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Advisory Board Members

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 Basketball, has long been recognized as one of the sports industry’s leading figures and most talented innovators. During a 38 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

Chief Executive Officer
Buffalo Bills

Bills Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon has utilized his excellent skills in leadership and vision in unison with his passion for the sport and region to steer the Bills on a course for success since Ralph Wilson entrusted him with the responsibility of overseeing all operations within the organization.

Brandon’s abilities are highly respected not only on the local level, but on a national scale and within the league as well. A great illustration of his talents lies in the honor bestowed upon him by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when he appointed Brandon to the NFL’s Business Ventures Committee, which is responsible for the oversight of various businesses of the league, including consumer products, sponsorship and marketing.

In addition to his appointment to the NFL’s Business Ventures Committee, Brandon is a member of the NFL Best Practices Committee where he assists in the development of new business strategies for the league.

In directing the Bills day-to-day operations as the Chief Operating Officer in 2008-09, and the addition of “General Manager” to his title in the latter year, Brandon’s reach extended from working on the Draft and free agency to spearheading an effort to improve the Bills game day experience for all fans. During the two-year span, Brandon led the organization to its only back-to-back years of 55,000-plus season ticket sales while recording the second highest total in team history in 2008 and the third highest figure in 2009, both contributing greatly to the viability of the franchise.

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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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Michael Duda

Michael Duda

Co-Founder/Managing Partner
Consigliere Brand Capital

Mike is the Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Consigliere Brand Capital a marketing-driven investment company based in New York City. Consigliere is a unique group of business athletes that leverage marketing and brand management principles to help established companies such as Under Armour and GNC and start-ups such as BirchBox and STELLAService grow faster and more profitably.

Previously, he spent 18 years in the world of Madison Avenue, the last 12 at Deutsch Inc. As Partner, Chief Corporate Strategy Officer, he oversaw business development, corporate strategy, public relations and agency brand development. In addition, he maintained account oversight of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Under Armour and Vineyard Vines.

Michael helped Deutsch grow significantly in a number ways:

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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.

During her time at MLB Network, Fallick has received two Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Technical Team – Studio and two Outstanding Daily Studio Show Sports Emmy Awards as Operations Producer for “MLB Tonight.” Fallick is based at MLB Network’s Secaucus, New Jersey headquarters, reporting to Susan Stone, SVP of Operations and Engineering.

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Julie Foudy

Julie Foudy

Analyst for 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

Senior Director, Integrated Marketing Communications
Allstate

As Senior Director, Integrated Marketing Communications at Allstate, Pam leads the corporation’s Sponsorship Marketing, Promotions and Consumer Public Relations programs. Allstate’s strategic sponsorship marketing opportunities include the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, MLS, USSF and MNT, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and BCS partnership, deals with 75 colleges/universities through the Allstate “Good Hands®” Field Goal Net program, as well as the NCAA Corporate Partner relationship. In her role, Pam is responsible for all strategic sponsorship planning, activation and advertising.

Additionally, she overseas marketing and advertising for the Powersports insurance lines of business, including motorcycle, boat, snowmobile, RV and ATV. Pam is also responsible for the marketing support for all Affinity relationships the company has. She’s most known for creating programs that allow consumers to engage with brands in unique ways.

Pam serves on the Chicago Chapter Board of the National Sports Marketing Network (NSMN) and has been involved with Menttium as a mentor since 2003. She joined Allstate in July 2000 and has been in the marketing communications and public relations industry for more than 20 years.

 

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Cliff Kaplan

Cliff Kaplan

Equity Sports Partners

Cliff Kaplan has been President of Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, LLC (“VWSE”) a leading sports marketing and media company and a division of Van Wagner Communications, LLC. Kaplan joined VWSE in December 2005 when the company that he founded, Premiere Sports & Entertainment, LLC, was acquired by VWSE. Mr. Kaplan has been a respected member and leader within the sports marketing industry for the past 20+years having held senior management positions for several of the largest organizations within sports marketing and media.

