MBA, BS, University of Southern California
David M. Carter is a national authority on sports business and strategic marketing, and the author of four books about the sport business industry. He founded the Sports Business Group in 1999 following more than ten years of consulting for the sports and entertainment industries. As a sports business consultant specializing in strategic marketing, Professor Carter has consulted for corporations, sports organizations, sports and entertainment venues, law firms, municipalities, and individual athletes. He regularly provides sports business commentary to national media concerns.
The following advisory board, which consists of noted sports business leaders, provides guidance to the Sports Business Institute:
Mr. Bendheim is President of Bendheim Enterprises, Inc., a real estate investment holding company with operations located exclusively in California and Nevada. Mr. Bendheim also founded Inland Homes in 1994 and has specialized in providing equity funding for real estate transactions. Previously, he was President of Benditel Incorporated an apparel manufacturer based in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Bendheim has invested in real estate for his personal account since 1976 and has owned apartments, surgery centers, office buildings, condominiums, model homes, industrial buildings, recreational vehicle parks, and convenience centers.
Mr. Bendheim was the past Chairman of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. Bendheim also served as Vice- Chairman of the Psychological Trauma Center, Vice Chairman of the Cedars-Sinai Resource Development committee and 2001-2002 Executive Chairman of the International Young Presidents Organization . He is a member of the Board of Directors of Liquipel, California Republic Bank, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, American Fidelity Corporation, Lowenstein Foundation , Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Hills Convention and Visitors Bureau, USC Marshall School Board of Leaders, Wallis Annenberg Center For the Performing Arts, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Evergreen Community School.
Bendheim was also past Chairman of the Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular which honors the top world class athletes, and has raised millions of dollars for the children of the Genetic Birth Defects Center.
Mr. Bendheim was awarded the 2008 Cedars Sinai Board of Governors Philanthropic Leadership Award for his endless contributions to the Heart Stem Cell Center and to the community of Beverly Hills and beyond. He has also established the John Bendheim Executive in Residence Program at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Mr. Bendheim received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and an MBA in 1976 from the University of Southern California.
Bendheim and his wife, Cathi reside in Los Angeles with their twenty three year old daughter Alexandra.
Anita L. DeFrantz
Anita L. DeFrantz, an attorney and member of the International Olympic Committee and 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams, is the president and member of the Board of Directors of the LA84 Foundation, which is managing Southern California's endowment from the 1984 Olympic Games.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, DeFrantz grew up in Indianapolis, IN and began her formal involvement with sports at the age of 18 when she was introduced to rowing at Connecticut College. After graduating from Connecticut College with honors in 1974, she studied for her law degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School while training at the prestigious Vesper Boat Club. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar in 1977. She competed on every national team from 1975 to 1980. During that period, DeFrantz served as a director of the Vesper Boat Club and as a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Rowing Association. She was a trustee of Connecticut College from 1974 to 1988 and from 1990 to 2000. She now serves as trustee emeritus of the College.
DeFrantz was elected to the IOC on October 17, 1986. On September 4, 1997, she became the first woman in the 103-year history of the IOC to be elected vice president. She was first elected to the IOC's Executive Board on July 23, 1992 and re-elected to a full four-year term in September 1993. DeFrantz is the chair of the IOC’s Women and Sport Commission and the IOC Athletes’ Commission Election Committee. She is a member of the IOC's Juridical Commission, the Finance Commission and the Sport and Law Commission.
Since 1993, she has served as a vice president of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA), the international rowing federation. In April 2002, DeFrantz was appointed as arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In addition to her Olympic bronze medal performance in the 1976 Games, DeFrantz won a silver medal in the 1978 World Championships in rowing, was a finalist in the World Championships four times and won six National Championships. The IOC awarded her the Bronze Medal of the Olympic Order for her leadership role in fighting the U.S. government-led boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
As a vice president for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC), she organized and managed the Olympic Village at the University of Southern California.
DeFrantz is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors. She is president and member of the Board of Directors of Kids In Sports, Los Angeles. She has served as president of Southern California Olympians.
DeFrantz is a member of The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, steward of the Women's Sports Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Law Center, Kids In Sports Los Angeles, Santa Monica College Foundation, OBN Holdings, Los Angeles Sports Council, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games and Western Asset Trust. She is a member of the Advisory Board Sports Business Institute, the Alliance of Women Coaches Advisory Board, the U.S. Rowing Task Force on Access, Affordability and Diversity and the Honorary Chair of America Rows.
DeFrantz has received numerous honors and awards. She was awarded the 2012 Woman of the Year Award by the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women on August 17, 2012. She was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Hall of Fame on July 6, 2010, the National Rowing Hall of Fame on March 20, 2010 and the Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame on October 27, 2009. She was honored by the Indiana Historical Society as one of the 2009 Living Legends on July 17, 2009 and inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame on June 19, 2009. She was awarded the Africa Civic Responsibility Award by the African Diplomatic Corps in California and the editorial board of The African Times-USA on May 22, 2009. She was inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame on October 17, 2008. She was inducted into the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame in October 2007 and the National Association for Sports and Physical Education Hall of Fame in March 2007. Maria Shriver, the First Lady of California, honored her with the Minerva Award in October 2005. In September 2005, she received the Bradley Unsung Hero Award from the Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum. The Law Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania Law School recognized her with The Alumni Award of Merit in 2002. She received the “Fair Play Gaio Cilnio Mecenate” in June 2001 presented by the Comitato Premio Internazionale, Arezzo, Italy. In 1998, she was awarded the prestigious Guirlande d’Honneur from the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs. In 1997, she became the 16th recipient of the Olympic Torch Award, the highest recognition the United States Olympic Committee bestows for service to the USOC. She also received the William May Garland Award from the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. In June 1995, DeFrantz was honored with the Medal of Honor from the International Softball Federation. In April 1994, she was awarded the prestigious Kiphuth Fellowship in memory of former Yale University swimming coach and Athletic Director Robert J.H. Kiphuth.
She is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Mills College (May 1998), Mount Holyoke College (May 1998), Haverford College (May 1997), California State University, Dominguez Hills (May 1996), Pomona College (May 1995) and the University of Rhode Island (May 1989). She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Mt. St. Mary’s College (May 2008), The College of Wooster (May 2006), Connecticut College (May 2004) and Illinois Wesleyan University (September 1996) and an honorary Doctor of Philanthropy degree from Pepperdine University (January 1992).
IIn October 2011, Los Angeles Magazine named DeFrantz as one of “10 Women Making a Difference in Los Angeles.” In March 2011, Newsweek named DeFrantz as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.” In October 2010, L’Equipe Magazine named DeFrantz as one of the “10 Women Who Changed Sport” and in November 2009, SportsPro Magazine named DeFrantz one of “The 20 Most Powerful Women in Sport.” In October 2007, the Institute for International Sport named her one of “The 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America.” In March 2006, the NCAA named her one of the “NCAA’s 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes.” She was named one of “L.A.’s Most Powerful Sports Executives” in April 2005 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Sports Illustrated named her one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” in May 2003. She has been named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Sports” by The Sporting News nine times (1991-1999), one of “The 100 Most Powerful Women In The World” by The Australian Magazine, one of the “Top 25 Female Sports Executives” by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and one of the “Top 10 African-American Leaders In Sports” by Savoy magazine. She is the recipient of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Black Woman of Achievement Award, the NAACP Jackie Robinson Sports Achievement Award and the Essence magazine Award for Sports.
