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Sport Management Advisory Board

The Sport Management (SPM) Advisory Board is comprised of a "Who's Who in Sports." This esteemed group of sport industry professionals and practitioners provides an inner circle of advisors and supporters for the Department of Sport Management. The board provides input and guidance for short- and long-term goals, student internships, employment opportunities, curriculum development and classroom instruction. It champions the program to prospective supporters, students, business colleagues, and the community.


Mission:

"To be the preeminent student-centered experiential learning, scholarship and teaching institution, by forming a unique partnership amongst students, faculty, high profile industry leaders and staff, all collaborating to maximize academic, professional and personal growth."

Chair Members:

Board Members:



Member Biographies:

 

Brandon Steiner

Brandon Steiner, Board Chairman

Founder and Chairman
Steiner Sports Marketing

Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing, the largest company of its kind in America. Its inventory of collectibles includes more than 10,000 items. He's considered a sports marketing guru who is a regular on ESPN Radio 1050 on Sunday mornings, along with his co-hosting duties on Yankees-Steiner: Memories of the Game, which is featured on the YES Network.

Steiner is an expert commentator on all issues involving sports and is regularly featured on national news networks including CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN and in newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

He works closely with corporations to align them with athletes to promote their products. He maintains relationships with hundreds of current and former professional athletes. One of his newest concepts is Last Licks Ice Cream Stores which features its own unique brand of ice cream along with public appearances from select athletes. He calls Last Licks "The Sports Bar for Kids," a place for Little League teams to come after the game, watch sports, eat ice cream and just be kids. The only catch is that you might bump into any star from Magic Johnson to Mia Hamm.

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David B. Falk

David B. Falk, Chair Emeritus

Founder of
Falk Associates Management Enterprises (FAME)

David Falk, the founder of FAME, has long been recognized as one of the sports industry's leading figures and most talented innovators. During a 40 year career, he has represented the top players in NBA history and has negotiated record-breaking contracts for his clients, both on and off the court. His vision and ability to read the changing landscape helped to shape the evolution of the business of sports over the past 30 years.

He began his career representing professional athletes with ProServ in 1974, rising to Vice Chairman of the company. He left ProServ in 1992 and established Falk Associates Management Enterprises (FAME) to provide specialized and personal representation services to the company's elite clientele of NBA superstars. During his career, Falk has represented more NBA first-round draft selections, lottery picks, Rookies-of-the-Year, and All-Stars than anyone else in the athlete management business.

Falk negotiated the highest contracts in NBA league history for Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks) in 1985 and Danny Ferry (Cleveland Cavaliers) in 1990. He negotiated professional sports' first $100 million contract in 1996 for Alonzo Mourning as part of an unprecedented free agency period in which FAME changed the entire salary structure of the NBA, negotiating over $400 million in contracts for its free agent clients in a six-day period. He negotiated Michael Jordan's one-year $30 million contract in 1996, the highest salary in NBA history for the next 16 years!

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Ronald F. Berardino

Ronald C. Bernard

Senior Advisor, Alvarez & Marsal
President, LWB Consulting

Ronald Bernard has over 35 years experience in the entertainment, sports, and media industries in both senior operating and financial capacities. He is currently a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal specializing in the media/sports industries. In addition, since January 2003, he has been President of LWB Consulting, where he has worked with a number of private equity investors in identifying and acquiring media properties. LWB Consulting is a media/sports consulting advisory to private equity firms looking to make investments in the sports/entertainment industry.

Bernard previously acted as CEO of Sekani, Inc., a digital media licensing and digital asset management company that he and a number of venture capital firms sold to Corbis, Inc., in 2002.

Bernard was also President of NFL Enterprises, the media business division of the National Football League from 1993-2000. He was responsible for NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Films, NFL International, and new media ventures. Prior to that, he held a number of senior-level positions at Viacom, Inc., including serving as corporate treasurer, chief financial officer of Showtime Networks Entertainment, and president of Viacom Networks Enterprises.

