Born in New Zealand, John is a naturalized United States Citizen. John has resided full time in the US since 1985. John is a keen businessperson who currently owns and manages multiple companies. His lifelong affiliation with rugby union and rugby league have shaped his admiration of sports performance in addition to his competitive edge as an entrepreneur.
Global Sports Collective (GSC) was formed by John to represent the interests of professional Rugby Union, Rugby League and NFL athletes within the US and on the world stage. Augmented by an in-house National Football League Players Association Agent, GSC will also offer NFL representation to existing and potential NFL players and coaches. Crossover Rugby Union and Rugby League athletes who have ambitions to test the NFL waters will be a specific area of focus for GSC. Conversely NFL caliber athletes who exhibit an interest in the rugby codes will be supported, developed and offered placement services by GSC.
John lives in Aspen, Colorado with his Dutch wife and teenage son.
Andy Anipatelu Katoa – Business Development/Player liaison
Andy brings a unique skill set to Global Sports Collective. His vast crossover experience with American Football at the Collegiate and NFL level combined with his rugby coaching at the international 7’s level gives him an unequaled competitive advantage. Andy’s most recent appointments have been Head Coach for the Tongan 7’s Rugby Team and as an Assistant Coach/Manager for the USA Rugby 7’s team. Moreover, Andy remains actively involved with youth rugby academies in Tonga and the USA.
His American Football journey took him to Brigham Young University on a full scholarship where he played for Lavell Edwards. Andy concluded his collegiate career at Southern Oregon University from where he was selected in the 1991 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
Andy played for perennial rugby powerhouses OMBAC in San Diego and the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club in Aspen, Colorado. The latter he coached to the National Club 7’s Championship in 2008.
Gregory S. Gordon – General Counsel/NFLPA Agent
Gregory S. Gordon was born December 2, 1969 in Livingston, New Jersey. Weaned on the “Bronx Zoo” Yankees and the “Miracle of the Meadowlands” New York Football Giants from the late 1970’s-80’s (his family had season tickets to the Giants throughout the 1980’s), his love of sports developed early. Greg graduated from Livingston High School in 1988, where he played third-base for the 1988 conference champion Livingston High School Lancers. Following high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 1992. At Michigan, Greg considers some of his fondest memories getting the chance to see live the “Fab-5” men’s basketball team cut-down the nets in Lexington, Kentucky, as freshman headed to their first of two Final Fours, the final two years of Bo Schembechler’s coaching tenure, and the legendary college career of Desmond Howard (among many others).
After college, Greg went back to New Jersey where he attended Rutgers Law School – Newark, graduating in 1995. He passed the New York and New Jersey Bar Exams that same year, and clerked for a Federal Judge from 1995-96. After working for Fidelity Investments on Wall Street for approximately two years, Greg moved to Aspen in 1999, and passed the Colorado Bar Exam in 2001. He practiced law for a firm in Aspen for 13-years before starting his own firm in 2014. In 2015, Greg was one of approximately 38% of test-takers to pass the NFLPA Contract Advisor examination that year, and is now a certified Contract Advisor and agent for the NFL Players Association.