In 1991, DeFrantz became the first non-French woman and second American (Avery Brundage was the first) to be elected an associate member of the Academie des Sports in France and was honored by the USOC with the IOC's "Woman of the Year" Award. Also in 1991, she was presented with the U.S. Rowing's Jack Kelly Award for superior achievements in rowing and service to amateur athletics. DeFrantz was inducted into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame in 1999 and is a charter member of the Connecticut College Hall of Fame.
Peter Dropick has over 19 years of experience in sports marketing, event management and television production. He currently serves as Vice President of Event Development for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. UFC holds 34 annual events around the world which are broadcast live on Pay-Per-View and Fox Sports. In this role, Dropick is responsible for event scheduling, venue negotiations, local event marketing and media strategies, and ticket sales.
Dropick joined UFC in 2006, as the Vice President of Event Operations and Production of WEC, a sister organization to UFC, where he oversaw all business operations and television production. He was also responsible for the day to day operations of Strikeforce and managing the Showtime Network television relationship.
Prior to joining UFC, Dropick was the Director of Event Development at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. He was responsible for developing and managing the properties and events Honda Center owned, promoted or produced internally. Properties included the annual John R. Wooden Classic college basketball doubleheader, 2005 World Badminton Championships, National Lacrosse League’s Anaheim Storm, 2004 US Olympic Trials - Gymnastics and 2003 World Gymnastics Championships.
Before joining Honda Center in 1999, Dropick was the Director of Operations for Atherton Communications, LP, a sports marketing firm based in CT. Atherton Communications founded the annual Wooden Classic and Wooden Tradition. Prior to Atherton Communications, he was an Operations Assistant for the 1994 FIFA World Cup at Giants Stadium in NJ.
Dropick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Syracuse University.
MBA, Harvard University; BA, University of New Mexico
James Ellis was appointed Dean of the Marshall School of Business in 2007. Previously he served as the University's Vice Provost for Globalization, Marshall's Vice Dean for External Relations, and Marshall's Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program. As an instructor, he has been named professor of the year by many organizations, and in 2003 received Marshall's Golden Apple Award and Teaching Has No Boundaries Award. Professor Ellis continues to teach Marshall's invitation-only Freshman Leadership Colloquium each Fall. Dean Ellis serves on boards at the Capital Group and Mercury Insurance as well as a number of non-profit boards.
Dennis J. Gilbert
As The Gilbert Group Senior Partner and co-founder, Dennis Gilbert created The Gilbert Group to serve as the preeminent resource for serving high-net worth individuals and families across sports, entertainment and business. He consistently ranks in the top 1% of life insurance professionals nationwide.
Dennis began his career as a minor league baseball player, after which he pursued a career in life insurance and taught continuing education estate planning to members of the CPA Society in the State of California. These CPAs, who were primarily entertainment business managers, gave Dennis an entree into the Hollywood community through which he acquired an A-list, entertainment industry clientele.
Dennis excelled at developing life insurance policies and creating wealth protection, and he knew these skills could help baseball players achieve better financial success. As his insurance business continued to thrive, he took on an additional career as a sports agent. Within a year, Dennis had developed the free agent system; he ultimately transformed the salary structure of professional baseball forever.
As baseball's leading agent, Dennis set new standards for creating player contracts. He personally negotiated over 1,000 contracts, broke salary barriers and achieved unprecedented contractual success for players such as Jose Canseco, Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds, Joe Magrane, Bret Saberhagen, George Brett, Danny Tartabull, Mike Piazza, Brady Anderson, Curt Schilling, Ricky Henderson, Kevin Appier, Scott Erickson, Rod Beck, Trevor Hoffman and many more.
While Dennis focused on insurance and estate planning, the baseball industry continued to seek his counsel. In 2000, the Chicago White Sox recruited him to serve as Special Assistant to Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. In addition to reviewing contracts and negotiations, Dennis provided key input on personnel and scouting-related matters
Dennis combines his passion for baseball and community as the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation (PBSF). Dennis has helped the PBSF raise more than $4,000,000. He also personally financed the building of an inner-city baseball field at Southwest Community College, home to baseball's RBI Youth Program. The ballpark, Dennis Gilbert Field, celebrated its Opening Day on January 20, 2002.
In addition to PBSF, Dennis serves as a member of Cedar Sinai's Board of Governors. He also sits on Major League Baseball's Salary Arbitration and Player Development committees. He has been named "Man of the Year" by the Anti-Defamation League, has been inducted into LA's Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and was the first inductee into the Los Angeles City College's Hall of Fame.
Dennis is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and the Advanced Association of Life Underwriters (AALU). Dennis resides in Holmby Hills, CA, with his wife Cindi. Together they have three beautiful daughters.
Dick Glover is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Funny or Die.
FunnyorDie.com, launched in April of 2007, is an award-winning website that has become one of the top destinations for comedy on the web. The site averages over 7 million unique video views per month and over 22 million video views per month. With hundreds of exclusive celebrity videos and a steady stream of huge viral hits, Funny or Die has become the “place to be seen” for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. Funny or Die’s founders are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Judd Apatow is also a principal partner in Funny or Die.
New on Funny or Die’s slate this year include the upcoming HBO series “Funny or Die Presents,” and Funny or Die’s first digital feature film is currently in pre-production.
Prior to Funny or Die, Glover was Vice President of Broadcasting and New Media for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and for NASCAR Digital Entertainment. At NASCAR, Glover ran the Los Angeles office overseeing all television, new media businesses, entertainment programming and promotion on behalf of the sport. A 20-year veteran of broadcasting and media, Glover was previously an Executive at the Walt Disney Company in various Senior Management roles in their ABC and Internet Groups. Glover also spent seven years with ESPN, most recently as Executive Vice President, Programming where he was responsible for all aspects of ESPN, Inc.’s domestic programming efforts, which included ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic and ESPN.com. He was the executive in charge of the planning, development and launch of ESPN.com in 1994 and was instrumental in the site’s impressive growth to its current position as an industry leader.
After more than four decades in the business, FOX Sports Vice Chairman Ed Goren, a 47-time Emmy Award winner and Executive Producer of FOX Sports since 1994, recently stepped down to become a consultant for the network.
In May 2010, Goren was elevated to Vice Chairman FOX Sports where he along with Chairman David Hill and FOX Sports co-President & COO Eric Shanks were responsible for the look, sound, editorial content and superior quality of FOX Sports’ studio and game broadcasts and serve as Executive Producers of all FOX Sports productions.
Goren also oversaw all aspects of FOX Sports’ television investments and partnerships. In addition, Goren spearheaded the division’s strategy of pursuing major event programming to insure FOX Sports’ position as a premier network sports broadcaster.
