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PROGRAM 15 Sets New Standard For Amateur Baseball Events With Announcement of Baseball Operations Staff Promotions



What began in the fall of 2016 as a grassroots initiative between New Balance Baseball and PROGRAM 15 to provide amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches – has quickly emerged as the gold standard for player identification and development events in the amateur baseball world.

PROGRAM 15, the Official Global Grassroots Player Identification and Development Program for New Balance Baseball, has been responsible for executing all Future Stars Series events since its inception. Led by President and CEO Jeremy Booth and backed by P15’s staff with decades of Pro Baseball scouting experience, The Future Stars Series has earned a reputation as the most comprehensive amateur baseball player identification and development experience available.

That’s no surprise given the incredible milestones achieved by PROGRAM 15 over the past five years, such as:

  • Implementing the PROGRAM 15 model of evaluation and role prediction.
  • Developing International, amateur scouting, and player development departments.
  • Growing The Future Stars Series footprint to cover 13 countries, impacting over 15,000 athletes throughout the world.
  • Spotlighting over 70 MLB Draft Picks and International Signings along with hundreds of college committed players who have participated in Future Stars Series events.
  • The creation and expansion of major Future Stars Series annual events including the Underclass Elite, Fresh 50, World and National Pro Combines as well as the FSS Main Event which has been hosted twice at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and most recently at Citifield, home of the New York Mets.
  • Overseeing the execution of the first baseball game in an MLB park with fans during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • Opening enrollment for P15 Scout School to develop the next wave of MLB professionals, including the opportunity to join the PROGRAM 15 scouting staff in areas around the country upon completion.
  • Creating a Baseball Operations Internship pipeline with MLB to prepare candidates for non-player roles in professional baseball organizations, including Will Scott who recently joined the San Diego Padres as an Area Scout in the Four Corners.
  • Rolling out P15 instructs – Premier live and virtual online player development and feedback program welcomed its inaugural class. Players participating in the program can earn invitations to Future Stars Series Signature Events all the way to the Main Event at Citi Field.
  • Formation of The Future Stars Series Advisory Board, which includes 28 MLB personnel and their clubs standing with the initiative.

While Booth’s passion and dedication to the development and discovery of elite amateur players may fuel his vision for the next chapter of PROGRAM 15, he has no hesitation in crediting his highly skilled staff for bringing that vision to life. Continuing his unwavering commitment to change the game of baseball, Booth announced the following PROGRAM 15 Baseball Operations Staff Promotions, effective immediately.

Gordon Blakeley – VP of Player Personnel
Blakeley has been with PROGRAM 15 since 2019. Reporting directly to President and CEO Jeremy Booth, he is responsible for player selection and advancement within the Future Stars Series Scouting & Development framework. Blakeley is a 35 year MLB veteran in the executive and scouting departments with the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves. Blakeley has been involved in the scouting, signing, and development of many current and former MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Alfonso Soriano, El Duque Hernandez, Miguel Andujar, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, and Ron Acuna. Personally signing 13 players that appeared in MLB All-Star Games, Blakeley has earned five World Series rings and seven American League Championships.

Chris Capozzi – VP of Baseball Operations
Capozzi has been with PROGRAM 15 since 2019. Reporting directly to President and CEO Jeremy Booth, he will assist in the implementation and construction of both individual and team events. With a unique ability to bring lessons from the locker room to the board room, Capozzi is a highly respected consultant, speaker, strategic planner, and seasoned coach on and off the field.

Rick Oliver – VP of Scouting and Player Development
Oliver has been with PROGRAM 15 since 2018. He will oversee the P15 Scouting and Development department along with his role as the main instructor for P15 Scout School as well as lead in selecting the replacement for his previous position as P15 Director of Scouting. Oliver brings 28 years of experience with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau; 10 years as an area scout, 18 years as the Assistant Director with oversight of amateur scouting, cross-checking, and Scout School, as well as, 11 years as a collegiate coach at University of La Verne, Cal State Fullerton (CWS) and Chapman College. Oliver played four years in the California Angels organization, finishing in Triple-A (PCL Champions).

