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Sport Management Advisory Board

The Sport Management (SPM) Advisory Council 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 council 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 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 bona fide 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 prominently featured on the YES Network.

Brandon 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.

Brandon 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. Last Licks currently has five different locations and two more are scheduled to open shortly.

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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

Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal

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.

Mr. Bernard was 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.

Mr. 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 all 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.

Mr. 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 and Chief Executive Officer
Buffalo Bills

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 challenging 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."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell added, "Russ is a dynamic, forward-thinking leader. He is a proven executive with extensive experience in the operation of the Bills. He is committed to the Buffalo region and understands the dynamics of the NFL. Ralph Wilson’s decision is a positive step to enhance the stability of the franchise."

Brandon wasted little time in the days following his increased responsibilities in dealing successfully 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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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, Mr. 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 Mr. Taylor were named by the New York Daily News as two of the top 40 influential sport figures in New York.

Mr. Dolgon is a visiting professor at the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the school’s sport management program.

Mr. Dolgon is a member of the American Hockey League’s Executive Committee and received the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the outstanding executive in the American Hockey League for the 2009-10 season. He has also promoted NBA preseason games and world-class boxing events in Syracuse.

Mr. Dolgon is 54 years old and has homes in East Meadow, NY and Boca Raton, FL. He and his wife Joy have five children, Mike, Garrett, Connor, Brittany and Alec and their dog Rub

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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 had a sensational soccer career while playing on the USA National Team for 17 years. She is the former Captain of the US Women's National Soccer Team. Julie was a captain on the National Team for 13 of her 17 years with the team. Julie participated in 4 Women's World Cups and 3 Olympics for the USA Team. She is a two-time World Cup Champion (1991 and 1999) and she is also a 1996 Olympic Gold medalist, 2000 Olympic Silver medalist and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist.

Julie finished her National Team career with 45 goals, 59 assists and 272 international appearances (caps) for the USA. Her 272 caps rank third in the world all-time, male or female. Julie played all 3 years as Captain with the WUSA's San Diego Spirit. She was a 4 time All-American at Stanford University and was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame. While at Mission Viejo High School, Julie won three CIF Championships and three CIF Player of the Year awards. Julie was voted Los Angeles Times' High School Player of the Decade for the 80's.

Most important to Julie, she has made a difference off the field as well. She was accepted into Stanford University's Medical School but decided not to pursue a career in medicine. Julie was the President of the Women's Sports Foundation from 2000-2002. She served on the Women's Sports Foundation Board of Directors for 7 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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Shawn Garrity

Shawn Garrity

Vice President Integrated Solutions
Gilbert Group

Shawn Garrity has never been far from sports. A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Communications, Mr. 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 over two decades.

His career has included the founding of a Las Vegas-based company Performance Plus. After Performance Plus was sold to Heritage Communications, Garrity served as a Division President for their Western Offices for 8 Years.

Mr. Garrity then decided to leave Heritage to become a partner at Lincoln Studios, which saw immediate success leading the formation of the 3rd largest marketing and communications agency MC2.

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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. CI provides these services for moving images, still images and live data rights. 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 teams 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 promoting the ballclub in the areas of promotions, community relations and non-baseball related activities, he was involved with the club’s new technology areas 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 FOX Sports Media Group. Goren, Chairman David Hill and FOX Sports Media Group co-President & COO Eric Shanks are responsible for the look, sound, editorial content and superior quality of FOX Sports’ studio and game broadcasts and serve as Executive Producers of all FOX Sports productions.

Goren also oversees all aspects of FOX Sports’ television investments and partnerships. In addition, Goren spearheads the division’s strategy of pursuing major event programming to insure FOX Sports’ position as a premier network sports broadcaster.

Goren was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, in October 2011, a fitting tribute to his long and distinguished career.

Goren had been Senior Producer at CBS Sports since 1991, where he worked on nearly every sport the network broadcast. 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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Daryl Gross

Dr. Daryl Gross

Director of Athletics
Syracuse University

His vision to ensure that Syracuse is consistently recognized as one of the great athletics institutions in the country and to produce the world’s future leaders through championship-caliber sports experiences drives Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. His mission for Syracuse Athletics is to compete and perform at the highest level in everything – on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the community, in an effort to graduate student-athletes who will make a positive impact on society. The principles in which he believes include winning championships, graduating all of the student-athletes, maintaining compliance to all NCAA rules, and being fiscally sound and efficient.

