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RECENT PLACEMENT: Megan Ryan – Denver Nuggets

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Megan Ryan as Vice President, Marketing with the Denver Nuggets.

Prior to joining the Denver Nuggets, Ryan was with the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena for over three years, most recently as Vice President, Marketing Strategy. In this role, she oversaw the planning and development of marketing and communications plans for the launch of the transformed arena, Emory Practice Facility and the NBA G-League. Ryan joined the Hawks as Director, Marketing Integration, Direct Response and Digital before transitioning to Senior Director, Marketing Strategy and eventually Vice President, Marketing Strategy. Earlier, Ryan spent time with Cricket Wireless/AT&T, CSE and Boy Scouts of America.

In her new role in Denver, Ryan will be responsible for overseeing Nuggets’ brand positioning as well as developing and implementing marketing platforms and activities for the NBA team. She also will be responsible for all “brand” related activities, promotional functions, public relations and community relations.

 About Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) is committed to providing world class sports and entertainment for both live and broadcast audiences. We will welcome fans into our venues as family, providing respect and care from the purchase of a ticket, to the drive home. We will celebrate the best in sport and entertainment by recognizing the diversity and human spirit around us, and by working within our community to improve the lives of all those within the community. We will strive to perform this mission within a viable and self-sustaining business model.

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment is one of the world’s leading ownership, entertainment and management groups. As owners and operators of Pepsi Center, the Paramount Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Mammoth (NLL) and Colorado Rapids (MLS), KSE’s sports and entertainment assets are second to none. Additional properties under KSE’s umbrella include Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a 24-hour regional television network; Altitude Authentics, the company’s official retail provider; and Altitude Tickets, the official ticketing provider for KSE teams and venues.

 

Prodigy Sports welcomes Meg Ryan to the Denver Nuggets!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Kim Snider – PGA TOUR

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Kim Snider as Sales Manager, TOUR Championship with the PGA TOUR.

Snider joined the PGA TOUR after over five years with Atlanta Motor Speedway where she served in various roles including Business Development Manager, Corporate Sales Executive and Group Sales Associate. With the Speedway, Snider was responsible for maximizing revenue through the sale of event sponsorships, official partnerships, suites, hospitality, signage, digital assets, fan engagement and corporate events/meetings. She began her career with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, first as Seasonal Group Sales Representative then Ticket Sales Representative.

In her role with the PGA TOUR, Snider will be responsible for designing and implementing effective sales strategies to identify new business opportunities and grow existing client relationships in the Atlanta metro area for the TOUR Championship and other Championship Management events through tournament activation platforms.

 

Prodigy Sports welcomes Kim Snider to the PGA TOUR!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Brian Aiello – PGA TOUR

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Brian Aiello as Sales Manager, The Northern Trust with the PGA TOUR.

Before joining the PGA TOUR, Aiello spent seven years with the New York Jets, steadily rising through the group sales department from Account Executive to his most recent role of Senior Manager. With the Jets, Aiello oversaw the group sales team while developing and activating all group sales related assets. Aiello also was with the New York Islanders for over two years in various sales capacities.

In his role with the PGA TOUR, Aiello will directly contribute to sales efforts for The Northern Trust by generating revenue through hospitality package and sponsorship sales.

 

Prodigy Sports welcomes Brian Aiello to the PGA TOUR!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Chris Hutson – CoSport

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Chris Hutson as General Manager with CoSport.

Prior to joining CoSport, Hutson was Co-CEO & Founder of Turnstyles USA, a full-service sales, marketing and ticketing company serving professional sports organizations, major colleges, universities, and the fine arts industries. There, he worked with clients including the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, NASCAR and Division I colleges and universities. Earlier, Hutson was Senior Director, Team Development for the National Football League.

In this capacity, Hutson will be responsible for overall management of the CoSport team and operations located in the New Jersey offices as well as in the international sales offices for CoSport sales. He will be responsible for driving revenue for all CoSport assets, including but not limited to hospitality packages, hotel accommodations, as well as future marquee assets brought into CoSport’s portfolio.

 About CoSport

CoSport first offered guests from around the world unforgettable opportunities to celebrate the best of international sport at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. For more than 15 years, CoSport has actively sought to satisfy the needs and interests of each guest by sharing insights as a partner with the event organizer, developing a variety of thoughtful product offerings, and ultimately demonstrating the value of investing in a CoSport experience.

CoSport has access to a variety of in-demand event tickets. We obtain event tickets directly from the organizing body to ensure quality and choice for all our guests.  CoSport also identifies and secures quality hotel properties to ensure guest comfort as well as enviable proximity to all activities included in carefully designed CoSport package itinerary.  For packages that include dedicated ground transportation, CoSport provides transfers to the various events and activities included in certain Hotel and Tickets Package itineraries. Airport transfers are similarly provided for those guests from/to major airports to/from their package hotel.

CoSport is pleased to coordinate all these elements to satisfy each individual guest’s expectations. The CoSport team is well-versed in delivering exceptional package and ticketing experiences for guests from around the world. CoSport is committed to ensuring guests have all questions answered before arriving on-site and enjoy access to professional management to help navigate the exciting opportunities as well as potential challenges their travels may present.

 

Prodigy Sports welcomes Chris Hutson to CoSport!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Jeffrey Young – NHRA

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Jeffrey Young as Vice President of Marketing & Communications with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

Young previously was with Professional Bull Riders Inc. for over seven years in various capacities, including his most recent role of Regional Vice President, Live Event Marketing. Prior to his tenure with PBR, Young was Advertising Manager with the Nashville Sounds, AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

In his role with NHRA, Young will focus on advertising and promotions, fan engagement and communications and will develop and manage digital marketing initiatives, including social media, geo-targeted web advertising and local web promotions. Young will also develop tactical marketing plans and creative support for direct-to-consumer offerings including membership, event attendance, premium services and add-ons.