Goren was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, in October 2011 and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in December 2012, fitting tributes to his long and distinguished career.
Goren had been Senior Producer at CBS Sports since 1991, where he worked on nearly every sport the network broadcast. During his tenure as Senior Producer, CBS Sports broadcasted such major events as the World Series, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, The Masters and Super Bowl XXVI.
Goren produced CBS Sports’ Major League Baseball studio program in 1990. He also produced The College Football Report and the annual Heisman Trophy Award presentation (1986-89). As producer of The College Football Report, he revamped the series, integrating information including scores, highlights, live interviews and special news segments into a program less than 15 minutes long. Other credits at CBS Sports include serving as producer of NFL, NBA and NCAA basketball broadcasts.
He joined CBS in 1966, as a copy boy in the news division and one year later became a news writer, producer and occasional on-air reporter at the then-CBS affiliate in Miami. Late in 1969, Goren moved back to CBS News as a producer for Newsnet, the daily news feeds to CBS affiliates. He joined CBS Sports in 1975 as a coordinating producer for CBS Sports Spectacular, the network’s sports anthology series.
Goren’s sports roots run deep, as his late father, Herb Goren, was a longtime baseball columnist for the New York Sun and public relations director for the New York Rangers hockey club.
Goren graduated from Syracuse University in 1966 with degrees in journalism and political science. In 2005, Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University honored Goren at its 40th anniversary as one of its most distinguished alumni.
Born June 15, 1944, in Greensboro, N.C., he lives in Los Angeles with his wife Patty. He has one son.
Bob Graziano is responsible for corporate strategy and development for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in the Western Region. In this capacity, Bob provides strategic advice and support to the regional leadership team on expanding and building the private banking business in the West, reporting to the head of the Western Region. He acts as a senior advisor to clients, prospects and colleagues. Additionally, Bob plays a lead role on key initiatives in the region and builds alliances across J.P. Morgan Chase’s lines of business. Bob is based in Los Angeles.
Previous to his current role, Bob was the Southern California Market Manager for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Bob was Managing Partner of the Family Advisory Services Group at Northern Trust. Prior to joining Northern, Bob spent 18 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, serving his final six years there as the Club’s President & Chief Operating Officer. He was named to that post on March 19, 1998 upon the sale of the team to FOX, becoming only the 11th President in franchise history. He started with the Dodger organization in 1986 as Director, Financial Projects and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1987 and Executive Vice President in 1997.
After earning summa cum laude honors, the University Trustees Award and a Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in accounting, from the University of Southern California in 1980, Bob joined Ernst & Young. In early 1984, Bob took a leave from Ernst & Young to work for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee as Manager, Ticket Operations. In 1985, Bob joined WTC Airfreight, an international freight forwarding firm, as Manager, Financial Services, responsible for the accounting and finance functions of the company.
Bob has built a strong reputation in Southern California due to his community involvement and civic leadership. Bob is Chair of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and the immediate past Chair and current board member of the LA84 Foundation which is endowed with the surplus from the 1984 Olympic Games. He serves as an advisory board member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, the USC Sports Business Institute and is a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Host Committee. Bob is a member of the California Club and serves on the Finance Committee. He is a member of the 100 Club, the Lincoln Club and the Los Angeles Chapter of World Presidents Organization (WPO) and belonged to the Bel Air Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Previous board service includes the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall Los Angeles, The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, USC Associates, Barlow Respiratory Hospital Foundation, LA’s BEST, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and the Japan America Society of Southern California.
Bob is licensed as a CPA (inactive) and holds the Series 7, 63, 9 and 10 licenses.
Bob and his wife, Wendy Wachtell (Wellesley/USC), have five sons—Matthew Graziano (NYU/USC), Jameson Wachtell (USC), Brian Graziano (UPenn), Bradley Wachtell (Princeton) and Davis Wachtell (Harvard-Westlake). Wendy is the President of the Joseph Drown Foundation in Los Angeles and is on the boards of Harvard-Westlake School, USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC’s Center for Philanthropy & Public Policy, The Rape Foundation and Princeton Men’s Waterpolo.
In February, 2011, Shawn Hunter was appointed as co-chairman to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, America’s pro tour and premier world-class cycling event. He joins the Pro Challenge with a deep background in sports management and marketing as the former president and CEO of Deportivo Chivas professional Soccer Club, after holding the position of chief marketing officer and president of AEG Sports. Shawn Hunter is also a former executive vice president of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets and also served as President for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. Hunter’s experience with AEG included overseeing eleven sports teams worldwide and many of the brand’s marquee sporting events, including the Tour of California professional bike race. Hunter also holds a position on the board of directors for Total Sports Asia, a company that has represented leading sports federations and rights holders from around the world including the US Open Tennis Championship, Badminton World Federation, Manchester United, and Real Madrid. As one of AEG’s representatives on the MLS Board of Directors, Hunter has also been influential in a number of major business developments in Major League Soccer. Hunter played a role in the formulation of the Designated Player Rule, which opened the doors for the arrival of such international stars as the New York Red Bulls’ Juan Pablo Ángel, the Chicago Fire’s Cuauhtémoc Blanco, and the LA Galaxy’s David Beckham.
Donny Killian IV
Donny Killian IV has held leadership positions in global organizations spanning both the private and non-profit sectors. He is the Founder of Muirfield Road Advisors, an organizational consulting firm specializing in building organizations and operating infrastructure, engineering large-scale performance improvements, synergizing teams, and deploying technology to drive efficiency for small and medium-sized businesses.
Dennis Kuhl enters his 13th year with the Angels in 2016 after joining the club on Nov. 10, 2003. He was initially appointed as the Angels’ seventh president before being promoted to club Chairman on Nov. 14, 2009. Kuhl continues to oversee the administration, along with a renewed effort in the area of civic affairs and community outreach. He also played a key role in working with Major League Baseball in the Angels hosting the 2010 All-Star Game.
Kuhl is also actively involved in several Southern California charities. He serves as president of the “Light the Night” event which supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a founding board member of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott Trophy. Kuhl works with Susan G. Komen for the Cure serving as a member of the Orange County Affiliate’s Board of Directors and is also one of their “Pink Tie Guys,” a select group of advocates speaking out to find a cure for breast cancer. Kuhl is a member of the Board of Governors at Chapman University, along with the board of directors for several nonprofits, including: the Los Angeles Sports Council, Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, Tiger Woods Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board for the Irvine Public School Foundation and the Angels Baseball Foundation Board of Directors.
A Boonton, N.J. native, Kuhl graduated from the University of Arizona in 1970 with a degree in business administration. In 2009, he was named the ‘Business Man of the Year’ by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. He currently resides in Newport Beach.
The Trail Blazers introduced Chris McGowan as the team’s President and Chief Executive Officer on October 29, 2012. He joined the Trail Blazers from AEG Sports, where he spent the past 16 years, most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of the sports division.
McGowan oversees all of the day-to-day business operations of the Trail Blazers, including ticket sales and service, corporate partnerships, marketing, communications, community relations, digital entertainment, finance and human resources. He works alongside Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey and reports to Peter McLoughlin, CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment.
