Speakers

We at ISBC are extremely thankful to all of our past speakers, emcees for sharing their time and expertise with us. With their help, we are all able to expand our knowledge of sports business and grow our love for the industry. Featured below are some of the amazing speakers coming to our 2022 Conference and a list of speakers from previous years.

MIKE MYERS Chief Strategy Officer - BirdieBox

Conference Moderator

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Michael Myers is currently the CEO of The Sports Marketer, a Chicago based sports marketing firm dedicated to both brands and properties. He's also the owner, and one of three founding board members, of the leading international luxury gifting company, BirdieBox. He has over 20 years of experience in Sports and Music marketing, having served as Vice President of Sales and Promotions, nationally, for Live Nation Entertainment, as Managing Director of InStadium, and many roles within Nielsen Media and Scarborough Sports Marketing. In these stops, Myers has worked with over 300 professional sports organizations and leagues, the two organizations that make up 65% of all live events, and hundreds of global brand sponsors. Myers is also an enormous Illinois Fighting Illini fan, even though his undergraduate degree is from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

BETH PIERTOH Director of the Concussion Program at Rush University Medical Center/Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth M. Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP, MPH is the Director of the Concussion Program at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, located within the Rush University Medical Center. At her current position, some of Dr. Pieroth’s responsibilities include evaluating concussion patients from youth to professional athletes and non-athletes, coordinating the various healthcare providers involved in the Concussion Program, providing education to trainees, and supervising research within the program. Dr. Pieroth also sits on several committees and boards related to brain injuries and concussions on both a local and national scale. Prior to her current role, Dr. Pieroth has served as the Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Pieroth grew up in Chicago Ridge, IL and resides in Elmhurst, IL today with her husband and two teenage sons. She is also a 1988 graduate of the University of Illinois. She enjoys yoga, music, and traveling to warm destinations.  

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TONY KHAN CEO, GM and Head of Creative of All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

Keynote Speaker

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Since Schlough’s arrival in 1999, the Giants have been recognized as one of the most innovative teams in sports, playing a pioneering role in the world of mobile connectivity, video, ticketing and payment systems. The Giants were the first team to provide free Wi-Fi to all fans beginning in 2004, and Oracle Park is currently the home of the third largest and first 4K-capable video board in MLB. Schlough’s IT team has also supported the baseball operation in implementing an array of proprietary analytic tools that helped the team secure three World Series titles in recent years.

CHRIS HARTWEG CEO and Publisher - Team Marketing Report

Conference Moderator

Chris Hartweg is the owner and publisher of Team Marketing Report (TMR) which he relaunched in 2019. TMR, the original sports business information leader, produces the Fan Cost Index®, which tracks the cost to take a family of four to NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS games. In addition, Hartweg oversees TMR's fancentric sports business newsletters as well as the SportsSponsor FactBook, a directory of key contacts and essential info on more than 5,000 teams, brands, agencies, properties and leagues. Hartweg is a marketer focused on making connections. Connecting brands, teams and fans. Melding sound data and creative ideas. Balancing big dreams with tight budgets. He is also a huge proponent of doing well by doing good. Doing right by others and building a strong culture not only leads to better humans but generates stronger results--and boosts revenues. A 1992 University of Illinois graduate, he co-founded Painless Networking in 2003 for marketing pros to painlessly connect, share best practices and eliminate degrees of separation. Now boasting 8,000 members, he also hosts the "Painless Podcast" featuring marketers and their success stories and co-hosts the "Uniform Exchange" podcast, a comedic take on sports, entertainment and sports business. A resident of Chicago with his wife, Kelly, Hartweg frequently guest lectures on sports business and networking at institutions including the U of I, along with Columbia College, DePaul University, Loyola University, North Central College and Roosevelt University. This marks the sixth Illinois Sports Business Conference he has participated in.

