Rade Filipovich – President

As co-founder and  President of BDA Sports International, Rade is an integral component of BDA Sports International powerful presence in Europe. Rade has recruited some of the very best International players, including Hervelle Axel, Rasho Nesterovic, Marko Jaric, Jaka Lakovic, Kosta Perovic, Goran Dragic and Matjas Smodis.

Bill Duffy – Chairman & CEO

Bill has been involved in professional sports representation for over twenty years. He has parlayed a successful career as a player, from college days at Santa Clara University, to being named the Denver Nuggets fourth pick in the 1982 NBA Draft, into a position as one of the most successful and respected sports agents in the industry.

Ivana Kovacic – Director of  Operations

Ivana handles the operations and strategies of BDA Sports International. Her responsibilities include overseeing correspondence with domestic and overseas clubs, general marketplace, and other constituencies.  She acts as a liaison in relations to compensation for clients and the company.

Aleksei Karvanen – Director of Russian Basketball

Aleksei was born in St. Petersburg. He attended Oklahoma City Univeristy where he played basketball and was  NAIA champion in 1996. He graduated college in 1997 and received a bachelors of arts in basketball coaching. Aleksei played professional basketball in Russia, Ukraine, France, and Poland and worked as Sports Director for BC Spartak St. Petersburg from 2008-2013.

Marco Valenza – Director of Italian Basketball

Marco was born in Latina, Italy, in November of 1970. He played basketball until he was 15. It is while sitting on the bench that he discovered that he has more talent writing about basketball than playing. At 18 Marco moved to Milan and at 21 years old he became a professional journalist for the weekly magazine SuperBasket and published his first of three books.

Gorjan Radonjic – Director of French Basketball

Gorjan  was born in Sarajevo, 1981 , finished his studies in Belgrade and Paris (INSEP). He played 8 years in France, 3 years in Serbia (1st division teams) , one year in Poland , Hungary and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Gorjan retired in 2013 and joined BDA Sports. Holder of French diploma for coaching , and is finishing the studies for Management in Sport at Belgrade University.

Quique Villalobos – Director of Spanish Basketball

Quique was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. His passion for sports started early in his life with track and field, volleyball, team handball, and swimming. At the age of 16 Quique got involved with basketball and two years later signed his first professional contract. He played basketball at professional level during 16 seasons (retired in 2000).

Nikos Spanos – Director of Greek and Turkish Basketball

Nikos works as Senior Director of Greek and Turkish Basketball. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece. His father, Vasilis, was a professional basketball player and Greek champion with Olympiacos.  Nikos received a BA degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Barry University in Miami. He was ranked 1st in the graduating class of 2000 in Business Administration.

Ivo Nakic – Director of Croatian Basketball

Ivo Nakic was born in Rijeka, Croatia in 1966 where he started playing basketball when he was 13 years old.

Ivo played 18 professional seasons and he won European Basketball Championship two times with two major teams at that time – Cibona and Partizan.

Zoran Kukic – Director of German Basketball

Zoran works as Senior Director of German Basketball. Zoran was born in 1973 in Vienna, Austria. He finished schooling in Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he started playing basketball. In 1992 Zoran started playing for KK Borac in Banja Luka. He played for KK Borac from 1992 until 2001. His team was the league champion, and Cup winner many times, and Zoran was selected as MVP two times.

Vlado Dragutinovic – Director of Serbian Basketball

Vlado Dragutinovic’s works as Senior Director for Serbia. Vlado was born and raised in Osijek, Croatia.

He began playing basketball and training at the age of 12 with the Yugoslavian Junior Team Partizan, Belgrade. Vlado became a valuable basketball player with the Partizan Team and won the National Championship of Yugoslavia in 1987.