Bernard is currently on the Board of Directors of Premier Exhibitions, and formerly served on the Board of Atari, Inc. He is a New York CPA, with an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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Brandon Russ

Russ Brandon

President
Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres

Russ Brandon serves as president of both the NFL's Buffalo Bills and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. He has been with the Bills since 1997, taking over as president in 2013. Brandon was named Sabres' president in July 2015. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of the business operations for the Bills and the Sabres.

Bills founding father Ralph Wilson, Jr. bestowed the title of President and Chief Executive Officer upon Russ Brandon on New Year's Day 2013. Little did anyone know that in a little over a year, the staff at One Bills Drive would rely heavily on Brandon's leadership skills to navigate the organization through the transitional period following the late owner's passing on March 25, 2014.

Wilson commented at the time of Brandon's promotion, "Russ has done a tremendous job in his 16 years with our organization and is very highly respected throughout the National Football League. He has proven to be extremely successful with each new level of responsibility he has been given and has earned this opportunity. I have granted him full autonomy to run the organization as he feels is best."

Brandon wasted little time in the days following his increased responsibilities in dealing with critical issues. Six days into the job he played a vital role in selecting former SU coach Doug Marrone as the Bills' 16th head coach and by mid-May Brandon had named a new General Manager in Doug Whaley.

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Nick Carparelli

Nick Carparelli

Senior Director, College Sports
Under Armour

Nick Carparelli joined Under Armour in February 2014 as senior director of college sports. Leading the brand's collegiate sports marketing efforts, Carparelli manages outfitting partnerships with schools and universities including Notre Dame, Auburn, St. John's, Navy and South Carolina. Working closely with athletes, teams and leagues, Carparelli is responsible for growing the brand, creating demand and driving sales. He creates strategic marketing plans, and leads a cross-functional team which includes product categories, public relations, media, digital/social media, retail marketing, events, creative and all distribution channel partners. As senior director, Carparelli works to protect the established foundation, develop business opportunities and amplify the Brand voice around the world.

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Howard Dolgon

Howard Dolgon

President, CEO Team Governor
Syracuse Crunch

A founding member of Alan Taylor Communications, Inc., the leading independent sports public relations agency in the country, Howard Dolgon has spent more than 25 years in the public relations/marketing field.

A graduate of Brooklyn (N.Y.) College, Dolgon has created and implemented numerous award-winning programs for a variety of corporations including MasterCard International, General Mills and Diageo. He has handled promotions throughout the United States, Europe, and South America for World Cup Soccer and the Olympic Games. Both he and Alan Taylor were named by the New York Daily News as two of the top 40 influential sport figures in New York.

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Kelly Williams Downing

Kelly Williams Downing

Vice President
Elevate Communications

Kelly Williams Downing is a sports marketing veteran with more than 15 years experience working with sports teams, international sporting events, agencies and consumer brands. The SU graduate currently brings digital, social media and marketing strategy to life for clients including the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Sports Management, Liverpool FC, and the New England Revolution (MLS) as a Vice President with Elevate Communications.

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Mike Duda

Michael Duda

Co-Founder/Managing Partner
Consigliere Brand Capital

Michael Duda is the Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Consigliere Brand Capital, an accelerator agency and consumer investment-driven investment company based in Brooklyn and Greenwich, CT. Consigliere has worked with established companies such as Under Armour, Chobani, Boston Beer, and GNC and invested in early-stage companies such as Birchbox, Warby Parker, Harry's, and Casper Mattress.

Duda has spent 25 years in the world of Madison Avenue, including 13 at Deutsch Inc. as partner, chief corporate strategy officer and helped turn around WPP-backed Johannes Leonardo as CEO. He was named to the exclusive Crain's 40 Under 40 Award of business in 2005.

Duda is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and is on the Board of Directors of the 119-year old Advertising Club of New York City and Spark Motion. When not spending time with his wife and three boys in Connecticut, he can be found arguing with referees at a sporting event.