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2022
Sports Re-Imagined

MODERATORS

       Mike Myers - Chief Strategy Officer, BirdieBox

       Chris Hartweg - CEO and Publisher of Team Marketing Report, Painless Podcast

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Beth Pieroth - Director of the Concussion Program at Rush University Medical Center/Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

Tony Khan - CEO, GM and Head of Creative at All Elite Wrestling

LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORTS

John Sigety - Sports Lawyer and Senior Counsel at Platt Cheema Richmond

Josh Frieser - Principal Attorney at Frieser Legal

Jeremy Evans - Founder of California Sports Lawyer, Sports-Entertainment-Media Attorney

Samuel Strantz - Corporate Counsel at Sling TV, Sports-Media-Entertainment Lawyer

PLAYER ENGAGEMENT

Chidozie Ibeabuchi - Senior Director of Player Engagement at Major League Soccer

Scott Rochelle - President & CEO of the NBA Retired Players Association

Stephen Bardo - College Basketball Analyst & Host of Bardo’s Breakdown
 

ESPORTS ALLIANCES

Edward Gold - Partner, Head of Brand Partnerships at Inverted

Brian Wilneff - Founder/CEO at GamerzArena

Andrew Drake - CEO at Bad Moon Talent

MORGAN STANLEY GLOBAL SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT FINANCIAL EDUCATION SESSION

Kevin McDermott - Global Sports & Entertainment Associate Director

Shea Curtin - Global Sports & Entertainment Associate Director

Ahkiel White - Global Sports & Entertainment Director of Business Development

Heather Watanabe - Global Sports & Entertainment Associate Director

Joshua LaBlanc - Global Sports & Entertainment Associate Director

EVENT PLANNING AND THE FAN EXPERIENCE

​        John Murray - President & CEO at Arena Partners, LLC

Kyle McDonald - Vice President of Business Development at Sports & Entertainment Travel, LLC

Keith Bruce - President at QuintEvents International

Jennifer Hawkins - Executive Director at SportsPITTSBURGH

AGENTS & ENDORSEMENTS

Michelle Meyer - NIL Coordinator at San Diego State University, Founder of NIL

Network

Parker Cain - Marketing Agent, NIL at Excel Sports Management

       

BREAKING INTO SPORTS BUSINESS

         Darren Weiner - President & CEO at Celebrity Advisors

Ian McCoy - Sr. Director, Client Development | Venues & Promoters at Ticketmaster / Live Nation Entertainment

Howard Milton - Exec. Sr. Associate Director of Athletics at Illini Athletics

Hans Malebranche - Associate AD and Chief Development Officer at Middle Tennessee Athletics

   

2021
Sports Re-Imagined

EMCEE

       Mike Myers - Chief Strategy Officer, BirdieBox

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

       Bill Schlough - CIO and Senior VP of the San Francisco Giants

       Matthew Berry - Senior Fantasy Analyst for ESPN

WORKSHOP       

       Chris Hartweg - CEO and Publisher of Team Marketing Report, Painless Podcast

SPORTS BETTING AND STATISTICS

       ​Sam Panayotovich - Sports Betting Analyst for the New England Sports Network

         Jason Mezrahi - CEO of WinDailySports, Author of Win Daily

         Evan Davis - Managing Director, Betting at SeventySix Capital

COVID-19 AND EVENTS

 Lauren Mroz - Event Coordinator for the NBA

TICKET SALES

         Chris Weddige - Assistant Director of Ticket Sales for the Chicago Cubs

         Andrew Roan - Manager of Ticket Sales for the Chicago Blackhawks

         Joseph Archey - Corporate Ticket Sales Manager for the Indiana Pacers

         Scott Gbur - Senior Account Executive for the Chicago White Sox

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN SPORTS

​         Kimberly Davis - Executive VP for Social Impact, Growth Initiatives, and Legislative                                             Affairs for the NHL

         Sandy Cross - Chief People Officer for the PGA

         David Zimmerman - Director of Logistics for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games,                                               Editor-in-Chief for the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports

         Shay Wallach - Assistant Director of Inclusion for the NCAA

SPORTS MEDIA

​         Adam Rogowin - VP of Communications for the Chicago Blackhawks

         Julian Green - VP of Communications for the Chicago Cubs

         Scott Reifert - VP of Communications for the Chicago White Sox

         Beth Grady - Senior Manager of Public and Media Relations for the Chicago Bulls

       

CAREERS IN SPORTS

         Dave Fischer - Senior Director of Communications for USA Hockey

         Kendall Coyne Schofield - Olympic Gold Medalist & Player Development Coach for                                                              the Chicago Blackhawks

         Watchen Nyanue - Senior VP of Marketing Partnerships for the Chicago Sky,                                                     Founder and CEO of "I Chose the Ladder"

         JJ Fiddler and Mike Guardabascio - Founders of the562.org

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INNOVATION IN SPORTS

​         Chris Levine - Manager of Business Analytics for the Chicago Blackhawks

         Andrew McIntyre - Senior VP of Technology and Innovation for the Tampa Bay                                        Lightning

