Congratulations to longtime Chicago Chapter Board Member JIM MUNO who was named Director of Sports Partnerships at WGN-TV - the broadcast partner of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Connect now
Longtime Board Member TONY WELLS was named Senior Vice President, Marketing of Schneider Electric's North America Operations. Based in San Fracnisco, his responsibilities cover the entire North America region, including direct management of the region's marketing teams. Schneider Electric is a $32 billion energy management and services company with more than 130,000 employees in over 100 countries, focused on doing power management for the last 170 years. Prior, Tony held Chief Marketing Officer roles at ADT and 24 Hour Fitness. Congratulations Tony! Connect now
Congratulations to NSMN North Texas Chapter Board Member PETE DITS who was named Vice President of Sales, Premiere Networks. He will continue to be based in Dallas and previously served as the Vice President / General Manager, ESPN Dallas. Connect now
Congratulations to NSMN National Executive Board Member JEFF SHIFRIN.Jeff has been named President/COO, Octagon Marketing Worldwide. Jeff now manages the operations and overall business of Octagon Marketing Europe & Asia Pacific, in addition to his existing role with Octagon Marketing Americas and FRUKT North America. An 18-year veteran of Octagon, Jeff was named President Marketing Americas in 2005 and he’s been overseeing Consulting, Events, and Entertainment businesses through ten consecutive years of growth. . Please join me in congratulating Jeff on his enhanced role and promotion! Connect now
Congratulations to NSMN National Executive Board Member JEFF PRICE. Jeff has been named Chief Commercial Officer of the PGA of America. The former President and Publisher of Sporting News, who also served as President of SI Digital and Head of Sponsorships for MasterCard, began his new role on August 1 and he is based at PGA headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In his new role, he oversees the primary commercial areas of the organization, including media, sponsorship, merchandising, marketing/communications and international. Connect now
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Named as one of the leading intellectual property, trademark, copyright and trade secrets attorneys in California by Chambers USA, Jeff focuses his practice on business and intellectual property, entertainment and technology disputes. He has significant experience with copyright, trademark and unfair competition matters, as well as media, libel and trade secret law and partnership breakups or "business divorces." Jeff also represents clients in the entertainment industry, including production companies, studios and individuals with their litigation needs, particularly concerning copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment and provides business counseling related to their intellectual property. Additionally, Jeff represents online technology companies and emerging startups in litigation matters and counsels companies as they seek to protect their intellectual property. READ BIO Connect now
JOINS CHICAGO CHAPTER BOARD
Steve Byrd recently formed a consulting firm, Sports Media Executive, LLC, following his 17 year career at STATS, Inc. which culminated in the sale of STATS to Vista Equity Partners in 2014. His initial client roster includes leading global private equity, technology, digital media, fantasy sports, and sports marketing firms. During his career at STATS Steve held various roles with increasing levels of responsibility culminating in the position of Co-Chief Operating Officer. HIs focus included sales, marketing, digital products, and fantasy sports. Steve directly managed STATS’ relationship with leading media and tech clients as well as the company’s many league and sport federation partners across the globe. Steve has been in the sports industry for over 20 years. Previous to STATS, he served in senior marketing, sales management and business development positions at Wilson Sporting Goods, AMF Bowling & Billiards and Sports Sciences. Steve was a founding Board Member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of Data Stadium, a Japanese sports content company, from 2008-2013. Steve serves as an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. He holds an MBA with Honors from Chicago Booth and a BSME with Highest Distinction from Purdue University. READ 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.
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.