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Patti Kleinman-Fallick

Patti Kleinman-Fallick

Director, Broadcast Operations
MLB Network

Fallick was part of the original team of employees to be part of MLB Network's record-setting launch on January 1, 2009, in 50 million homes throughout the country. In her role since then, Fallick oversees the daily integration of MLB Network programming, promotions and commercial content while managing the operational policies and procedures for MLB Network's games, live studio programming, breaking news and special events programming.

She has six Emmy Awards as operations producer for Outstanding Studio Show Sports for "MLB Tonight" and Outstanding Studio Technical Team for "MLB Tonight." She also has one Emmy for Fox Sports baseball playoff coverage in 2013.

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Julie Foudy

Julie Foudy

Analyst
ABC/ESPN

Julie Foudy had a sensational soccer career while playing on the USA National Team for 17 years. She served as captain on the national team for 13 years. Foudy participated in four Women's World Cups and three Olympics for the USA. She is a two-time World Cup champion (1991 and 1999) and is also a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, 2000 Olympic silver medalist and 2004 Olympic gold medalist.

Foudy finished her National Team career with 45 goals, 59 assists and 272 international appearances (caps) for the USA. Foudy, who played three years as a captain with the WUSA's San Diego Spirit, was a four-time All-American at Stanford University and was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame. While at Mission Viejo High School, she won three CIF Championships and three CIF Player of the Year awards. Foudy was voted Los Angeles Times' High School Player of the Decade for the 1980s.

Most important to Foudy, she has made a difference off the field as well, serving as president of the Women's Sports Foundation from 2000-2002. She served on the Women's Sports Foundation Board of Directors for seven years and was a WSF advocacy consultant for two years, with a focus on Title IX, childhood obesity, and athletes' rights issues.

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Jina Freiberg

Jina (Song) Freiberg

Grants Administrator and Data Analyst,
City of Falls Church, VA

Jina (Song) Freiberg, a 2009 SU sport management graduate, joined the Sport Management Advisory Board in 2015. Freiberg works as the grants administrator and data analyst for the City of Falls Church, Virginia. She is responsible for administering state and federal grants for capital improvements, primarily transportation and storm water infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining the City of Falls Church in 2014, Freiberg worked as an assistant program officer and grants administrator for the Leon Levy Foundation in New York City, where she developed and implemented systems and procedures to execute the foundation's programmatic and grants work. Previously, she worked in individual and institutional fundraising for large nonprofits at the 92nd Street Y and Girls Incorporated.

As an undergraduate at SU, Freiberg held community relations internships with the Brooklyn Cyclones, National Football League, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. She also earned a minor in social welfare.

A resident of Northern Virginia, Freiberg volunteers at her local church and serves in a mentoring program run by Northern Virginia Family Services.

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Shawn Garrity

Shawn Garrity

Chief Executive Officer, Circle TPR

Shawn Garrity has never been far from sports. A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Communications, Garrity was a scholarship athlete who excelled as an offensive lineman and received the Maxwell Award for Outstanding Student Athlete Citizen in 1986. After departing Syracuse, he took to a different field - the marketing, branding and promotions business - where his leadership has had enduring success for more than two decades.

In 2013, he founded Circle TPR, a national entertainment production company in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he currently serves as the chief executive officer. His career has included the founding of a Las Vegas-based company called Performance Plus. After Performance Plus was sold to Heritage Communications, Garrity served as a division president for their western offices for eight years. Garrity left Heritage to become a partner at Lincoln Studios, which saw success leading the formation of the third largest marketing and communications agency MC2.

Garrity has served as a board member on several non-profits over the years and currently serves as an advisory board member for the Department of Sport Management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.

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Mark Geddis

Mark Geddis

President & CEO
Geddis Holdings, Inc.

