Howard Soifer Memorial Lecture Series in Sports and Entertainment Law
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Noon
(Cooley Center Lobby)
300 S. Capitol Avenue
Downtown Lansing [view map]
GUEST SPEAKER: Kevin Poston, President and CEO, DEAL Elite Athletic Management
Kevin represents numerous professional NFL players. The DEAL Sports Agency helps clients become financially secure in the short and long term. He works with his clients so they become role models, businessmen and philanthropists. He also teaches law at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Lecture, followed by Q&A session.
President and CEO
DEAL Elite Athletic Management
B.S. Fisk University
J.D. Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University
After graduating from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Kevin Poston became a licensed associate realtor for the Saginaw Board of Realtors and a licensed real estate broker in Michigan. He graduated in the top 5 percent of his class with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, while receiving several honors for academic achievement. Kevin attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, graduated fourth in his class, served as editor-in-chief of Thurgood Marshall’s Law Review, and received numerous academic honors.
After Kevin’s successful college and law school career, he joined the real estate department at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. Shortly after joining the firm, he gained an associate position. Later, he became a partner and shareholder with Miro, Miro and Weiner with offices in Michigan and New York. While at Miro, Miro and Weiner, he negotiated and prepared documentation on many sophisticated and complex transactions, ranging from real estate and business acquisitions to corporate buyouts. Kevin also played a major role in assisting the Michigan National Bank in the placement of a multi-million dollar loan to help finance the construction of The Palace, the home of the Detroit Pistons’ basketball team.
He has spoken at many colleges and universities throughout the country, is a member of numerous sports, business and law associations, and sits on several corporate boards. He also teaches sports law at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Kevin has recently published his family history, entitled "A Mustard Seed of Faith and The Grace of God: My Family from American Slavery into the Early 21st Century."
His second book entitled "Making Life Your Best Sport: Lessons in Effective Self-Leadership," is being published. He lives with his wife, Kathy, in Farmington Hills, Mich., and is a father to a daughter and two sons.
Howard Soifer (1949-2003)
Howard Soifer was born in the Bronx and moved to Monsey, New York in 1963. Following graduation from the Spring Valley High School Class of 1967, he attended the University of Toledo for two years and received his undergraduate degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Soifer was a proud 1977 graduate of Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich.
He was an accomplished lawyer, and a shareholder in the firm of Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C., until the time of his death on January 29, 2003 at the age of 53. He began his legal career as an Assistant Ingham County Prosecutor. After entering private practice, he specialized in litigation, zoning, and employment law. He frequently lectured at Cooley Law School and co-authored an article published in the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical Clinical Law regarding the 1998-99 NBA lockout.
More than anything, Howard loved sports. Throughout his life, he was an avid New York Yankees fan, and during his 29 years in East Lansing, Mich., he became a loyal Michigan State University Spartan. Later in his career, Howard’s passion for basketball, baseball, and football led him to represent several prominent professional athletes. He was proud to have negotiated a $2.5 million donation to Michigan State University by Steve Smith, NBA champion, MSU All-Star, client, and close friend, which was and remains the largest gift from a professional athlete to his alma mater.
Howard was a devoted husband and best friend to his wife of more than 30 years, Sandy Kirsch Soifer. He was also the beloved father to his two daughters, Marci and Halie, ages 31 and 34. Marci lives in New York City where she earned a dual-masters degree at New York University this past Spring, and now is employed in the non-profit sector. Halie lives in Washington, D.C., where she works as a Senate Foreign Policy Advisor. Halie and her husband, Andrew Kauders, have three sons, Henri, Max, and Elias, who would have made Howard a very proud grandfather.
All who were part of Howard’s life will remember him for his great sense of humor and his extreme loyalty, integrity, and strength. His dedication to his family and his profession and his passion and love for life will never be forgotten. He considered every moment of every day as a new and exciting chapter in the great story of life.
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