A veteran athletics administrator, Gross has led Syracuse Athletics to historic levels. Syracuse had its fourth-best finish in school history in the 2011 NACDA Learfield Directors’ Cup. In fact, the across-the-board finishes in the last four years have been part of the top seven performances in SU Athletics’ history. In 2010-11, a record nine teams were represented in the postseason. Additionally, six Orange head coaches were honored as Coach of the Year, which is the most in school history. In 2009-10, five Syracuse head coaches were also honored. His insistence and emphasis on having the best coaching leadership in the world has produced arguably the greatest assembly of head coaches in the country. Football head coach Doug Marrone earned American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region I Coach of the Year honors after leading the Orange to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl championship and cross country coach Chris Fox was selected Northeast Region Men’s Coach of the Year. Fox and his staff were also named BIG EAST Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year. Fox led the Orange men and women to elite finishes in the NCAA Championships. Softball coach Leigh Ross and her staff earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Coaching Staff of the Year award after leading the Orange to its second-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament title and an NCAA Championship invitation. SU beat 20th-ranked LSU in the Super Regional for its first NCAA Tournament win in program history.

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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 Center of Excellence. 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

Equity Sports Partners

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, in which he was also an equity partner. Kaplan has been a respected industry leader for some 25 years having held senior level management positions across leagues, networks, and sports marketing companies. For the better part of the past 15 years, he has helped launch, grow, and sell several sports marketing businesses and in the process has developed a reputation for successfully launching/building/expanding business 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, to one which is more partnership focused with both parties sharing in value creation. Clients and business partners of ESP include WWE Network, IMG Media, the World Series of Fighting and several international sports media organizations.

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David Kleinhandler

David Kleinhandler

Founder & CEO
Blackridge Capital

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.

David's other current 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 Student Athletes. David continues to contribute to the success of 'Orange' athletics, with the donation of the basketball court in the new practice facility. One the proud new owners of Happoel Jerasulem basketball club with Amare Stoudamire and others. David currently sits on the board of athletics and The David Falk Sports Management School at Syracuse University. He also sits on the board of UJA of New York.

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Christopher J. Lencheski

Christopher J. Lencheski

Former President, Comcast-Spectacor Subsidiary Front Row Marketing & Analytics

Chris Lencheski is a twenty-year veteran of sports and entertainment marketing. Most recently, he was President of Comcast-Spectacor subsidiary Front Row Marketing and Analytics – the multi-continent stadia, sports media commercial rights and entertainment agency inside the greater Comcast ecosystem. A Brandweek award-winning executive, Lencheski has built successful media and entertainment agencies from the ground-up, generating sustainable global portfolio growth. He has been instrumental in forging highly lucrative relationships between corporations and some of the world’s most high-profile brands, organizations, and events.

Chris has authored industry-setting standards and practice guides followed by major entities from network and cable television stations to Fortune 500 companies, the Olympics and World Cup venues. He is recognized as an authority in identifying and leveraging sponsorship, partnership and alliance opportunities to drive dramatic increases in sales, digital and television distribution and market visibility,

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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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Sandy Montag

Ian McFate

Club Manager
Aramark Sports & Entertainment at Citizens Bank Park
Home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Ian McFate is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University and a member of the first graduating class within the Sport Management Program.

Currently, he oversees the club level operation for food, beverage, hospitality, and special events at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent summers during college working at this very ballpark and has come full-circle in the hospitality industry. Prior to rejoining Aramark in 2013, McFate held various roles within the Sales and Service Departments for the Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Cyclones and New York Yankees. He also worked at Citi Field in Queens, home of the New York Mets.

McFate currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, and looks forward to contributing to Syracuse University as an SPM alumnus.

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Sandy Montag

Sandy Montag

Senior Corporate Vice President/Managing Director of Clients
IMG Sports and Entertainment

Sandy Montag is Senior Corporate Vice President of IMG Sports and Entertainment responsible for the operations of the Clients group. This unit includes Broadcasting, Speakers, Literary, Coaching, and Talent Marketing. IMG represents some of the most popular athletes, broadcasters, coaches, speakers and personalities including John Madden, Bob Costas, James Brown, Jim Nantz, Peyton Manning, Pat Conroy, Ming Tsai, Bob Knight, Tom Coughlin, and Ari Fleischer.

