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RECENT PLACEMENT: Eric Staufer – TD Garden

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Eric Staufer as Vice President, Events for TD Garden.

Staufer most recently served as Division Manager, Event Services at Amway Center & Camping World Stadium. He joined the former Amway Arena in 2006, holding various positions such as Event Coordinator II and Event Supervisor. In 2010 he was named Assistant Event Manger, Booking at Amway Center & Camping World Stadium.

In his new role with TD Garden, Staufer will lead the overall strategy on event organization, which includes scheduling home games of the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics along with more than 200 other concerts, family shows and special events each year at TD Garden.

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Staufer will focus on maximizing TD Garden’s calendar by negotiating, contracting, booking and scheduling high quality sports and entertainment events.  In this role, Staufer is responsible for generating new business lines and assembling bids and proposals for up and coming special event opportunities. He will be the primary relationship manager for all new and pre-existing accounts, including the NHL and NBA. In support of the arena’s overarching business strategy, Staufer will collaborate and partner with departments across the company to ensure the maximization of revenue opportunities while increasing healthy brand awareness for TD Garden.

About TD Garden

TD Garden, owned and operated by Delaware North, first opened its doors to the public on September 30, 1995.  In the 20 plus years since, the venue has generated more than $365 million in direct economic impact to the Greater Boston region from its major national events alone, not including its high-profile Bruins and Celtics tenants.  The arena has played host to countless marquee events, including the Democratic National Convention, NHL All-Star Game, NCAA Frozen Fours, NCAA Women’s Final Four, U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials, U.S. Figure Skating Championships and ISU World Figure Skating Championships among others.

Delaware North, owner and operator of TD Garden, is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Eric Staufer to TD Garden!

 

RECENT PLACEMENT: Dana Mariotti – Tiger Woods Foundation

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Dana Mariotti as Director of Marketing for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Mariotti comes to the Tiger Woods Foundation after spending four years as Senior Manager of Social Media for NHRA. Prior to that position, she served as Marketing Manager for NHRA for seven years.

In her new role with the Tiger Woods Foundation, Mariotti will primarily focus on executing a variety of strategic initiatives to further the worldwide exposure of the Foundation’s youth-education programs and fundraising events.

About the Tiger Woods Foundation

The Tiger Woods Foundation (“TWF”) was established in 1996 as a nonprofit organization with emphasis on providing educational enrichment opportunities to underserved youth. To support our mission, the TWF operates three PGA TOUR golf tournaments annually: the Genesis Open, the Quicken Loans National, and the Hero World Challenge, a PGA TOUR sanctioned golf tournament featuring an exclusive 18-player field held at Albany, Bahamas in early December.

In addition, the TWF produces annual Signature Events including Tiger Jam, an annual spring benefit concert in Las Vegas; and the Tiger Woods Invitational, a three-day golf experience on the Monterey Peninsula.

These events are critical to our mission and collectively, they have raised millions of dollars for the college access programs supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation. For more information, visit www.TigerWoodsFoundation.org.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Dana Mariotti to the Tiger Woods Foundation!

Prodigy Sports Announces First esports Executive Search

Prodigy Sports launches their first executive search within the esports industry on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment

(Freehold, New Jersey, April 26, 2017)  Prodigy Sports, one of the nation’s leading search and recruitment firms solely dedicated to the multibillion dollar business of sports, today announced that they have been retained by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) to lead its search for a new Director of esports Business & Team Operations. For Prodigy Sports, this search will be its first esports industry project following their announcement earlier in the year of a dedicated practice focused on esports.

MSE’s Director of esports Business & Team Operations will be based out of Washington, DC. The primary responsibility of this position is to direct the strategy and business initiatives for MSE’s overall esports business operations.

Reporting to the Vice President & General Manager, Monumental Sports Network, this position will also lead the business operations, revenue and marketing for all MSE’s esports’ properties. In working with other MSE staff, this role must have experience in working with competitive gaming products and integrating them into a larger brand marketing strategy and gaming experience as a player, coach or team manager.

