Rob AivatoglouRob Aivatoglou has made sport his passion and his business.  An enthusiastic skier, runner, surfer, golfer, tennis player, SUP’er, dad’s battlers ‘basketballer’ with an enduring loyalty to the Richmond FC, a passion for horse racing, travel and family!  For eight years he worked for global sports management and marketing organisation Octagon specialising in Athlete Representation, Sponsorship and Business Development with Cricket Australia, and now international sports documentary film distribution on behalf of leading US production house Warren Miller Entertainment.

Octagon is a world leader in sports marketing strategy, consultancy, talent representation, distribution of sports television rights, event management, research and event hospitality. At Octagon Rob was responsible for recruitment and management of professional athletes across a range of sports with a particular focus on tennis. Athletes he has worked with include Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde, Jason Stoltenberg, Nicole Bradke, Steve Waugh, Matthew Elliott, Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Peter Brock, Daniel Kowalski, Emma George and David Campese.  He has been fortunate to have represented Octagon at Olympic Games, Grand Slams, Majors and World Cups.

During his time at Cricket Australia Rob’s responsibilities related to business development and sponsorship of all national sporting teams as well as international and domestic competitions, and national pathway programs.

After going out on his own and working with and representing Lleyton Hewitt, with wife Andrea he established Ice Edge Marketing, and for the past eight years have been the exclusive distributor for Warren Miller Entertainment.  WME produce an annual ski and snow board adventure snow feature, and promote national tours.  The strategy has been to plan and manage limited release national theatrical tours targeting specific markets, creating exciting event occasions, generating corporate associations, growing an ever expanding database, and managing 64 years of content.  Over time, this has extended to surf feature film distribution and consultancy.

Rob and his wife Andrea have an 11 year old son and 10 year old daughter.  Rob’s junior football career commenced with the Glen Waverley Hawks in the U9s, continued through junior teams at Haileybury College and reached it’s pinnacle in amateur football with Peninsula Old Boys.  Nowadays, through son George, he is enthusiastic member of the Hampton Rovers Amateur Football Club, where he has been Assistant Coach for two years at U9 and U10 level.

Rob’s belief for the SMJFL  is that it must be available for all kids that wish to participate in football within our region.  Every boy and girl that wishes to play should have that opportunity, at a level that is appropriate to their skills and desires.  Football, and team sport in general, can play an important role in the development of children becoming better people. Inclusion, participation and enthusiasm are key.