sports and entertainment agent

SPORTS AGENT

My professional athlete clients have included NFL Hall of Fame member Tony Dorsett, NFL All Pros Henry Thomas, Bennie Blades, Jerry Ball and Todd Scott, as well as numerous standouts and key contributors like Najee Mustafaa, John Harris, Brian Baldinger, Darrell Thompson, Brandon Mitchell, Carl Hilton, Sterling Palmer, David Howard, Mike Jones, Curtis Rouse, Keith Henderson, James Harris, Sean Lumpkin, Russell Gary, Fernando Smith, Tim Newton, Joe Fuller, Carlos Jenkins, Cedric Smith, Darrell Fullington, William Kirksey, Malik Boyd, Hassan Jones, Matt Chatham, Darrin Nelson and others, and CFL standouts Carl Kidd, Joe Fuller, Ben Williams and others.

With my friend and client Tony Dorsett

ENTERTAINMENT AGENT

My entertainment clients have included the iconic MTV legend, actress, spokesperson and celebrity interviewer Downtown Julie Brown, Prince and The New Power Generation keyboardist and backing vocalist Boni Boyer, multi platinum selling writer and producer Lewis Martinee, Prince and the Revolution bassist Mark Brown, Prince and The New Power Generation guitarist Miko Weaver, Cynthia Johnson--who sang the world #1 best selling single "Funky Town" and many others.

With my friend and client Downtown Julie Brown

Prince featuring Boni Boyer - Chain Of Fools

In this video footage my friend and client Boni Boyer (RIP) is featured singing Chain Of Fools with Prince. In his band she played keyboards, did backing vocals and vocal arrangement. Durand was later able to sign this amazing vocalist to a solo deal via WEA Warner Electra Atlantic. They visited and had offers from most every major label at the time. Another Durand friend and client is briefly seen in this footage as well--the shirtless and amazing guitar player Miko Weaver.

Boni was a brilliantly gifted singer, a multi instrumentalist, writer, producer, arranger, visionary, non-stop have you on the floor laughing joke teller who was loved and respected by the music industry.

Prince Features Band Member Miko Weaver's Beautiful Guitar Solo

In this video footage my friend and client Miko Weaver impresses with his amazing guitar solo.

My friend and client, former Prince guitar player Miko Weaver and I go way back. Whether hooping, eating pizza, clubbing, talking about life, double dates, etc., he was always fun to be around. Miko was very generous with me as well, regularly inviting me to Prince events, rehearsals, concerts on the road, incredible after parties, etc.

Miko is featured in this concert footage playing a last minute Prince requested solo, which Miko improvised, Prince liked, and was included in subsequent shows.

Watching Miko create in his home studio was one of my early music inspirations.

ENDORSEMENT

"I've known Jeff Durand for at least 20 years. He is both my good friend and business associate. As a professional, Jeff is accomplished, has high standards and morals, is detailed, hard-working, inspired and knowledgeable. More-so, he genuinely cares about his clients and their best interest, both personally and professionally.

I highly recommend Jeff to anyone who is looking for an experienced, competent, results getting, relationship oriented, polished professional. He's represented and helped many in sports and entertainment. He can help you too."

Lewis Martinee - Multi Platinum Selling Writer and Producer. Billboard and BMI Songwriter of the Year.

Yohany

The song in this video, "All That I Want", was written and produced by my friend, former Prince and the NPG band member Tommy Barbarella. In this video, and on her album, it is performed by my recording artist client--a beautiful lady with an amazing voice--Yohany, who was on my indie label, and who I managed and wrote and produced for.

I initially worked with Yohany in conjunction with my friend, Grammy Award winning writer and producer Lewis Martinee, where at one time, he and I owned an indie label together. Martinee contributed significantly to the writing and production of Yohany's first album, as did Yohany. This video was shot in Orlando by Martinee's and my very creative friend Gerald Godbout.

Our modest successes with Yohany included regional touring, some radio airplay, opening in Miami for Enrique Iglesias, prominent reviews including Billboard Magazine, and being runner-up to Jennifer Lopez for a Billboard award.