In his role as President of VWSE, Kaplan is responsible for overseeing the various business lines within VWSE including Team & Venue Services, Advertising & Sponsorship Sales, Corporate Consulting, Media Rights Management and Property Representation. Kaplan is responsible to develop and execute VWSE’s overall business vision, strategy and business plan as well as to guide the expansion and evolution of the business. In recent years, this expansion has included expanding beyond VWSE’s significant venue signage business by securing exclusive sponsorship sales rights to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), securing domestic broadcast rights to the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix package on NBC, serving as the Media Rights consultant to the Heisman Trophy Trust, and leading VWSE’s efforts in the venue Naming Rights space having negotiated landmark deals on behalf of MetLife and Sun Life Financial for their respective Stadiums. Additionally, Kaplan has led VWSE’s growth internationally by extending the reach of VWSE’s Team & Venue Services and Consulting business units to international territories.

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David Kleinhandler

David Kleinhandler

Founder & Chairman
ArxSocial

David Kleinhandler is the Founder and Chairman of ArxSocial and has been an entrepreneur and investor for over 20 years. ArxSocial is the provider of the YuuZoo Platform, an end-to-end social media platform focused on generating revenue for content partners. David's deep and successful track record with many different businesses is an asset to ArxSocial's business model and market strategy. David's current projects include Harmony Ventures, 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 built DKA, LLC, a strategic life insurance company targeted to high-net worth individuals. Its main focus was on extracting maximum value from their life insurance holdings and achieving wealth preservation goals more efficiently. Over $1 billion in sales have been generated by DKA, LLC.

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Christopher J. Lencheski

Christopher J. Lencheski

Comcast-Spectacor

As President of Front Row Marketing Services – a Comcast-Spectacor subsidiary, Lencheski has overseen the day-to-day operations of the company which generates incremental revenue for public assembly venues, sports teams and municipalities through the marketing and sales of naming rights, advertising/sponsorships, exclusive product and vendor rights agreements, premium seating and hospitality features.

An innovative international business strategist and Brandweek® award winning executive, Chris Lencheski has built successful media and entertainment agencies from the ground-up, generated multimillion dollar revenue and portfolio growth, and been instrumental in forging highly lucrative relationships between corporations and some of the world’s most high-profile brands, organizations, and events. Recognized as an authority in identifying and leveraging sponsorship, partnership, and alliance opportunities to drive dramatic increases in sales, distribution, and market visibility, Mr. Lencheski has authored industry-setting standards and practice guides followed by major entities from network and cable television stations to Fortune 500 companies, industry gurus, and the Olympics. Combining the latest CRM techniques with experience as an entrepreneur, company spokesperson, and frequent contributor on multimedia outlets pertaining to the sports and entertainment disciplines, Chris continually set new standards for profitability, sales, and success that competitors strive to achieve. In 2011, Mr. Lencheski negotiated on behalf of NBC – Comcast client; Telemundo for their first foray in international motorsports – developing the Telemundo Primary Sponsored Indycar program of 8-Time World Champion Newman/Haas Racing with Spaniard Oriol Servia as driver.

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David Levy

David Levy

President
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

Levy oversees all advertising sales and distribution for Turner’s portfolio of U.S. networks and digital properties, as well as oversight of Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE). As president of Turner Sports, Levy is responsible for overseeing the company’s sports programming acquisitions, production, marketing, league relations and sports ad sales unit. Levy is based in New York and reports to Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of TBS, Inc.

Under Levy’s leadership, Turner ad sales has continually outperformed the marketplace during the annual television upfront, achieving broadcast parity CPMs for the company’s domestic news (CNN and HLN), entertainment (TBS, TNT, and truTV), animation and young adult (Cartoon Network and Adult Swim) portfolio. The division is continually recognized for its creativity in developing innovative, integrated, sponsorship ideas across multiple platforms.

As president of Turner Sports, Levy has been instrumental in deepening and expanding Turner’s programming relationships, while embarking on an aggressive expansion of digital rights and properties. Turner’s digital sports portfolio includes NBA Digital, NASCAR.COM, NCAA Digital, PGATOUR.COM and PGA.com. Additionally, Turner has a strategic content and sales relationship with Yahoo! Sports.

