AMANDA BIRD is the marketing and communications director for USA Bobsled & Skeleton. She received her associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Albany. She was a member of the USA Skeleton national team from 1998-2006. Her athletic honors include being named the 1999 U.S. Bobsled Push Champion, the 2002 Rookie of the Year and the 2003 U.S. Junior National silver medalist. She is a four-time Empire State Games gold medalist. email@example.com JONATHAN BRIDEAU, executive director of World T.E.A.M. Sports, previously worked with Best Buddies International, dedicated to creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brideau was responsible for event logistics, sponsorship support and media relationships in support of Best Buddies Challenges, the popular cycling series. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition since June 2015. He is a business administration graduate of Northeastern University in Boston. firstname.lastname@example.org LORENA HATFIELD, marketing resources manager for K&K Insurance Company, has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. K&K Insurance is celebrating 60 years in business as a leading provider of coverage for sports and recreational organizations and events. www.kandkinsurance.com ALEX IGELMAN is CEO of Las Vegas-based Millennial Esports Corp. He is a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in technology, entertainment and casino gaming. Since 2013, Alex has been focused on the eSports sector and in 2014, came in as a consultant to PGL, the predecessor company to Millennial Esports Corp. In late 2016, Alex was appointed as CEO of Millennial and since that time has led the company in its successful growth. www.millennialesports.com JIM MAHON is the vice president of marketing and brand management at Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he has worked since 1999. He is a graduate of Hiram College with an M.A. from Michigan State University. He has served on the boards and/or committees of the Ohio Society of Association Executives, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, Downtown Akron Partnership and ArtsNow. He will serve as the president of Ohio Travel Association in 2020. email@example.com CHAD WALLER has been the director of athletic communications and media at the offi ce of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) since 2007. He previously served as the director of sports information at Northwest Missouri State University, assistant sports information director at Bemidji State University and graduate assistant SID at Minnesota State University. He holds a Masters of Sports Administration from Minnesota State University. NAIA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. CWaller@naia.org 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, fi tness and recreation professionals. He also has coached baseball, basketball and softball, worked as a USA Swimming stroke-and-turn offi cial and is an avid high school sports and aquatics safety supporter. Michael owns Two Lakes Media Group and lives in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. TRACEY SCHELMETIC is a freelance writer for Due North Media. Her articles appear on the websites of Sports Destination Management, Design News magazine, ThomasNet and TMCnet.com.
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