“We are honored to be one of the first global firms to devote time, effort and manpower to matching opportunities and personnel in the esports industry and sincerely appreciate the trust that MSE has shown in our agency,” said Scott Carmichael, Founder & CEO at Prodigy Sports.

Qualified candidates should apply online via Prodigy’s website at www.prodigysports.net.  For any additional questions, please email arin@prodigysports.net

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (“MSE”) is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in North America with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports.   MSE owns and operates four professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, AFL’s Washington Valor and the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade, to start operations in the 2017 season and the anticipated acquisition of a D-League NBA Basketball team before the 2018-19 season.

Additionally, MSE owns Team Liquid, one of the leading e-sports teams in the industry. The company also owns and operates the Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in the mid-Atlantic, based in the center of Washington, D.C. The company oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena. The company has partnered with Washington D.C. and Events DC to build a new state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Ward 8 in Washington, D.C. which will become the practice facility for the Washington Wizards and home court of the Washington Mystics.

Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news across mobile and OTT streaming devices, is also owned by MSE.

About Prodigy Sports

With a staff that carries nearly 60 years of experience across multiple business segments, Prodigy Sports is a nationwide leader in senior-level executive search and recruitment. Prodigy Sports brings a personal touch to each search by adapting to the unique personality and culture of the client, knowing successful executive recruiting comes from thoroughly understanding the team culture, the intricacies of the sports business and the extensive professional qualifications and skills needed to fill a role. Founded in 2008, Prodigy Sports has grown into a nation-wide leader through the sports and entertainment industries.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Qualified candidates should apply online via our website at www.prodigysports.net.  For any additional questions, please contact Arin Segal at arin@prodigysports.net or 732-303-9950.

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By: Megan Meisse, Prodigy Sports

RECENT PLACEMENT: Ashley Oakes – Sacramento Kings

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Ashley Oakes as Corporate Sales Director for the Sacramento Kings.

Oakes comes to the Kings after spending three years with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as Corporate Development and Community Partnerships Manager. Prior to that position, she served as Associate Director, Income Development & Special Events for the American Diabetes Association.

In her new role with the Sacramento Kings, Oakes will be responsible for creating and maintaining integrated corporate partnerships for the Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center.

About the Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The Kings are the oldest franchise in the NBA, and one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball franchises in the nation.

The team played its home games at the Sleep Train Arena from 1988 to 2016; beginning with the 2016–17 season, the Kings now play home games at the Golden 1 Center. The 17,500-seat arena is the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, will save about a million gallons of water a year compared to a typical venue of its size, was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and will get 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles. It became the first indoor venue to receive LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of recognition for environmentally conscious buildings. Among the most unique features are the airplane hangar doors that can be opened to turn the venue into an indoor-outdoor arena.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Ashley Oakes to the Sacramento Kings!

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Ben Bianchi – Miami Dolphins

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Ben Bianchi as Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships for the Miami Dolphins.

Bianchi has spent the past four years with Fenway Sports Management serving as an Account Executive, after serving as a Ticket Service Associate with the Boston Red Sox for two years. He began his career with DewMass Marketing working on the DewTour.

In his new role with the Miami Dolphins, Bianchi will aid in securing marketing partnerships for the organization and Hard Rock Stadium. Bianchi will also be responsible for generating revenue through the sale of partnerships across all business assets.

About the Miami Dolphins

Founded in 1966 by Joe Robbie, the Miami Dolphins began play as an expansion team, and has since become a truly iconic NFL franchise. Located in Miami, one of the most vibrant and multi- cultural cities in the country, the Dolphins enjoy a far-reaching, global fan following. Over the past five decades the Dolphins roster has been filled with legendary Hall of Famers such as Head Coach Don Shula, Dan Marino, Larry Csonka, and Bob Griese.