James Lofton Jr. – Director of Player Development
Lofton has been with PROGRAM 15 since 2019, appearing as a team manager in every FSS Signature Event. He leads the execution of player development for each event, driving the progressive flow and feedback for each player to reach their ceiling. The former Boston Red Sox shortstop spent 15 years in the pros, including the Boston, Baltimore, and Cincinnati minor league systems, as well as in several independent leagues.

Anthony Granato – Field Coordinator
Granato has been with PROGRAM 15 since 2017. Along with his duties as P15’s National Infield Coordinator, Granato works alongside James Lofton Jr. in event flow and combine execution. Granato’s professional baseball career includes 10 years with the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies organizations as well as Independent and International professional baseball leagues.

Jose Silva – International Pitching Coordinator
Silva has been with PROGRAM 15 since 2017. Appearing at all FSS Signature Events, he leads PROGRAM 15 pitching development internationally, contributing as a primary instructor domestically as well. Silva’s professional baseball career includes six seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Cincinnati Reds. Silva has represented Mexico as a coach in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and 2020 Summer Olympics.

Jason Phillips – Special Assistant to Player Development, Pitching
Phillips has been with PROGRAM 15 since 2017. Heavily involved in P15 Instructs and player feedback, Phillips attends events domestically and internationally, working with Pitching Coordinators Jose Silva and Stephen Randolph in all major events. Phillips is a former Major League pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians.

Danny Sheaffer – Catching Coordinator
Sheaffer leads catching development through FSS Scouting and Development events and P15 instructs and is a Team Manager at all FSS Signature Events. Sheaffer is a Major League veteran, including seven seasons as a player with the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals, and 10 years as a manager and coach in the Minor Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros organizations.

Booth said about the promotions, “We’re excited to formalize these positions with the people who have such a hand in the P15/FSS culture and execution of that culture to impact players and the game as a whole. I’m personally thankful for their work ethic and dedication to deliver in all aspects of our core values and, most importantly, to pass those on to the players who participate here. From the beginning of their tenure, this group of professionals has set an example, and I’m able to learn from all of them every day as we set course for the future together.”

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PROGRAM 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans responsible for executing the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, an initiative between the two organizations to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. For more information on PROGRAM 15 and the Future Stars Series, visit or @program15bb and @ftrstarsseries on Twitter.

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“LiveReal: Faith, Miracles, and Lessons Learned Through a Pediatric Liver Transplant” reaches the top of Amazon Best Seller Lists



LiveReal hits #1 on the Amazon Best Seller Lists on International Stores.

LiveReal: Faith, Miracles, and Lessons Learned Through a Pediatric Liver Transplant hit the #1 position on the Best Seller List on November 5th, 2021. The book also reached the #1 position on international Amazon stores, including USA, Canada and Australia.

LiveReal: Faith, Miracles, and Lessons Learned Through a Pediatric Liver Transplant recounts a family’s journey through their daughter’s liver transplant. It is a story of faith and miracles following a life-threatening diagnosis of Biliary Atresia.

This story provides a candid portrait of the fears, struggles, and hard decisions that loving parents had to face. From a Kasai surgery to the prospect of a second transplant, the family experienced both the beauty and heartache of life events.

The author said, “The power of a positive mindset can be leveraged to bring meaningful personal growth. I hope that our family’s journey will help you keep the faith and mindset that better days are ahead and trust that everything will be well.”

Samantha Melaney is a health coach and success ambassador who uses the experience from her family’s journey to facilitate change in people from the inside out. She is an advocate of organ donation and loves to share her daughter’s experience of receiving a lifesaving pediatric liver transplant.

LiveReal: Faith, Miracles, and Lessons Learned Through a Pediatric Liver Transplant is now available on Amazon, in both Kindle and paperback format.

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Legal Specialist Recruiter, Founder, and CEO of Elias Recruitment, Jason Elias, wins the 2021 Talint International “Recruitment Leader of the Year” award.



Multi-award-winning recruitment specialist Jason Elias has been recognised again for outstanding leadership in the Australian recruitment industry.

In a win for the legal community, the founder and CEO of Elias Recruitment, Jason Elias has been awarded the prestigious regional Talint award for leadership and excellence in recruitment. This year’s winner from Australia is no stranger to success as Elias won the same award last year, as well as the 2020 Recruitment Leader Award from the Australian Peak Industry Body, the RCSA.