In 2010, Levy was instrumental in orchestrating a landmark deal, partnering with CBS, for the television, Internet, wireless, marketing and corporate sponsorship rights to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship through 2024. Beginning in 2016, the Final Four and National Championship Game will air on TBS. The agreement also includes Turner’s operational oversight of NCAA March Madness® on Demand (MMOD) on broadband, as well as March Madness mobile assets. Additionally, in a separate agreement, Turner secured a deal to manage NCAA Digital – which includes NCAA.com and its 88 NCAA Championships, as well as management of ad sales for its digital platforms.

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Jeffrey L. Lomasky

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Managing Director
Cerberus Capital Management

Mr. Lomasky joined Cerberus in 1994. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Lomasky was the Chief Financial Officer of New Street Securities from 1992 to 1994.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Lomasky was the Controller of Drexel Burnham Lambert, and from 1989 to 1990 he was the Chief Financial Officer of European activities for Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Mr. Lomasky is a graduate of Bernard Baruch College.

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Ian McFate

Account Executive, Season Ticket Sales
New York Yankees

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

Ian has overseen the concessions operation for food, beverage, and hospitality at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets and host of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. He spent two seasons working in business development for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. His career in the sports industry began with his senior capstone internship at the Philadelphia Phillies. This invaluable experience helped him transition into a leadership role with Minor League Baseball’s Brooklyn Cyclones where he spent two seasons

Ian currently lives in Brooklyn, NY 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, Eli Manning, Bob Knight, Tom Coughlin, Ari Fleischer, and Justin Timberlake.

Mr. 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 Mr. Madden by train and on the first “Madden Cruiser.” Mr. 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.

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

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Julie Nemeroff

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

Julie Nemeroff, graduate of Syracuse University '08, began her career at the NBA as a marketing assistant and has recently been promoted to hospitality coordinator. She currently is responsible for managing, entertaining, and fulfilling corporate sponsor needs at all NBA events across all properties. Julie has had a key role in hospitality at NBA events ie. NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs & Finals, 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, Julie 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. At Amplify, Julie was able to learn the sales side of the sports business.

Julie currently lives in Manhattan and looks forward to being a part of WISE Syracuse University as well as other SPM alumni groups as she was in the first graduating class Sport Management program.

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Laurie Orlando

Laurie Orlando

Senior Vice President, Talent Development & Planning
ESPN

Orlando (pictured left) oversees the newly created Talent Office and the relationships with the on-air personalities who represent the ESPN brand across all multimedia platforms. Orlando is focused on negotiation and facilitation of contracts; identification and recruitment of new talent; and establishing development, communication, coaching and feedback processes. Orlando is based in Bristol, Conn., and reports to Steve Anderson, executive vice president, news, talent & content operations.

Orlando joins ESPN from MSG & Fox Sports New York where she was senior vice president, executive producer. Prior to that, she spent nearly five years at College Sports Television (CSTV) as vice president of programming, original programming and development, and vice president of remote & feature production. She has also held significant production and programming roles at Oxygen Media and Classic Sports Network.

This is the second ESPN stint for Orlando, who worked for ESPN Classic as a coordinating producer in 1999. In her earlier role, Orlando 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.

Orlando was graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of science degree in international relations, as well as a bachelor of arts in television and film writing from the University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Ben C. Sutton, Jr.

Ben C. Sutton, Jr.

President
IMG College | America's Home for College Sports

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

IMG College employs more than 700 people in nearly 100 offices throughout the United States with annual sales of nearly $500 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 Bowl Championship 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 nearly 100 university partners.

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, Production
ESPN

John Wildhack, who joined ESPN in its first year of operation, was named executive vice president, production, in January 2012. This returns him to his ESPN roots, having worked in remote production his first 14 years with the company. In this role, he is responsible for all ESPN and ABC game, event and studio production work for domestic and international television and radio networks. His appointment came as part of a new executive structure emphasizing leadership continuity while fostering future growth unveiled by John Skipper, who had been appointed ESPN president January 1, 2012.

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).

From 1994 – January 2012, Wildhack held top executive positions in the programming department. Since March 2007, he had served as executive vice president, programming and acquisitions, overseeing all rights negotiations and managing relationships with rights holders for all ESPN entities. These include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN International, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile Properties, print and more. In 2009, he added responsibility for strategic program planning for all the ESPN television networks, ESPN on ABC and ESPN’s digital platforms.

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John Wolohan

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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