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National Executive Board member JEFF PRICE, President & Publisher, Sporting News Media is leaving the company immediately to start his own company Acorn Sports Ventures - a New York based agency that will focus on youth sports. Price, a veteran media and marketing executive who previously held roles with Sports Illustrated, Millsport, Trakus and MasterCard, led the effort to shift the 127-year-old Sporting News from a print-based company to one highly active on the Web, on mobile devices and in social media. He was then a key figure in a major joint venture struck in March between the Perform Group and American City Business Journals, parent company of Sporting News, SportsBusiness Journal and Sports Business Daily, to create Sporting News Media. The new Sporting News Media now stands among the most highly trafficked entities in U.S. digital sports media, ranking seventh in the most recent reach rankings from measurement firm comScore.(SportsBusiness Journal, September 16, 2013)
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Congratulations to NSMN Chicago Chapter Board member PAM HOLLANDER who was recognized as a "Game Changer" by Sports Business Journal's September 9, 2013 issue. Pam is the Senior Director, Integrated Marketing Communications, Sponsorship Marketing at Allstate. READ THE ARTICLE (you must be a SBJ subscriber)
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Congratulations to North Texas Board member & Texas Rangers President of Business Operations
RICK GEORGE! Rick has been named Athletic Director at the University of Colorado! Best wishes Rick!
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Congratulations to longtime NSMN Board member ED HORNE who joined IMG Consulting as Senior VP/Americas. Most recently, Ed served as COO at Madison Sports & Entertainment. The former NHL Enterprises President began his new job at IMG on July 8.
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12 year veteran Chicago Chapter Board member BOB BERNSTEIN leaves Chicago for Detroit where he becomes SVP, Group Director Carat USA. Best wishes to Bob on his new job!
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NSMN Board member MALCOLM BORDELON, Executive Vice President, Sharks Sports & Entertainment is leaving the team after a remarkable19 years. He joined the Sharks management team in July 1994, serving previously as Vice President, Broadcast and Media Marketing. In September 2010, Malcolm moved into the top spot on the organization's business side.
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NSMN Board member MICHAEL LYNCH has been has been named Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International. During his nearly 17 years with Visa, Lynch led the company’s global sponsorship marketing/ management strategy and execution including activations with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, FIFA World Cup, NFL and numerous other properties.  He and the organizations he led, have received numerous industry awards and recognition including, tabbed by Sporting News magazine as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Sports”, “Sports Sponsor of the Year” by the Sports Business Journal, and “The 25 Best Sponsors in America” by Event Marketer Magazine.
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NSMN Board member TONY WELLS, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, ADT was featured on a recent episode of UNDERCOVER BOSS.
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NSMN Board member MIKE BASS has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Communications, NBA. In his new position, Mike is now responsible for all PR for both basketball and business communications for the NBA, the WNBA, and the NBA D-League. He will continue to report to NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO Adam Silver.
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NSMN National Executive Board member RALPH SANTANA has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Harman International, the leading global audio and infotainment group (NYSE: HAR).
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NSMN Board member & longtime sports media veteran LARRY NOVENSTERN has been named Vice President, Integrated Partnerships, Tennis Channel. He will be based in the New York office and will be charged with expanding Tennis Channel’s efforts with current high-profile sponsors and finding new ways to leverage the network toward their sales end goals.  This is in addition to rounding out automotive, financial and other major sponsor categories with additional media partnerships. 
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NSMN Board member AMY LATIMER has been promoted to President, TD Garden. Prior, she was the Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Latimer was part of the inaugural executive team at the TD Garden in 1995 & shestarted as the Director of Marketing. She went on to launch the arena's e-Business department, harnessing website strategies and database marketing. She served as the Director of e-Business and then Vice President of Ticketing for both the Bruins and arena before assuming her current position. Congratulations Amy!
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NSMN Board member BRAD MAYNE has been named President & CEO, MetLife Stadium. Mayne has spent the past 14 years as President & CEO of Center Operating Co., the firm that manages American Airlines Center in Dallas on behalf of the Mavericks and Stars. He begins his new job in early September.
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NSMN Board member & longtime television veteran MIKE ARESCO has been named Commissioner,
Big East Conference. Aresco has been with CBS Sports since 1996, most currently serving as Executive Vice President, Programming.
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NSMN Board member HUNTER NICKELL, former President of SPEED, has joined IMG College as Senior Vice President - Partnership Management & Business Development. He will oversee all business lines including multimedia, licensing, stadium seating & ticketing. IMG College's client list includes more than 200 universities, conferences, bowls & collegiate institutions. Congratulations Hunter!
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NSMN Chicago Chapter Board member JIM CORNO was named the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame "Sportsman of the Year" - an award that recognizes a business leader who continually gives back to the community in support of charities and other humanitarian causes. With 28 years of hard work and dedication in the regional sports television business in Chicago, Jim continues to be an industry and civic leader! Congratulations Jim!
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After 16 years as Visa’s Head of Sponsorship, NSMN San Francisco Chapter Board Member MICHAEL LYNCH left the company to pursue new opportunities.
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NSMN Executive Board Member STEVE PHELPS, Chief Marketing Officer, NASCAR is featured in FORBES: CMO Predictions for 2012 -- Part 3: General Mills, Gogo, L'Oréal, NASCAR, Visa Hail Content as King

