Jose Hawilla is a Brazilian entrepreneur who owns one of the largest sports marketing companies in that nation, Traffic Sports. He started out his professional career as a journalist who covered many topics, including sports. He is originally from Sao Jose do Rio Preto and now lives in two cities, Rio Preto and Palmeiras. Jose has been married for many years and they have three children including one who is now an entrepreneur himself.
In addition to Traffic Sports, Jose Hawilla also owns a giant newspaper network named Redo Globo Affiliates. Among the newspapers he publishes are Good Morning Rio Preto, Bom Dia Jundiai, Good Morning Catanduva, and Good Morning Marilia among others. Since 2009 he has owned one of the older newspapers in Brazil, Diario Popular, which he renamed as Diario de Sao Paulo.
For a decade Jose Hawilla was a reporter on both the radio and television. He worked for a number of media companies such as Rede Record, Rede Globo, and Radio and TV Bandeirantes. He covered a number of huge sporting events like Summer and Winter Olympics, World Cup games, as well as Formula One. He says his journalism career came to an abrupt halt, though, in 1979 when the company he was working for fired him because he attended an industry strike. He was later re-hired but he decided to go in a different direction and start his own firm. For more details visit Crunchbase.
It was in 1980 that he and some business partners bought Traffic Sports. The first ads they displayed for their clients were on bus stops. Before long Traffic Sports was putting ads on publicity boards in stadiums across Brazil. His firm today handles the sponsorship contracts that the Brazilian national soccer team enters into, such as their current on with Nike. Traffic Sports also holds the rights to both the World Cup Qualifiers and Copa America. His company has also signed contracts with many individual players so that no matter what team they play for Traffic Sports handles their economic rights. Among other interests Jose Hawilla also owns Estoril Praia Sports Group which is a soccer outfit located in Portugal. You can search on Google for more info.