JULI ANNE PATTY is a freelance writer based in Portland, Maine and is also contributing editor to Sports Destination Management magazine. Before becoming a writer, she spent several years teaching middle and high school English. She still believes passionately in the power of public education, spending many of her out-ofwork hours tutoring at nonprofit organizations to help students develop their creative and expository writing skills. Juli is currently completing her first novel while continuing her work as a marketing and public relations copywriter. Visit her at www.juliannepatty.com. WILLIAM J. BANNON, is vice president of Advisory and Special Risk Services at BWD Group, LLC in Jericho, New York. He holds professional insurance designations of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM). He is responsible for BWD’s specialty insurance practices in contingency coverage including event cancellation, weather risks, prize indemnity, special event liability as well as environmental liability, aviation and marine insurance risks. MARY HELEN SPRECHER has been a technical writer for 20 years with the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national association of designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities. Sprecher has written on various topics relating to sports facility design, construction and supply, as well as sports careers, sports medicine and health issues. She is a full-time newspaper reporter in Baltimore, Maryland. The ASBA is located in Ellicott City, Maryland and can be contacted at www.sportsbuilders.org. Since founding Tribble Creative Group in 1985, MARY TRIBBLE has pioneered the events industry in Charlotte and the Southeast. She has greatly expanded the company’s community engagement during the last several years, including co-founding the Charlotte Green Team — a consortium of organizations committed to greening the city’s events and venues. Mary serves on a number of non-profit boards and in 2007 was inducted into the national Events Professionals Hall of Fame. AMY HENDERSON is the owner of Carolina Arrangements, a Destination Management Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amy has been in the sports field for over 20 years, starting as a sportswriter in upstate New York and eventually working in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats. Amy also spent time in racing with Speedway Motorsports Inc. at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Amy has coordinated all facets of marketing, travel and special events within the sports market with a multitude of corporate partners to include Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch & Gatorade. STEPHANIE GIGLIOTTI works for the Butler County Visitors Bureau in West Chester, Ohio as the sales manager for Sports and Events. She started with the BCVB in January 2008. Previously she worked within the Group Sales department with the Cleveland Cavaliers LLC/Quicken Loans Arena where she assisted, coordinated and facilitated on-court activities for the Cavaliers. Gigliotti graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. ANDREA JOHNSON is the principal of Ideas to Words, a Minneapolis-based marketing communications company. She helps people and organizations capture the spirit of what they do and communicate it in a way that enhances credibility, draws attention and drives results. You’ll see her work in many regional and national business publications including Contact, SalesForceXP, Twin Cities Business and Velocity. For more information about Andrea, go to www.ideastowords.com. JENNIFER ALTEN is a Chicago-based writer, marketing consultant and photographer who specializes in working with the businessto- business, technology, manufacturing and medical sectors. She has written articles, white papers, websites and marketing materials for dozens of commercial and notfor- profit organizations ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups.
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