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 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 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-for-profit/ 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 (CAE). www.fdoa.org DAN PAYNE has been chief executive officer at USA Rugby since August of 2016. He was an NCAA Division I All-American wrestler in college, later wrestling internationally and earning his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He played on the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles during the 2007 Rugby World Cup and also served as an assistant coach at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Additionally, he spent five years at Life University, where he expanded the athletic department and added student-athletes to the roster. www.usarugby.org JOHN SADLER, JD, CIC, graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in insurance and finance in 1983. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1986. He became president of Sadler & Company, Inc. in 1989 with a primary emphasis on sports and recreation insurance and risk management. Sadler & Company’s clients include over 30 national sports and 9,500 local sports organizations. www.sadlersports.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 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). 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. 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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