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Athletic Recruiting Division 

You’re used to dominating the field as a former competitive athlete. Now you’re ready to dominate your career path. You need a high-powered career that puts all of your skills to good use and makes you the star of the team. But which jobs are best suited for former athletes?

The characteristics that made you a great competitor are the same skills that can help you excel in the career as a Financial Advisor. Former athletes are focused, educated, diverse — and ready to thrive in individual and team environments. Your athletic career has given you the workplace-ready attributes such as communication, collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking.

A career as a financial advisor can be one of the most rewarding career paths a person can take. It provides professional and personal flexibility, the ability to define the career path you want, and make a real difference in the lives of the people in your community. Our staff, mentors, and managers play a significant part in training and developing highly motivated people to become successful in the financial planning marketplace.

Are you ready to make the play?

You have the game plan, now it’s time to plan your next move.

Mike Salvatore

General Agent, Agency Growth & Development

"I have always had the vision to build a Sports Division because the characteristics and traits of high performing athletes translates so well to success in our industry.  For some time, I have been waiting for the right partner to make this vision a reality.  A team is only as good as its leadership, and I feel we have found an exceptional leader in John Valentin.  John’s success in MLB as a player and as a coach speaks for itself. His focus, drive, energy, enthusiasm, and work hard to win mentality is contagious.  John’s leadership and coaching style will inspire our associates to be as great as they can be.  I am so grateful to welcome John and his wife Marie into the Northeast Financial Network family."

Locker Room to Conference Room with John Valentin

Former MLB player, John Valentin, is the Director of Talent Acquisition - Sports Division at Northeast Financial Network.

John Valentin made his MLB debut as the starting shortstop against the Texas Rangers on July 27, 1992. 

His best season was 1995, when he batted .298 with 27 home runs, 37 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 81 walks. Valentin finished ninth in the American League MVP voting, and helped lead the Red Sox to its first division title since 1990. Valentin had a .971 fielding percentage in his first three years as a shortstop for the Red Sox.

He signed with the New York Mets as a free agent after the 2001 season and played in 114 games for them in 2002.

In 11 seasons with the Red Sox and Mets, Valentin had a .279 batting average, and accumulated a total of 1093 hits. He hit 124 career home runs, and had 558 runs batted in.

Valentin is the only Major League player to have pulled off an unassisted triple play, hit for the cycle and hit three home runs in a game.

From Coaching Players on the Field to Coaching Advisors Become Successful 

Coach Christian Dapolito 

Managing Associate 

Dapolito is the coach for our new associates. When you begin your career as a Financial  Advisor, he will be by your side every step of the way.

Prior to being in Financial Services, he was one of the youngest college head football coaches at age 28 for Pace University. His professional football career includes stints as an athlete in Finland and France. He also played college football as a student at Rutgers and Duke University. Dapolito holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Duke University.