An Experienced Sports Agent
About Mark Fretta
An accomplished entrepreneur, Mark Fretta serves Vector Sports Intermediary, LLC, as president, principal, and sports agent. The firm provides a high standard of representation to professional athletes throughout the world by negotiating endorsement contracts and coordinating events that range from photo shoots to speaking engagements. Since starting out as sports agent, Mark Fretta has secured numerous corporate endorsement deals with iconic companies such as Coca Cola and BMW. In addition to his commitment to Vector Sports, he helps guide the export management firm VandaMark Trade Industries, which he co-founded in 2013.
Before deciding to pursue a career in business, Mark Fretta was appointed to the National Triathlon Team by the United States Olympic Committee. For more than a decade, he worked as a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center. During that time, his responsibilities included traveling to countries throughout the world to compete as a representative of the United States at tournaments like the Pan American Games. Mr. Fretta currently coaches amateur triathletes interested in preparing for major competitions like ironman distance world championships.
Hall and Oates Number One Singles
Mark Fretta spent several years in the sports agency and athlete marketing industry before taking on his current position as vice president of operations at ART and ART Corporate Solutions. When he is not managing day-to-day activities at the company, Mark Fretta enjoys listening to popular ’80s music such as Hall and Oates.
Hall and Oates, a pop rock duo made up of Daryl Hall and John Oates, formed in 1970 and have enjoyed a series of number one hits in the United States and abroad. The band’s first single to top American charts came in 1977 with Rich Girl off the album Bigger than Both of Us. Only two of the band’s previous 10 singles had reached top 10 status in America, while six failed to chart altogether, making Rich Girl something of a surprise. It would be four years before the band experienced another US chart topper, this time with Kiss on My List. This song, however, would signal the start of the band’s most prolific period of success.
The third single off Voices, Kiss on My List was followed in short order by You Make My Dreams, which peaked at number five. Private Eyes, the lead single on the band’s 12th album of the same name, and follow-up I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) marked the bands third and fourth number one singles, respectively. The latter reached number one on the R&B and dance charts as well. In 1982, the band enjoyed a fifth number one single with Maneater, while their sixth and most recent number one hit came with 1984’s Out of Touch. Other popular songs by the band include She’s Gone and Everything Your Heart Desires.
Cities Debate Solutions Related to Manitou Incline
An experienced law professional, Mark Fretta now serves as the vice president of operations of Active Release Techniques in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mark Fretta also enjoys staying active by taking advantage of the local surroundings, such as the Manitou Incline.
A former railway made into a trail in the Colorado Springs area, the Manitou Incline offers 2,000 feet of elevation gain in under a mile—and sensors indicate that there are more than 300,000 one-way visits on the trail each year. The number of visitors increased when the trail was officially sanctioned in 2013, further escalating concerns about parking, neighborhood disturbances, and overuse. In response to the growing issues, Colorado Springs and the city of Manitou Springs are discussing various parking options and a fee system.
However, city officials state that due to liability concerns an admission fee can’t be instituted until trail improvements are finished. The city lacks the funding to continue the repairs that started in the fall of 2014, as the first phase went over budget by almost $400,000 and dealt with just 22 percent of the trail. Grants and other funds are being sought for additional improvements while the cities debate new parking options and access restrictions.