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Congratulations to longtime Boston Chapter Board Member & NFL Agent KRISTEN KULIGA email who merged her company K Sports & Entertainment into Vanguard Sports Group - the NFL practive founded by Joby Branion. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed, but both Branion and Kuliga described the deal as more of a merger than an acquisition. K Sports will be folded into Vanguard, which Branion formed in 2014 after working for more than 10 years at big NFL firm Athletes First. Kuliga will become director of business development.

Kuliga is known for representing former quarterback Doug Flutie and negotiating his $33 million deal with the San Diego Chargers in 2001. What isn’t as well-known is that she has quietly developed a marketing, consulting and event management business for corporate clients. K Sports corporate clients include the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and its athlete ambassador program, as well as a private equity firm, an emerging beverage and snack company, and several golf tournaments that Kuliga declined to identify. The services provided to those organizations include project-based marketing, event management, corporate hospitality and other business development services. K Sports employee Katharine “Kat” White, who led that agency’s event management, will also join Vanguard.

Kuliga has continued to represent Flutie after his playing career, managing his relationships with NBC Sports, Instaflex and Eastern Bank, as well as other business endeavors. She also represents about 10 NFL clients, including Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, New York Jets punter Ross Martin and Jylan Ware, an Alabama State offensive tackle who was drafted in the seventh round this year by the Oakland Raiders. Vanguard represents about 25 NFL players, including Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller.[Sports Business Daily - May 29, 2017]



JOHN SHEA, email President of Octagon's Marketing and Events Division, oversees the agency's marketing practice across the Americas including sponsorship consulting, experiential marketing, content & creative and digital & social media offerings. The industry veteran leads a team of more than 400 working to help the agency’s clients find the next right move across the sports landscape. In his 20+ years at Octagon, Shea has built the agency’s business through a client-first approach and developed a broad range of sports marketing and consulting expertise. John brings a unique understanding of how to help brands connect with consumers through sports and entertainment and has collaborated with all of the major sports leagues and properties in the Americas.

Two-Time Olympic Medalist& Author

CEO, StarGames
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Congratulations to past NSMN speaker and two-time Olympic Medalist NANCY KERRIGAN on a terrific effort as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Nancy is represented by her husband, NSMN National Executive Board member & StarGames CEO JERRY SOLOMON.



On January 1, 2017, sports and entertainment marketing agency Team Epic merged with experiential and retail marketing shop MKTG as part of the Dentsu Aegis Network global lifestyle marketing network (branded MKTG last year). MIKE REISMAN has become President where he is responsible for the sports and entertainment group within the agency.

Mike was a Principal and Founding Partner of Team Epic. Since 1981, he has been involved with the sponsorship marketing business, except for a two-year stint with IBM’s personal computer division in the mid-1980s.  Over that time period, Mike provided advice and counsel to such clients as FedEx, IBM, Shell Oil, MCI, Coca Cola, Kodak, Nabisco Brands, Reliant Energy, JP Morgan Chase, Charles Schwab, Samsung, et al.    Read more

President & CEO
San Francisco Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Richard P. Chapman Professor (Marketing / Communications), Emeritus, Harvard Business School

Two NSMN Board members were quoted this article about the Super Bowl: Super Bowl viewers don’t want politics mixed with their hot wings and beer -- February 1, 2017

The San Antonio Express-News (Hearst Corp.) used NSMN's pro-bono Media Matching service to identify and connect with sports business experts.




TIM MCGHEE is a senior vice president at CSE, an Atlanta based integrated marketing agency.  He is responsible for running CSE’s New York office and increasing the agency’s presence in the northeast.  In addition, he will be involved in formulating the agency’s strategy, business development efforts and crafting and implementing CSE’s marketing plans. Prior to joining CSE, Tim was the principal of MSP Sports, a strategic consultancy based in Summit, NJ.  MSP Sports specializes in maximizing sponsorship value for both brands and properties.  His clients include Thomson Reuters, Willis Insurance the Miami Heat, USA Luge, New York Red Bulls, the Naismith Awards, US Rowing, USA Diving, Philadelphia 76ers, Professional Bull Riders, Merck & Co. and Soccer United Marketing, among others.  Between 2010 and 2012, Tim worked for IMG Consulting as Senior Vice President/Managing Director.  In that role, McGhee oversaw all of the agency’s client engagements in North America.  IMG’s client roster included brand marketers such as Marriott Hotels, Coca Cola, Kia Motors, Kraft Foods, USAA Insurance and Visa, among others. Read more



