, Raymond has focused on growing his basketball representation side of the agency. At the early age of 24, Raymond has signed over ten professional basketball players and has a full talent roster of fifteen. His success is defined by his real, genuine, and authentic relationships with his clients. He is on a constant mission to be successful, and his passion for helping others keeps him inspired. Raymond is currently at the University of Miami School of Law, where he has focused on studying Sport and Entertainment. Michael also worked with Business Manager Orin Mayers who is a mentor and colleague of his. He actively helped Orin with opportunities involving the Ray of Hope foundation sponsored by the NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen. Together, they opened computer lab facilities for underprivileged kids at Boys and Girls clubs across Miami and Orlando.
Raymond has demonstrated his expertise at an early age and has already negotiated multiple player contracts, various marketing and endorsement deals, business development deals, and helped organize player camps and charity events. Raymond credits his amazing mentors and early experiences in the athlete representation business for his early success. Raymond spent his undergraduate career at the University of Central Florida, where he was the Student President of the Sports Business program. He was a teaching assistant for professor Scott Bukstein and Keith Harrison, who currently direct the Sports Business Management program at UCF. Raymond spent his time as a TA connecting with speakers the program brought to campus and working on research projects for the NFL and NBA. Raymond specifically worked on Diversity and Inclusion reports for the NBA and NFL. He also led the Sports Business Club at UCF, which consisted of over 150 students, and organized private trips across the country each year to meet with sports organizations. During his tenure as Student President of the club, Michael met with leaders at the Denver Nuggets, United States Olympic Committee, Denver Broncos, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, etc. Raymond also gained tremendous experience working in the Sports Management field while at UCF. Interning and volunteering for over 20 different sports organizations, including the Orlando Magic, Orlando City Soccer, IMG Academy, ESPN, UCF Athletics, NFL Pro Bowl, and March Madness.
Raymond's business acumen and entrepreneurial passion extend beyond basketball representation. Raymond has utilized the power of social media and brand building to connect with hundreds of brands and negotiate deals with companies like Ticketmaster, Sony, Gatorade, Wilson, to name a few. He has also consummated several community deals with local restaurants, clothing stores, and charity foundations for his clients. Raymond graduates from the University of Miami Law School of Law in the spring of 2022 and plans on pursuing Raymond Representation full-time upon graduation. With a team of six interns and six employees in 2021, Raymond looks to keep growing the agency and inspiring anybody he can along the way.