In his acceptance speech at Talint’s Gala Awards Night event recently, Mr. Elias thanked his team members who have helped him achieve such great things over the years – ‘I’m not going to go up there without acknowledging my team’.

The award-winning recruiter is passionate about helping others reach their potential and making a real difference in their lives. In his own words, ‘I love what I do because every day I get to help somebody reach their goals and fulfil their potential. Similarly, finding and securing top talent for our clients so that they succeed is also a huge motivational factor for me and my team, and a rewarding journey’.

Talint’s award is an award for excellence in recruitment and recognises the firm’s industry leadership. The award was created to acknowledge those individuals who bring innovation, inspiration and energy to their field of expertise through superior performance. This person must be an innovator within his or her firm as well as a thought leader among peers – something that Jason Elias has clearly proven himself to be over the years.

The award is judged by an international panel of experts and takes into account a wide range of criteria such as creativity, achievement, client service, innovation, talent management and more.

The judges applauded Jason for his unwavering commitment to innovation and cooperation, as well as his extraordinary dedication to enhancing the profile and professionalism of the recruiting sector.

Elias credited the triumph to his team of recruiters in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia. “It’s fantastic to be an overnight success after 21 years in the legal recruitment market,” Elias remarked.

Elias Recruitment are proud to have Jason Elias as their CEO and look forward to seeing continued success in the future for both clients and aspiring candidates.

About Jason Elias: Jason Elias is a recent winner of the Australian Recruitment Leader of the Year at the RCSA awards. He is currently Chairman of the RCSA New South Wales/ACT regional Council and Global Chairman of NPA worldwide. He was previous winner of the NPA Chairman’s Award. He is a qualified legal practitioner, fellow of the RCSA and recently  completed a Masters in Legal Business Management.

About Elias Recruitment: Elias Recruitment is a legal recruitment specialist, placing legal professionals into legal roles Australia-wide. Founded in 2000, Elias Recruitment are headquartered in Sydney, and have consultants in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

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Mortgage Lender Ron Pippin Reveals Mortgage Myths and Truths for First-Time Home Buyers on Influencers Radio



Mortgage Lender Ron Pippin was the featured guest on Influencers Radio with Jack Mize.

Buying a house can be a stressful and confusing process – especially for a first time home buyer who is trying to understand the down payment, credit, and income requirements to qualify for a mortgage.

On a recent episode of Influencers Radio with Jack Mize, Mortgage Lender Ron Pippin discussed the common myths, misconceptions, and financing mistakes facing first-time home buyers.

During the interview, Pippin revealed one of the most common misconceptions about home financing that make qualified buyers feel homeownership is out of their reach, saying, “A lot of people think that you need 20% down or more to buy a home. And in today’s environment, that’s really tough to come up with 20% on a home. It’s a significant amount, and a lot of people just don’t have that. There are programs that allow people to buy a home with much less. In fact, sometimes with zero down allows them to become a homeowner …There are specific government programs … if you’re a veteran, a VA home loan requires no money down. If you live in a rural area, there’s a USDA program that requires no money down. But then what’s less known are some of the government grants and down payment assistance programs that are available and also require very little or no money down.  Many states have a first-time buyer program that they couple the downpayment assistance with a regular mortgage that covers the entire downpayment, and sometimes even the closing costs. So, you’re bringing in very little or no money down. Especially if the sellers are willing to pay some closing costs, then you literally can get in with no money down. Downpayment assistance differs from grant programs that are available as well. They can vary depending on the state, county, and even cities. And some cities and counties have grant programs available anywhere from a couple thousand dollars on up to thirty or forty thousand dollars that can help people get into a home based on their income, where they live, or where they’re going to live. And so it really is, takes away that barrier of buying a home with 20% down which allows people to get in very quickly, and not have to put off the home buying process.”

Since 1995, Ron Pippin has been helping first-time buyers get the right financing for the house that their family will call HOME.

Ron is the Branch Manager and Team Leader for The Pippin Team at Cardinal Financial in Ogden, Utah.  He has been listed in the top 3% of mortgage originators nationwide.  But more importantly, he’s been an Educator and Advocate for the thousands of families he’s helped navigate the home financing process. 

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