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NSMN BOARD MEMBER & FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST GENERAL MANAGER JON HEIDTKE LEAVING POSITION FOR NEW LEADERSHIP ROLE AT TEXAS A&M




JON HEIDTKE, General Manager of Fox Sports Southwest has been one of the most influential regional sports network executives of the last two decades, will leave Fox at the end of June to take a position with Learfield Communications at his alma mater, Texas A&M.

Heidtke will work with Learfield, which is the rights holder for A&M athletics, to create partnerships within the athletic department and other elements of the university that will include marketing agreements, on-campus partnerships with business and industry and other activities to be determined. His final day with Fox Sports will be June 30. Congratulations Jon!


INDUSTRY VETERAN & NSMN BOARD MEMBER HUNTER NICKELL NAMED PRESIDENT OF RAYCOM SPORTS


NSMN Board member HUNTER NICKELL has been named Chief Executive Officer for Raycom Sports. He is an accomplished leader in sports media, digital platforms, event sponsorship and content development at past leadership roles at Sports South, FOX Sports, SPEED, IMG College and Mulberry Street Media Company, LLC. While at IMG College, Nickell and his team oversaw partnership management in multimedia, digital platforms, licensing, ticketing and seating that generated over $400 million in revenue. While President of SPEED, the team grew revenue to $300 million and distribution to over 80 million homes. In addition to launching SPEED on Demand, SPEED.com and SPEED 2, a digital streamed video product. While at FOX Sports Net he and his team launched digital brand extensions, multi RSN agreement with the Southeastern Conference, and a national deal with FOX Sports Net, Raycom Sports and the Atlantic Coast Conference to launch ACC Sunday Night Hoops for men’s basketball.


CHICAGO CHAPTER BOARD MEMBER & BEARS EXECUTIVE CHRIS HIBBS NAMED GENERAL MANAGER / CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER WITH LEGENDS WHERE HE WILL DIRECT SALES AND REVENUE FOR THEIR RAMS' STADIUM PROJECT


Congratulations Chris! After 10 years with the Chicago Bears, sports business executive CHRIS HIBBS has moved to Los Angeles to head up sales and revenue for Legends for the Rams' Stadium project. In Chicago, Adam Jahns noted Hibbs joined the Bears in '06 and "oversaw numerous changes at Halas Hall and Solider Field," including the "expansion of Halas Hall, which now includes a large event and media center" (SUNTIMES.com, 2/19). Also in Chicago, Danny Ecker noted while Hibbs was in his most recent role, the Bears "dropped CocaCola after a decades long relationship in favor of Dr Pepper Snapple as its official beverage partner, swapped concessionaire Delaware North Sportservice for Aramark and opened its own TV studio" at Halas Hall. He also sold naming rights to Halas Hall's addition to PNC Bank as "part of a wideranging sponsorship deal." Hibbs' departure "comes with the Bears on the verge of dramatically expanding their marketing rights at publicly owned Soldier Field" CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 2/19) [SportsBusiness Daily - February 22, 2016]




NSMN BOARD MEMBER & OLYMPIAN ANNE CRIBBS
INDUCTED INTO THE BAY AREA SPORTS HALL OF FAME!


Congratulations Anne!




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NSMN FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JENNIFER KARPF SELECTED TO ATTEND FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT FOR WOMEN.

THE INVITATION-ONLY EVENT, THE UNITED STATE OF WOMEN,
TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016. JENNIFER, AN AWARD-WINNING ENTREPRENEUR, ATTENDED TO REPRESENT THE SPORTS BUSINESS INDUSTRY.

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SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY VETERAN BRET WERNER APPOINTED TO NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER BOARD

MWWPR IS A CORPORATE MEMBER




BRET WERNER is MWWPR’s Chief Client Officer, leading strategy, growth and best practices across the agency’s eight offices and 240 employees, and ensuring client success at all levels.  He serves on the agency’s executive committee and reports directly to President & CEO Michael Kempner.

Prior to joining MWWPR, Werner co-founded Catalyst, a communications agency specializing in sports, active lifestyle and entertainment, where he spearheaded the agency’s win and retention of deep relationships with global brands such as Subway Restaurants, Under Armour and Dick's Sporting Goods. Catalyst was a three-time PRWeek agency of the year for its category size, and Werner’s accomplishments led him to being named one of PRWeek's 2011 "40 Under 40." After seven years as an independent agency, in 2012, Werner helped drive the acquisition of Catalyst by IMG. Werner started his career at Taylor, becoming one of the youngest Vice Presidents in the company's history. He quickly ascended to Managing Partner where he and five others initiated an employee buyout from CEO Alan Taylor. Werner and the new management team boldly transformed ATC, now operating as Taylor, from a publicity shop to a true brand counselor for leading consumer brands.  The “Transformation at Taylor” was chronicled and recognized as an official case study by Harvard Business School.

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