         Mike Petriello - Statcast Analyst for the MLB

THE FUTURE OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS

​         Jason Belzer - Sports Attorney, Founder of AthleticDirector U, Professor of Org                                              Strategy at Rutgers, Sports Business Contributor for Forbes Magazine

         Justin Sieviert - Senior Council and Sports and Compliance Practice Chair for Vela                                          Wood Law

         Tim Nevius - Founder of Nevius Legal

ISBC ALUMNI

​         Tristan Nelson - Account Coordinator at Paragon Marketing Group

         Emily Barretta - North American Strategic Planning for Nike, ISBC Co-Founder

         Steven Singer - Client Advisory Analyst at Pareto Intelligence, former ISBC President

         Jonah Fialkow - Site Merchandiser for Foot Locker, former ISBC VP of Speakers

2020
CHANGING THE GAME

EMCEE

       Michael Sterk - Host of Redline Radio for Barstool Sports

MORNING KEYNOTE

       Julie Suderman - CFO of the Big Ten Conference

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

       ​Chris Hartweg - CEO and Publisher of Team Marketing Report, Painless Podcast

         Mike Myers - Chief Strategy Officer, BirdieBox

SPORTS MARKETING AND SPONSORSHIP: DEALING WITH WITH CHANGING MARKETPLACE

Pete Hassen - VP of Marketing for the Chicago Blackhawks

Teddi Domann - Marketing Director for 360 Sports

Rebecca Rogers - Head of Sports Marketing for Culvers

Erin McClafferty - Director of Marketing for UIUC

SPORTS MEDIA: HOW THE INDUSTRY IS REVOLUTIONIZING ITSELF

         Adam Rogowin - VP of Communications for the Chicago Blackhawks

         Alex Roux - Social Media Producer for the Big Ten Network

Kent William Brown - Associate Director of Media Relations for Illini Football

PEOPLE WHO KEEP YOU IN THE GAME: HOW SPORTS MEDICINE IS CHANGING

​         Beth Pieroth - Director of Concussion program at Midwest Orthopedics

         Randy Ballard - Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine at UIUC

 

2019
SPORTS HAVE NO LIMITS

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT OF SPORTS MEDIA

Steve Raquel - President of IOV Media and Adjunct Lecturer for the Gies College of                                   Business

Alex Roux - Social Media Producer for the Big Ten Network

Derek Throneburg - VP of Brand and Marketing Strategy for the Indiana Pacers

HOW TO RECRUIT AND DEVELOP THE IDEAL ATHLETE

Lisa Strasman -President of NCSA (Next College Student Athlete)

Chris Smith - CEO and Founder of Athlete Network

Keiko Price - Senior Associate Director of Athletics, UIUC Sports Administration

THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL AGENDAS ON SPORTS

Adrian Burgos Jr. - Author and History Professor at UIUC

Cari Van Senus - NCAA Chief of Staff

Damani Leech - Senior VP of Football Strategy for the NFL

THE DEALS THAT DRIVE THE GAME

Deryk Gilmore - NFL Sports agent through Priority Sports Entertainment

Alex Burge - Client Executive and Agent at Excel Sports Management

Mike Galeski - Senior Manager at Sports Marketing UL

BUILDING A SPORTS TEAM AS A COMPANY

Liz Geist - Director of Human Resources for the Chicago Bears

Marie Sutera - VP of Human Resources for the Chicago Blackhawks

Ann Weiser - VP of Human Resources for the Chicago Cubs

THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF FAN INTERACTION

Kent Brown - Associate Director of Illini Athletics Media

Ryan Sullivan - Senior Communications Coordinator, Big Ten Network

Chris Hartweg - Painless Podcast Host and Founding Partner at Huddle Pro

 

2018
Conference 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Carey Davis - Super Bowl XLIII Champion, Analyst for ESPN St.Louis

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Keith Bruce - President of Quintevents International, CEO of Super Bowl 50

                        Host Committee

STRAIGHT FROM THE FRONT OFFICE: A CONVERSATION ON LEADERSHIP IN SPORTS

Kevin Warren - COO of the Minnesota Vikings

Tim Buzard - SVP of Administration for the Chicago White Sox

SPORTS AGENCIES: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ATHLETIC REPRESENTATION​        Andy Szabo - Manager, Corporate Partnerships at PCGSPORTSDESK

