MATT B. DAVIS is a journalist and podcaster who specializes in obstacle racing and mud runs. He has completed over 70 events of every distance and difficulty level. Through the Obstacle Racing Media website and podcast, Matt has interviewed over 100 people including athletes, race directors and other OCR insiders. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and three children. He is the author of Down and Dirty: The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs (available on www.amazon.com). obstacleracingmedia.com LAURIE LORE-GUSSAK, MBA, IOM, CAE, is the executive director of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA), an organization working to enrich the lives of individuals through accessible, inclusive recreation. She has over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit/association management field, having served as executive director of both ITFlorida and TalTech Alliance. She has an MBA from RIT and a BS from the SUNYGeneseo.She is a graduate of the Institute of Organization Management and is a Certified Association Executive.Www.fdoa.org PAT HOGAN, who is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, is club development managing director for USA Swimming. He previously served nine years as the head coach of the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also has been head women’s coach for Team USA at the 2002 Short Course World Championships and is a several-time assistant coach for USA national teams. Hogan also has served on the USA Swimming Board of Directors and on the organization’s International Relations Committee.Www.usaswimming.org TRAVIS J. HOPKINS is the vice president of WatchmeSports, an industry leader in broadcasting youth sports events. WatchmeSports is based in Fort Worth, Texas, where Travis grew up competing in football, baseball, basketball and tennis. He remains an avid sports fan and relishes combining business opportunity with the sports he loves. Travis graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.Travis@watchmesports.com TERESA JOHNSON works as a public relations consultant for USA Archery, and is the public relations manager for the Archery Trade Association. Johnson served as Team USA’s press officer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She also has worked for World Archery — archery’s international federation — as a social media consultant with emphasis on event coverage. She lives in Connecticut, with her husband, Butch Johnson, a five-time Olympic archer and Olympic gold and bronze medalist.Tmipublicrelations@gmail.com DEBI WALLS SCHULTZ is director of sales for the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau. She manages the Sports Alliance, the Scholarship committee and the Champions Classic, a signature football event that raises money to support sports tourism and provides college scholarships. Debi is a member of NASC and Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus where she serves on several committees. Debi, AKA Sportslady, is proud to be a part of the tourism industry representing Abilene and Texas.Debi@abilenevisitors.com PETER FRANCESCONI has been in publishing for more than 25 years, working with newspapers, a wire service and magazines. He is the editor of Tennis 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. 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. MICHAEL POPKE is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of professional experience in print and digital media. For 14 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. ANDREW COHEN is a media relations consultant adept at increasing the visibility of his clients, primarily architecture firms specializing in sports, recreation, healthcare and public safety buildings. A Connecticut native who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, Andrew has been honored with an ASBPE National Gold award and two Milwaukee Press Club awards during a writing and editing career spanning more than 25 years in both the business-to-business and consumer markets. He founded AC Media in 2013.
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