COLBY CONNELL is chief marketing officer of the United States Equestrian Federation. She previously worked in digital marketing and commerce at Bose and Forrester Research and served as vice president of marketing at SmartPak, where she developed marketing programs in conjunction with USEF and a number of other leading equestrian organizations. In addition, she served as vice president of marketing at Spartan Race. Colby is also a lifelong equestrian. Having grown up showing hunter/jumper ponies, she later became involved in eventing. Cconnell@usef.org LEE CORRIGAN is president of Corrigan Sports Enterprises, owner and operator of the Baltimore Running Festival, Oakland Marathon and Running Festival, Frederick Running Festival, Baltimore 10-Miler and others. CSE also owns and operates lacrosse, basketball and pro beach volleyball events. Prior to forming Corrigan, Lee sold ACC and SEC football and basketball television packages. He has also been tournament director of the Senior PGA Tour’s State Farm Classic in Columbia, Maryland. Www.corrigansports.com BRIAN D’AMICO is the national events director at USA Triathlon, where he oversees the National Events Department and is behind the planning and execution of all National Championships. D’Amico earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in sport and leisure studies with a concentration in coaching and management, and his Master of Education in sport administration from Xavier University. He is also a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) through the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). Www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon SUSAN HLAVACEK is director of events and programs with the National Senior Games Association. Previously, she was director of athletics for Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. A native of Cleveland and a skilled athlete, she was inducted into both her high school and college halls of fame. In addition, she played in the Women’s Basketball League (WBL), the first women’s professional basketball league in the U.S., and has a background as a P.E. teacher and coach. Shlavacek@nsga.com KATHY MATEJKA is the event services director for USA Triathlon and was responsible for providing information on the organization’s Event Director Symposium which is found in the Sports Outlook article in this issue. She has been with the organization for more than 10 years.www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon SHEILA BRENNAN NEE brings her passion for sports and people, as well as her experience in tourism, to the role of strategic director of the Maine Sports Commission. Her love for sports and the outdoors fits seamlessly into the Maine lifestyle. Her work on behalf of the state led to the establishment of the Maine Sports Commission in 2012. In this position, she is able to promote current events as well as Maine’s natural assets, varied facilities and unique allure. Sheila@mainesportscommission.com DR. BONNIE TIELL is the dean of graduate studies for Tiffin University (Ohio). She coordinates the Olympic Academic Experience (Athens, Beijing and London) and is co-chair of the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium. Tiell has a doctorate in sports management and human resource management from the United States Sports Academy, a Master of Education in Sports Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (N-12) from Troy University. Btiell@tiffin.edu 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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