In his previous role as COO of AEG Sports, McGowan oversaw the business operations of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and the MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy. He also assisted with operations for all of AEG’s sports teams worldwide. McGowan managed all of the various business departments of the Kings organization and was responsible for club revenues, including developing strategies to grow the Kings’ fan base and enhance the fan experience.
The Sports Business Journal recognized McGowan’s accomplishments at AEG Sports by naming him to their exclusive “Forty Under 40” list in March 2012. The list is made up of the “best and brightest” individuals in sports industry under the age of 40.
After first joining the Kings as an Account Executive in 1996, McGowan developed an extensive background in the sales and marketing of sports and entertainment by working on a variety of large-scale events. One of the many highlights of his work with AEG was his role in opening STAPLES Center in October 1999.
A native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, McGowan earned his degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware in 1996. Chris and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Ryan (9) and Kyle (8).
Jeff Moorad was born and raised in Modesto, California, where his love for sports began at a young age. His maternal grandfather, Frank Shaw, played 16 years for the Modesto Reds, then a Class C professional baseball team, before going on to become a successful businessman and ultimately the President of the Modesto Reds. It was Shaw who took Moorad to his first major league baseball game during the 1962 World Series in San Francisco. His father, Bill Moorad, an Honorable Mention All-American offensive lineman at the University of Illinois, advance scouted for his good friend, Ara Parseghian, when Ara coached at Notre Dame. It was Bill who took Moorad to his first professional football game, an NFC Championship game in 1970 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, where the 49ers hosted the Cowboys. Moorad’s love of sports took hold as he became a fan of the Bay Area teams and, in particular, the Giants, 49ers, and Raiders and his boyhood heroes, Willie Mays and John Brodie..
Moorad earned an Associate in Arts degree from Modesto Junior College in 1976, where he served as Student Body President. He then earned a degree in Political Science (B.A.) in 1978 from UCLA, and received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law (J.D.) in 1981. After passing the California bar exam, he went to work for the Newport Beach office of a Los Angeles-based litigation firm. Practicing law proved to be short-lived as his true passion was sports and he left to found Moorad Sports Management, where he began specializing in athlete representation in 1983. Moorad’s client base took off in 1984 when he was retained by Will Clark and four other members of the U.S. Olympic baseball team, each of whom became Top 10 draft choices.
As co-principal of Steinberg & Moorad, Jeff and his firm did not stop at athlete representation as Moorad guided it into TV & Radio talent representation, as well as a variety of sports technology ventures, publishing projects, and community charitable projects. Consistent with his own civic commitment, Moorad demanded that his clients understand the responsibility of serving as role models in their community, encouraging them to contribute millions of dollars to community programs, including their own non-profit foundations and alma maters. Leading by example, Moorad endowed a $100,000 baseball scholarship in 1994 to his alma mater UCLA and recently finalized a $5.0 million gift for the “Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for Sports Law” at his law school, Villanova University School of Law.
Moorad is also active in helping to raise funds to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, through Augie’s Quest. The foundation is named after his good friend Augie Nieto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 after he became one of the most successful innovators in the U.S. fitness industry as the founder, Chairman and CEO of LifeFitness. Moorad spearheaded Augie’s Quest’s partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as well as assisted in fast-track research funding at Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), where scientists have already made significant research breakthroughs in the ALS space in less than four years. Moorad currently serves on the Board of Directors at TGen and is a Vice President for the MDA. He formerly served on the public Board of Directors at sunglass and apparel manufacturer Oakley, Inc. until the sale of the company to Italian manufacturer, Luxottica. He co-founded social media company ProTrade and served on the Board of Directors of its successor company, Citizen Sports Network, until its sale to Yahoo! in 2010. Moorad has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) for 12 years and has belonged to YPO chapters in Newport Beach, Arizona, and San Diego. He currently serves on the Chairman’s Council for the San Diego Economic Development Corporation.
In 1999, Jeff sold three businesses: Athlete Direct, a sports technology firm which he and 18-year partner Leigh Steinberg had partnered with AOL; Integrated Sports International, a New Jersey-based sports marketing firm; as well as his core business, Steinberg & Moorad, which was sold to Winnipeg-based Assante Corporation. After serving nearly five years as the head of Assante’s Sports Management Division, Moorad was presented an opportunity of a lifetime to follow the path of his grandfather and to run a major league sports franchise.
Moorad was named a member of the executive team of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004. While with Arizona, Moorad was a General Partner, Chief Executive Officer, the spokesman for the Diamondbacks ownership group, and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the franchise. While with the organization, he hired a Club President, a Chief Operating Officer, a General Manager, and helped re-construct the baseball operations department. Taking over a team which lost an MLB-worst 111 games in 2004, Moorad oversaw a resurgence on the field, highlighted by an NLCS appearance in 2007, a major uniform re-branding campaign, and a dramatic reversal of the club’s payroll spending. During his four and a half years with the Diamondbacks, the club paid down more than $100 million of debt and became compliant with MLB's Debt Service Rule.
In March, 2009, Moorad and a mostly California-based group finalized an agreement with John Moores to purchase 100% ownership of the Padres over several years. He and his group have paid $147 million to date and presently own 49.3% of the Club. In conjunction with the transaction, Moorad was named Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, roles which he filled until March, 2012. Similar to his Arizona experience, the Padres business was declining when he arrived. On the field, the Padres lost 99 games in 2008 on a $74 million payroll. In the off-season just prior to Moorad’s arrival, the season ticket base fell from 15,000 to less than 8,400. Moorad reduced the payroll to $38 million, focused the Padres on a long-term strategy rooted in scouting and player development, personally negotiated a $1.5 billion Regional Sports Network agreement with Fox Sports (including a tax-free up-front payment of $200 million, and a 20% equity stake in the RSN), and poured resources into the ticket sales side of the business. Today, the farm system has improved from the 29th worst in MLB to a generally-recognized Top-2 system (recently rated No. 1 by three of the four significant ratings services), overall attendance has increased two years in a row (for only the second time in franchise history), season tickets have increased to over 11,000, the 2012 payroll is in the mid-$50 million range, and, although still developing, the Club appears well-positioned for future success on and off the field. After a significant re-structuring of the agreement with Moores and an agreement to jointly sell the Padres, Moorad served as the Vice-Chairman of the Club until August 31, 2012, focusing exclusively on assisting in the sale of the franchise. With the Club now sold (for a 3rd-highest ever price for an MLB franchise at $800m), Moorad is now exploring new opportunities and will be teaching a “Business of Sports” class as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in the Winter Quarter.
Brian Mulligan is currently the CEO of Brooknol Advisors, a Media, Entertainment and Sports Advisory Company. Mr. Mulligan has held CEO, Chairman, COO or CFO position of virtually every media/entertainment vertical for majors over a 30 year career, from Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures, CEO of Universal Television, Chairman of FOX Broadcasting and Cable, EVP/CFO of a Fortune 50 Company, SVP of MCA INC, EVP of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development Universal, Senior Executive Advisor Boston Consulting, Vice Chairman of Media/Telecom of a Money Center Bank, and worked extensively in/with private equity. Instrumental in over $175 billion of media and entertainment transactions.
