As the United States Golf Association’s senior managing director for public services, RAND JERRIS oversees facilities management, the Green Section, philanthropy and grants, strategic and operational planning and the USGA Museum. After interning with USGA, he took the position of librarian/historian, then served as director of the USGA Museum and was managing director of communications. He has authored three books on golf, and worked for the World Golf Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Kate, have three children. www.usga.org JIM LORD is a former captain for the nationally ranked University of Kentucky cheer squad. He has been involved in cheerleading since 1984 as a cheerleader, coach, administrator and now as the executive director for the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators. He works with the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee and has spoken at over 30 different state coaches’ conferences as well as national and international conferences. He also volunteers at his son’s elementary as president of the PTO. Jimlord@aacca.org An avid field hockey enthusiast since the age of 12, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, native KAIT MITCHELL graduated Ball State University as a Division I field hockey alumni and since 2013 has been the communications manager for USA Field Hockey, the national governing body of the sport. When not managing Team USA’s website, all internal and external communications for the organization and traveling with the national teams, she can be found meandering Colorado’s mountains with her sweetly rambunctious pup, Sully. Kmitchell@usafieldhockey.com DIANE C. SCHAEFER has 15 years of experience in the meetings and travel industry. She works at Stringfellow Management Group in Forest Hill, Maryland, where she is director of meetings and member services for four trade and professional associations, and executive director of a fifth. She worked as sales manager for the Hyatt Regency Baltimore and in group sales for the Sheraton Baltimore North and was a senior meeting planner for Travel Destinations Management Group. She holds the Certified Meeting Planner designation. Diane@stringfellowgroup.net JON SCHMIEDER is the founder of the Huddle Up Group LLC, a consortium of three sports-related companies led by award-winning executives. Schmieder has 20 years of experience in leading non-profits and sports tourism organizations through strategic growth and increased community collaboration. Huddle Up Group clients include USA BMX, Detroit Sports Commission, Eugene Cascades & Coast Sports, Connect Sports, Veteran Tickets Foundation, Arizona Football Coaches Association, Evansville Sports Corp, Travel Medford, Des Moines CVB, Las Cruces CVB, Fort Worth CVB and the Association of Chief Executives of Sport (ACES). www.huddleupgroup.com MICHAEL WILDES is the managing partner with the immigration law firm of Wildes and Weinberg P.C. in New York City, Miami and New Jersey. He is a former federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993) with clients including soccer legend ‘Pele’; recording artist Sarah Brightman, Miss Universe 2008, 2009 and 2010 as well as the newly resurrected New York Cosmos. Mr. Wildes also served two terms as the mayor of Englewood, New Jersey. www.wildeslaw.com, email@example.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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