The Team


Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond is a proud husband, father, Christian, philanthropist and professional athlete. A lifelong Sarasota/Bradenton area resident, an active member of the community, and a biracial American passionate about breaking down barriers. Ian believes that a culture of inclusivity and acceptance is achievable through the game of baseball, and is determined to make that vision a reality. Ian is a decorated 11-year Major League Baseball veteran, appearing in 1,478 games and at six different positions. Primarily a shortstop and outfielder, Ian played six different defensive positions and posted a career .263 batting average, hit 181 home runs, and drove in 711 RBI and stole 181 bases. A two-time MLB All-Star (2012 (SS), 2016 (OF)) and a three-time Silver Slugger award winner (2012, 2013, 2014), and has often been hailed for on- and off-field leadership by his peers. Five-time recipient of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award (2011, 2013-16); Six-time nominee for the Roberto ClementeAward (2011, 2014, 2017-20). Ian is a Co-Founder of Newtown Connection.

Vince Northfield

Vince Northfield is a co-founder of Newtown Connection.  Vince, is a retired business executive spanning a variety of industries around the world. Vince was born in London, England and moved to the USA in 1998, has been a Florida resident since 2001 and became a US Citizen in 2007. In his free time, Vince takes time to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, enjoys golf, exercising and has a passion for sports cars.