Clark Cummings '16 has helped launch FanJolt, a start-up social media marketplace that connects celebrities and NIL student-athletes with fans. FanJolt's list of celebrities includes Patrick Mahomes, Rafael Nadal, Aaron Judge, and Taylor Heinicke. Cummings works in Atlanta, serving as Head of Talent Management and Recruitment.
Learn more about Clark Cummings '16
Extracurricular Activities/Athletics at NA:
- Varsity Tennis Team, 2014-16
- Team Captain, 2016
College Graduation Year/Major or concentration:
- Hampden-Sydney College Class of 2020
- Major: English
- Minor: Rhetoric and Creative Writing
Extracurricular Activities/Athletics in College:
- Hampden-Sydney College Tennis Team
- Team Captain, 2018-20
Awards/Honors in college or in your professional life:
- First Team All ODAC, 2018 and 2019
- Most Career Single Wins in School History (53)
- Third in Career Wins (Singles/Doubles) in School History (106)
Tell us where you work, your job title, and a brief summary or description of your organization or company:
I work for FanJolt as the Head of Talent Management and Recruitment. FanJolt is a start-up social media marketplace that connects celebrities and NIL student-athletes with fans, friends, donors, and more. It offers celebrities and fans the chance to engage in a multitude of ways including live broadcasts with Jolt features, social follows, 1-on-1 videos, and digital posters. The company started early in the Covid-19 pandemic to establish more viable access and create memorable experiences for fans, while celebrities support charitable organizations. FanJolt currently has more than 35 top celebrities including Patrick Mahomes, Rafael Nadal, Aaron Judge, Kevin O’Leary, and Taylor Heinicke. It has also partnered with many collectives and universities to help give all student-athletes the ability to monetize their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). Universities that are partnered with FanJolt include Ohio State, UVA, Virginia Tech, Florida State, and the University of South Carolina.
Describe a bit more about your role:
I am focused on communication with all of FanJolt's talent, along with bringing more talent onto the platform. With FanJolt being a relatively new start-up, I wear multiple hats on a daily basis. I also work a lot on the operations side. I have been fortunate to bring on other Norfolk Academy alumni. Julian Franks-Pollock ’20 has led a lot of what we have done with the universities on the NIL front. He has been focusing on engaging with student-athletes and helping set up their FanJolt accounts.
What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working?
Golf, reading, attending sporting events, and relaxing and spending time with friends and family.
How did your experience at Norfolk Academy prepare you for what you are doing today? Any favorite memories or teachers that had a big impact on you?
The people are truly what makes the school special, as they care for their students in the classroom and on the athletic fields. I have a significant appreciation for the wisdom and leadership that was provided to me. I don’t think there is one experience or one moment at Norfolk Academy that stands out in my mind today. I think the overarching message that resonates with me is the connectivity between students and faculty. I have learned throughout the years that connections and relationships mean a lot in this world and Norfolk Academy helped instill the importance of public speaking and the ability to be prepared at all times.
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Learn more about FanJolt.
This is part of a series from the Norfolk Academy Development office highlighting alumni in the professional world. Know anyone to profile? Contact Development Associate Morgan Wentz '16, firstname.lastname@example.org.