Our story is real and genuine. We didn't create a brand based on the need to compete with anyone or money being our motive. It is based on a story of the humbling beginning of a young boy, Christian Villar, who got inspired to live out his life's dream despite having the odds stacked against him. Growing up without a father, who passed away when he was just five years old, to being raised by a single mom, migrating to the US from a small village in the Dominican Republic and working for everything society and statistics said he couldn't beat.

Growing up, Christian childhood hero was an NBA basketball player named, Felipe Lopez. Christian went on to play basketball overseas and upon his returned to New Jersey created his very own professional basketball team called New Jersey Pros in 2009. As fate would have it, Christian shared the court with his childhood hero Felipe Lopez and retired his jersey with the NJ-Pros. 

 

While on tour with his team in 2014, Christian hosted a free basketball clinic and donated over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged children. The following day after the game, a group of children approached Christian and asked if they can have his sneakers. Being able to only give them away to only one child made him feel horrible. On the plane back home to NJ, Christian started praying and that's when he realized that there are still children who can't afford or don't have sneakers like him when he was growing up in the Dominican Republic. That was the moment he made the decision to change that and the idea of creating his own sneaker company and brand was born.

Since 2009 all of the NJ-Pros camps, training, and events where conducted under "The Pros Brand" name it was only fit to name and formally incorporating its new company and brand as business entity in 2016 as "The Pros Brand". Its slogan "Winning Where It Matters" says it at all, you decide what it matters to you and you create your own definition of success and what your life should be. We hope that by producing quality and affordable footwear and apparel we can change someone's life. Profits from sales will be used to donate footwear and apparel to underprivileged youth around the world, invest in education and sports programs that will inspire and motivate them in becoming the best version of themselves.

 

The Pros Brand organizes and conducts youth, high school, college and pro sport competitions and athletic events for profit and charitable benefits locally, nationally, and internationally. It also hosts,"The Pros Brand Invitational," the platform in which the its professional basketball,  NJ-Pros, compete against top professional basketball teams from around the world to spread diversity, cultural awareness, and peace among fans, nations, and cultures.  The Pros Brand Invitational aims to foster international and national diplomacy through athletic competition, exhibition, clinics, training, cultural festivities, and various aid missions, (food, water, medicine etc). It offers teams and players opportunity to give back and engage in the communities, cities, states, and countries in which they play in while showing fans the importance of team work in everyday life to make the world a better place for all. 

Furthermore we also take great pride in providing youth, high school, college and pro training in different sports as well as fitness and training programs for non athletes and athletes alike to reach ones full potential. 

Christian Villar

Founder & Owner

Christian ​Villar is an entrepreneur, athlete, and a consultant in the nonprofit and business sectors.  He holds a  Masters Degree in Public Administration / Nonprofit Management and Bachelor Degree in Social Behavior Science / Business Administration from Seton Hall University.  He is also the founder and sole owner of the The Pros Brand, LLC, Villar Consulting, LLC, and NJ-Pros Basketball, LLC.

Villar Consulting, LLC, a private independent consulting practice established in 2006 specializing in providing consulting services to both nonprofits and small businesses, assisting individuals start and/or incorporate nonprofits and small businesses; and obtaining 501(c)(3) tax exemption status for nonprofits from the IRS. As well as assisting professional athletes in contract negotiations, obtaining endorsement deals, and starting their own nonprofit foundations and businesses.

 

The Pros Brand, LLC, an independent footwear and apparel company.  The Pros Brand  also organizes and conducts youth, high school, college and pro sport competitions and athletic events for profit and charitable benefits locally, nationally, and internationally. It hosts,"The Pros Brand Invitational," the platform in which the its professional basketball,  NJ-Pros, compete against top professional basketball teams from around the world to spread diversity, cultural awareness, and peace among fans, nations, and cultures. 

The NJ-Pros is New Jersey's only independent professional basketball team, members of The Pros Brand Invitational, composed of players with NBA, NBA G League, and International professional playing experience.

Lead Designer

We've teamed with one of the best designers in the footwear industry, Brett Golliff.  Brett was previously a lead designer for a Major Footwear Brand, and has created a variety of innovative shoes for both small and large brands.  Brett's insight and footwear design knowledge is invaluable.  Because he is determine to create products that solve problems while evoking an emotional connection for the consumer we knew that there was not another designer out there for us but him.  We are honored and forever grateful to have him as part of The Pros Brand family as he will be designing all our upcoming sneakers and other footwear. 

Manufacturer

Despite being an independent brand and company we have managed to be working with Otabo, a full service manufacturer with 35+ years experience manufacturing shoes from startups to top brands, to manufacture our footwear. Otabo is based in the United States, and has a China office staffed with Quality Assurance and Factory Managers.  Otabo only works with factories that meet a high standard of ethics, workers' rights, and product quality.  The material used in manufacturing our sneakers is that of the same quality of the top brands in the industry.

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PHYSICAL STORE GRAND OPENING

 JANUARY 4, 2020

844 Kinderkamack Rd.

River Edge NJ 07661

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