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 2020 Conference and a list of speakers from previous years.

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

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