ROBERT ANDELMAN was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland. After college, he worked in the non-profit sector in information technology for over 10 years, seven of which were spent with the Association of American Geographers. He started working at Nightmare Graphics, a full-service screen printing, embroidery, custom manufacturing and design firm located in Columbia, in 2007, and today is the president of that company. Randelman@nightmaregraphics.com PHIL ANDREWS is the director of events & programs for USA Weightlifting, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He leads national and international events, as well as manages USA Weightlifting’s programs such as the Resident Athlete program, Athlete Identification programs and the U.S. National Teams. Previously, Andrews worked at the University of East London where he hosted and operated the U.S. Olympic Committee’s High Performance Training Center, housing, processing and other activities in connection with the 2012 London Olympics. Phil.email@example.com NEIL BUETHE is director of communications for U.S. Soccer. He has been on the staff of the organization for over a decade and has served in a variety of communications roles, most recently overseeing the development and production of original content produced for ussoccer.com and other media outlets as content manager.Nbuethe@ussoccer.org KATHLEEN A. DEMARCO is an association executive with Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. with over 25 years of experience in event planning and execution. DeMarco provides event, membership, operations and strategic management services to non-profit organizations, and is responsible for overseeing more than 20 events annually. DeMarco holds a degree in communications and public relations from Temple University, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Kathy@stringfellowgroup.net ANNA DIEZ currently works as the tournament coordinator for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. Anna studied sport managament at Florida State University. After graduation, she worked in minor league baseball before finding her true calling in professional golf. She has been with the Mitsubishi Electric Classic since its inception in 2012. Anna@MitsubishiElectricClassic.com KATHY PULLEM is the director of sales and marketing at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is an 18-year veteran of this property, having started as a catering sales manager before working in the sales department. She has held her current position for 10 years. Prior to her involvement with Doubletree, she had a background in the restaurant industry. Kpullem@doubletreevb.com 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. 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.
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