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Ed O'Hara
Congratulations to NSMN Executive Board member ED O'HARA who was voted to CUNY's School of Professional Studies Board of Directors.
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Longtime Chicago Chapter Board Member GARY SWAIN relocates with IMG to South Florida. Sports agent Swain represents John McEnroe and will continue his involvement with NSMN. Email Connect now


Congratulations to Boston Chapter Board Member JULIE KAHN, Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New England. Julie and the WEEI Sports Radio Network recently won Radio Ink Magazine’s award for "Best Radio Station Website (Markets 1-10)
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A high-powered group of sports and media executives and entrepreneurs this fall will start a new kids sports TV and digital network called The Whistle, seeking to reach a youth audience that the founders believe is underserved in traditional media channels. Primarily targeting children ages 6-16, The Whistle was formed by longtime entrepreneur John West, founder of environmental engineering outfit Enstrat and management solutions firm Silver Oak Solutions; JEFF URBAN, former senior vice president of sports marketing for Gatorade; and Kit Laybourne, former executive producer for Nickelodeon, MTV and Oxygen. West will be the chairman of the venture, Urban the chief marketing officer, and Laybourne the chief creative officer. The Whistle, based in New York, launched this fall after more than a year of development. It will comprise a traditional linear TV network, a video-heavy website powered by NeuLion, and a battery of mobile applications. (Source: SportsBusiness Journal - July 18, 2011) Email Connect now
Chicago Chapter Board Member TOM CRAWFORD, who was named Vice President & General Manager, The Specialized Marketing Group, Inc. (TSMGI). Prior, Tom was the Brand Manager, Sports & Entertainment Marketing at MillerCoors. email Connect now
NASCAR hired longtime Taylor executive & NSMN Board Member BRETT JEWKES as Chief Communications Officer, where he will oversee a roughly 35-person NASCAR Integrated Marketing & Communications division.
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Jim McPhilliamy
Congratulations to NSMN Charlotte Chapter Board member JIM MCPHILLIAMY, Managing Member, Charlotte Pro Lacrosse, on his successful efforts to bring Major League Lacrosse to Charlotte. Major League Lacrosse is expanding in 2012 – with new teams Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbus, Ohio.
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Greg Economou
NSMN Executive Board member GREG ECONOMOU was named Executive Vice President, Revenue Performance at Madison Square Garden Sports. In this newly created job, he is responsible for revenue generation & performance across all MSG Sports properties, which include the New York Knicks, NHL Rangers & WNBA Liberty. He will oversee corporate sales strategies and develop relationships with MSG's current & potential marketing partners.
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Jeanie Buss Laker Girl
Congratulations to NSMN Board member &
Los Angeles Lakers executive JEANIE BUSS who released her new book: Laker Girl.
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Kathy Carter
Congratulations to NSMN Board member KATHY CARTER who was named President, Soccer United Marketing (SUM), MLS’ commercial subsidiary. Carter will oversee all commercial activity for the organization in the United States and Canada. She will be responsible for all sponsorship, licensing and advertising sales for MLS/SUM. She will continue to serve as a key member of the MLS/SUM Senior Executive staff, providing counsel to the League Commissioner and MLS Board of Governors. Read more . Connect now
Blake Davidson
Congratulations to NSMN Charlotte Chapter Board member BLAKE DAVIDSON who was promoted to vice president of licensing and consumer products at NASCAR. Davidson, who has been with NASCAR for more than 15 years, is responsible for developing and leading the sanctioning body's entire licensing and merchandising strategy. He manages NASCAR's traditional and non-traditional licensing, which includes NASCAR's publishing, retail and business development efforts, as well as its international merchandising efforts. . Connect now
ROBERT KINNARD, Vice President, Corporate Sales & Marketing, Oakland Raiders has been appointed to the San Francisco Chapter Board.
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Tola Murphy-Baran
NSMN Board member TOLA MURPHY-BARAN announces her new role as Senior Vice President at AdKeeper. AdKeeper is a new online advertising service founded by online media entrepreneurs Scott Kurnit, who is also the founder of About.com. AdKeeper allows consumers to keep online ads of their choice in their personal ‘Keeper™,’ as easily as they can tear an ad from a magazine, and then get back to them later when they have the time or inclination. The new service launches in January 2011.
Learn more at: www.adkeeper.com, Visit: http://bit.ly/czLJfD, http://bit.ly/deqtR4,
and http://bit.ly/9mx5bM
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ROBERT KINNARD, Vice President, Corporate Sales & Marketing, Oakland Raiders has been appointed to the San Francisco Chapter Board.
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Ed O'Hara NSMN Executive Board member ED O'HARA appeared on ESPN SportsCenter on October 21 to discuss Lebron James’ image.

