ADISA, the nation’s largest trade association representing the non-traded alternative and direct investment space, announced today that NBA legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Earvin “Magic” Johnson will keynote its 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on October 8 – 10.
“ADISA is honored to welcome the legendary Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson as the keynote speaker at our 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show, our largest event of the year designed to help alternative and direct investment professionals grow their business,” said John Harrison, executive director of ADISA. “Magic Johnson is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, yet so much more. An incredibly accomplished entrepreneur, investor and inspirational leader, he is a true icon who has an incredible story to share with our members and guests.”
Johnson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate valued at an estimated $1 billion. He is also co-owner of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club, eSports franchise Team Liquid and Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, which was purchased for $2 billion in 2012.
Johnson is currently the president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, where as a player he redefined the point guard position from 1979 to 1991. Among his numerous NBA honors and accomplishments, Johnson was a five-time NBA champion, three-time Most Valuable Player, 12-time All-Star, and two-time All-Star Game MVP. In 1992 he was co-captain of the undefeated United Statesmen’s Olympic basketball team. Considered by many the greatest sports team ever assembled, the “Dream Team” also featured Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and several other NBA legends. The Dream Team defeated its opponents by an average of 44 points en route to the gold medal.
Johnson currently has controlling interests in EquiTrust, a $14 billion financial services company, ASPiRE, an African-American television network, and SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company. He is investing millions of dollars into infrastructure improvement in the United States and is the leading investor in several minority-owned technology companies.
ADISA’s 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show is expected to draw approximately 1,000 attendees toLas Vegas for three days of networking and education in the alternative and direct investment industry. Designed for all industry professionals who sponsor, analyze, market, distribute or sell alternative investments, the event provides the consummate platform for product and company education, legislative and regulatory updates, sponsor due diligence and more. Many educational sessions will qualify for continuing education credits. Nearly 80 event exhibitors will showcase their business at the conference. To learn more about ADISA’s 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show, visit