The Global Hockey Consultants Team
Mark J. Witkin is a founding partner of the Boston law firm, Bloom & Witkin. Mark brings a wide range of business and legal experience to the representation of NHL players, and his clients benefit from this rich work history. Mark has represented professional athletes for more than 25 years, and he is recognized as an innovator and pioneer in the field. For example, he has devised inventive tax and insurance strategies for his clients, including loss of value insurance for special situations.
In addition, Mark has helped Fortune 500 companies manage real estate taxation; produced television programming; and served as counsel involving contracts for major media outlets. Moreover, he established a joint venture that produced a major national music tour, which began in New York's Radio City Music Hall and played similar venues across the United States.
Mark also features tremendous media experience. He was a co-host of "The Sports Huddle," the country's first call-in radio sports talk show, and has been featured in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time, Life, and The Sporting News, as well as TV shows such as "The CBS Evening News."
Mark Graduated from Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the Federal Bar, the American Bar Association, and is licensed to appear before the US Tax Court. Mark is married and has two children. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Peter Fish has worked with Global Hockey Consultants since 1999 and is a certified Agent. During his tenure, he has established an excellent reputation for integrity in player advisement, representation and recruitment. A thorough professional, Peter is recognized in the hockey community for his ability to establish strong relationships with players and their families, his knowledge of the game and his outstanding client service.
Before joining Global Hockey Consultants, Peter worked as a marketing manager at Easton Sports and Nike/Bauer Hockey - positions that enabled him to make numerous important relationships in the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League, and colleges around the U.S.
Peter graduated from Boston University in 1989, where he was a goaltender on several outstanding teams. In 1988, he was chosen in the supplemental draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He is the first cousin to Hall of Famer Mike Bossy. Peter is married and resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.
Peter joined Global Hockey Consultants in 2009. Prior to joining Global, he was an executive in a company that specialized in bridge and geotechnical construction. Upon graduating from Law School Peter specialized in representing general contractors and surety companies against public owners on bonded projects. He is recognized as an expertise in the field of construction law and delay claim analysis. In addition Peter has successfully negotiated numerous contracts and resolutions with subcontractors, suppliers, and public owners.
Peter is knowledgeable pertaining to all aspects of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and recognized as an individual that builds and maintains strong relationships within both the hockey and business community.
Peter graduated from Boston University in 1998 where he was a Forward on numerous championship teams that included current NHL players Chris Drury, Jay Pandolfo, Mike Grier and Tom Poti. Peter's older brother, Clark, was an NHL Forward and two time US Olympian. Peter is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and is licensed to practice law in the state of Rhode Island. Peter is married and resides in Providence, with his wife Priscilla and their 3 sons.
At Global Hockey Consultants we work hard to forge alliances with the very best and brightest people and organizations. Gerry Klingman is one such alliance partner who serves many of our clients.
Gerry is president of Klingman and Associates. He advises Global Hockey Consultants clients on a broad range of subjects, including budgeting, cash flow management, investment consultation, insurance and retirement planning. He is a nationally recognized expert in retirement planning and is frequently sought after to deliver presentations on the subject to national audiences. Gerry frequently appears in various media, including CNN's "The World Today."
More importantly, Gerry has tremendous wealth management skills, and has helped numerous Global Hockey Consultants clients prepare for a smooth, secure transition to life after hockey.
Robert Raiola is the Director of the Sports and Entertainment Group, with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector. He provides business management services, tax planning and business consulting to high net worth individuals and their families in the sports and entertainment industries. Over the years, he has worked closely with many small business owners on tax consulting and cash flow management.
Robert co-authored the AICPA book, Winning Tax Strategies for Athletes & Entertainers, and has lectured nationally on the topic. In addition, Robert was a founding trustee of the Chatham Athletic Foundation, an organization based in Chatham, NJ which is focused on promoting youth athletics and safety in athletics through public education programs. In June 2011, Robert received the Chatham Jaycees Distinguished Services Award for his work with the Chatham Athletic Foundation.
Raymond Jacques is President and founder of New England Schooner, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. His experience includes more than 29 years of providing customized financial strategies for both individual and institutional investors. Mr. Jacques and the Advisors at New England Schooner are individually registered with an independent broker-dealer, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. as Registered Representatives. Mr. Jacques was awarded Royal Alliance's Top New Office Award in 1992. Mr. Jacques has consistently been part of the Royal Court**, which honors the top 50 investment professionals in the 1742 representatives associated with Royal Alliance. In 2013, he was recognized by Registered Rep Magazine as one of their top 40 Financial Advisors in the U.S.***
Mr. Jacques holds a B.A. from the University of Maine and a degree from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He is a Certified Financial Planning Professional, and holds Series 7, Series 24, Series 51, Series 63 and Series 65 registrations. He is also an Investment Advisor under New England Schooner, Inc. a Registered Investment Advisor, in the state of Massachusetts.
Mr. Jacques is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), the Mass Financial Leaders Counsel, and is recognized by the National Institute of Sports Counseling as a Diplomat Member and Service Provider in the Field of Sports Financial Consulting. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for Northeastern University's CFP Board Registered Program.
During previous hockey seasons, Mr. Jacques has served as a hockey anaylst for "The New Sports Huddle" on 96.9 FM Talk Radio hosted by Boston Sports radio legend Eddie Andelman.
Mr. Jacques is or has been involved with many charities and Non Profit Organizations, including:
He resides in North Reading MA., with his wife Michelle and two children Jessica and Raymond Jr
*CFP Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP logo are certification marks owned by the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements
**This award is based upon annual sales production and is not based upon performance or returns experienced by any client or opinions of the advisor’s clients or former clients.
***Third-party rankings and recognitions are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation.