JULI ANNE PATTY has written for Sports Destination Management since the magazine’s creation, working with sports event owners and CVBs all across North America. A traveling freelance writer, Juli combines her interests in travel, writing and sports to help destinations and rights owners create the most unique and successful events possible. JENNY WIERSCHEM has nearly 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, working across subject areas, including health and education. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Oregon, she has worked for a range of nonprofit and for-profit organizations and is currently a full-time freelancer in Baltimore, Maryland. PETER FRANCESCONI has been in publishing for more than 25 years, working with newspapers, a wire service and magazines. He is the editor of Racquet Sports Industry, the world’s largest tennis trade publication, and through his company, Ace Media Group, he works closely with the Tennis Industry Association and other groups in communications, marketing and public relations. He was managing editor of Tennis Magazine from 1990 to 1999 and editorial director of Tennis’s custom publishing division from 1999 to 2009. TODD ROBY is the director of marketing and communication for US Youth Soccer. Roby brings years of experience from corporate and nonprofit marketing communications in addition to business development. Roby received his bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University and master’s from Baylor University. www.USYouthSoccer.org SAM SNOWis the director of coaching education for US Youth Soccer. Snow brings with him years of experience in education from the national, collegiate and youth levels. A U.S. Soccer National Staff Instructor, Snow holds the U.S. Soccer Federation “A” License and National Youth License. Snow received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and master’s from the University of South Florida. www.USYouthSoccer.org JASON MEULMAN is a corporate sales partner with BrandVia Alliance. He previously worked with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, where he was in charge of business development as well as corporate and sports merchandise for the San Jose Sharks. Meulman holds a bachelors degree from the California State University Chico and enjoys mountain biking, travel, all athletics and spending time with his wife, Bree, and their two children, Jaden and Qynn. www.brandvia.com MARK CRYAN teaches Sport & Event Management at Elon University. He has served as GM of the Burlington Indians, and worked for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe and the Coastal Plain League. His book, Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks in North Carolina, was published in 2008. A Hamilton College graduate, Cryan holds an MBA from N.C. Central University. He is a past president of the Alamance Sports Development Council, and a consultant in event recruitment and event management. Mcryan@elon.edu. KENNY MITCHELL is vice president and general manager of Dew Tour. He previously served as director of sports marketing at Gatorade. He spent the past eight years with Gatorade in a variety of sports and brand marketing roles, including developing the vision and strategy to launch Gatorade’s first entry into the action sports market. Mitchell began his career at PepsiCo after receiving his MBA from the Tuck School of Business. www.AlliSports.com A career non-profit professional, LAURA NAKONECZNY has spent 25 years planning and negotiating meeting contracts for sports events, conventions and meetings on behalf of groups ranging in size from eight to 8,000. She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she plans events for the NC Press Association. She is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management and holds the credential of Certified Association Executive (CAE). Laura@ncpress.com MICHAEL POPKE is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of professional experience in print and digital media. For 15 years, he was managing editor of Athletic Business, the leading business-to-business magazine and website for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals. He also has coached baseball, basketball and softball, worked as a USA Swimming stroke-and-turn official and is an avid high school sports and aquatics safety supporter. Michael owns Two Lakes Media Group and lives in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. Michael@twolakesmedia.com BRIAN MCCLINTOCK, a native of the greater Williamsport, Pennsylvania-area, grew up playing baseball at East Lycoming Little League. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, he joined Little League as Director of Media Relations in April 2013. www.littleleague.org LINDA DOBEL is managing editor of Trade & Industry Development magazine, published by Due North Media. She has served in an editorial capacity for all of Due North Media trade magazines over the course of seven years, including Sports Destination Management and Contact Professional magazine. Previously she was executive editorial director and vice president for a publishing firm in the contact center industry for more than two decades and has authored many trade-related articles for print and the web.
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