Founder & NFL Liaison
Marvel Smith was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He played his collegiate football at Arizona State University where he graduated in three and a half years with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology and Family Studies. Smith was selected 37th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2000 NFL Draft. Smith played nine very successful years with the Steelers, starting day one as a rookie, achieving Pro Bowl Status, and winning two Super Bowls in his career.
Smith’s knowledge of the game and expertise with offensive line play serves The Factory on multiple fronts. In addition to being a highly-respected NFL alum, it’s his powerful voice that connects the dots for teams/coaches/players and their on and off the field training and conditioning programs. His one-on-one private coaching and consultation is geared specifically on improving technical aspects of offensive line play.
Chief Financial Officer
Jared Pitt is the Chief Financial Officer for The Factory. Before joining The Factory team, Pitt was an attorney at Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP, where he practiced corporate and securities litigation. Pitt is also a licensed Certified Public Account who worked at KPMG LLP, where he specialized in Financial Statement Auditing.
Pitt earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School. Prior to attending law school he graduated with honors from both the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and USC’s Marshall School of Business where he received a Masters of Accounting.
Director of Business Development
Eliel Swinton was the National Scouting Director for the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA), the largest scouting organization in the world. Having Swinton in this role, gives The Factory a unique advantage, as his expertise serves as a critical tool when identifying elite youth candidates for The Factory’s Speed and Performance programs. He is also founder of the not-for-profit Carpe Diem Sports Academy and was an Ambassador and certified trainer for the Nike-SPARQ program.
Swinton has coached football in the Los Angeles area at Valley College, Pierce College, and Crespi High School, specializing on defense. Prior to his coaching career, he had a brief stint as a safety for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played running back for Stanford, earning All-Pac-10 honors as well as Freshman Player of the Year (1993).
In addition to his professional credits, Swinton co-starred as running back "Wendell Brown" in MTV's "Varsity Blues."