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About AFL China
Ganlan Media International (GMI) is a company created by Martin E. Judge, Jr. to introduce and launch professional American Arena Football teams in China. Following an extremely successful trip to Beijing, China, together with its Ganlan Media International partner, AFL Global LLC formally announced plans to further develop professional American Arena Football in China by Fall of 2014 – AFL CHINA. A comprehensive football training program has been set for May 2013 in Beijing, followed by exhibition games in two different cities, Beijing and Guangzhou, in October 2013. Training programs will be available to support and manage the expansion of AFL programs into many more Chinese cities after these inaugural initiatives. Full league play is planned in China for the Fall of 2014 with a combination of American and Chinese players comprising each professional team.
MARTIN E. JUDGE, JR.
Martin E. Judge, Jr. founded The Judge Group, a leading global professional services company, in 1970 and has since guided its growth to over 32 offices in the U.S., Canada and China. Marty, an avid supporter of football as a member of the board of governors of The Maxwell Football Club, joined the ownership group of The Philadelphia Soul in 2011. The Judge Group has been doing business in China since 2008.
RONALD V. JAWORSKI
Known worldwide as one of the leading broadcasters of NFL football for ESPN, “Jaws” was the face and voice of Monday Night Football for five seasons. His 17-year career as a quarterback in the NFL included two trips to the Pro Bowl as an all-star. He was the MVP of the Philadelphia Eagles team that won the NFC Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl in 1981. Ron has been one of the majority owners of the Philadelphia Soul of the U.S. Arena Football League since 2003. In addition to spearheading the new league in China, Ron helped establish the Elite Football League of India.
GARY R. MORRIS
CEO, AFL China
Gary R. Morris is President of The Judge Group and its China business unit, Judge China. Gary has over 29 years of senior-level executive management, sales and operations experience in the services industries. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University. Gary is the former Chairman of the Technical, IT and Scientific Sector for the American Staffing Association.
David Niu has 30+ years of experience in professional sport as a player, a coach and in executive management in Australia, Europe, and the USA. As a professional rugby player, David played Rugby Union, Rugby League, and Rugby Sevens at the international level and taken part in four World Cups. David founded and created the American National Rugby League in 1998, In developing the sport of rugby in America he has worked closely with local stakeholders and international governing bodies to manage all aspects of league business. He has overseen, managed and led the football and commercial operations of international rugby events throughout the USA, and around the world with many nations including Canada, Russia, Australia, England, South Africa, Japan, the Caribbean, and the Pacific regions.