SportsCenter: LeBron's Reputation
October 21, 2010
Congratulations to Charlotte Chapter Board member DOCKERY CLARK who has been named the new Chief Marketing Officer of Professional Bull Riders. Clark, who was most recetly Senior Director of Sports & Entertainment Marketing at MillerCoors will work from PBR’s Pueblo, Colorado headquarters.
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Congratulations to NSMN Executive Board member JEFF PRICE, President & Publisher of Sporting News. Sporting News announces the re-launch of SportingNews.com as a new content distribution platform, branded Sporting News Feed. Learn more
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We salute Charlotte Chapter Board member MARCUS SMITH, President, Speedway Motorsports Inc. & President/GM, Charlotte Motor Speedway for hosting the recent Sports Tackles Cancer fundraiser on August 4 at the Speedway Club in Charlotte. Sports professionals gathered to raise money for cancer research with all of the funds donated to the American Cancer Society.
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. Congratulations to San Francisco Chapter Board member ANDY DOLICH for opening his consultancy agency. Dolich & Associates will offer counseling on property sales and marketing, along with event creation and executive search.
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NSMN North Texas Chapter Board member JEFF COGEN has been named CEO of the Nashville Predators. Prior, Jeff was the President, Dallas Stars. Under his leadership, the Stars were consistently in the top 10 in the NHL in attendance and considered the preeminent NHL Sun Belt franchise over the last 15 years. Congratulations to Jeff!
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. NSMN Chicago Chapter Board member MIKE POLISKY named Senior Associate Athletics Director of External Affairs for Northwestern University.
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Congratulations to former Giants Enterprises Chairman & longtime San Francisco Chapter Board member PAT GALLAGHER on the start of hew new venture: Gallagher & Associates.
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NSMN National Executive Board member RALPH SANTANA named Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung America. Ralph spent 16 years at Pepsi - most currently as their North America Vice President, Colas. We wish him congratulations in this new role!
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Interesting article on NSMN Board member SHAWN HUNTER:
After serving the City of New York for 12 years as Sports Commissioner, KEN PODIZBA steps down to become President/CEO of Bike New York. Learn more at www.bikenewyork.org. Connect now
NSMN National Executive Board member & SME Branding Senior Partner ED O’HARA launches new website at www.smebranding.com. The global strategic brand development firm is NSMN’s agency-of-record and has serviced hundreds of sports clients over the past 20 years.
Congratulations to Board members SAM KENNEDY and SHAWN TILGER on their honor in SportsBusiness Journal's "Forty Under 40."
Congratulations to National Executive Board member JEFF PRICE, who was named President and Publisher of Sporting News.
In Memory: NSMN is saddened by the passing of Board member RICK ISAACSON, 67 who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. H. Richard Isaacson, a 40 year veteran of industry leader IMG helped create and launch NSMN’s Sports Licensing Summit. He was an industry mentor to many of us -- a licensing titan who helped shape the celebrity, trademark and event licensing business – and a man who leaves so many memories and teachings with us. Our thoughts are with his family. Learn more
JIM JENNINGS, New York City Chapter Board member and former Commissioner, National Lacrosse League has launched Waterbucket Media, a sports marketing and public relations firm based in New Jersey.
Congratulations to New York City Chapter Board member LARRY NOVENSTERN, former EVP/Managing Director, Optimedia who was part of the team that won the ZenithOptimedia ROI Award in the United States - - and worldwide for their Denny's Super Bowl Grand Slam Giveaway effort in 2009.
Sports and entertainment industry legend DOCKERY CLARK joins the NSMN Charlotte Chapter Board.
Longtime Denver & Los Angeles Chapter Board member SCOTT BLACKMUN has been named the new USOC Chief. A Colorado resident and attorney with Holme, Roberts and Owen, Scott served the USOC in a variety of positions from 1999 through 2002. He was acting CEO from February through November 2000.
Longtime Denver Chapter Board member JIM SCHERR has launched 776 Original Marketing.
San Francisco Chapter Board member ANNE CRIBBS invites you to attend the BASOC [Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee – a USOC Community Partner] Night of Champions Dinner Celebrating the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies & Torch Lighting. -- February 12, 2010 - $150 /person
6:30pm / Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction; 7:30pm Dinner/Opening Ceremonies/Live Auction.
The night is hosted by NBC Bay Area and features Bay Area Olympians.  Event co-chairs: Peggy Fleming/1968 Olympian & Jim Molinari/U.S. Marshal (retired) All proceeds from this Night of Champions benefit BASOC and Northern California Olympians programs including Olympian outreach to local schools. Learn more /buy tickets: www.basoc.org