Expert in Sports, Film, Recorded Music, Music Publishing, TV, Cable, Broadcast, Cable Channels, Video Games,Theme Parks, International Entertainment, Media, DBS and properly structuring companies for the long term. Current Member of LA based Digital Roundtable, Sports Business Institute and International Entertainment and Media Roundtable. Featured industry speaker on entertainment, sports (such as the Aspen Sports Institute) and emerging businesses. Sampling of honors include: "One of the 50 Most Powerful People in Hollywood" Premiere Magazine, "One of the Ten Most Prominent Bankers in Hollywood" Los Angeles Business Journal, and "One of the Leading Investment Bankers on Emerging Business Models", TMT Quarterly/Law 360.
Involved in charities/political causes including: "A Better LA", helped raised $90 M for schools, St. Jude, City of Hope, MCA Charities, MCA PAC Democratic and Republican Supporters of the Arts, Media and Entertainment Industry, United Way, Land of the Free Foundation, YMCA, USC, USC Marshall School Dean Scholarship Fund, UCLA Lifetime Associate Member, UCLA Anderson Dean Society, UCLA Chancellor's Associates, USC School of Cinema, USC Associates, SCB Film Festival, etc. Earned several CPA certificates, including in Global Management, earned a FINRA 63 and 79 Licenses. Earned a BS from USC and an MBA from UCLA. Coached youth tackle football and travel basketball. Served as commissioner of youth basketball leagues.
Neal H. Pilson
Neal H. Pilson, a senior industry executive and former president of CBS Sports, formed his own sports television consulting company, Pilson Communications, Inc., on June 1, 1995. Now located in Lenox, MA, PCI is active in all areas of sports television, media and marketing, and provides representation, negotiation and consulting services for U.S. and international companies and organizations.
In March, 2010, at the World Congress of Sports in Los Angeles, Sports Business Journal honored Pilson and five other long-time industry leaders as Sports Champions for their distinguished success in shaping the business of sports. Pilson was also included among the top 20 most influential media executives by the Journal and was the only independent consultant on the list. During his 40 years in television and sports (while at CBS and as an independent consultant), Pilson has negotiated over $15 Billion in rights agreements.
He is also a member of the faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Sports Management and is now in his third year teaching the course on Leadership.
In recent years, PCI has provided services for numerous clients including the National Football League (Pilson served as the NFL’s expert witness in litigation commenced by the Players’ Association on the issue of work stoppage payments from the league’s television carriers), Churchill Downs Incorporated (Pilson advised on the re-negotiation of CDI’s television rights agreement with NBC Sports for the Kentucky Derby and continues as consultant to CDI), the Arena Football League (Pilson recently negotiated a multi-year broadcast agreement in behalf of the League with The NFL Network), NASCAR (Pilson worked with NASCAR negotiating its historic $2.4 B network television agreements with Fox, NBC and Turner and also consulted on the recent $4.5 B extension and renegotiation of those agreements with Fox, Turner, ESPN and ABC), the International Olympic Committee (Pilson was the IOC Consultant in connection with the license to NBC of U.S. television rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games for $2 B), International Association of Athletics Federations (Pilson provided consulting and negotiating services for the license of USA broadcast rights to the 2005, 2007 and 2009 World Track and Field Championships to NBC and Versus), Rose Bowl Management Committee (Pilson consulted on the negotiation of the Rose Bowl’s eight year, $300 M television agreement with ABC Sports and now serves as the television advisor to the Committee), World Series of Poker (Pilson consulted for Harrah’s on the negotiation of its initial long term program agreement with ESPN).
Also, route2digital (Pilson serves as a Senior Advisor to this hybrid investment/operating firm), When We Were Young Productions (Pilson has assisted in the licensing of State High School Championships for national and regional telecasts), Major League Gaming (Pilson negotiated their program license agreement with USA Network in 2007 and serves on the MLG Advisory Board), Demand Sport Limited, based in Melbourne, Australia, which is in discussions to license its sports-based technology to the US and Royal Australian military, and PlayItOver, which offers unique technology that provides digital content management and real time sports video highlights to mobile phone customers.
Also, PCI and L.E.K. Consulting, Inc., the worldwide consulting firm based in Los Angeles, have a working relationship to pursue sports-related projects that will maximize the assets and resources of both companies. Pilson also works with the Coleman Research Group.
Clients who have engaged PCI for consulting work since the company was launched include the NCAA, Major League Baseball, Collegiate Images, Official Sports Reports, LiveTV, iHigh.com, Inc., US Bowling Congress, AltaView, RallyPoint, NeuLion, Sorpresa, Teletrax, Wasserman Media Group, College Sports TV, UBS Bank, FIBA, The University of Michigan, EchoStar, Thoroughbred Championship Tour, the WTA, RazorGator, Action Sports Media, Scarborough Sports Marketing, WUSA, Family Circle Cup Tennis, Blue Gray All-Star College Football game, Virtual Spectator, The Bonham Group, the LPGA, Daytona International Speedway, the WNBPA, Vans Triple Crown Series, The University of Notre Dame, Eyetide Media, Celebrity Players Tour, Convizion Inc., Interactive Sports Signals, BeHere.com, Winstar New Media, Dentsu USA, Airia Inc., Penske Motorsports, World Team Tennis, StadiaNet Sports, Pac-10 Conference, YankeeNets LLC, Minnesota Timberwolves, iBEAM Broadcasting, Primestar, Classic Sports Network, ISL United States, Scidel Technologies, National Office of the March of Dimes, Petersen Publishing, Long Beach Grand Prix Association, Big 10 Conference, Core Digital Technologies, SWTV and others.
“Since I first joined CBS in 1976, sports on television has undergone a remarkable transformation,” Pilson said. "Where all roads once led to the three broadcast networks, now you need a map and often a guide to know where to go and how to get there. Pilson Communications, Inc. provides that service for its clients."
A frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at sports conferences, Pilson recently spoke at the Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, addressed the Knight Commission on College Athletics in Miami on the subject of television and college sports and was the keynote speaker at the 2010 Sports Video Group conference in New York. He was a member of a Digital Media Panel at the Wharton School and led the Paley Center Dialogue on Sports and the Media. He also addressed the NACDA Conference in New Orleans, the Conference of US Sports Commissions in Jacksonville, the Annual Meeting of the Division 1A Athletic Directors in Dallas, the Blue-Gray Association in Montgomery, numerous Street & Smith Media conferences in New York, the SG Cowen Investors Meetings in Florida, the NACMA Convention in Dallas, the Sky Forum in New York, numerous Sports Summits in New York, Atlanta and Rome, the GAISF Congress in Seoul, Sports Marketing Seminars at the University of Oregon and at the University of Kentucky, the NBA Players Association in Nassau, the Sportel meeting in Monte Carlo, the Institute of International Sport at the University of Rhode Island, various Paul Kagan Seminars, the Institute for Sports Advancement, the IEG conference in Chicago, the World Congress of Sports, the New York Law Journal Sports Seminar, the Josephthal Motor Sports Conference, the Strategic Research Institute and the International Motorsports Marketing Summit in Las Vegas. Pilson is also a Sports Power 100 selection panelist for Business Week magazine.
