Mean Business

Chris Valletta

Entrepreneur, former NFL football player, author, speaker, and TV commentator.

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Athletes, because of the skills they instinctively possess, represent one of the most qualified, yet, untapped sources of talent and leadership in the workforce today.

Chris Valletta

Former  NFL player turned entrepreneur and author, Chris Valletta, has become a nationally recognized business leader, elevating the power and potential of athletes as champions in business. With business partners like Serena Williams, Drew Brees and Dwayne Wade, among others, he is currently the Co-Founder and General Manager for MISSION, the global leader in cooling technologies for active consumers. He is often seen on Fox News, Fox Business and CNN analyzing the intersection of business, sports, and leadership. He's a dedicated father and husband and proud Aggie, actively involved in various boards and entrepreneurship initiatives at Texas A&M University.



Team WORKS! describes the strategies and tools needed to build a championship-caliber business team, using athletic principles. With contributions from well-known sport legends, famous entrepreneurs, and a Foreword by Donald Trump, Valletta ties football tactics into building a championship business team.


"Athletes Mean Business"

How to Turn Your Athletic Experience into Business Dominance

Entrepreneur and Business Leader

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National Elevator Pitch Champion and author of The NEW Elevator Pitch

Nothing of any consequence happens without the involvement of other people. Wherever you go, you are going to get there with a team. Find out how to make the connections that matter most - and win - with Chris Valletta.


Principal at the VanAdams Sports Group

Team WORKS! is an inspiring read on the fundamentals of business principles written from the lens of a competitive professional athlete turned successful businessman and entrepreneur. Chris does a thorough job illustrating how lessons learned while playing professional sports have a direct correlation to business success off the playing field.


45th President of the United States

[ While on The Apprentice ] Chris showed a significant talent for leadership, which should not be underestimated in today’s business world...should not be underestimated in today’s business world... his athletic background gives him an edge, which he uses to his advantage and to his team's advantage. It’s a great combination of qualities.

New York, NY

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