News // Golf agent R.J. Nemer new dean University of Akron College of Business (

AKRON — In the four times R.J. Nemer has reinvented himself, his decision initially walked hand in hand with doubt.

“You’re like, ‘Am I in the right place? Was this the right thing? Is this the right pivot? Can I do this?’” Nemer said.

But when the former sports agent recently moved into the University of Akron College of Business dean’s suite, validation greeted him at the door.

On the wall outside hangs a plaque designating it “The Edward G. Elias Office of the Dean.”

“I walked in and saw that and suddenly it occurred to me this is where I’m meant to be,” Nemer said. “It’s about as full circle, it’s about as poetic as you can view a career journey.”

Akron-born Eddie Elias, a 1951 UA graduate who passed away in 1998, founded the Professional Bowlers Association. A lawyer, he also operated Eddie Elias Enterprises and represented athletes and entertainment celebrities. With a golf client list that included Tommy Bolt, Chi Chi Rodriguez, and Fuzzy…

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