Prior to launching Geddis Holdings, Inc., Geddis founded Collegiate Images, LLC, in July 2002, which was later acquired by IMG Worldwide and XOS Technologies, Inc. Collegiate Images serves as the centralized licensing and rights clearance agency that manages the distribution of copyrighted intellectual property content, focusing exclusively on college sports. CI partners with copyright holders to define, claim, protect and manage their intellectual property, allowing each copyright holder to control and monetize those rights in the ever-changing digital landscape. Partners include premier athletic programs, collegiate conferences, bowl games, national and regional sports networks and a multitude of other rights' holders.

Prior to Collegiate Images, Geddis co-founded Convizion, Inc., a digital content management company, in 2000. He served as chief marketing and business development director for several H. Wayne Huizenga Holdings companies between 1999-2000.

For more than seven years (1992-99), Geddis served in numerous roles with the Florida Marlins Baseball Club. He was the head of communications during the team's first World Championship in 1997, overseeing the club's marketing communications, broadcast operations and the coordination of broadcast matters with Major League Baseball. In addition to promotions, he worked with community relations, non-baseball related activities, technology and special projects.

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Ed Goren

Ed Goren

Vice Chairman
FOX Sports Media Group

In May 2010, Ed Goren, a 46-time Emmy Award winner and executive producer of FOX Sports since 1994, was elevated to vice chairman of FOX Sports Media Group. Goren, chairman David Hill and FOX Sports Media Group co-president and chief operations officer Eric Shanks are responsible for the look, sound, editorial content and quality of FOX Sports' studio and game broadcasts.

Goren also oversees all aspects of FOX Sports' television investments and partnerships. In addition, he spearheads the division's strategy of pursuing major event programming to insure FOX Sports' position as a premier network sports broadcaster. He was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in October 2011.

Goren had been senior producer at CBS Sports since 1991, where he has worked on nearly every sport that the network broadcasts. During his tenure as senior producer, CBS Sports broadcasted such major events as the World Series, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, The Masters and Super Bowl XXVI.

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Pam Hollander

Pamela Hollander

Vice President, Integrated Marketing Communications
Allstate

As Vice President, Integrated Marketing Communications at Allstate, Hollander leads the corporation's Sponsorship Marketing, Promotions, Consumer Public Relations and Social Media. She also leads the development and execution of integrated marketing plans that build Allstate brand consideration and purchase intent for Allstate's Business-to-Business lines (Allstate Benefits, Allstate Business insurance, Allstate Dealer Services, Allstate Roadside Services and Encompass), as well as Allstate Motorcycle and Power Sports lines.

Allstate's strategic sponsorship marketing opportunities include Soccer (MLS, USMNT and MNT), the Allstate Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff partnership, deals with 80 colleges/universities through the Allstate "Good Hands®" Field Goal Net program, as well as the NCAA Corporate Partner relationship. In her role, Hollander is responsible for all strategic planning, activation and advertising.

She's most known for creating programs that allow consumers to engage with brands in unique ways. She is on the board of the Chicago National Sports Marketing Network and has been involved with Menttium as a mentor since 2003. She sits on the Sport Management Advisory Board at Syracuse University's David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

She joined Allstate in July 2000 and has been in the marketing communications and public relations industry for 25 years.

 

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Cliff Kaplan

Cliff Kaplan

Chairman, Equity Sports Partner

Cliff Kaplan is chairman of Equity Sports Partner (ESP), a boutique sports marketing and media company, based in New York City, and launched in 2013. Previous to founding ESP, Kaplan served for many years as president and CEO of Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, a leading sports marketing company and a division of Van Wagner Communications. Kaplan has been an industry leader for more than 25 years, holding senior-level management positions across leagues, networks, and sports marketing companies. For the better part of the past 20 years, he has helped launch, grow, and sell several sports marketing businesses and developed a reputation for successfully launching/building/expanding business by driving revenues and creating increased asset value.