Pilson has also lectured at his alma mater Hamilton College, Yale Law School, The Wharton School, Stern School of Business at New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, at Fordham’s Graduate School of Sports Marketing, at a Columbia University MBA conference, the DeVos Sports Management Program at the University of Central Florida, Seton Hall University, Phillips Exeter Academy and other institutions including the Chappaqua school system. He is a frequent on-air contributor and is often interviewed by the broadcast networks, sports radio stations, ESPN, CNN, Fox Business, PBS, Bloomberg News and CNBC, and quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, Sports Business Journal and other newspapers and publications. He has also been retained as an expert witness in numerous industry cases.
In two terms as President of CBS Sports (November 1981 - September 1983 and December 1986 - March 1994), Pilson was responsible for negotiating broadcast agreements for all of CBS's major sports franchises including the NFL, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, The Masters, PGA Golf, the U.S. Open Tennis, college football and basketball and he handled the acquisition of domestic television rights to the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. During his tenure, CBS won major Emmy Awards for coverage of the Final Four, NFL Football, Major League Baseball, the Daytona 500 and other events, as well as a George Foster Peabody Award for The Masters. In December 1994, the International Olympic Committee awarded Pilson the Olympic Order, the highest honor given by that organization.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President, CBS/Broadcast Group from September 1983-December 1986. Reporting to him during that period were the Radio and Television Stations, Sports and Operations Divisions. Representing CBS, Pilson also sat on the Board of Cablevision’s Rainbow Programming unit from 1986 to 1989. Pilson first joined CBS Sports as Director, Business Affairs in July, 1976. Before joining CBS, Pilson was in private law practice in New York and served as an executive at Metromedia, Inc. and the William Morris Agency, Inc.
Pilson received an A.B. in history from Hamilton College in 1960, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and played varsity basketball, and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1963. He is the former Chairman and President of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association and was a Board member of the USA Hockey Foundation and the Greater New York Chapter of the March of Dimes. In May 1991, he received the March of Dimes Sports Luncheon Founder’s Award and continues to serve on the Executive Committee for the Luncheon. He is a former Ardsley (N.Y.) Village Trustee and remains active with the USA Deaf Hockey Program based in Chicago.
Pilson and his wife Frieda live in Berkshire County, MA. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. Mrs. Pilson is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Katonah Museum of Art.
Jeffrey N. Pollack
Jeffrey Pollack is a 20-year veteran of the sports and media industries and an Emmy® Award winner. He was the co-founder and first publisher of The Sports Business Daily, and has worked in both executive and advisory roles with the NBA, NASCAR, World Series of Poker, Professional Bull Riders, IGN Entertainment, and Memphis Grizzlies. Jeffrey began his career as a political campaign manager and crisis communications strategist at Winner & Associates.
Pollack serves on the Advisory Board of Alpine AudioNow and also as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, and a member of the Executive Committee of the USC Sports Business Institute. Pollack is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an Accredited Member of the Public Relations Society of America, and a mentor at Amplify LA – a startup accelerator and entrepreneurial campus in Venice, California.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, a master’s degree from The Graduate School of Political Management, and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
In his role as President, Sports, News and Local Programming, David Rone oversees Time Warner Cable’s overall sports strategy and all content creation and programming for the company. His purview includes Time Warner Cable’s regional sports networks, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, which feature the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, extensive behind-the-scenes programming and more than 180 live sporting events per year apiece, and Time Warner Cable’s 40 local news, sports and lifestyle programming channels and 50 local Video On Demand channels across the country.
Rone also represents Time Warner Cable’s interests in SportsNet New York (SNY), the official television home of the New York Mets and New York Jets, and serves on the network’s board. In addition, he leads the coordination of the company’s sports sponsorship and marketing initiatives and is involved in fostering relationships with sports leagues, conferences, teams, programming providers and others to enhance Time Warner Cable’s sports products. He reports to Melinda Witmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Video and Content Officer.
Rone joined Time Warner Cable in May 2011 as President, Time Warner Cable Sports and transitioned into his current role in January 2013.
Rone has deep experience in all facets of the sports business and previously worked for Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a boutique investment-banking firm for the media and sports industries formed in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency. As part of the firm’s sports media advisory leadership team, he provided strategic analysis, valuation and negotiation of media rights and regional sports network planning and operational strategy for the firm’s clients, which include, among others, professional sports leagues and teams and college conferences.
Prior to joining EMC, Rone served as co-head of CAA Sports, which represents more than 650 of the world’s top athletes and sports professionals and advises many leading sports organizations. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Fox Sports Networks and General Manager for Fox College Sports. Before joining Fox in 1999, he spent nine years at the Walt Disney Co., most recently as Vice President, Business Development for Corporate Alliances. Rone started his career as a corporate attorney.
Rone is a board member of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, a trustee of Tufts University and serves as chairman of the board of advisors for the School of Arts & Sciences at Tufts. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of the L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission and The Northwestern Law Board.
He has been recognized with many honors, including being named to the list of the “50 Most Powerful African-Americans in Sports” by Black Enterprise and the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated. In 2011, Rone was ranked as CableFAX’s top regional executive, and further expanded his recognition in the cable industry in 2012 as he was named to the CableFAX 100, which lists the most influential leaders in the industry on a national level. The same publication also named him #15 on CableFAX’s list of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable in 2012.
Rone, who lives in Los Angeles, received a B.A. in economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the U.S., connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other.
As President, Matt leads the firm’s framework for innovative thinking and has been consistently responsible for designs that resonate value to our clients: aesthetically, functionally and, most importantly, by achieving their business goals. Matt’s passion for sports has generated some of the most innovative design solutions in sports and entertainment. He has been at the forefront of urban revitalization through the design of sports anchored mixed-use developments.
Alan I. Rothenberg
One of the most respected individuals in the sports and legal industries, Alan I. Rothenberg has more than 40 years of executive-level sports experience and is a renowned expert in the field of sports business and law. Rothenberg, who spearheaded soccer’s rise in the United States during the 1990’s as Chairman & CEO of the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee, Chairman of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Games, President of the U.S. Soccer Federation and Founder of Major League Soccer, serves as the Chairman of Premier Partnerships, a sports and entertainment marketing and consulting firm.
A former President of the State Bar of California, Rothenberg practiced law in California for more than 35 years. However, he is best known for his success in revitalizing soccer in the United States and for his involvement with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. His love for sports and, in particular, for soccer has led him to serve as the chief executive for many diverse organizations.
