NSMN BOARD MEMBER & FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST GENERAL MANAGERJON 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]
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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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.