August 17, 2016

While playing professional basketball for twelve years, which included nine seasons in the NBA, Eddie Gill knew that basketball would not be there forever.

The talented point guard went undrafted in the 2000 NBA Draft, so he knew that a basketball career was never guaranteed. Still, he earned a spot with the New Jersey Nets in 2000 and championed that into a very successful career. But because of his journey, he always wanted to make sure that he was ahead of the game for when the day came that he had to put up his sneakers for business shoes.

“It was during my playing days that I started thinking about financial industry services,” said Gill. “I wanted to be a resource for my peers when my playing career was over.”

Gill started working on skill development programs as soon as his playing days were over and while doing so, he was introduced to Wells Fargo. Gill is now a financial advisor specializing in wealth management.

He has thrived in his career, and through his membership with the NBRPA and the organization’s partnership with Wells Fargo, he has been able to see his vision of being a resource for his peers become a reality.

Gill has participated in NBRPA events such as the Listening Series that travels through cities throughout the U.S. where former players can learn more about the NBRPA and the resources they offer as well as the Legends World Sports Conference where he helped host an Entrepreneurs Summit presented by Wells Fargo.

“My goal at these events is to not only provide some information on what I do and the availability that I have, but to also let the guys know how Wells Fargo and I can be a resource to them,” said Gill. “I feel you can do far more together than you can alone and these events the NBRPA provides shows how we can all help each other.”

While Wells Fargo has been a huge asset in his post-basketball career, Gill notes how the NBRPA has also been a big asset to him.

“The NBRPA has helped me reconnect with guys I’ve played against and played with,” he said. “All of the programs that the NBRPA provides are invaluable. They are really important to everyone involved and thanks to them I can now share a lot with present and future members.”

As Gill continues to thrive in his career at Wells Fargo, he is excited about the opportunities provided to him by Wells Fargo and the NBRPA to reach out to his peers and guide them along in their post-basketball careers.

When asked what advice he would give to any player who is making a career transition, Gill said, “One of the biggest things I can tell them is to get in their communities and see what value they can provide to that community.”

He went on to say, “Within that, you can leverage your celebrity as a former player and use it to create great networking opportunities for yourself as you transition to life after the game. Businesses and officials are always looking for guys like us to help them and you get to the next level.”

Gill also uses his celebrity to help out in his community in Indianapolis as a Board Member of The Children’s Bureau & Marian University and participates in several community initiatives with the Indiana Pacers. He is an avid supporter of The Independence Academy, which is directed by his wife Marisa Gill, and of The Arc of Indiana. Gill is also a member of Crown Mentoring Program, Indiana Father’s Coalition & a proud “All-Pro Dad”.

It is thanks to partners like Wells Fargo and success stories like Eddie Gill that many people can see that there is just as much success to be had off the court as there is on it.

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.