Harold Whaley New ABA VP of Special Projects
June 15, 2010 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that Harold Whaley has been appointed Vice President of Special Project for the league. "Harold has been working closely with Spyder Hughes and Roland Turner in ABA Entertainment," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "but his talents extend far beyond entertainment that we felt he could be a great asset in a variety of initiatives. What a tremendous person and what a great background. We are very excited to have "Hdub" as part of our management team."
Whaley began his career in the entertainment industry in 1985. After joining the US Navy in 1982, he was introduced to the music industry in the Philadelphia area and worked closely with Jean Carne, Patti LaBelle, Al Green, GQ, Heatwave and Denise Williams as a background vocalist. After serving 11 years in the military, he retired early from the Navy to pursue his passion of music and was soon signed as a producer/artist with So Cal independent record lable Deemo Records.
He was embraced by the city with the awarding of the San Diego Music Award in 1999 and Deemo Records would eventually become a subsidiary label under Solar/Hines/Epic out of LA. The infamous Death Row records crossed his path when Harold joined a team of producers who worked on the Platinum CD "Murder was the Case." A bet.com online poll nominated Harold as "Breakaway Artist of the Millennium" in 2000.
Learning to market and sell his own music and products was a goal that Harold saw as achievable via the Internet and mobile markets. On the journey to becoming an internet marketing genius as some have labeled him, he set out to master online design, on line marketing and mobile technology, eventually designing award-winning websites for Gospel Superstar CeCe Winans and Motivational Speaker Les Brown.
In 2002, the television show, "Tee'd Off," was the first nationally syndicated project he produced and late 2002 saw him receiving the position of Program Director for the Urban Network Magazine's two Online Radio Stations. This was the first nationally distributed magazine with an online radio station. 2005 brought in the mobile marketing era and Harold started a company called "Spirit Test" that provided spiritual text messages daily to the mobile phone. It is now being used by spiritual organizations throughout the world and he is known as one of the foremost authorities on moblile marketing.
For the past seven years, he has been creating virtual businesses and showing entrepreneurs how to maintain a virtual business that can be both entertaining and financially rewarding. Creating unique virtual platforms that range from Convention Centers to Night Clubs, he understands the virtual environment in the now and the future of the internet. With energy costs rising, and expensive travel cost, the virtual space is the perfect complement to effectively conducting green technology business. He has designed theatres for the legendary Cash Family (Johnny Cash Estate) and has implanted his creative spirit and vast knowledge to the ABA as a partner in ABA Entertainment. And now, he will apply those same unique skills as ABA
VP of Special Projects. One of his first initiatives was to create the ABA iPhone Application that has placed the ABA into the technology world. It will be introduced on July 12th. Fans will be able to purchase tickets from their mobile device and keep in touch with their favorite teams, players and more. He has brought an intricate piece of the puzzle of stickiness to the basketball world.
"Future technology is an ever-iimportant facet," stated Whaley. "And this modern day digital concept is the poster child for it. Our plans are to change the landscape of professional sports - with music, entertainment and the use of the internet and advanced technology. The ABA is unique. There has never been anything quite like this league and I am going to do everything I can to maximize its potential in many new frontiers."
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.haroldwhaley.com, www.hwandassociates.com or call 619 717 6019 or visit www.abalive.com.
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