In February 2008, the Chairman of the Related Companies, Stephen Ross, acquired the NFL franchise, the Stadium, and surrounding land from Wayne Huizenga. As a longtime resident of South Florida, Mr. Ross is committed to the continued enhancement of the stadium and the team for the benefit of all South Floridians. In 2016, Hard Rock Stadium became the official name for the stadium, most recently known as Sun Life Stadium.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Ben Bianchi to the Miami Dolphins!

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Surena Ebrahimi – Miami Dolphins

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Surena Ebrahimi as Director, Corporate Partnerships for the Miami Dolphins.

Ebrahimi comes to the Dolphins after spending over three years with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), first serving as Manager, Partnership Sales, then Director, Partnership Sales. Prior to his time with ISC, he worked with the Washington Redskins after completing his Master’s in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.

In his new role with the Miami Dolphins, Ebrahimi will help secure marketing partnerships as a means of revenue for the organization and Hard Rock Stadium. Ebrahimi will also be responsible for the sale of partnerships across all business lines including intellectual property rights, television, radio, signage, online, print, events and promotions.

About the Miami Dolphins

Founded in 1966 by Joe Robbie, the Miami Dolphins began play as an expansion team, and has since become a truly iconic NFL franchise. Located in Miami, one of the most vibrant and multi- cultural cities in the country, the Dolphins enjoy a far-reaching, global fan following. Over the past five decades the Dolphins roster has been filled with legendary Hall of Famers such as Head Coach Don Shula, Dan Marino, Larry Csonka, and Bob Griese.

In February 2008, the Chairman of the Related Companies, Stephen Ross, acquired the NFL franchise, the Stadium, and surrounding land from Wayne Huizenga. As a longtime resident of South Florida, Mr. Ross is committed to the continued enhancement of the stadium and the team for the benefit of all South Floridians. In 2016, Hard Rock Stadium became the official name for the stadium, most recently known as Sun Life Stadium.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Surena Ebrahimi to the Miami Dolphins!

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Alex Hamilton – SeatGeek

 

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Alex Hamilton as Director, Ticket Operations for SeatGeek.

Hamilton most recently served as Director, Ticket Operations for the New Orleans Pelicans and Saints. He began his career with New Orleans Hornets as Promotions & Events Associate, and eventually was promoted to Ticket Operations Coordinator then Ticket Operations Manager before finally served as Director, Ticket Operations.

In his new role, Hamilton will be responsible for the vision of SeatGeek’s open ticketing to professional sports teams and leagues. He will play an outsized role in defining their future by finding teams, leagues and other sports and entertainment properties to join SeatGeek in creating a new kind of ticketing platform.

 About SeatGeek

SeatGeek is the best way to buy sports, concert, and theater tickets. The company offers the greatest breadth of tickets by aggregating hundreds of brokers and ticket markets into an elegant interface.

Launched in 2009, the company experienced steady growth until 2014 when things really began to heat up. SeatGeek’s mobile app became the go-to for fans looking to book entertainment on their phones. Sales tripled year over year. While incumbent players like StubHub have yet to “figure out mobile”, SeatGeek’s app is already converting better than desktop. SeatGeek now moves around $20 MM of tickets / month most of which is happening on mobile. The mobile growth caught the eye of Accel and other blue-chip investors. Now, SeatGeek is sitting on a large balance sheet ($100 MM raised to date). After operating on the outside of the sports industry for so long, it’s time for SeatGeek to start making inroads.

SeatGeek spent the last seven years building the best app for consumers to buy sports, concert, and theater tickets. Millions of consumers have used SeatGeek to book event tickets, and were quickly becoming a mainstream consumer brand. Fans love our focus on user experience: our maps, discovery features, and deal score algorithm make us a wholly different experience than what fans are accustomed to on legacy ticketing sites.

SeatGeek Open is that future – thanks in large part to groundbreaking partnerships with Major League Soccer and TopTix – we will be ticketing teams in 2017. We have the best backend and consumer-facing technology on the market and a business model that appeals to fans and teams alike.

 

Prodigy Sports welcomes Alex Hamilton to SeatGeek!