Montag has spent his entire 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." Montag became a vice president in 1991 and a senior vice president responsible for the day-to day operations of the Broadcasting Division in 1995. He was promoted to his current position in 2005.

He is active in several charities, serving as president of the Irwin and Judith Montag Memorial Fund which raises money for research on Amyloidosis and Heart Disease. In addition, he serves on the advisory boards for Madden Charities, Tom Coughlin's "Jay Fund Foundation" and the Alan T. Brown Foundation.

Montag resides in Westchester, NY, with his wife and two children

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Sandy Montag

Julie Nemeroff

Senior Hospitality Coordinator, Global Marketing Partnerships,
National Basketball Association (NBA)

Julie Nemeroff, a 2008 SPM graduate of Syracuse University, began her career at the NBA as a marketing assistant and has recently been promoted to senior hospitality coordinator of Global Marketing Partnerships. She currently is responsible for managing, entertaining, and fulfilling corporate sponsor needs at all events across all properties (NBA, WNBA and USA Basketball). Julie has had a key role in hospitality at NBA events such as NBA All-Star, NBA Finals, NBA Draft, USAB Hospitality events, and WNBA Inspiring Women. She is also responsible for managing budgets, regular season tickets, suites, and merchandise.

Prior to the NBA, Julie worked at a small event planning company in Manhattan, where she planned and managed various corporate and charity events. After about a year, she began working at Major League Soccer in the Special Events Department, where she was able to experience working on a national sport level at MLS Cup and MLS All-Star. From there, Julie moved on to Amplify Sports & Entertainment, where she learned the sales side of the sports business.

Julie currently lives in Manhattan and looks forward to being a part of SPM alumni groups and future SPM initiatives as she was in the first graduating class of the Sport Management program.

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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. Laurie 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 hand-in-hand 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 Laurie, 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, Laurie was the Senior Vice President and Executive Producer for MSG & Fox Sports New York (Sept. 2006 – Dec. '07), and before that she spent nearly five years (Nov. 2002 – Aug. '06) at College Sports Television (CSTV) as Vice President of Programming, Original Programming and Development and Vice President of Remote & Feature production.

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Ben C. Sutton, Jr.

Ben C. Sutton, Jr.

President
IMG College

Ben is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1983) and Wake Forest University (1980, BA) and is currently the Chairman and President of IMG College.

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 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.

Prior to his current role as President of IMG College, Sutton spent 18 years as Chairman and CEO for ISP Sports. He founded the company in 1992 and grew the business from its first partner in Wake Forest to over 60 NCAA colleges and conferences. He also spent nine years as an athletic administrator at Wake Forest before founding ISP in early 1992.

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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. But when she was inducted into the U.S.A. National Women's Hall of Fame six months ago, it became known that Switzer's work in the sport has become a force for positive global social change. Because of her, millions of women are now empowered by the simple act of running.

Her work began accidentally 45 years ago 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 39 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 substantial energies into creating the Avon International Running Circuit of women’s only races in 27 countries with over a million participating from 1978 to the present time. 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 paired with analyst Hubie Brown on ESPN and ABC, as well as the NBA Finals (also with Dr. Jack Ramsey) on ESPN Radio. 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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Michael Wohl

President
Pinnacle Housing Group

Mr. Wohl's activities as President of Pinnacle Housing Group are enhanced by his indepth familiarity with real estate and law. Mr. 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, Mr. Wohl was Managing Partner for the Miami office of Herzfeld and Rubin, a multi-state law firm comprised of over two hundred lawyers operating in six cities, including Miami.

Mr. 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 two thousand residential units in the New York metropolitan area and in Miami, where he has lived since 1975. Mr. Wohl is well versed in project financing and leasing; he has owned and managed over one million square feet of commercial property and 700 apartment units in Florida. Wohl is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Mortgage Broker.

Today, Mr. Wohl's focuses solely 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. Mr. Wohl 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 B.A. and JD Degrees at Syracuse University.

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