Having been close friends with popular and successful rapper Jay-Z for over two decades, Juan Perez, who runs the entertainer’s Roc Nation Sports division at his company, was recently thrown an over-the-top party for his 50th birthday. Before the night was over, Jay-Z had spent over $110,000 on all of the festivities, which included a lobster, steak and sushi dinner that cost $13,000, and alcoholic drinks that ended up costing $9,000. Keeping in line with sparing no expense, the friends and their entourage moved on to the Playroom Nightclub, where another $91,000 was spent.
Juan Perez was first introduced to the rap mogul in 1996 through the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, Kareem Burke. Afterwards, the two formed an instant bond that not only led to a lasting friendship, but a business partnership as well. Over the years, Juan and Jay-Z have opened up a number of sports bars and nightclubs like the 40/40 Club in New York, and others in places such as Atlanta, Las Vegas, Brooklyn and Atlantic City, and the former baseball player, whose wife Dez Perez also works at Roc Nation as its CEO, has managed to sign professional athletes like NBA player Kevin Durant and NFL member Victor Cruz on as Roc Nation Sports clients.
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Juan Perez grew up to pursue a career in sports, later realizing his dream of becoming a pro baseball player. Because of his love for the game, and for sports in general, he was considered to be one of the best choices to head up Roc Nation’s sports division. The birthday celebration that his friend Jay-Z, aka Shawn Carter, recently threw for him didn’t end until the early morning hours of the following day, no doubt making it one of the most memorable and expensive parties he has ever been given. Learn More.
Robert Deignan is co-founder and CEO of technology support behemoth, ATS Digital Services. Deignan was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After high school, he attended Pardue University on a football scholarship. After college, he played professional football for two years before co-founding Fanlink, Inc in 1999. And, of course, has since also cofounded ATS which he continues to lead. He originally got the idea for ATS while he was working for an Anti-Malware Software Company. In 2009 their clients started having a problem downloading the software.
They found that this was because a malware had been developed specifically to block its download. Deigman and some partners, therefore, decided to start a company that remotely aided clients with computer problems like this. As a leader of this company, his average day goes about the same every day. He typically begins every day at 5:15 A.M. He works out at the gym for about an hour and is home again at 6:50 A.M. Afterward he spends time helping his young son get ready for school. After his wife takes him, he goes out to his gazebo with a cup of coffee to plan for the day.
He says it is at this time that most of his best ideas come to him. He leaves for work at about 8 A.M. At this time he will work out the workability of any of the ideas he formed. He will also share these ideas with his partners. They often have great recommendations for tweaking the idea.
Then until lunchtime, he analyzes numbers, assesses the previous day’s performance, and answers all emails. After lunch his every day is extremely unpredictable with any number of different activities possible. He usually gets home at about 8 P.M., eats dinner with his family, and puts his son to bed. Deigman is extremely optimistic about the future of his company in light of the fact that more and more people are fully embracing remote technology. More people are being attracted to the fact that a repairman can fix their computer remotely instead of them having to take their computer into them.