In launching ESP, Kaplan's focus is to evolve the traditional business model employed by sports marketing agencies which focuses largely on representation. Clients and business partners of ESP include WWE Network, IMG Media, Tough Mudder, Anthem Media, the World Series of Fighting and several international sports media organizations.

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David Kleinhandler

David Kleinhandler

Founder & CEO
Blackridge Capital Group, LLC

David Kleinhandler is the Founder and CEO of Blackridge Capital and has been an entrepreneur for over 28 years. Blackridge was founded as a solution to help people think through complex tax and wealth transfer strategies.

Kleinhandler's other projects include Dynasty Financial Partners and Foundations including a partnership with Carmelo Anthony, titled Courts for Kids, The Martin Luther King Foundation and David Kleinhandler's Life Skills, a financial literacy initiative for Syracuse University students. Kleinhandler continues to contribute to the success of SU Athletics, with the donation of a basketball court in the new practice facility. He is also one of the proud new owners of the Happoel Jerusalem basketball club with Amare Stoudamire and others. Kleinhandler currently sits on the board of UJA of New York.

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Christopher J. Lencheski

Christopher J. Lencheski

Founder and Chairman, Phoenicia

Chris Lencheski has worked in the global sports and entertainment landscape for more than 20 years. He has authored industry-setting standards and practice guidelines followed by major entities from network and cable television groups to Fortune 500 companies. His work has included collaborations with the Americas' Cup, the Olympics, Formula One and World Cup projects as well as a host of international and national properties from every major league to governing bodies. The Pennsylvania resident is recognized as an authority in identifying and leveraging commercial rights sponsorship, partnership strategies and alliance opportunities to drive increases in sales, digital and television carriage distribution and CPG market visibility.

Lencheski recently returned to his roots as the chairman and founder/CEO of Phoenicia, which has offices in New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles and London. Its client portfolio exists between media start-ups to traditional CPG brands using sports and entertainment as change-agent platforms. The company recently won the global commercial rights agreement with the Back 9 Network, which is the first truly independent sports network launched in the USA in over 20 years.

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David Levy

David Levy

President
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

David Levy is president of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a position he was elevated to in the summer of 2013. In this new role, Levy added oversight of Turner's domestic entertainment, kids & young adults networks and business portfolios to his current leadership of the company's advertising sales, affiliate sales and sports units.

In his expanded executive role, Levy oversees all creative and business activity of the Turner signature entertainment networks TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim, and their digital brand extensions, as well as Turner Sports. Additionally, Levy is responsible for overseeing domestic revenue for Turner's portfolio of networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, TCM, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV and CNN Airport Network.

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Don McPherson

Don McPherson

Activist, Education, College Football Hall of Fame Member

Don McPherson is an activist, educator, feminist, entrepreneur, and College Football Hall of Famer who has used the power and appeal of sport to address social justice issues. The former SU quarterback, who has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America, was a unanimous All-American, as well as an NFL and Canadian Football League veteran. In 2002 he founded the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, for which he served as executive director until 2007.

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Sandy Montag

Sandy Montag

President & CEO,
The Montag Group

Sandy Montag, a 30-year industry veteran, is president and CEO of The Montag Group, which was launched as a consulting, advising, content development, and media strategy company focused in the world of sports, entertainment, and lifestyle.

Montag also represents a variety of clients with IMG over multiple divisions, including broadcasting, speakers, literary, coaching, and talent marketing. Included among those are John Madden, Bob Costas, Mary Carillo, James Brown, Jim Nantz, Erin Andrews, Peyton Manning, Mike Tirico, Ming Tsai, Bob Knight, and Tom Coughlin.

Montag spent most of his professional career at IMG, joining the company in 1985. He started as an assistant to John Madden, traveling the country with Madden by train and on the first "Madden Cruiser." He went on to run IMG's clients operations for 10 years.

Montag developed and launched Ari Fleischer Sports Communications with Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, after Fleischer left the White House in 2003.

