The evening will include a Fireside chat with JP O'Brien and Justin Bannan the Co Founders of Black Lab Sports, as well as networking with food and drink
Leader on and off the field, former NFL defensive tackle, Justin Bannan, co-founded Black Lab Sports following a successful 12-year professional athletic career. Justin brings a combination of professional athletics, product performance experience, and entrepreneurship.
Justin’s involvement in Black Lab Sports promises to make a profound impact on the physical and psychological performance of the Black Lab Sports products. He leads the recruiting and growth of Black Lab Sports Pro Partner Group and will extend the company’s ability to leverage professional athletes to evaluate, test, and improve on product innovation.
Justin studied Communications and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, and received a certificate from Stanford University School of Business, Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program. Throughout his career, Justin has set the highest expectations of himself and his teams, striving to make a difference on the field and in business. Retiring from the NFL in 2014, Justin played for 5 National Football League franchises and impacted each team by emerging as a trusted leader and mentor.
JP is a serial entrepreneur, building strong teams and executing in rapidly growing and changing markets. JP focuses on strategic planning, business analysis, innovation, fundraising, mentoring, driving change, leading organizations, and connecting the dots between people and opportunity.
Before launching Black Lab Sports, JP was the Co-Founder and CEO of isplack, Inc., a game-day sporting goods company; Managing Director of Integrated People Solutions, an executive search and HR consulting firm; CEO and Chairman of SageFire, Inc., a provider of cloud-based, enterprise management software for multi-unit businesses including eBay, H&R Block, and Home Depot; Founding Member and CIO of Headwaters MB, a private equity and M&A investment banking firm; and Co-Founder and CTO of Learning Productions, LLC, an EduTech company that developed the first online training simulations, acquired by SkillSoft. JP is also a Lead Mentor with Techstars.
JP earned his B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, where he played D1 lacrosse and football. He is now a guest lecturer at University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado School of Mines. JP has been the President of Boulder Valley Lacrosse, a nonprofit youth sports organization, a lacrosse and football coach, and on the weekends, he can be found playing lacrosse, skiing, and trail-running the foothills of Colorado.
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