Lauren Ahasic - Account Supervisor at Paragon Media; Gatorade Team 

Sean Wallis - Director; Partnerships development at W Partners

Luke Reiff - Fighting Illini Sports Properties 

SALES IN SPORTS: COMMUNICATING THE VALUE OF THE GAME

Mike Ernst - Senior VP of Ticket Sales, Service, Operations, and Marketing for the                                  Chicago Fire

Megan Malone - Corporate Partnership Manager for the Chicago Bears  

Justin Ramquist - Senior Director of Ticket Sales, Premium and Corporate 

INSIDE THE MACHINE OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Joni Comstock - Senior VP of Championship, NCAA

Erin Harvego - VP of Marketing, Big Ten Conference

Josh Whitman - Athletic Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dave Schnase -  VP of Academic and Membership Affairs, NCAA

HEAD INJURIES IN SPORTS: PROGRESS IN THE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION

Kevin Jackson - Former Senior Research Scientist at the Beckman Institute

Ed Sherman - Players Tribune Writer at the Sherman Report

Julian Bruene - Sports Medicine Physician at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

INNOVATION IN SPORTS: HOW TECHNOLOGY SHAPES THE FAN EXPERIENCE

Adam Grossman - CEO, Founder of Block Six Analytics

Keith Bruce - President of Quintevents International, CEO of Super Bowl 50

                        Host Committee

Andrew McIntyre - VP of Technology for the Chicago Cubs

PAINLESS PODCAST

Chris Hartweg - Painless Podcast Host and Founding Partner at Huddle Pro

Joe Ronovsky - Manager for Corporate Sponsorship Sales for the Chicago White Sox

Anthony Kryzak - Sales Development Manager for the Chicago Wolves

2017
Sports business: An Industry of opportunity

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Max Siegel - Chief Executive Officer at USA Track and Field

Patrick Lucey - Director of Data Science at STATS LLC.

THE BIG LEAGUES: RUNNING A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE

Joseph Spencer (moderator) - President of Illinois Uplifting Athletes, Illini Football                                                           Player

Kevin Warren - Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings

Mike Ernst - Senior VP of Ticket Sales for the Chicago Fire

Kiernan Kelliher - Director of Finance for the Chicago Bulls

Rex Carter - Director of Risk Management for the St.Louis Cardinals

Pete Hassen - VP of Marketing for the Chicago Blackhawks

MATHLETICS: A NUMBERS GAME

​Narendra Ahuja (moderator) - Research Prof. in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering                                                           at the University of Illinois  

Patrick Lucey - Director of Data Science at STATS LLC.

Spencer Anderson - Manger of Basketball Administration for the  Indiana Pacers

Sheldon Jacobson - Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois

THE FAN EXPERIENCE

Jenny Deway (moderator) - Assistant Director of Illini Athletics Communication

Derek Throneburg - VP of Brand and Marketing Strategy for the Indiana Pacers

David Kissel - Strategic Advisor and Former CEO at Instadium 

Scott Robinson - Senior Associate and Senior Designer at Populous

Adam Grossman - CEO and Founder of Block Six Analytics

REBRANDING THE GAME: THE IMPACT OF MARKETING IN SPORTS

Steve Raquel - President of IOV Media and Adjunct Lecturer for the Gies College of                                 Business

Jonathan Kander - Sports Marketing Manager at Gatorade

Sean Wallis - Director of Partnership Development at W Partners

Pete Hassen - VP of Marketing at the Chicago Blackhawks

U OF I ATHLETICS: AN INSIDE LOOK

Dr.Michael Raycraft (moderator)- RST Lecturer at the University of Illinois

Josh Whitman - Athletic Director for Illini Athletics

Janet Rayfield - Head Coach for the Illini Women's Soccer Team

 Brad Wurthman - Associate Director of Illini Athletics

REACHING THE SUMMIT: WOMEN IN SPORTS BUSINESS

Cheryl Cole (moderator) - Professor at the University of Illinois

Renee Chube Washington - COO at USA Track and Field

Carol Voronyak - Director of Talent Recruitment and Negotiations at ESPN

Mary Lee Gilliand - President and CEO at Madison Strategic Partnerships, Executive                                      Director of MS Strategic Brand Communication at UIUC

THE EVOLUTION OF SPORTS MEDICINE

Dr.Jim Mauer (moderator) - Counselor at the Carle Foundation Hospital and Mental                                                      Health/Sports Psychology Counselor for Illini                                                                      Student-Athletes

Kevin Jackson - Senior Research Scientist at the Beckman Institute

Dr.Julia Bruene - Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physician at Midwest Orthopedics