Montag is active in several charities, serving on the advisory boards for Madden Charities, Tom Coughlin's "Jay Fund Foundation" and the Alan T. Brown Foundation. He also sits on the Sport Management Advisory Boards at the University of Michigan.

He resides in Westchester, NY, with his wife and two children.

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Laurie Orlando

Laurie Orlando

Senior Vice President, Talent Strategy, Development & Planning
ESPN

Laurie Orlando joined ESPN as Senior Vice President, Talent Strategy, Planning and Development, in January 2008. She oversees ESPN's talent office and relationships with the on-air personalities who represent the ESPN brand across all multimedia platforms. She is focused on three primary areas – identification and recruitment of new talent and negotiation and facilitation of those contracts; the development, coaching and feedback processes for talent; and the booking of guests for all ESPN programming. She works with ESPN's studio, event, news, international, radio, new media, ESPN.com, content development and Magazine management teams.

This is the second ESPN stint for Orlando, who worked for ESPN Classic as a senior coordinating producer in 1999. In her earlier role, she oversaw the development, supervision and execution of all original, documentary and long-form programming, including the "Sweet Science" documentary series and other critically-acclaimed original programs.

Prior to rejoining ESPN, Orlando was the Senior Vice President and Executive Producer for MSG and Fox Sports New York (Sept. 2006 to Dec. 2007), and before that she spent nearly five years (Nov. 2002 to Aug. 2006) at College Sports Television (CSTV) as vice president of programming, original programming and development and vice president of remote and feature production.

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Ben C. Sutton, Jr.

Ben C. Sutton, Jr.

Chairman
IMG College

Ben Sutton is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1983) and Wake Forest University (1980, BA) and is currently the Chairman of IMG College, which works with colleges and universities nationwide through its four market-leading businesses in multi-media and sponsorship rights, trademark licensing and brand management, ticketing and stadium seating.

IMG College employs more than 1,000 people in nearly 100 offices throughout the United States with annual sales of nearly $800 million. IMG College manages multi-media rights for more than 100 colleges and collegiate athletic conferences, including corporate sponsorships, radio and television programs, publishing, Internet, national advertising and signage sales, and numerous lifestyle and event marketing platforms. It also serves as the exclusive licensing agency for more than 200 collegiate properties, including the College Football Playoff Series, the Rose Bowl, the Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. And the company has become the market leader in ticketing solutions and stadium seating with over 150 partnerships.

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Kathrine Switzer
Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer

President
Marathon Woman & AtAlanta Sports Promotions, Inc.

Kathrine Switzer has long been one of running's most iconic figures and was inducted into the U.S.A. National Women's Hall of Fame. Her work in the sport has become a force for positive global social change, and because of her, millions of women are now empowered by the act of running.

Her work began accidentally in 1967 when she was the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon when it was considered a men's-only race. Her entry revolutionized the sports world when she was physically attacked by the race director for wearing official numbers in the race. The photo of this incident flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life's "100 Photos that Changed the World." Switzer finished that race but was radicalized by the incident. She campaigned to make women official in the Boston Marathon in 1972 and later that year was one of the creators of the first women's road race.

Switzer went on run more than 40 marathons, and won the New York City Marathon in 1974. She ran her personal best in 1975, finishing second in Boston (2:51:33). She then put her energies into creating the Avon International Running Circuit of women's-only races in 27 countries with more than 1 million participating from 1978 to today. It was this series of events, which showed global participation and performances, that largely convinced the IOC to include a women's marathon in the 1984 Olympic Games.

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Mike Tirico

Mike Tirico

Play-By-Play Commentator, Studio & Radio Host
ESPN

Mike Tirico has handled a variety of assignments for ESPN, ESPN Radio and ABC Sports since 1991, establishing himself as one of the most recognizable faces and steady voices across ESPN's multimedia platforms and in the industry at large. In 2006, he assumed one of the top positions in sports television as ESPN's "Monday Night Football" play-by-play commentator. Tirico's other major roles include NBA, college basketball and golf play-by-play/host and studio host for major events.

