LINDA DRISCOLL-DOBEL is the editor of Sports Destination Management magazine, Trade & Industry Development magazine, and Contact Professional magazine, all of which are wholly owned publications of Due North Consulting, Inc,, a media firm located in Birmingham, Alabama. Linda holds an English degree from the University of Connecticut and has decades of journalistic experience covering the contact center industry, with a significant heft of that experience in the site-selection space, as well as sports destinations. SHAWN RYAN has been a print journalist for 25 years, working at several daily newspapers and writing stories that have appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, The New York Times and Rolling Stone. He's also the author of two published novels and several short stories. He lives in Chattanooga, where he works as an editor at the Times Free Press newspaper. DENISE STOKES is the PR/Communications Manager with the Frisco, Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau. As a former radio personality and television news writer with various companies in the entertainment industry, she brings finesse to the areas of media relations and fostering relationships over time. Stokes is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, the DFW Area Tourism Council and presently completing an Executive MBA at Texas Woman's University. SHAWN McBRIDE, vice president, Sports Marketing, Ketchum, Shawn McBride has more than 10 years' experience in sports and brand marketing communications. As VP of Ketchum's sports division for the past two and a half years, Shawn oversees several account teams including those servicing Bank of America and FedEx. Prior to Ketchum, Shawn spent six years at Octagon where he oversaw marketing communications initiatives on behalf of a wide range of domestic and international sporting events and properties including the Gravity Games, Swedish Match Tour, Millrose Games, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and several Champions Tour and LPGA tournaments. JULI ANNE FREIDBERG is a freelance writer based in Portland, Maine and also contributing editor to Sports Destination Management magazine.. Before becoming a writer, she spent several years teaching middle and high school English. She still believes passionately in the power of public education, spending many of her out-of work hours tutoring at nonprofit organizations to help sutdents develop their creative and expository writing skills. Juli is currently completing her first novel while continuing her work as a marketing and public relations copywriter. Visit her at www.julifreidberg.com. ANDREA JOHNSON is the principal of Ideas to Words, a Minneapolis-based marketing communications company. She helps people and organizations capture the spirit of what they do and communicate it in a way that enhances credibility, draws attention and drives results. You'll see her work in many regional and national business publications including Contact, Sales Force XP, Twin Cities Business and Velocity. For more information about Andrea, go to www.ideastowords.com. SHAWN HATEM, documents & research director, Shawn's skills in writing, editing, layout/design, researching, documentation, and interviewing serve SFA clients throughout the phases of market research, feasibility, business planning, and operational procedures. An award-winning sports writer, Shawn has covered all levels of sports - professional (MLB, NFL, NHL, MLS, and PGA), collegiate (NCAA and NAIA), and high school - for numerous media outlets across the country. His diligence in the accumulation and sorting of facts, figures, strengths/ weaknesses, needs, and percentages strengthen all levels of analysis and documentation for SFA clients. DEV PATHIK, co-founder and CEO Within SFA, Dev leads the strategic planning and businessmodels areas and partners with the rest of the executive team to set the direction for the company. Dev is widely regarded as the leading business development advisor for innovative recreation, sport, and leadership development centers. Having founded, grown and sold four companies and worked as an advisor and mentor to hundreds of others, Dev brings a wealth of brand-building and entrepreneurial experience to SFA projects. In the 1990s, he opened the country's premier sports and adventure-based corporate team-building center. Dev then went on to launch dozens of other centers as a consultant to leadership training centers, teambuilding programs, and sports facilities around the world. PAUL BASSMAN is president of CSI Entertainment Insurance, one of the country's largest hospitality, entertainment and sports insurance brokers. CSI has placed coverage for over 2500 sports and special events including having worked with Lance Armstrong and the Discovery Channel Cycling Team and some of the country's largest sports promoters, They also place coverage for some of the country's largest music festivals including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Miami Spring fest. The success of CSI and the expertise gained through consulting with over 2500 entertainment business owners and operators has allowed for the opportunity for President Paul Bass man and CEO James Chippendale to be noted speakers and columnists for the entertainment industry.
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