NSMN welcomes Brian Socolow and Doug Masters, Partners, Loeb & Loeb LLC to the New York City Chapter Board and the Chicago Chapter Board, respectively.

Special thanks and appreciation to New York City Chapter Board member MIKE REISMAN who supported NSMN's Sports Tackles Cancer initative with a check donation to the American Cancer Society.  Velocity Sports & Entertainment became the event sponsor of the most recent Sports Tackles Cancer fundraiser. 100% of the donation went to cancer research.
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Los Angeles Chapter Board member JEFFREY POLLACK leaves World Series of Poker. Contact him on Twitter @jeffreypollack

Boston Board member RICH GOTHAM is featured in Boston Globe article on social media and the Celtics:
Clicking on, off court
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Board members KATHY CARTER and DONNA GOLDSMITH honored by FORBES as two of the most powerful women in sports.
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Boston Chapter Board Member ED LYNCH has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development, Sports at Sentient Jet.

Denver Chapter Board Member JIM MILLMAN has left his position as Executive Director of USA Boxing.

Philadelphia Chapter Board Member MARK DONOVAN is leaving the Philadelphia Eagles after six years to join the Kansas City Chiefs as COO.

Congratulations to NSMN Board member TOLA MURPHY-BARAN on the launch of The Holgate Group.

New York City Chapter Board Member JEFF PRICE has resigned as President of SI Digital after three years in the position, seven total years with SI.

Longtime NYC Chapter Board member ED HORNE teams up with criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina to launch new sports marketing agency: Madison Avenue Sports & Entertainment. Ed left he NHL in April after 15 years with the league.

Congratulations to Boston Chapter Board member SAM KENNEDY who was promoted to President, Fenway Sports Group.

JIM ANDREWS, Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, IEG, LLC joins NSMN Chicago Chapter Board.

National Board member PETER LAND joins PepsiCo Americas Beverages as Senior Vice President, Communications.

Longtime San Francisco Chapter Board Member PAT GALLAGHER announced that he is leaving the Giants after 32 years.  Gallagher, an early pioneer of sports marketing and a driving force in changing the way Major League Baseball marketed itself to fans, came to the Giants in 1976, shortly after Bob Lurie saved the franchise from moving to Toronto. For more than 20 years, he served as the senior vice president for business operations, overseeing various aspects of the non-baseball business for the club, including advertising, promotions, public relations, sales and marketing, ballpark operations and community relations. Gallagher was credited with a number of innovative marketing campaign and initiatives, including the "Croix de Candlestick" reward for fans braving extra inning night games at the 'Stick, the anti-mascot Crazy Crab and the performance of the Great Wallenda -who walked on a tight rope suspended from the foul poles between a double header at Candlestick Park in 1977. He also played a lead role in the development of AT&T Park.  In 2000, Gallagher became president of Giants Enterprises, a subsidiary of the Giants which he created to develop non-baseball ventures and business opportunities for the company. Giants Enterprises has been recognized as an industry leader for unique special event production. Gallagher also serves as the chairman of the San Francisco Visitors and Convention Bureau, chairman of San Francisco's Tourism Improvement District and is a board member of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. [Giants]

Philadelphia Chapter Board member RICH LISK left the ECHL, Inc at the end of April.

Chicago Chapter and National Board member JEANNIE GOLDSTEIN has left Ogilvy Action to start Pulse Sports and Entertainment a Sponsorship Consulting group, an agency that will handle working with clients and agencies to recommend the right properties, negotiate deals and help clients leverage programs. Her client roster includes longtime client United Airlines.

Sports Licensing Summit Advisory Board member RICK ISAACSON leaves MG after over 40 years with the company to join SKI & Company.

