KRISTEN BIEGLER serves as director of international development at Bigsley Event House, the event production company behind the world’s largest event series, The Color Run. Kristen took on the company’s mission statement to “Make the world happier and healthier” in 2013 and has since overseen 400-plus international events and expanded The Color Run’s presence from 16 countries to over 35. http://thecolorrun.com JOEY JEWELL is the director of sports sales & development with the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission. For the past two years, Joey has created a solid foundation of community relationships within the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Region while developing and promoting new sports venue, city infrastructure and notable sports events. www.eugenecascadescoast.org A career non-profit professional, LAURA NAKONECZNY has spent 25 years planning and negotiating meeting contracts for sports events, conventions and meetings on behalf of groups ranging in size from eight to 8,000. She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she is a senior account executive at Firstpoint Management Resources and director at North Carolina Press Association. She is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management and holds the credential of Certified Association Executive (CAE). Laura@ncpress.com JIM LORD is a former captain for the nationally ranked University of Kentucky cheer squad. He has been involved in cheerleading since 1984 as a cheerleader, coach, administrator and now as the executive director for the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators. He works with the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee and has spoken at over 30 different state coaches conference as well as national and international conferences. email@example.com SARAH CRONK is the founder of The Sparkle Effect, which works to create inclusive cheerleading squads at the middle school, high school and college level. She created the nation’s first high school-based inclusive squad at age 15, and currently delivers The Sparkle Effect’s message to thousands of students nationwide. Sarah graduated from Whitman College in May of 2015 with a degree in psychology and currently works on the corporate marketing team at Varsity Spirit in Memphis, Tennessee. firstname.lastname@example.org MARK LUCAS is the executive director for the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). He has worked with people who are blind and visually impaired for more than 25 years. USABA is a Colorado-based 501(c) (3) organization that provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with a visual impairment. USABA provides athletic opportunities in various sports including track and field, Nordic and alpine skiing, biathlon, judo, wrestling, swimming, tandem cycling, powerlifting and goalball. www.usaba.org TOM PINGEL holds the position of senior director, indoor events and high performance for USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body of the sport. He became Director of High Performance programs in early 1999. In 2011, the Indoor Events Department was added to Pingel’s responsibilities, leading to exponential growth in the Girls’ Junior National Championships field. Previously, Pingel served as the vice president of the Youth & Junior Olympic Volleyball Division of USAV (later renamed the Junior Assembly). www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball 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. 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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