A Vancouver BC native, Anton played rugby as one of several sports in high school. His modest efforts at outside center and back helped his Carson Graham Eagles win two city championships. He did not come back to the game as a player until joining pickup practices with Chiba University during a stint in Japan in the mid-1990s. It was not until 2013, having lived in the US for many years and recently moved to Atlanta, that he again became meaningfully involved with the sport again through a small neighborhood group called Atlanta Youth Rugby (AYR). Anton signed up his two boys, joined as a coach and a Board member, helped organize and recruit members, and took the reins of the club in 2015.
Since that time AYR has grown from 35 local kids to serving over 3000 in 12 neighborhoods, with over 45% identifying as female; 85% identifying as ethnic minorities, and 80% from underserved neighborhoods. Its founding partnership with Life U has grown to include not just student-athlete coaches but Board representation and professional experience with internships. MLR’s RugbyATL has become another key partner, along with Penn Mutual and Northside Hospital for the AYR-developed the SafePlay program.
Anton was elected President of Rugby Georgia for a 2-year term in 2016, serving its members with best practices leadership in strategy and operations as well as strengthening its balance sheet. Anton has also held many volunteer leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America; and served as a volunteer coach and Rec Board member for InterAtlanta FC. He has also coached youth baseball, flag football and tennis.
In his professional life, Anton holds an MBA and has been an executive at several Fortune 500 companies; a nonprofit executive and advisor; as well as pursuing a parallel entrepreneurial path of tech and property investment since the early 2000s.
“As an NCR Board member, I plan to support its strong leadership in college rugby, help NCR build bridges to youth clubs, and build the membership value proposition for NCR constituents.”