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Saint Leo University to Welcome Alumnus, Sports Exec for Mission-Driven Leaders: Conversations on Purpose on October 14

Saint Leo University’s Mission-Driven Leaders: Conversations on Purpose program returns this fall with another inspiring guest leader, Colin Bryant.

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5 October 2022 - By Mary McCoy
Mission-Driven Leaders, Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University’s Mission-Driven Leaders: Conversations on Purpose program returns this fall with another inspiring guest leader who will visit University Campus on October 14. The university will welcome home alumnus Colin Bryant, president of Max Deal Sports, for an interactive conversation on mission-driven leadership.

The event will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 14, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms in the Student Community Center as well as online via Zoom. Hosted by Dr. Mark Gesner, vice president of Community Engagement and Communications, this popular series is sponsored by the San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union and is open to the public.

The Mission-Driven Leaders: Conversations on Purpose program features interactive conversations with guest leaders from a variety of sectors who have experience in leading with purpose and making a difference in their professions and in society at large. “Mission-driven leadership is about working to achieve goals that make an impact and serve a greater good,” Gesner said. “Mission-driven leadership is not about position or title, rather, it’s focused on aligning your actions with your values to influence others to realize meaningful and positive outcomes.”

Saint Leo University Alumnus Colin Bryant with MBA diploma

Bryant, who earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in sport business from Saint Leo University in 2015, is the third leader to be featured in the series. He chairs Max Deal Sports, a full-service sports management firm based in Houston, TX.

In his 20-plus year career, Bryant has led organizations to deliver high-profile, multimillion dollar contracts with top players in the NBA, including NBA champion Antonio Daniels, Olympic Gold medalist Keldon Johnson, and his biggest client, NBA All-Star and champion Rashard Lewis. Bryant not only is dedicated to helping players navigate the world of professional basketball, but he also is devoted to helping athletes discover their capacity to be great, and then preparing them to translate that greatness into value on and off the court.

Miami Heat's Rashard Lewis with Colin Bryant at NBA Championship

Bryant played college basketball for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly), and in 1996 earned the distinction as a player that contributed to the largest single season turnaround in NCAA history. While his dreams of a pro basketball career were dashed by an injury, he now is a highly successful sports agent and executive, who not only helps college basketball players go on to play professionally, but he also prepares them for life.

Registration is required to attend the event in person or via Zoom. Visit Mission-Driven Leaders to register.

Saint Leo University is located at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574. Parking is available in the parking garage under the Turf Stadium on the east side of campus.

For more information, contact the Department of Community Engagement & Innovation at

Read more about Bryant in Saint Leo’s Spirit Magazine.