Our Team

Lee Warner

AEP, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

As Chairman, Mr. Warner provides corporate leadership to the organization for company expansion, strategic alliance relationship development, contractual negotiations, and financial controls.

Mr. Warner has specialized in comprehensive financial consulting for affluent individuals, public and privately held companies since 1977, with a specific focus on creative estate tax planning, executive benefit and compensation design.

As Chairman, Mr. Warner provides corporate leadership to the organization for company expansion, strategic alliance relationship development, contractual negotiations, and financial controls.

Mr. Warner has specialized in comprehensive financial consulting for affluent individuals, public and privately held companies since 1977, with a specific focus on creative estate tax planning, executive benefit and compensation design.

Mr. Warner has been frequently quoted in national print and has spoken locally on radio and television. He also speaks nationally on various aspects of financial planning, and is listed in the Who's Who Registry of Global Business Leaders, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in the East, and International Who's Who of Professionals.

He has served as President and member of the Board of Directors for both the Baltimore Association for Financial Planning and the Baltimore Estate Planning Council. Additionally, he served as the Legislative Affairs Chairman for The Baltimore Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Nationally, he served as Chairman of the Executive Field Advisory Board for two major insurance companies and as a Board Member of the Practitioners Council for the International Association of Financial Planners.

Among his memberships, Mr. Warner lists the Financial Planning Association, The National Association of Life Underwriters, The Association for Advanced Life Underwriters, and Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is also a member of the Top Of The Table and the International Twenty-five Million Dollar Forum.

Mr. Warner serves as Chairman of The Carson Scholars Fund and formerly served as Chairman of AmericasBANK.

Mr. Warner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from Western Maryland College, and has earned professional designations as an Accredited Estate Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Certified Financial Planner®. He is a licensed insurance advisor with the State of Maryland and is a licensed insurance producer in many other states nationwide. He is also a registered representative with a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firm.

Rick Oliver

President, Sports Management

Rick works closely with all clients on contract negotiations, arbitration, as well as managing the overall operations of TWC Sports Management.

Rick played third base for seven years in the Milwaukee Brewers

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Rick works closely with all clients on contract negotiations, arbitration, as well as managing the overall operations of TWC Sports Management.

Rick played third base for seven years in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Following his career as a professional baseball player, Rick worked with Shapiro, Robinson and Associates (SRA), which represented some of the most high profile players in baseball, including Cal Ripken Jr., Kirby Puckett, Eddie Murray, Willie Randolph, among others. During his 15 years with SRA, Rick worked with some of the top draft choices including Trot Nixon (Boston Red Sox), Brian Anderson (Anaheim Angels), Jake Westbrook (Colorado Rockies), Sean Casey (Cleveland Indians), Scott Elarton (Colorado Rockies), Michael Tucker (Kansas City Royals), and Gavin Floyd (Philadelphia Phillies), among others. Rick was successful in identifying and recruiting some of the best college and high school players in the country. Since joining The Warner Companies in 2006, Rick has excelled in exceeding standard signing bonus offers on behalf of our clients. He used his strong international ties to sign Seth Greisinger, a major league pitcher in Japan, to a huge two year contract worth $6.5 million. Seth has been one of the most productive pitchers to ever pitch in Japan. He also negotiated a $14 million multi-year guaranteed contract for Minnesota Twins starter, Nick Blackburn.

Rick's extensive experience as an agent and professional baseball player gives him a unique perspective to share with clients and contributes to client success on and off the field.

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Jay Witasick

Vice President, Sports Management

Jay takes a proactive approach to the many issues that clients face on a daily basis with a focus on career guidance before, during and after their baseball careers.

Jay's professional baseball career spanned over 15 professional seasons

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Jay takes a proactive approach to the many issues that clients face on a daily basis with a focus on career guidance before, during and after their baseball careers.

Jay's professional baseball career spanned over 15 professional seasons, including ten years in the Major Leagues as a right handed pitcher. The Houston Astros selected Jay in the 1991 MLB Free Agent Draft, but he decided to complete his education and further develop his baseball skills. In 1993, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Jay in the second round of the MLB Draft. After a few years in the Minor Leagues, Jay made his MLB debut on July 7, 1996 with the Oakland Athletics. In addition to having two stints each with the Athletics and the San Diego Padres, Jay played for the Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He appeared in two World Series during his career.

After the 2007 MLB Season, Jay made the transition into sports management working for Beverly Hills Sports Council, recruiting some of the nation's current top players.

As a student in high school, Jay earned distinction in both baseball and football, and was among the first alumni to be inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Brevard (FL) Community College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County on full academic and athletic scholarships, studying business management. Jay is active in local baseball programs and is an honorary board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County.