Victoria Acosta

The song in this video "The World's Gone Crazy", was written and produced by me and my friend, former Prince and the NPG band member Tommy Barbarella. The song is composed of my concept and lyrics, and Tommy's instrumental track. The video was filmed in Orlando, FL by my friend Gerald Godbout.

In this video, and on her album, it is performed by my then recording artist client--a lovely girl with a great voice--Victoria Acosta, who was on my indie label, and who I managed and wrote and produced for.

Victoria's pop music career began after being discovered by myself while in San Antonio, TX in 2004. I signed her to my independent record label and soon began recording "Once Upon A Time", her debut album. It included the songs "The World's Gone Crazy" and "Could This Be Love," both written and produced by me, which became popular on Radio Disney, where I was also able to forge a relationship that led to media features, appearances, performances, and more.

In January 2013, Victoria auditioned for American Idol and was selected by judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, to advance to the trials in Hollywood, California. Nowadays, she is a beloved and popular headliner in San Antonio and other markets.

ENDORSEMENT

"In my 20+ year relationship with Jeff Durand, he has always been the ultimate professional. He represented me well as my agent during my NFL playing days, and now in my broadcasting career. Jeff's commitment to his clients far surpasses the financial bonanzas. Long after the multi-million dollar NFL contracts cease, Jeff Durand is that one person who will remain by your side, supporting and encouraging you. Jeff's tireless work ethic and dedication is what one should look for in a professional as well as a friend. This is why I am proud to call him not only my agent but my friend. "

Bennie Blades - Retired All-Pro NFL Defensive Back. University of Miami All-American, National Champion, Hall of Famer and Ring of Honor member. College Football Hall of Famer. 1st Round Draft of the Pick Detroit Lions. Member of the All-Time Lions Team.

ENDORSEMENT

"In my many years of working with Jeff Durand, he has represented me exceptionally well, both professionally and personally. His positive impact has lasted long after my football career ended. His guidance and friendship helped me live a great life. In particular, he helped me with legal, financial and personal matters.

Jeff advises not just as an agent, but as a man that cares for the well being of his clients."

Henry Thomas - Retired All-Pro NFL Nose Tackle--Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots.

ENDORSEMENT

"I have know and been associated with Jeff Durand for almost 25 years. During that time Jeff has assisted me with various off the field projects involving radio broadcasting. We have a great working relationship and I consider him a friend as well as business partner. Should I need additional assistance with contracts that involve radio or television, he is at the top of my list of people I would call to get a contract done, that covers all the bases and protects me."

Darrin Nelson - Retired NFL Running Back. Stanford All-American. College Hall of Famer. 1st Round Draft Pick Minnesota Vikings.

ENDORSEMENT

"I have had the privilege to work with Jeff Durand during my career as a football player in the NFL. He has proven himself as one of the best agents in professional football. I was pleased to have worked closely with him during my tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

Jeff was always tough, fair and to the point, when negotiating with NFL executives. He is an astute businessman with impeccable character. At the end of each contract negotiation, I was always 100% pleased and in camp doing what I loved.

I regularly recommended Jeff Durand's expertise as an agent, to my NFL teammates while I was playing. Many of them hired him. I still strongly endorse him now to future prospective clients.

Jeff also has a strong background in financial planning, which is extremely important when trying to prepare for life after professional football--a career that is usually short. He goes above and beyond what it takes to make sure that his clients and their families are well positioned financially. I am proof of that.

Most importantly, his relationship with his clients does not stop when the negotiations are over. Jeff has never once not answered my calls, no matter what time of day or night. He is and has been a good friend for many years."

Najee Mustafaa aka Reggie Rutland - Retired All-Pro NFL Defensive Back Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

ENDORSEMENT

"I have known Jeff Durand for at least 20 years. As my agent and financial planner, he not only represented me well, but he also helped shape my understanding of life as a professional athlete, both on and off the field.

Jeff strives to be the best in every endeavor. He was always very clear in his communication with me and I always felt that he actually cared about me as a person, as opposed to what I could do for him.

Over the years, Jeff has been a great friend and motivator. I respect and appreciate his commitment to excellence. I have no doubt that he will continue this mindset."

Cedric Smith - Retired NFL Fullback--Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals. Former Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. 2013 NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.