Charlotte Chapter Board member JOHN MILLER has joined Rusty Wallace Racing as Vice President, Business Development. John was formerly with Xceed Sports Marketing.

Chicago Chapter Board Member BOB BERNSTEIN adds the title of Managing Director of newly formed MC Media, a multi-agency media planning and buying unit that just won the MillerCoors business. Bob also remains EVP, Media Director of Draftfcb in Chicago.

New York City Chapter Board member LISA BAIRD is named Chief Marketing Officer, United States Olympic Committee.


New York City Chapter Board member JOE FAVORITO has continued his brand marketing and communications consulting post -IFL and is now working with Dr. Harvey Schiller and the IBAF, the AVP, Global Options, rotohog.com, and several other projects  as well as continuing to teach at Columbia.

Chicago Board member JOHN GUPPY announces formation of Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing LLC, a boutique soccer consultancy focused on helping brands – both Soccer & Corporate brands – connect with the US soccer consumer.

New York Chapter Board Member RICK SINGER, Director of Worldwide Sponsorship marketing at IBM, was promoted to Vice President/Client Executive Marketing.

Chicago Chapter Board member JULIE KOEWLER has joined Accenture as the Global Advertising Director. Julie was previously with United.

Formerly the General Manager of the Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Chapter Board member RICH LISK joins the ECHL as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Read article

Chicago Board member MIKE POLISKY is named President of Chicago Wolves. Most recently, he was the President of the Chicago Rush.
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FALL 2008

Chicago Chapter Board member Mark Nystuen has joined the Kineo Group as an equity principal. Formed in 2007 by senior leaders from some of the top brands and agencies in the world, The Kineo Group is a Chicago-based, integrated marketing firm providing strategic counsel and executive that builds and grows brands. Learn more at www.thekineogroup.com

Bobcats Chief Marketing Officer Greg Economou leaves team.

Board member Wally Hayward is no longer with Relay Worldwide.

Congratulations to Board member and Chicago Rush President/General Manager Mike Polisky who was named EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR by the Arena Football League. The Chicago Rush won the 2008 Arena Football League Commissioner’s Award, given to the league’s Organization of the Year.

Board member Keith Bruce has been promoted to President of SportsMark.

Charltote Chapter Board member Mike Bartelli joins Petty Enterprises as their Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer.

Boston Chapter Board member Rob Friedman re-joins John Hancock/Manulife Financial as Assistant Vice President, Sponsorship and Event Marketing. He will manage the company's national sponsorships and major events, as well as the company's large scale incentive meetings.

JULY 2008

Boston Board member Karianne Kraus becomes Vice President, Marketing Services for TrinityOne Worldwide. The agency specializes in consulting, revenue generation, content creation and brand awareness for sports teams, venues, athletes, personalities, corporations, and entertainment and media entities.

JUNE 2008

Mike Bartelli leaves Millsport, where he created and led the Motorsports division since 2000.

MAY 2008

Jeff Kravitz joins Fox Rothschild, LLP as Partner.
Jeff focuses his practice on intellectual property and entertainment matters.  His practice includes business and intellectual property litigation for: copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition, media, libel and trade secret law.

Dean Kessel has left Sprint to become President of Victory Junction Gang Camp. Learn more about Victory Junction Gang at: www.victoryjunction.org

APRIL 2008

HONORS: We congratulate NSMN Board members Wally Hayward, Sam Kennedy, Michael Levine and Tim Pernetti for the honor of the 2008 Sports Business Journal "Forty Under 40" Award.


Congratulations to New York City Chapter Board Members Brett Yormark and Ken Podziba who were honored at the 7th Annual UJA Sports for Youth luncheon in NYC on March 19.The event raised more than $200,000 to refurbish decaying sports facilities for children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Congratulations to Philadelphia Board member Jim Jenks who recently left the position of Sports Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer to join MLB Advanced Media as the Vice President/ Executive Producer. Jim will continue on both the Philadelphia and NYC Boards for NSMN. Reconnect with Jim Jenks

Chicago Chapter Board member Jim Sofranko has left the Chicago Blackhawks after 18 years with the organization. Reconnect with Jim Sofranko

Congratulations to Board member Doug Perlman who opened Accrue Sports & Entertainment. Reconnect with Doug Perlman


Board Member ROBERT CRAMER joins Glaceau as Vice President of Sports Marketing.

Denver Chapter Board Member STEVE SANDER joins Mayor Hickenlooper's staff as the Director of Strategic Marketing for the City of Denver.

Congratulations to Charlotte Chapter Board member MIKE BARTELLI who was promoted to Presient, Millsport Motorsports Division. Mike founded the division in 2000.





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