Matthew Zalewski - Athletic Trainer at Athletico

FOOT IN THE DOOR

Emily Barretta (moderator) - Co-Founder ISBC, Business Advisory Consultant at                                                            Ernst & Young 

Zach Dicken - Director of Sales for the Chicago Fire

Michael Casey - Analyst in the Chicago Cubs Strategy and Development Group

Austin Hunt - Associate Account Executive at IMG

THE VOICES OF SPORTS MEDIA

Jim Dahl (moderator) - Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, UIUC College of                                               Business

Chad Boxenbaum - Game Entertainment Associate for the Chicago Bulls

Sam Panayotovich - Sports Reporter, Anchor, and Host at WGN Radio

Michele Steele - Reporter and Anchor for ESPN

Ed Sherman - President of ShermanReport.com

2019
SPORTS HAVE NO LIMITS

EMCEE

       Michael Sterk - Host of Redline Radio for Barstool Sports

         Carey Davis - Super Bowl XLIII Champion, Analyst for ESPN St.Louis

 

KEYNOTES

        Damani Leech - SVP of Football Strategy an d Business Development, NFL

        Jon Greifenkamp - VP and CFO of the Chicago Cubs

        Jim Woodcock - SVP and Partner, Sports Business at FleishmanHillard

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT OF SPORTS MEDIA

Steve Raquel - President of IOV Media and Adjunct Lecturer for the Gies College of                                   Business

Alex Roux - Social Media Producer for the Big Ten Network

Derek Throneburg - VP of Brand and Marketing Strategy for the Indiana Pacers

HOW TO RECRUIT AND DEVELOP THE IDEAL ATHLETE

Lisa Strasman -President of NCSA (Next College Student Athlete)

Chris Smith - CEO and Founder of Athlete Network

Keiko Price - Senior Associate Director of Athletics, UIUC Sports Administration

THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL AGENDAS ON SPORTS

Adrian Burgos Jr. - Author and History Professor at UIUC

Cari Van Senus - NCAA Chief of Staff

Damani Leech - Senior VP of Football Strategy for the NFL

THE DEALS THAT DRIVE THE GAME

Deryk Gilmore - NFL Sports agent through Priority Sports Entertainment

Alex Burge - Client Executive and Agent at Excel Sports Management

Mike Galeski - Senior Manager at Sports Marketing UL

BUILDING A SPORTS TEAM AS A COMPANY

Liz Geist - Director of Human Resources for the Chicago Bears

Marie Sutera - VP of Human Resources for the Chicago Blackhawks

Ann Weiser - VP of Human Resources for the Chicago Cubs

THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF FAN INTERACTION

Kent Brown - Associate Director of Illini Athletics Media

Ryan Sullivan - Senior Communications Coordinator, Big Ten Network

Chris Hartweg - Painless Podcast Host and Founding Partner at Huddle Pro

 

2018
Conference 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Carey Davis - Super Bowl XLIII Champion, Analyst for ESPN St.Louis

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Keith Bruce - President of Quintevents International, CEO of Super Bowl 50

                        Host Committee

STRAIGHT FROM THE FRONT OFFICE: A CONVERSATION ON LEADERSHIP IN SPORTS

Kevin Warren - COO of the Minnesota Vikings

Tim Buzard - SVP of Administration for the Chicago White Sox

SPORTS AGENCIES: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ATHLETIC REPRESENTATION       

         Andy Szabo - Manager, Corporate Partnerships at PCGSPORTSDESK

Lauren Ahasic - Account Supervisor at Paragon Media; Gatorade Team 

Sean Wallis - Director; Partnerships development at W Partners

Luke Reiff - Fighting Illini Sports Properties 

SALES IN SPORTS: COMMUNICATING THE VALUE OF THE GAME

Mike Ernst - Senior VP of Ticket Sales, Service, Operations, and Marketing for the                                  Chicago Fire

Megan Malone - Corporate Partnership Manager for the Chicago Bears  

Justin Ramquist - Senior Director of Ticket Sales, Premium and Corporate 

INSIDE THE MACHINE OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Joni Comstock - Senior VP of Championship, NCAA

Erin Harvego - VP of Marketing, Big Ten Conference

Josh Whitman - Athletic Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dave Schnase -  VP of Academic and Membership Affairs, NCAA

HEAD INJURIES IN SPORTS: PROGRESS IN THE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION

Kevin Jackson - Former Senior Research Scientist at the Beckman Institute

Ed Sherman - Players Tribune Writer at the Sherman Report

Julian Bruene - Sports Medicine Physician at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