Tirico works alongside analyst Jon Gruden on MNF, the most-viewed series in cable television history. He is just the fourth person joining broadcasting legends Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford and Al Michaels to occupy the play-by-play post in the more than 40-year history of sports television's signature series.

Tirico handles play-by-play for NBA games. In 2012, he returned to ESPN's college basketball coverage as the play-by-play voice for weekly Super Tuesday Big Ten games alongside analyst Dan Dakich. He is also ESPN's top golf host/commentator, working alongside the likes of analysts Andy North, Curtis Strange and Paul Azinger on major events, including the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the first two rounds of The Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, which ESPN added to its golf portfolio in April 2008.

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John Wolohan

John Wildhack

Executive Vice President, Programming & Production
ESPN

John Wildhack, who joined ESPN in its first year of operation, was named to the newly created position of executive vice president, programming and production, in January 2014.

He now oversees all ESPN production efforts, as well as programming acquisitions, rights holder relationship management and scheduling. The role combines his two areas of expertise, since throughout his ESPN career Wildhack has held a wide variety of programming and production management roles.

Wildhack served as executive vice president, production, since January 2012. In that role, he was responsible for all ESPN and ABC game, event and studio production work for domestic and international television and radio networks.

Having cut his ESPN teeth rising quickly through the ranks in remote production, Wildhack holds the distinction of producing ESPN's first live NFL game, Chicago at Miami (August 1987), and its first live regular-season college football game, Brigham Young vs. Pittsburgh (September 1984).

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John Wolohan

Michael Wohl

President
Pinnacle Housing Group

Michael Wohl's activities as president of Pinnacle Housing Group are enhanced by his familiarity with real estate and law. Wohl had been active in real estate development and management while continuing to practice law until 1990 when he formed MAHB Companies, a full service real estate firm. Prior to the formation of MAHB, Wohl was managing partner for the Miami office of Herzfeld and Rubin, a multi-state law firm comprised of more than 200 lawyers operating in six cities, including Miami.

Wohl has extensive experience in negotiating, documenting and closing acquisitions and sales of residential, industrial and commercial office space. He and his family have participated in the development, construction and management of over 2,000 residential units in the New York metropolitan area and in Miami, where he has lived since 1975. He is well versed in project financing and leasing; he has owned and managed over 1 million square feet of commercial property and 700 apartment units in Florida. Wohl is a licensed real estate broker and mortgage broker.

Today, Wohl focuses on Pinnacle Housing Group and the development of quality, affordable housing in South Florida. He heads Pinnacle's acquisition and disposition efforts throughout the state and was recently named the chairman of the Urban Land Institutes Terwillinger Center for Workforce Housing, a leading agency working to solve the housing problems in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris doctorate degrees from Syracuse University.

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Tyler Young

Tyler Young

Senior Manager, Marketing Operations
Appboy

Tyler Young, a 2010 SPM graduate, began his career while still at Syracuse University, as the general manager of Syracuse-Steiner Collectibles from 2007 to 2009. Along with SPM Advisory Board Chairman Brandon Steiner, and Steiner Sports, Young helped to launch the Syracuse-Steiner partnership on campus.

In August 2015, Young joined the tech startup world as the senior manager of marketing operations for Appboy, a global leader in marketing automation for mobile applications. His objective is to help build a successful sales force, and scale the business to its next stage of growth. Prior to that, he worked for Salesforce.com's global, internal sales enablement team as manager of Sales Leader Strategy and Readiness, responsible for training program development and management for more than 500 sales leaders globally. He also worked as a project manager for Buddy Media, a leading social media management company, activating and managing campaigns for ESPN's "SportsNation," Procter & Gamble, Sony Electronics, Calvin Klein, and Fathead.

Young currently lives in Manhattan, where he serves as an ambassador of Syracuse University and is a member of the Generation Orange Alumni Society of New York.

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