Sean Avery is a former pro hockey player, ad man, marketing advisor, occasional fashion model, bar and restaurant owner in lower Manhattan, and social and civil liberties activist. Sean spent 12 years playing for National Hockey Leagues teams, including the NY Rangers, where he was typically known as his team’s “enforcer” and had a reputation as an outspoken agitator on (and sometimes off) the ice. During one off-season, he interned at Vogue Magazine and was featured there in a NY Times ad.
When Sean retired from hockey in early 2012, he started working at the Lipman Agency in NY as its Chief Strategy Officer. He now calls himself an Editor-At-Large there, handling a range of assignments for the agency and its parent, Revolate Holdings (with investments in apparel, media, and sports). One of his ad clients says of Sean: “He wasn’t classically trained, with an MBA or college. He has an MBA degree in social networking. He’s a connector.” Sean will appear in an ad campaign for another Lipman Agency client, 7 for All Mankind Jeans that is to be introduced in February. He owns a sports bar and a restaurant in lower Manhattan, and he was the first pro athlete to speak out for legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State by appearing in a video for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. Sean is on the Board of Directors of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit raising awareness about and ending homophobia and transphobia in sports.