NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER
JERRY SOLOMON IS NOW THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE MEMPHIS OPEN
The Memphis Open, the city’s annual stop on the Association of Tennis Professionals worldwide tour, has a new owner! Veteran sports business executive Jerry Solomon, President and CEO of Boston-based StarGames - a sports marketing, management and entertainment company - will be President of a newly formed company that will own and operate the event. READ NEWS Connect now
Congratulations to NSMN North Texas Board member BRITTON BANOWSKY who was named Executive Director,
College Football Playoff Foundation. He served as Commissioner, Conference USA for 13 years. Britton will stay with the Conference until it completes the process to identify his successor. It is anticipated that the Board of Directors will conduct a special meeting to discuss the matter in September and at its regular meeting scheduled Oct. 25-26, 2015.
GMR MARKETING EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT STEVE SKUBIC APPOINTED TO BAY AREA CHAPTER BOARD
GMR MARKETING IS A PATRON MEMBER OF NATIONAL SPORTS MARKETING NETWORK (NSMN)
Steve Skubic is an Executive Vice President of GMR Marketing and a veteran of the travel, event, and sports marketing industries for more than 30 years. In 2014, SportsMark merged with GMR and Steve continues his involvement in global events and assisting the company in growing its global footprint. Some of the notable clients he has worked with include adidas, Cisco, EY, GE, Omega, P&G, and Visa.
Prior to his role at GMR, Steve was Chief Executive Officer of SportsMark Management Group. His leadership and financial management acumen were hallmarks of his tenure at SportsMark, which began in 1990. The company consistently earned industry accolades, including SportsBusiness Journal’s Sports Event Marketing Firm of the Year. READ ENTIRE BIO Connect now
IBM'S GLOBAL SPONSORSHIP CHIEF APPOINTED TO NSMN NYC CHAPTER BOARD
IBM HAS BEEN A CORPORATE MEMBER FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS
Noah Syken is the Vice President, Global Sponsorships and Client Programs for IBM. In this role he leads the overall strategic relationship with IBM’s sponsorship partners including The Masters, US Open Golf and Tennis, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Australian Open, and the Tony Awards. Prior to this, Noah was a leader of IBM’s global media organization where he oversaw the transition to a digitally centric media strategy. He also led the strategy and marketing around IBM’s “Watson” computer that successfully competed in the “Jeopardy! IBM Challenge” in 2011. Noah is passionate about emerging media and platforms and focuses on the intersection of technology and fan engagement as a means to drive IBM’s business into the future. READ ENTIRE BIO Connect now
SPORTS BUSINESS DEALMAKER
GARY JACOBUS APPOINTED TO NSMN
NYC CHAPTER BOARD
Gary Jacobus is currently the Head of Business Development for Aramark’s Sports & Entertainment division and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Council. He is responsible for securing new and retaining current food & beverage, retail merchandising and facilities management business within professional sports venues, NCAA sports venues, convention centers and amphitheaters. Aramark currently serves over 150 sports and entertainment venues in the United States.
Jacobus has spent the majority of his career in the sports and entertainment industry creating some of the largest corporate partnerships in sports marketing history. He began his sports career with the National Football League. During his seven-year tenure with the NFL, the annual marketing partnership revenue grew from $10MM to over $120MM. Jacobus was responsible for the then largest partnership in sports history, a three year $87MM venture with Sprint.
Jacobus moved on to run IMG’s worldwide corporate consulting practice where he grew the division by 270% over a three-year period. He was responsible for consummating a $2.5MM annual worldwide consulting agreement with Philips Electronics that was the most lucrative consulting assignment in IMG’s 40 year history. READ ENTIRE BIO Connect now
Founded in 1998, National Sports Marketing Network (NSMN) is the exclusive trade organization for the sports business industry. NSMN includes more than 10,000 individual and corporate members with chapters in major markets and members in more than 50 U.S. cities. Members enjoy daily membership benefits that focus on career development, business development and industry growth.
The national organization is dedicated to the advancement of the sports business industry through networking and the production of thought-provoking, issue-oriented seminars created to raise the level of discourse on critical sports industry issues.
In addition to producing must-attend panel discussions, NSMN offers industry-wide discounts on trade publications and complimentary job matching.
NSMN is Board-governed by sports industry leadership who oversee educational initiatives nationwide.
Sports business experience is required for membership.
NSMN was founded by award-winning entrepreneur Jennifer Karpf.
Sports Tackles Cancer is an industry-wide fundraising program that unites sports business executives AND sports fans in the fight against cancer. 100% of the funds raised are donated to cancer research and patient advocacy.
Organized by the National Sports Marketing Network (NSMN), the industry trade association, Sports Tackles Cancer is the first charitable program of its kind to encourage sports executives across the country to use their resources to help create additional awareness about cancer and to raise money. Through national outreach to sports business professionals, teams, leagues, sports sponsors and sports fans, Sports Tackles Cancer has raised thousands of dollars since its inception in 2008. Sports Tackles Cancer encourages creative fundraising programs and recognizes the individual and corporate sports industry leaders who take a stand in their public support of the program. Individual and corporate giving is welcome.
Founded in 1998, the National Sports Marketing Network (NSMN) is the trade organization for the sports business industry in the United States.
NSMN is membership-based and sports business work experience is required for participation.