Austin Pfenninger is the co-founder and CEO of PRG, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and an NFLPA and MLBPA Certified Contract Advisor.
PRG is designed to leverage his skills, contacts, and methods in the collegiate-to-professional contractual process. His evolving responsibilities are centered on these areas:
- Client Recruitment and Management - talent identification and relationship cultivation, support, coordination, advisement
- Contract Negotiations - with professional teams, management, unions, and third-parties (e.g., record labels, venues, insurance, marketing partnerships, sponsors)
- Endorsements - procurement and revenue creation streams for PRG clients
- Contracts - defining structure and ongoing analysis, overseeing legal review, forecasting of terms and payouts, and all other client-centric contractual matters
- Strategy - leadership and tactical management of all PRG personnel and partners
Austin S. Pfenninger is a former NCAA Division I student-athlete and a graduate of the University of Miami. During his time at Miami, Austin saw success on both the football field and in the classroom, as well as benefitting from exposure and access to the world of big-time athletics and its regulatory, transactional, financial, and social dimensions.
He was a Hurricanes football letterman as a wide receiver and earned a scout player of the year award. He was fortunate to have been on teams which turned around the Miami direction toward clean, winning football, and his leadership in the locker room and weight room were especially valued by coaching staff during his tenure. He practiced daily with and knows personally numerous players and staff, many now professional players. Austin was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll and the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll across his entire career at Miami. He studied political science and management as an undergraduate and made several Dean’s List and Provost Honor Roll awards. He then completed a Master’s of Jurisprudence degree from Drake University School of Law, focusing specifically upon business law and contracts, while again becoming a Dean’s List honoree. Additionally, Austin completed a M.S.Ed degree in Sports Administration from the University of Miami, where he tailored his learning towards sponsorship, marketing and management.
Austin has been a life-long athlete, starting as a youth in Indianapolis. At Carmel High School in Indiana, he was a 3 year varsity letterman and Academic All-State recipient. Austin was a member of Carmel’s 2011 state championship team that finished the season ranked #4 nationally by MaxPreps.
Longstanding interests in law, media, and government combine with his inside knowledge of sports and entertainment to give Austin a unique preparation and perspective. From this background, he chose to pursue a career as a sports agent, combining several of his interests together.
Desiring to excel by playing by the rules, and mindful of the at times dubious reputation of the representation/agent industry, Austin chose to start his own agency, emphasizing ethics, rational business practices, and a clear vision of doing things the best and right way, every time. Being a former player, he understands and appreciates the tremendous sacrifices athletes make, the pressures challenging them, and has their best interests permanently in mind.
Partnering in PRG with his father, Dr. David Pfenninger, has added expertise in the digital media, music-entertainment, and human resource fields, and this combined athletic and entertainment representation agency under Austin’s leadership is committed to business growth while maintaining the highest professional standards.
Dr. David T. Pfenninger serves as President and is a member of our Board of Directors.
He is responsible for a broad portfolio, including but not limited to:
- Business Practice consultation and evaluation of opportunities for clientele and for PRG
- Marketing coordination, for both clientele and PRG
- Professional Liaison (partners, vendors, suppliers, regulatory)
- Behavioral Programming Services exclusively for PRG clientele
He works interactively with the CEO and CFO on strategic planning, organizational development, finance, both internal and third-party relationship development, and evaluation of corporate opportunities, risk, and tactics. He is co-chair, with the CEO, of the PRG board of directors.
Dave has had a thirty-five-year career spanning several leadership roles, each characterized by disciplined focus and strong objective success.
Trained initially as a doctoral-level clinical psychologist, he began as a behavioral scientist professor on the faculty of Indiana University School of Medicine, with published research, teaching of medical students, applied clinical practice, and administrative duties across a wide spectrum. He also did works as a forensic specialist, while his clinical expertise included mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, stress reactions, and personality assessment.
He also served in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a psychologist, an (appointed) quality- control investigator, and senior medical staff administrator. He maintained a private practice for nearly twenty years and was often an expert legal witness.
Leaving academia and clinic in 1997, Dave has since co-founded and served as executive and/or senior board member for several companies, including: Praxis, an organizational consulting group; Performance Assessment Network (pan), the first online test and assessment company, now one of the largest assessment firms in North America; and he was the first investor and remains on the board of BubbleUp, a leading provider of digital marketing, social media, membership, and technology solutions to many of the best known musicians in the world. Dave was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 for his work at pan, which has included negotiation and contract-authoring with dozens of Global 2000 firms and several major Western governments. His patents for encrypted psychological testing drive the highest volume assessment processing systems in the U.S. for several federal departments and agencies., and he has been recognized as one the leading experts and innovators in the area of automated psychological testing and human resources systems.
Academically, he is an Emeritus member of advisory boards for Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the IU School of Informatics and Computing, and a member of the IU President’s Circle. He is a thirty-year member of the American Psychological Association. As a former three-sport athlete forced out of the game by injuries, he encourages all athletes to initiate and sustain a serious, parallel preparation for their post-sporting careers.
Eli G. Phillips, Jr., is an NFLPA certified contract advisor in the Columbus, OH area. He is both an attorney and registered pharmacist who has served in a variety of senior leadership and executive positions, including as an executive for a Fortune 20 pharmaceutical distribution company. In this capacity, he has negotiated numerous contracts and agreements with some of the world’s largest corporations. This background gives him a unique perspective on effectively leveraging client strengths when facing challenging negotiations.
His goal is to assist his clients with every aspect of their professional careers and brand development. This includes assistance with developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to begin and sustain a career as a professional athlete and beyond. His background makes him particularly adept at contract negotiation, benefits selection, public relations, brand development and protection, and navigating the grievance process should an issue ever arise. He joined the PRG team in 2019.
- Juris Doctorate, Drexel University: School of Law
- Certificates in Health Law & Intellectual Property Law
- Pharmacy Doctorate, Wilkes University: School of Pharmacy
Anthony is a former NFL quarterback who spent time with the Arizona Cardinals.
A 5-star high school recruit who participated in the prestigious Elite 11 event, Anthony signed with Penn State after amounting 48 scholarship offers.
Anthony was a two-year starter at PSU and won multiple bowl games during his tenure. After his playing days ended, Anthony started X-Factor Sports Performance and QB Academy just north of Indianapolis, where he runs a thriving facility and many athletic programs.
Having participated in the NFL Combine himself, Anthony is a valuable resource for all of our players to take advantage of, especially to learn further about the draft process and what teams are looking for during interviews. Anthony holds an M.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion as well as Certifications from the National Association of Speed & Explosion as well as Advanced Science & Nutrition.
PRG is fortunate to have a close relationship with this notable firm, award-winning innovators of digital media and marketing solutions. Their customers are the Who’s Who of classic rock, Nashville, Margaritaville, and California pop, as well as businesses in nearly every vertical industry.
BubbleUp also designs fan clubs, membership programs, brand development processes, social media strategies, custom website construction, online store and purchase platforms, web radio and pod-casts, blogging/PR releases, and deep experience in making classy, revenue-producing plans. As leaders in the entertainment technology arena, they are well-connected with managers and support organizations in the entertainment business. PRG clients can expect to leverage these formidable capabilities in a way that other agencies cannot.