Growing up in the Fairgrounds Park neighborhood, located on the northside of St. Louis, Reggie Blackwell began his educational journey at Webster Elementary. Blackwell remained at Webster until the third grade when he then transferred to Shepard Elementary, before moving on to Blewett Middle School. Like a vast majority of city students, Blackwell attended Hoech Middle in the Ritenour School District in the eighth grade, as part of the Voluntary Desegregation Program with the St. Louis city and county schools.
For high school, Blackwell attended Ritenour High School. Embodying the true meaning of student athlete, Blackwell lettered varsity in football, basketball, and track & field. He was the first African-American to be chosen as president of the senior class. He was selected for the 1st Team All Metro and All State in football. He was also a St. Louis Post Dispatch, Top Ten Scholar Athlete recipient. In addition to excelling in sports, Blackwell was also a member of the National Honor Society, an organization who recognizes high academic achievement.
Blackwell continue to pursue his education at Kansas State University on a football scholarship where he played the positions of linebacker and defensive end. Like high school, Blackwell lettered all four years, and was a three-year starter and team captain. He graduated from KSU with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Marketing.
Diving into his career, Blackwell accepted a position with Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in Houston, Texas as a Contemporary Marketing Supervisor. He spent ten years with the company, holding various positions from Market Manager, Sales Manager, and Brand Management. Blackwell left
Anheuser-Busch in 2003 to follow his passion of becoming a sports agent.
His first job in the sports agent field was with MAC Sports & Entertainment in 2004. During his tenue with the company, Blackwell represented over 25 clients in football and negotiated over $100 million in the value of the contracts for his clients. In 2007, Blackwell left MAC Sports to start his own company—RB Sports and Entertainment LLC.
Blackwell served at the company’s CEO for six years, before dissolving the company in 2013. He then moved on to become a Senior Business Analyst at International Services, Inc, a consulting firm. In 2016, ISI began a new venture to provide professional athletes with specialized tax planning and other legal services through a separate entity called Entertainment Tax Advisors, LLC.
As a result of his prior experience in representing professional athletes, Blackwell was asked to become an executive with the new venture. The mission of ETA is to represent professional athletes, entertainers and other high net worth individuals by providing them with strategic tax planning to minimize tax obligations as well as providing necessary estate planning and legal advisory services.
Today, Blackwell is the Director of Business Development and Vice President of Marketing for Entertainment Tax Advisors, LLC. The company currently has 41 clients. Thirty-seven with the NFL, two with the NBA, one professional boxer and one college coach.