November 22, 2011 16:13 ET

IMG Worldwide and Washington Speakers Bureau Announce Joint Exclusive Representation of Tony LaRussa

Former Manager of the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 22, 2011) - IMG Worldwide Inc (IMG) and Washington Speakers Bureau (WSB) are pleased to announce a joint exclusive representation partnership in speaking engagements only of Tony LaRussa, who led the St. Louis Cardinals to victory in the recently completed World Series, one of the most dramatic of all time.

LaRussa, considered one of the greatest managers in Major League Baseball history, ranks second overall in all-time with 70 post season wins and third in all-time regular season wins at 2,278, over the course of a 32-year career.

This is the first joint collaboration between IMG and WSB. Said Sandy Montag, IMG Senior Corporate Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Clients, "We are delighted to work closely with WSB as this will enable Tony to enjoy the strengths of both our fine organizations."

WSB Co-CEO, Harry Rhoads, Jr. echoed similar sentiments and also added, "We are very pleased to work with our great friends at IMG with whom we have enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship."

LaRussa and his wife, Elaine, are also the founders of the Animal Rescue Foundation. ARF was created in 1991 to address the needs of companion animals. Their vision for ARF is an organization that can not only aid abandoned and homeless animals, but also promote the concept that people's lives can be enhanced by strengthening the bonds between humans and animals. With these intertwined goals as the guiding principles, and an intention to become a national as well as local leader, ARF has designed progressive programs for many populations including abused children, the elderly, victims of violence and others who can benefit from the healing contact of animals.

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About WSB
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