In a press conference at the Columbus Civic Center, the Columbus Lions of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) announced today the addition of Duke Liberatore and Jan McBarron to the team's ownership group.
am thrilled to announce the addition of 'Duke and The Doctor' to our
ownership group," said Principal Owner John Hargrove. "Throughout this
process it was not only important to find new partners but to find the
right partners who could help validate our business model. Duke and
Jan's business savvy, humanitarian interests and connections to the
community will be a huge asset the Lions organization."
of Peachtree Natural Foods, Duke is a known sports advocate. A graduate
of Georgia State University, at the age of 20 Duke began an interest in
preventive health. After losing both of his parents to heart disease in
the same year, Duke became determined to minimize his risk of this
hereditary disease. After educating himself, he realized that there were
measures that could be taken to help prevent other health conditions
from occurring. It was then that he started to make a career out of
healthy living. In 1990 he opened his first of now twelve Peachtree
Natural Foods stores.
to medical physician and best-selling author, Jan McBarron, M.D.,
together they host their own radio and television health program. In
addition to serving as a board certified medical doctor in a thriving
practice near Atlanta, Dr. McBarron is a specialist in weight loss and
preventive medicine and has a private medical practice in Columbus, GA.
Author of three best-selling books Flavor Without Fat, The Columbus
Nutrition Program and Being a Woman Naturally - Dr. Jan McBarron's Guide
to Natural Supplements Beyond 25 and has been featured in Time, U.S.
News & World Report, Readers' Digest, Sports Illustrated, Women's
World and Fitness magazines.
joining the Lions organization we did an extensive look at all aspects
of the team from its presence in the community to the experience of
attending games," said new owner Duke Liberatore. "The excitement they
provide to their fans to the high-level of commitment members to serving
the community this organization has become a model for other indoor
teams to follow and I just wanted to be a part of that excellence as
well as help in the growth process for the club."