Rothenberg, who served as President of U.S. Soccer from 1990-98, was CEO of World Cup USA 1994, the most successful event in FIFA history. The tournament averaged more than a still record 64,000 fans per game and had an operating surplus of more than $60 million. In addition to the World Cup USA 1994, he was the Chairman of the breakthrough 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Soccer Commissioner for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. His other soccer interests include ownership of the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League from 1977-80 and his position as General Manager and General Counselor of the Los Angeles Wolves soccer club in the late 1960’s. For his accomplishments, FIFA has bestowed upon him its coveted Order of Merit.
Rothenberg also was known as one of the top executives in the National Basketball Association during the 1970s and 1980s. While serving as Vice President and General Counsel for Jack Kent Cooke, Inc. and California Sports, Inc., he represented the Los Angeles Lakers on the NBA’s Board of Governors from 1971-79. Rothenberg also was a member of the NBA’s Board of Governors during his tenure as President of the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers from 1982-90.
Rothenberg, who appeared regularly on the ESPN sports talk program “Sportslook” as a commentator on the field of sports law, has been an instructor of Sports Law at the University of Southern California. He is the former Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Sports Law. He spent 10 years as a partner at Latham & Watkins and was a name partner at Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips for more than 20 years prior to joining Latham & Watkins in 1990. Marked by diversity, his law practice involved matters drawn from the banking, business, sports and entertainment fields.
Prominent in both civic and business realms, Rothenberg has served on several public company boards, including Arden Realty (NYSE), CPK, Inc. (NASDAQ), and Zenith National (NYSE)). He is Chairman of 1st Century Bank. He is President of The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. He was also President of the Music Center’s Fraternity of Friends and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Museum of Science and industry. He is on the board and is past President of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, was Chairman of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, is Chairman of the Los Angeles Sports Council, and is a member of the board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Southern California Committee for the Olympics.
A long time resident of Southern California, Rothenberg received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Law Degree from the University of Michigan.
Kathy S. Schloessman
The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) was founded in 1995 by Mayor Richard Riordan and other civic leaders to provide a single point of contact for the City of Los Angeles for sports and entertainment executives and for events. These events positively impact the local economy by attracting visitors to the city, giving them a reason to stay longer and return more frequently.
As president of the LASEC, Schloessman oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the Commission, which acts as the official organization for the City of Los Angeles to seek, host, promote and retain special sports and entertainment events such as Grammy Awards and All-Star games.
These events create tremendous economic impact for our city. In 2011, the NBA All-Star Weekend generated over $85 million in economic impact.
LASEC continually strives to align itself with first-class, highly visible organizations and events. The competition for attracting high-profile events is intense, so LASEC works to ensure that these events enjoy a positive experience and the full support of the City. Some of the major events that we are working with, to help market and promote, include the BCS National Championship Game (January 6, 2014), the Special Olympics World Games (July 2015), the U.S. Amateur and the Walker Cup (August/September, 2017).
LASEC also hosts three annual events that bring our board members and supporters together with other industry leaders - Lakers All-Access, the LASEC Golf Classic at The Riviera Country Club and NFL All-Access.
Prior to joining the Commission, Schloessman was a 13-year veteran of CB Commercial (now CBRE), the largest commercial real estate company in the United States. She held the position of managing officer of CB Commercial’s downtown Los Angeles office, where she was responsible for business development, operations and management of the Los Angeles region’s office professionals and oversaw CB Commercial’s community relations efforts.
Previously, Schloessman served as marketing director for CB Commercial’s Western Division. She also has more than 10 years experience as lead broker for major lease transactions in the downtown Los Angeles market.
Schloessman serves on the Board of Fremont College and the Executive Committee of the USC Sports Business Institute. She is also an active member in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO-WPO).
Schloessman graduated in 1983 with a B.S. degree in business from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. LASEC is a private nonprofit organization and affiliated with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
Michael Schulman serves as Chairman of the Board of Anaheim Arena Management (AAM), Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club (ADHC), Chairman of the Board of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and serves on the board of NHL Enterprises. He is also an Alternate Governor for the NHL Board of Governors. In addition, he is Managing Director of H&S Ventures, the entity that manages the Samueli Family Office, AAM and ADHC. Schulman reports directly to owners Dr. Henry Samueli and Susan Samueli, and is responsible for managing and long-term planning of their profit and nonprofit entities.
Schulman’s role with Honda Center began long before he was appointed Chairman of AAM in December of 2003. Schulman was the lead negotiator on behalf of the Samueli family in the acquisition of the management agreement from the bankruptcy court and the City of Anaheim. He acts as liaison between the Samueli family and AAM management and supervises all financial, legal and charitable decisions of the arena. He also acts as liaison with the other partners of AAM and the City of Anaheim. In addition, Schulman oversees all long-term capital projects including the 57 Freeway Marquee, two 360° LED rings, revamping of the video room and remodeling of the company offices and locker rooms.
Schulman’s involvement at AAM includes overseeing all business and hockey operations. He was the lead negotiator on behalf of the Samueli family in working with Disney on the purchase of the Anaheim Ducks and also with the NHL in qualifying the Samueli family for the purchase of the team. Schulman was also involved with the family in changing the team name and logo, and forming the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. He is responsible for developing additional ice and roller rinks in the Orange County area and was instrumental in the purchase of several ice and roller rinks, including Corona and Huntington Beach Roller Rinks, and, Westminster, Yorba Linda and Irvine Ice Rinks. Schulman is the Chairman of Anaheim Rinks and oversees its development, including the advancement of the ice hockey high school program, including the California State Championship.
Schulman’s position at H&S Ventures is multi-faceted. He is the Managing Director of the family office which oversees all the family’s profit and nonprofit operations. H&S Ventures serves as the manager of AAM and ADHC as well as a number of other business entities in which the Samuelis are involved. Schulman has given numerous lectures on the Clara Sports Law Symposium. Schulman is a board member of the Santa Clara Institute of Sports Law and Ethics.
Schulman serves on the boards of Anaheim Arena Management, Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, Anaheim Sports Holdings, Anaheim Ducks Foundation, HS Hockey Development and ECH 2101. He is also a current member of the boards of Telluride Ski and Golf Company and KDOC Television and a founding member of the USC Sports Business Institute (SBI) Advisory Council.
Schulman also serves on many nonprofit boards. He has been a member of the University of California, Irvine Foundation Board since 1991 and is on the Stewardship Committee. He was one of the founding members and past chair of the UCI Planned Giving Leadership Council. Schulman serves on the boards of the Samueli Foundation, Samueli Institute for Information Biology, the Orange County Jewish Campus and Anaheim Ducks Foundation.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Berkeley, Schulman went on to the University of Santa Clara Law School. In addition, Schulman studied economics for one year at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England.
After law school, he was hired as a full-time law professor at the University of Southern California, after which he was a practicing attorney for a number of years and a partner with the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery.
A native of California, Michael and his wife, Sherry, reside in Laguna Beach and have four children: Annie, Danielle, Bryant, and Natasha.
Jeff Shell serves as President of Comcast Programming Group, where he oversees the Company’s interests and investments in its national content networks. Comcast Programming Group is composed of nineteen networks that draw upon Comcast’s unique multiplatform expertise to deliver cable television programming and non-linear content appealing to the passionate viewer looking for the best in entertainment, sports, lifestyle and children's programming.