INNOVATION IN SPORTS: HOW TECHNOLOGY SHAPES THE FAN EXPERIENCE

Adam Grossman - CEO, Founder of Block Six Analytics

Keith Bruce - President of Quintevents International, CEO of Super Bowl 50

                        Host Committee

Andrew McIntyre - VP of Technology for the Chicago Cubs

PAINLESS PODCAST

Chris Hartweg - Painless Podcast Host and Founding Partner at Huddle Pro

Joe Ronovsky - Manager for Corporate Sponsorship Sales for the Chicago White Sox

Anthony Kryzak - Sales Development Manager for the Chicago Wolves

2017
Sports business: An Industry
of opportunity

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Max Siegel - Chief Executive Officer at USA Track and Field

Patrick Lucey - Director of Data Science at STATS LLC.

THE BIG LEAGUES: RUNNING A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE

Joseph Spencer (moderator) - President of Illinois Uplifting Athletes, Illini Football                                                           Player

Kevin Warren - Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings

Mike Ernst - Senior VP of Ticket Sales for the Chicago Fire

Kiernan Kelliher - Director of Finance for the Chicago Bulls

Rex Carter - Director of Risk Management for the St.Louis Cardinals

Pete Hassen - VP of Marketing for the Chicago Blackhawks

MATHLETICS: A NUMBERS GAME

​Narendra Ahuja (moderator) - Research Prof. in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering                                                           at the University of Illinois  

Patrick Lucey - Director of Data Science at STATS LLC.

Spencer Anderson - Manger of Basketball Administration for the  Indiana Pacers

Sheldon Jacobson - Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois

THE FAN EXPERIENCE

Jenny Deway (moderator) - Assistant Director of Illini Athletics Communication

Derek Throneburg - VP of Brand and Marketing Strategy for the Indiana Pacers

David Kissel - Strategic Advisor and Former CEO at Instadium 

Scott Robinson - Senior Associate and Senior Designer at Populous

Adam Grossman - CEO and Founder of Block Six Analytics

REBRANDING THE GAME: THE IMPACT OF MARKETING IN SPORTS

Steve Raquel - President of IOV Media and Adjunct Lecturer for the Gies College of                                 Business

Jonathan Kander - Sports Marketing Manager at Gatorade

Sean Wallis - Director of Partnership Development at W Partners

Pete Hassen - VP of Marketing at the Chicago Blackhawks

U OF I ATHLETICS: AN INSIDE LOOK

Dr.Michael Raycraft (moderator)- RST Lecturer at the University of Illinois

Josh Whitman - Athletic Director for Illini Athletics

Janet Rayfield - Head Coach for the Illini Women's Soccer Team

 Brad Wurthman - Associate Director of Illini Athletics

REACHING THE SUMMIT: WOMEN IN SPORTS BUSINESS

Cheryl Cole (moderator) - Professor at the University of Illinois

Renee Chube Washington - COO at USA Track and Field

Carol Voronyak - Director of Talent Recruitment and Negotiations at ESPN

Mary Lee Gilliand - President and CEO at Madison Strategic Partnerships, Executive                                          Director of MS Strategic Brand Communication at UIUC

THE EVOLUTION OF SPORTS MEDICINE

Dr.Jim Mauer (moderator) - Counselor at the Carle Foundation Hospital and Mental                                                          Health/Sports Psychology Counselor for Illini                                                                          Student-Athletes

Kevin Jackson - Senior Research Scientist at the Beckman Institute

Dr.Julia Bruene - Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physician at Midwest Orthopedics

Matthew Zalewski - Athletic Trainer at Athletico

FOOT IN THE DOOR

Emily Barretta (moderator) - Co-Founder ISBC, Business Advisory Consultant at                                                                 Ernst & Young 

Zach Dicken - Director of Sales for the Chicago Fire

Michael Casey - Analyst in the Chicago Cubs Strategy and Development Group

Austin Hunt - Associate Account Executive at IMG

THE VOICES OF SPORTS MEDIA

Jim Dahl (moderator) - Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, UIUC College of                                                      Business

Chad Boxenbaum - Game Entertainment Associate for the Chicago Bulls

Sam Panayotovich - Sports Reporter, Anchor, and Host at WGN Radio

Michele Steele - Reporter and Anchor for ESPN

Ed Sherman - President of ShermanReport.com