MWWPR has named NSMN Board Member BRET WERNER President, roughly one year after he was brought on as the firm’s Chief Client Officer. In 2007, Bret cofounded and led Catalyst PR for 10 years. IMG Worldwide acquired Catalyst PR in 2012, but Bret agreed to stay on for another three years during the transition. Earlier in his career, Bret was a managing partner at Taylor PR, where he worked for 15 years and was one of the firm’s youngest VPs. He was one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 honorees in 2011. Read more



Congratulations to NSMN Board Member TIM MCGHEE who was named Senior Vice President, CSE, an Atlanta based integrated marketing agency. Tim will manage CSE’s New York office and work to increase the agency’s presence in the northeast.  In addition, he will be involved in formulating the agency’s strategy, business development efforts and crafting and implementing CSE’s marketing plans. Read more



STEVE PHELPS assumes the new role of Executive Vice President and Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer at NASCAR. The business areas that he will oversee include Global Marketing, Partnership and Series Marketing, Business Development, Integrated Marketing Communications, Licensing & Consumer Products, and NASCAR Digital Media. He will continue to serve as NASCAR’s top Officer in the Charlotte office. Congratulations Steve!
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JEFF SHIFRIN, President, Octagon has left the agency after 18 years to become CSM's CEO where he will oversee the worldwide agency's North America business. A key focus of Shifrin’s role at CSM will be further building its consulting capability in the U.S., complementing the agency’s international consulting services to support both its global client brands based in the U.S. and those outside but active in North America. Shifrin will also lead and develop CSM's Activation and Delivery business areas in the U.S. including JMI and JHE. Shifrin began with CSM on August 1 and he will report to CSM’s Chairman, North America, Harlan Stone, who he worked with previously and CSM Group CEO Zak Brown. Read more


NSMN Board member BRAD MAYNE, President & CEO, MetLife Stadium, has been named President & CEO, IAVM -- the International Association of Venue Managers. Brad will be based in the North Texas-area and he is rejoining the North Texas Chapter Board.
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Longtime AT&T Bryon Nelson Tournament Director JON DRAGO has been named one of three PGA of America-trained rules officials to oversee the men's golf competition in Rio. What an honor!


ETHAN CASSON is familiar with both the Wolves and the Twin Cities, having served a previous stint from 1999 through 2010 with the Wolves, rising to the level of senior vice president. Hired by the 49ers as vice president of corporate sales in 2010, he was promoted to chief sales officer in 2013, to chief revenue officer in 2014 and most recently to COO. Congrats Ethan!


JON HEIDTKE, General Manager of Fox Sports Southwest has been one of the most influential regional sports network executives of the last two decades, left 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. Congratulations Jon!


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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" (, 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", 2/19) [SportsBusiness Daily - February 22, 2016]

Congratulations to NSMN National Board Member KEITH BRUCE, President & CEO, San Francisco Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and our friends at the NFL, San Francisco 49ers and Levis Stadium for a very successful event!

Keith, you made history and we're glad you're on our team too!


Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, announced that TD Garden President AMY LATIMER will now also lead the company’s operations in the United Kingdom. Latimer will work to enhance and expand Delaware North’s United Kingdom business, which includes food service at six major soccer stadiums – including Wembley Stadium, Emirates Stadium and The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – and travel hospitality services at Heathrow Airport in London and five other airports. Latimer in 2012 became president of TD Garden, the Delaware North-owned-and-operated arena that is the home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics and hosts many of the world’s most popular music and entertainment acts. Over the last two years, Latimer worked with Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings, to guide a $70 million renovation of the venue. Latimer has two decades of knowledge and experience in the sports and arena industry. She was part of the inaugural executive team at TD Garden, beginning as director of marketing in 1995. She later spent six seasons as senior vice president of sales and marketing, leading all sales and marketing strategies for the Boston Bruins and the venue.  Read more


Congratulations to longtime sports marketer ED LYNCH on his new position as Head of Business Development, Sports for VER. VER is a global provider of production equipment and engineering support. With the world's largest inventory of rental equipment, VER supplies the most advanced technology to a broad array of clients in the corporate, TV, Cinema, Live events and broadcast markets. Clients rely on VER’s depth of experience in audio, Video, Lighting, LED, Cameras, Rigging, Media Servers, Fiber and more. With 32 offices across North America and Europe, VER's clients include: NFL, NBC, ESPN, NIKE, Apple, Linkedin, MTV, Oscars, Grammys, Taylor Swift Tours and CBS.


