Play It Forward Solutions is a recognized leader in delivering interactive education and training solutions within the athletic program, college/university, K-12 education, healthcare, law enforcement and other national markets.
Michael J. Haynes is a thought leader, educator and legendary Hall of Fame defensive back for the New England Patriots (1976-82) and Los Angeles Raiders (1983-89). Haynes’ professional football career began when he was the fifth player selected in the 1976 draft. A first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots, Haynes was voted the NFL defensive rookie of the year. He was selected by his peers to represent the AFC in nine Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1983 Raiders. Haynes is widely recognized as one of the NFL’s greatest defensive backs. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1994, named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1995 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2010, he was recognized in the NFL’s Top 100 Greatest Players countdown as one of the top 50 NFL players of all time, and Haynes and his former Raiders teammate, Lester Hayes, were named the best cornerback tandem in NFL history by the NFL Network program “NFL’s Top 10.”
During his playing career, Haynes recognized the need to prepare for life after football and began to establish the groundwork for his career off the field. He spent a distinguished seven years at Callaway Golf, a global leader in the development and manufacture of golf equipment, with six years as their Global Licensing Manager prior to being promoted to Vice President of Recreational Golf Development. He returned to the NFL in 2002 where he led the Player Development Department, which created and managed programs to help players transition into and out of the NFL. Haynes also held the position of Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the NFL, responsible for providing counsel on player issues.
Giving back to the community plays a large role in Haynes’ philosophy. He is a passionate advocate for issues that often times break barriers and bring about meaningful improvements and change. He has received numerous honors for following his desire to make a positive contribution in the world. Recently, Haynes received the Gilder Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation for his willingness to use his personal experience with prostate cancer to encourage men to learn about prostate health. More recently, he was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame, which was founded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to recognize outstanding accomplishments in sports administration. Haynes was honored for his personal decorum while becoming a role model to others and rising to the highest level of excellence in his chosen career.
Haynes earned his degree in Finance from Arizona State University and Executive Education Program honors from Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg and Harvard Business School.
David R. Versaw is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the advancement of serious gaming and simulation technology. A sought after speaker and motivator in education and training forums, Mr. Versaw has helped transform the way educators utilize new immersive technologies to reach their intended audiences and positively change their attitudes and behaviors. As a long standing member of the management team of WILL Interactive, Inc., Mr. Versaw has been instrumental in the growth of the company from start-up educational technology innovator to an unquestioned leader in the serious gaming and simulation market.
Earlier in his professional life, Mr. Versaw spent 8 years as an investment banker focused on the technology and financial services sectors, including six as Vice President where he led or assisted in completing capital raising and merger and acquisition transactions with an aggregate value of over $6 Billion.
Mr. Versaw is a board member of the Society for Applied Learning Technology and earned his degrees in business administration and finance from the University of Mary Washington.