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Joe Gaza

Director of Baseball Operations, Sports Management

As Director of Baseball Operations, Joe brings a unique perspective and skill set to The Warner Companies. Joe's contributions to the firm have been formed by a vast array of industry experiences, as well as

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As Director of Baseball Operations, Joe brings a unique perspective and skill set to The Warner Companies. Joe’s contributions to the firm have been formed by a vast array of industry experiences, as well as playing the game of baseball himself. Joe plays a significant role in developing the Company’s overall business strategy, helping to execute the day-to-day operations of the firm, as well as working with the rest of The Sports Management Team to advance The Warner Companies long-term business objectives. He is currently certified by the MLBPA as an athlete agent.

Joe was raised in the Chicagoland area, where he grew up loving the game of baseball. He obtained his Master’s degree in Business Management from North Central College in Naperville, IL, majoring in Business Management and specializing in Professional Conflict Resolution/Negotiation. Joe played four years of collegiate baseball as a pitcher.

Prior to joining The Warner Companies, Joe worked for Octagon sports agency in Chicago and also founded the AllStarInc baseball agency. He brings great experience in advising amateur players in the MLB Draft, and representing professional players in arbitration, free agency, and contract negotiation.

Joe has a wealth of industry knowledge and takes great pride in his ability to maintain close relationships with the clients he represents. Joe brings specializations in MLB draft advisement, contract negotiation, player/club relations, and off-field client service to TWC. He was also mentioned in Sports Launch Magazine’s 2014 "30 Under 30" issue, recognizing him as one of the top rising young professionals in sports. Joe currently works out of The Warner Companies Chicago, IL office.

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Daniel Rosquete

Attorney/Player Agent

Mr. Rosquete specializes in salary arbitration, MILB and MLB Pensions, VISA issues, and any legal matter related to the sports representation field. Mr. Rosquete is the original founder of Boston Sports Counsel, a full service law firm that represents professional athletes, which merged with The Warner

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Mr. Rosquete specializes in salary arbitration, MILB and MLB Pensions, VISA issues, and any legal matter related to the sports representation field. Mr. Rosquete is the original founder of Boston Sports Counsel, a full service law firm that represents professional athletes, which merged with The Warner Companies Sports Management Team in 2014.

Originally from Auburn, Maine, Mr. Rosquete moved to Boston following his high-school graduation with the intent of going into the player representation business. Following successful completion of both Undergraduate and Master’s degrees, Danny was able to successfully graduate law school and pass the bar exam in two and a half years.

Danny is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is a certified MLB agent.

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Brian Degan

Player Liaison and Attorney

As Player Liaison and Attorney, Mr. Degan is responsible for actively recruiting players, player marketing, assisting in legal matters and handling larger administrative projects.

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As Player Liaison and Attorney, Mr. Degan is responsible for actively recruiting players, player marketing, assisting in legal matters and handling larger administrative projects.

Mr. Degan grew up in the Boston area and later completed his law degree at Suffolk University. Upon completion and passage of the bar exam, Mr. Degan went to work for the Boston Red Sox and the TD Bank Garden with a focus on sponsorship sales and business development. After years of sports marketing and sponsorship sales experience, Brian founded Jupiter Sports Group with a focus on player representation and sports marketing consulting.

Mr. Degan remains an active member of the Massachusetts Bar and lives primarily in Jupiter, Florida. Brian is certified with the MLBPA and is also a Certified Contract Advisor with the NFLPA.

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Chris Bacon

Sports Management Client Liaison

Mr. Bacon is responsible for player marketing, including endorsement opportunities for clients as well as on-field equipment contracts. In addition,

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Mr. Bacon is responsible for player marketing, including endorsement opportunities for clients as well as on-field equipment contracts. In addition, Mr. Bacon provides support to The Warner Companies Sports Management team, including responding to clients’ everyday needs, processing equipment orders and preparation of documents.

Prior to joining The Warner Companies, Mr. Bacon worked as a Marketing and Sales Assistant for Maryland Sports Properties, the marketing and multimedia rights partner for the University of Maryland Athletics. He was also a Business Management Intern for Ripken Baseball.

Mr. Bacon graduated cum laude from Xavier University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing, and a minor in Spanish.

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Brayan Ruiz

Sports Management Client Liaison

Mr. Ruiz provides support to The Warner Companies Sports Management team, including responding to clients’ everyday needs, processing equipment orders and preparation

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Mr. Ruiz provides support to The Warner Companies Sports Management team, including responding to clients’ everyday needs, processing equipment orders and preparation of documents.

Prior to joining The Warner Companies, Mr. Ruiz served as an intern with the Baltimore Ravens Marketing Department for two years where he supervised, promoted, and marketed various fan events. He also worked for Distinctive Edge-Marketing as an Account Representative where he worked closely with Latin consumers to enhance their understanding of products, while also organizing and distributing weekly sales numbers and goals for the department.

Mr. Ruiz is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a concentration in Business Administration.

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