Comcast’s programming assets include the Comcast Entertainment Group, comprised of E! Entertainment Network, Style Network, G4, and FEARnet; Golf Channel, PBS KIDS Sprout, VERSUS, TV One, International Channel networks, and Comcast Sports Group who operates ten regional sports networks. Under Mr. Shell’s leadership, Comcast's networks have grown in viewership and distribution and have successfully struck programming deals with national partners including The National Hockey League, Tour de France, The PGA, College Football, The Wiggles and Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Shell was CEO of Gemstar TV Guide International where he successfully navigated Gemstar through a number of legal and operational challenges. Before joining Gemstar, Shell held a number of positions within News Corporation including President of the FOX Cable Networks Group, where he oversaw the operations of FOX’s entertainment and sports cable programming businesses including FOX Sports Net, FX and the National Geographic Channel. Shell also worked in the Strategic Planning Group at the Walt Disney Company and at Salomon Brothers Inc.
Shell received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from Harvard University. He currently serves on the Board of several non-profit organizations, including Green Dot and Big Picture Philadelphia.
Mr. Shell, his wife Laura, and their daughter Anna live in the Philadelphia area.
Bill Shumard has served as President & CEO of Special Olympics Southern California since June 2005. Prior to taking over this position, he served as a volunteer for five years as a member of SOSC’s Board of Directors.
Shumard’s vision for the organization is to radically grow the number of athletes served, and he has instituted an aggressive Strategic Plan and accompanying business model to help achieve that goal. SOSC’s original base of 10,000 athletes grew by approximately 30% over the first three years of Shumard’s tenure, with much of that growth credited to new partnerships with school districts within SOSC’s footprint. Revenue generation has also been key to the organization’s recent growth. During the first three years of Shumard’s tenure, revenues increased from $6 million to $8 million annually as SOSC moved to strategically grow and strengthen its revenue streams including a strong emphasis on major and planned gifts, and internet fundraising.
Prior to coming to SOSC, Shumard enjoyed a long and successful career in sports management at both the professional and collegiate levels, enjoying associations with teams and programs that enjoyed both competitive and financial success. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach in 1972, Shumard was named as CSULB’s Sports Information Director. One year later, he moved to CSU Los Angeles to assume the same position for two years.
Shumard joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 1975 and was part of the organization’s unparalleled business success for the next 12 years. During that span, the Dodgers won a World Championship and participated in three World Series; hosted the 1980 All-Star Game and the 1984 Olympic Baseball competition. The franchise drew a record-setting three million fans in six different seasons—a mark no other club had achieved up to that point. As Director of Community Services & Special Events, Shumard coordinated the Dodgers’ many successful community outreach programs and a host of the franchise’s most popular promotions, including Opening Day, Oldtimer’s Day and Hollywood Stars Night.
In 1988, Shumard left the Dodger organization to become the Executive Director of USC’s Athletic Centennial, later becoming an assistant athletic director. During his tenure at USC, the Trojans participated in three Rose Bowls and he was part of a development staff that raised more than $7 million annually to support the program.
Shumard was named Director of Athletics at Cal State Fullerton in 1991, a position he held until 1994. He then moved to his alma mater, CSULB, where he served as Executive Director of Athletics until coming to SOSC in 2005. Shumard was the second-longest tenured AD in CSULB history. During his tenure, the department tripled the graduation rate of its student-athletes and raised more than $7 million for capital projects which included the naming of The Pyramid by Mike and Arline Walter, and the building of new student-athlete academic and fitness centers. CSULB was also a perennial mid-major power, finishing in the top 100 five times in the annual Director’s Cup competition. Several teams were nationally ranked each year, and CSULB alumni in the professional ranks include Misty May, Bobby Crosby, Troy Tulowitzky, Evan Longoria and Jered Weaver. Shumard hired two coaches -- Rick Azevedo (Men's Water Polo) and Alan Knipe (Men's Volleyball) -- who went on to become head coaches of USA Olympic teams. During his tenure, Long Beach State hosted a number of NCAA regional and national championship competitions, brining valuable exposure and additional revenue to the City.
Shumard serves as Chair of CSULB’s Graduate Program in Sport Management’s Advisory Board; Chair-Elect of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership’s Governing Council in the CSULB College of Business; a member of the Los Angeles, San Diego and Long Beach Sports Councils; the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and the Advisory Board of USC’s Sports Business Council.
Shumard and his wife, Kim, reside in Brea. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.
David Simon, President of the Los Angeles Sports Council, has played a significant role in virtually every major sporting event that has been brought to the Los Angeles area in the last 20 years. In lists published in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Journal, he has been recognized as one of the area’s “top 20” most influential sports executives.
Under his leadership, the Sports Council has been the area's driving force behind successful bids for events which have generated more than $1 billion in local economic impact, including the Super Bowl, the Breeders' Cup and the finals of both the World Cup and Women’s World Cup in soccer.
The Council is a recipient of the prestigious Sport Summit Award presented annually to the foremost organization of its kind in the United States. The Council's Board of Directors is chaired by noted attorney Alan I. Rothenberg and consists of a cross-section of local sports and business community leaders.
Mr. Simon has been active in international sports since 1977 when he became involved in Los Angeles' bid to host the 1984 Olympic Games. As Vice President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) he worked for over five years as one of Peter Ueberroth's right hands in staging those Games. He became the founding President of the Sports Council in 1988.
His civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Governors for Southern California Special Olympics. From 1989 to 1999, he served as Chair or Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee for the United States Olympic Committee. He also serves on the boards of USA Badminton, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and is President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
A native of Los Angeles, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law. He is a member of the bar both in California and in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in West Los Angeles with their daughter, Lisa.
Gary L. Toebben oversees the workings of the Chamber, ensuring that the organization champions initiatives contributing to the economic prosperity and quality of life of the businesses and citizens of Los Angeles. Since taking the helm of the Chamber in July 2006, Toebben has been a tireless advocate for the business community. Toebben has served on the Mayor's L.A. Economy & Jobs Committee, the L.A. County Health Care Options Task Force and the City Council's Business Retention & Attraction Task Force. He has championed local and state ballot initiatives on transportation and economic development and represented the Chamber as one of four co-sponsors of Proposition 11 to create a citizen commission to redistrict California after each census. He is highly involved in statewide business groups including the CalChamber and a coalition of regional economic development associations spanning the entire state. Each year, Toebben co-leads the region's largest consensus advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the L.A. Area Chamber, Toebben served as President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for nearly a decade. Toebben began his chamber career in 1975 at the North Platte, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, and from 1981 to 1999 he served as President of the Lawrence, Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
Toebben has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in 2003 and is currently a member of the ACCE Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina; Institute for Organization Management at the University of Colorado and the Academy for Organization management at Notre Dame University. Toebben is a past Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Colorado Institute for Organization Management, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Kansas Industrial Developers Assn, the Western Nebraska United Chambers of Commerce and the Nebraska State Tourism Advisory Board.
Toebben holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He and his wife Janice, who is a vice president with US Bank, have four children ages 30-35 years old.