Congratulations to NSMN Board Members JEANNIE BUSS and KATHY CARTER for being selected by Forbes as two of


The United States Olympic Committee presented six awards at the celebratory dinner held during the 2015 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly. The dinner featured Hall of Fame basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski as the keynote speaker, and NBC anchor and correspondent Carolyn Manno as host. ANNE WARNER CRIBBS was named the Olympic Torch Award honoree. The Olympic Torch Award recognizes an individual who has positively impacted the Olympic Movement by promoting the Olympic Ideals. Warner Cribbs – a 1960 Olympic gold medalist in swimming – has dedicated her career to advancing sport and maximizing opportunities for youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She co-founded the American Basketball League, and was selected as president and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, for which she became the first female to lead a major U.S. Olympic bid with San Francisco 2012. A former vice president of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association, she was also the founding force behind the USOPA’s alumni chapter in Northern California, creating an environment for her fellow Olympians to thrive and inspire the next generation.


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 more


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. Read more


National Executive Board member KEITH BRUCE, CEO & President, San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee was featured in the San Jose Mercury News: Super Bowl 50 Countdown: 47 Weeks To Go. Keith Bruce, Part 1: The Grand High Exalted Mystic Executor Of SB50 (by Mark Purdy - March 22, 2015)

NSMN Board Member SMI President & CEO MARCUS SMITH is featured on the cover of the Sports Section of USA Today.


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The Silicon Valley Business Journal has appointed longtime Bay Area Chapter Board member MALCOLM BORDELON as Publisher, bringing aboard an experienced Silicon Valley executive who formerly ran all of the business operations for the NHL San Jose Sharks. Malcolm has served on the NSMN Board since the inception of the Bay Area Chapter.

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.


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 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!

Congratulations to North Texas Chapter Board Member PETE DITS who was named Vice President of Sales, Premiere Networks. He will continue to be based in Dallas.

Previously, he served as the Vice President / General Manager, ESPN Dallas.

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 for 10 years.
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.
Congratulations to North Texas Chapter Board member SCOTT SONJU and past NSMN speaker Chuck Greenberg on their new ownership of the Frisco RoughRiders. Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC, owner of the Frisco RoughRiders, is pleased to announce they have entered into a definitive agreement with Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju for the sale of the Frisco RoughRiders franchise. Mandalay Baseball has been the principal owner and operator of the Frisco franchise since its inception in 2003. Mr. Greenberg, who also owns the Texas Rangers’ Advanced-A affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League, was the former CEO and managing partner of the Texas Rangers. He is the Chairman, CEO and Managing Partner of the newly formed Frisco RoughRiders LP, a partnership of local investors who are acquiring the RoughRiders. Mr. Sonju is the Co-Managing Partner and will continue to serve as the RoughRiders’ President, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the RoughRiders under Mr. Greenberg’s leadership.

Congratulations to longtime NYC Chapter Board member RICK SINGER who has left IBM to become President & CEO, The Tiger Woods Foundation. Most recently, Rick was the Vice President, Client Executive Marketing at IBM where he managed all of IBM's global sponsorships including those in golf and tennis.

Congratulations! NSMN Boston Chapter Board member and 34 year sports marketing industry veteran JULIE KAHN has been named President, Regan Media - and Executive Vice President of the parent company: Regan Communications Group. In her new position, she handles new business growth through the integration of communications and media and she also serves as a special advisor to George Regan. Prior, Julie spent the past 13 years as Senior Vice President of Entercom New England, were she managed seven stations, including WEEI and WAAF-FM.

Congratulations to longtime Bay Area Chapter Board member & 30 year industry veteran PAT GALLAGHER who will be in charge of marketing, communications and partnerships for Super Bowl 50. READ ARTICLE

Congratulations to NSMN National Executive Board member STEVE PHELPS who was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Offer, NASCAR.

Congratulations to longtime NSMN San Francisco Chapter Board member KEITH BRUCE who has been named CEO, San Francisco Super Bowl 50Host Committee. Prior, Keith spent 9 years at SportsMark and was most recently the CEO of the agency.



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 in July.
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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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It is with great sadness that we notify our members that NSMN Chicago Chapter Board Member Jim Corno, 66, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was the President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago & a sports TV executive in Chicago for 30 years. This piece produced by his station, Comcast SportsNet Chicago shares his tremendous career with us, the advancements that he made in TV industry history – and the great legacy that Jim leaves our sports business and sports media industries.  Jim's pioneering work and advancements in media will be admired for years and years to come.
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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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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)
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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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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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Congratulations to NSMN Board member & Los Angeles Lakers executive JEANIE BUSS who released her new book: Laker Girl.

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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
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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.
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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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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 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.
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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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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 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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Interesting article on NSMN Board member SHAWN HUNTER:,0,7928618.story
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 . Connect
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.
.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 - the industry's first all day, invitatation-only sports licensing summit. He was an industry mentor to many -- a licensing titan who helped shape the celebrity, trademark and event licensing business –
and a leader who leaves so many memories and teachings to those who knew him. Our thoughts
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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.
Sports and entertainment industry veteran 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:


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,, 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

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:

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.

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


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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