MATT B. DAVIS is a journalist and podcaster who specializes in obstacle racing and mud runs. He has completed over 85 OCR 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 KATHLEEN A. DEMARCO, CAE 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 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-forprofit/ association management field, having served as executive director of both ITFlorida and TalTech Alliance. She has an MBA from RIT and a B. S. from the SUNY-Geneseo. She is a graduate of the Institute of Organization and is a Certified Association Executive. www.fdoa.org A technology visionary with experience in global business development, ROBERT KLUG is chief global strategist at Streaming Media Hosting an award-winning content global delivery service providing live, on-demand, mobile streaming and next-generation formats to all devices, desktops and set top boxes for clients worldwide. He is considered a pioneer in streaming media and the adaptation of the “TV anywhere” philosophy. Successfully patented and co-created solutions used by worldwide leaders including The Super Bowl, NASCAR, Caesars Palace and more. Rob@streamingmediahosting.com DEBI 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 PEGGINE TELLEZ is manager of Sport Development at USA Racquetball. She has more than a decade of business experience in financial services sales and customer relationship management. A 30-year player of racquetball, she is also involved in the sport, having served as a USA Racquetball board member and officer, president of the California Nevada Racquetball Association and co-founder and board member of the Military Racquetball Federation. Competitively, she has won two U.S. National Singles Championships age division titles. Peggine@usra.org 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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