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Krizia Padron – Americrown & International Speedway Corporation

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Krizia Padron as Catering Manager for Americrown/International Speedway Corporation for Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Padron held various positions within Aramark at Quicken Loans Arena, most recently as Suite Catering Manager, where she managed all suite accounts and operations. Prior to this position, she served as Suite Catering Sales Manager and Suites Office Coordinator.

In her new role with the Americrown and International Speedway Corporation, Padron will work in conjunction with culinary staff and leadership to design and execute high quality presentations, enhance guest experience and increase profit margin.

About Americrown and International Speedway Corporation

International Speedway Corporation, (“ISC”) founded in 1953, is a leading promoter of motorsports-themed entertainment activities in the United States. The company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s premier motorsports entertainment facilities, which in total, have approximately 900,000 grandstand seats and 500 suites. ISC’s facilities are located in six of the nation’s top 13 media markets and nearly 80 percent of the country’s population is located within the primary trading areas of its facilities. ISC promotes major motorsports events in every month of the racing season — more than any other motorsports promoter. Collectively, the company’s facilities promote well over 100 motorsports events during the racing season.

Americrown, a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, was formed in 1989. It is the leader in motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise sales and service. Operating at 12 NASCAR and IndyCar-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown touches millions of race fans annually. Its ever-growing fleet of mobile food concessions, merchandise and catering equipment is unparalleled in the industry.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Krizia Padron to Americrown & ISC!

To see the full description of this placement with Americrown & ISC, visit http://bit.ly/2lErPys

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RECENT PLACEMENT – Randy Rea – Glory Kickboxing

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Randy Rea as Director of Sponsorship for GLORY Kickboxing.

Rea most recently served as Manager, Action Sports/Motorsports at Wasserman Media Group, where he was responsible for the whole sponsorship category. Prior to his time with Wasserman, he held served as Senior Account Executive and Industry Manager, Hockey at ACTIVE Network. He also spent time as Account Executive in the Sports Category.

In his new role with GLORY, Rea will be responsible for developing new corporate partnerships through the planning and implementation of a broad range of sales. He will also create and expand corporate relationships at all levels, develop creative marketing solutions and represent the culture of GLORY.

About GLORY

Founded in 2012, GLORY is owned and operated by GLORY Sports International (GSI), a professional martial arts organization and television content provider that maintains offices in Denver, Amsterdam, and Singapore. GLORY programming is seen in over 200 territories. GLORY kickboxing rules are comprised of a mix of several combat disciplines including Karate, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and traditional Boxing. For more information on GLORY, follow on Facebook, Twitter at @GLORY_WS and visit online at glorykickboxing.com.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Randy Rea to GLORY!

To see the full description of this placement with GLORY, visit http://bit.ly/2kELM7N

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Sam Cole – Experience

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Sam Cole as Director of Corporate Partnerships for Experience.

Cole formerly served as the New Orleans Pelicans and Saints’ Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships after spending four years as Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships for the Washington Nationals. Additionally, he spent three years with International Speedway Corporation. Cole also has worked with the Jaguars, Scheer Sports, Team Racing Auto Circuit, PRI Productions, SMG and Events DC.

In his new role, Cole will be responsible for generating new business opportunities with new and existing Experience partners who are looking to engage with consumers in a more meaningful way. He will be the key business leader driving this effort while working closely with the Marketing, Operations, and Product teams.

About Experience

At Experience, we exist to ensure that fans have an incredible time at live events. Our fan engagement platform is in use at over 300+ sports and music live event partners around the world and allows fans to personalize their live event experience from their mobile device.

As the business grew and we started working with more sports and entertainment organizations, we signed strategic partnerships with the pillars in live entertainment, like the NFL, Ticketmaster and Live Nation, MLBAM and tickets.com, FELD entertainment, Spectra, and Veritix. We reimagined how fans could attend events through subscription access and simplified last-minute ticket purchases. We’ve developed the only season ticket technology that adapts to your fan’s life.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Sam Cole to Experience!

To see the full description of this placement with Experience, visit http://bit.ly/2j0ZxPT

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