October 1, 2012

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, today announced election winners for the Association’s five open 2013 Board of Directors seats: Thurl Bailey, Rick Barry, Bob Elliott, Spencer Haywood and Marvin Roberts. Re-elected board members Bailey, Elliott and Roberts, along with new board members Haywood and Barry, will join Otis Birdsong, Harvey Catchings, Steve Hayes, Johnny Newman, LaRue Martin and George Tinsley to form a 13-member Board of Directors in 2013. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have also been invited to serve on the Board of Directors beginning in 2013.

“We are pleased to announce the results of our 2013 Board of Directors election, which were certified by the Weltman & Bernfield Certified Public Accounting Firm and conducted amongst NBRPA Members this past August and September,” said Tinsley, Chairman of the NBRPA’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. “The NBRPA has built a tremendous amount of positive momentum in the past year and we’re eager to continue moving our Association forward with the re-election of Thurl, Bob and Marvin, as well as with the additions of Rick and Spencer to our Board of Directors.”

Arnie D. Fielkow, Chief Executive Officer for the NBRPA, agreed with Tinsley’s positive outlook.

“We are very excited to fill our 2013 Board of Directors openings with the elections of Thurl Bailey, Rick Barry, Bob Elliott, Spencer Haywood and Marvin Roberts,” Fielkow said. “As President & Chairman and Treasurer, respectively, for our current board, Bob and Marvin – alongside Thurl – have been key board members for the NBRPA the past several years. Rick and Spencer, two of the biggest names in basketball history, have great ideas to bring to the table as board members and will undoubtedly offer valuable input as we move our Association forward. Additionally, the first-ever inclusion of the NBA and NBPA – our two largest partners – will serve to even further strengthen the strong relationships we have developed over the years.”

Below are biography capsules on each of the five recently-elected NBRPA board members:

An extremely popular former Utah Jazz forward who is always willing to speak in the media on the NBRPA’s behalf, Bailey is a key member of the NBRPA’s current Board of Directors. Bailey’s playing career reads like a story book: He was the leading scorer for one of the most beloved college national championship teams in history (North Carolina State 1982-83), he scored double-digits and served as team captain for the Jazz and he closed his storied career in Greece and Italy. Bailey has traveled far and wide through the world of basketball and aids the NBRPA with his first-hand knowledge of life in the sport. Today – in between spending quality time with his family – Bailey remains a hoops sage, staying attached to the game as member of the NBRPA Board of and working as a Jazz broadcaster.

Hall of Famer Rick Barry is the only player ever to lead the NCAA, NBA, and ABA in scoring. Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, Barry was elected to 12 All-Star teams, four All-NBA First Teams, and five All-ABA First Teams. He was the 1975 NBA Finals MVP after leading Golden State to its only World Championship. A successful coach, businessman and entrepreneur after his playing career, Barry’s sons – all whom played or are playing collegiately and two of whom played in the NBA – carry on his name in the basketball world. Barry previously served on the NBRPA Board of Directors for two terms.

Bob Elliott is the current President & Chairman of the Board for the NBRPA, overseeing unprecedented growth in the organization that includes an all-time high for membership. A three-year NBA veteran with the New Jersey Nets, Elliott has done just about everything in the basketball world – he was a college All-American, he played in the NBA, he’s been a TV and radio broadcaster and he’s even been a big part of the most popular basketball video game series in history. With an accounting degree and an MBA, he owns his own accounting business and has been a sports broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns and the University of Arizona.

On the court, Spencer Haywood was such a devastating force in his prime that no opponent could defend him or keep him off the boards. Off the court, he had a lasting effect on the game of basketball, largely because he provided the 1970 legal test case that opened the NBA to undergraduate college players. A 1968 Olympic Gold medalist whose all-time Olympic scoring record lasted until 2012, Haywood was twice named first team all-NBA, was an ABA MVP and won an NBA Championship with the 1980 Lakers. Beyond basketball, Haywood has been a success in life after the game with a high-end flooring business.

Roberts is the current treasurer for the NBRPA Board of Directors and has helped increase revenues within the association, while reducing expenses. He was a solid pro for seven seasons in the ABA and NBA from 1971 to 1977, but Roberts refuses to be pigeon-holed as a one-trick pony. Be it basketball or business, Roberts has rich knowledge and real life experience to apply and share. With a BS in Business Administration and a Master’s in Higher Education, Roberts has had a very successful career in corporate America. He began his second career with McDonald’s, and recently served as a regional human resources manager for FedEx.