ALEX BENEPE is the CEO and co-founder of US Quidditch, dedicated to promoting, governing and developing the sport of quidditch. Alex is a New York City native currently living in Los Angeles and an alumnus of Middlebury College where he and his friends first adapted quidditch to real-life from the Harry Potter books. He worked as a consultant and account executive in PR and marketing at PMG PR and Phil & Co. Before starting US Quidditch in 2010.Www.usquidditch.org STACY BRENNAN is with Kahala Travel® /Team Sports Travel. Based in San Diego, California, the company coordinates travel, lodging, transportation, practice fields, games, tours, meals and educational and team-building activities. Stacy worked as assistant director of team sports before moving into accounting. She previously worked as a career counselor for a high school, which provided her with experience in how school administrations worked in regard to approval processes, fund raising, etc. for youth sports. Www.kahalatravel.com/sports DR. ROGER J. GOUDY is the president and CEO of the AAU. Prior to his tenure at AAU, he was superintendent of schools at the Madison (Ohio) Local School District and under his administration the school district was rated Excellent with Distinction. Within the AAU, he held a variety of positions including National Secretary, served as the national chairman of both volleyball and baseball and ultimately was inducted into the AAU’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. Http://aausports.org LORENA HATFIELD is marketing resources manager for K&K Insurance and has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. K&K is a leading provider of sports, leisure and entertainment insurance and offers a variety of programs for sports teams, leagues, associations, events and facilities. For more information, visit www.kandkinsurance.com. CHRISTINE “TINA” HORN has worked with non-profit associations throughout her career. She holds the position of program director, data analysis and management for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, Maryland. Her work has given her a strong background in events and in evaluating program effectiveness. She received a BA from the University of Detroit. She is an active community volunteer as well, including working with her son’s youth swim team.Tinahorn_cae@hotmail.com MARC I. LEAVEY, M.D., is a native of Baltimore, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and his doctor of medicine from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He now sees patients at Lutherville Personal Physicians, a satellite of Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Health Services in Baltimore, Maryland. He is married with four children and eight grandchildren, all of which keeps him busy enough when not at the office. Http://stringofmedicalpearls.blogspot.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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