Manager Jim Guerinot is parlaying his artist management skills into the action sports management arena, having entered into a partnership with Pat Hawk and Terry Hardy of Tony Hawk Inc., to manage action sports stars such as skateboarder Tony Hawk and world surfing champion Kelly Slater under the SLAM Management moniker. Pat Hawk has been COO of Tony Hawk, Inc. and personal manager to Tony Hawk since 1996. Hardy has 10 plus years of entertainment industry experience, in which he has held executive positions in talent management, marketing and business and corporate development.
SLAM Management, housed under the same roof as Guerinot's Rebel Waltz Inc., will also oversee the careers of sports figures such as Bam Margera, co-creator of the MTV "Jackass" television series, snowboarders Shaun White and Tina Basich and surfing's Malloy brothers – Chris, Keith and Dan.
In addition to athlete management SLAM includes an event management arm, a marketing services division and a film production and distribution division. The event side is currently producing the successful Boom Boom HuckJam tour, now appearing in arenas throughout the U.S. The marketing services company has coordinated deals with Activision, SONY Playstation, Squeez-N Go, and Hershey’s. SLAMFILMS has completed distribution deals with surf video pioneer Taylor Steele, Bam Margera’s CKY film library as well as Tony Hawk’s “The Making of Boom Boom HuckJam” DVD.
“Slam Management is an idea that is long overdue: proper management for action sports athletes," says Tony Hawk. "The staff is organized, efficient and fair. We, as athletes, need this kind of representation so that we can concentrate on what we do best.”