Mike Conley, a Chicago native, who attended the University of Arkansas on a track scholarship, is the founder of the Arkansas HAWKS (Hard At Work Kids) AAU organization.
Mike’s love of sport has been engrained in his life for more than 35 years. He is a Illinois High School State basketball champion and a 3-time Footlocker Slam Dunk champion. Mike played basketball one year at the University of Arkansas before concentrating solely on track and field where he won 9 NCAA titles. Mike later excelled in track & field, accomplishing the ultimate feat by winning an Olympic Gold Medal in the triple jump. Conley won nine NCAA titles in the long and triple jump and is the only Arkansas Razorback to win an individual Olympic Gold Medal. Conley competed in three Olympics and won a Gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to his gold medal winning performance in 1992, he won a silver medal in the triple jump in 1984 and fourth in 1996. After competing for over 20 years, Mike went on to become Executive Director of Elite Athlete’s Programs at the national governing office for USA Track and Field and Mike is the founder, and former CEO of the Professional Athletic Association, (a union representing track and field athletes).
In addition to representing NBA players, Mike, was President of World Sport Chicago, overseeing long term project management and efforts to promote the development and exposure of Olympic sports across Chicago. Mike has received numerous accolades for both his business and athletic accomplishments. He recently received the prestigious “Master of the Game Award,” from the National Sports Law Institute.
Currently Mike is the Senior Vice President Player Representation of BDA Sports Management.
Mike Conley, Sr. adds his expertise in the business and sporting world to BDA Sports Management, joining the firm in 2007. As part of BDA sports, he represents clients including the number 1, 4 and 21st picks in the 2007th NBA Draft.