 About NHRA

 Headquartered in Glendora, California, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Jeffrey Young to NHRA!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Jordan Sherman – Gen.G Esports

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Jordan Sherman as Head of Sponsorship Sales & Revenue Operations with Gen.G Esports (formerly KSV eSports).

Sherman previously was Director of Corporate Partnerships with the LA Clippers where he sold to major brands & ad agencies to generate revenue through digital initiatives, social media sponsorships, integrated partnerships, and strategic acquisitions. Prior to his time with the Clippers, Sherman was Account Executive, Sponsorship Sales with Major League Baseball for over four years after time with Major League Baseball Advanced Media as Business Development Manager.

In his role with Gen.G, Sherman work in collaboration with the CGO & COO to set sponsorship objectives, strategies and specific implementation steps. He will be tasked with presenting the brand to potential national/international sponsorship partners and develop an integrated, solution driven approach to creating sponsorship packages.

 About Gen.G Esports

Gen.G Esports is an esports collaboration between Silicon Valley and Seoul, combining the skills and dedication of the Korean esports culture backed by the investment and global reach of California’s Silicon Valley. We take pride in our vision of creating and guiding homegrown Korean esports teams into champions on the international stage. Gen.G Esports owns and operates two Overwatch rosters, including Seoul Dynasty, as well as the former Samsung Galaxy League of Legends roster. We also carry a top-level Korean Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds squad & MVP Black’s Heroes of the Storm lineup. Backed by top Silicon Valley and Korean investors, Gen.G Esports represents the next generation of esports, bringing the best in esports management, event production, and fan engagement together in one company.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Jordan Sherman to Gen.G Esports!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Kyle Draper – IRONMAN

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Kyle Draper as Senior Director, National Sales & Global Partnerships with IRONMAN.

Draper most recently spent almost three years with Palace Sports & Entertainment as Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. Prior, he was with IMG College as General Manager, University of South Carolina. Before that, Draper was with the Tampa Bay Lightning/Tampa Bay Times Forum for just under seven years as Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. Earlier in his career, Draper held positions with various professional sports entities including the Golden State Warriors, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers.

In his role with IRONMAN, Draper will assist in the sponsorship sales efforts for all IRONMAN events in the United States and Canada.

About IRONMAN

 On February 18, 1978, 15 competitors came to the shores of Waikiki, Hawaii to take on the first-ever IRONMAN challenge. It was an idea hatched by John Collins, a Naval Officer stationed in Hawai`i, and his wife Judy during a swim club gathering. Collins’ proposal was a friendly test of fitness combining the three toughest endurance races on the island into one race: The 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the 112-miles Around-Oahu Bike Race, followed by a 26.2-mile run on the Honolulu Marathon course. That very first race would go on to set the stage for what IRONMAN would become: not only the most challenging single-day sporting event in the world, but a brand symbolizing the belief that “Anything is Possible.”

Prodigy Sports welcomes Kyle Draper to IRONMAN!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Vince Cicero – IRONMAN

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Vince Cicero as Head of Sales, Global Partnerships with IRONMAN.

Most recently, Cicero was with Feld Entertainment as Vice President, Global Partnerships where he had direct oversight for the revenue generating team which was charged with crafting marketing partnerships across corporate America. Cicero also spent time with the Western & Southern Open as COO & Tournament Director after a 13-year tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals as Director of Corporate Sales, Marketing & Broadcasting.

In his role with IRONMAN, Cicero will drive the acquisition of Series wide partnerships, Title Sponsorships and overall Marketing Partnerships and contribute to the financial success of the organization. He will also oversee the sponsorship sales efforts for events in the United States and Canada with a combination of personal sales efforts as well as leadership role for the North American sales team. 

About IRONMAN

 On February 18, 1978, 15 competitors came to the shores of Waikiki, Hawaii to take on the first-ever IRONMAN challenge. It was an idea hatched by John Collins, a Naval Officer stationed in Hawai`i, and his wife Judy during a swim club gathering. Collins’ proposal was a friendly test of fitness combining the three toughest endurance races on the island into one race: The 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the 112-miles Around-Oahu Bike Race, followed by a 26.2-mile run on the Honolulu Marathon course. That very first race would go on to set the stage for what IRONMAN would become: not only the most challenging single-day sporting event in the world, but a brand symbolizing the belief that “Anything is Possible.”

Prodigy Sports welcomes Vince Cicero to IRONMAN!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Hugh Lombardi – Target Center

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Hugh Lombardi as General Manager, Target Center with AEG Facilities. Lombardi will also assume the role of Regional Vice President of AEG Facilities.

Prior to joining AEG Facilities, Lombardi spent almost two years with SMG as General Manager, Chesapeake Energy Arena/Cox Convention Center. Before his time in Oklahoma City, Lombardi served as Senior Vice President/General Manager of the TD Garden with Delaware North after serving as COO, Senior Vice President and General Manager with Powers Management/Sommet Center, now Bridgestone Arena. Lombardi began his career with a ten-year tenure with Palace Sports & Entertainment.

 About AEG Facilities

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment companies in the world with a network of over 120 owned, operated and programmed venues on five continents. AEG Facilities is a stand-alone division of AEG that owns, operates and consults with more than 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide. It has, at its fingertips, AEG’s vast network of resources and services, from live event producer – AEG Presents, to AEG Global Partnerships.

AEG Facilities is an elite collection of world-class venues with an unmatched level of resources, experience and talent. The Target Center Arena is a 19,000-seat arena in the heart of downtown Minneapolis is home to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, as well as concerts, family shows and special events.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Hugh Lombardi to AEG Facilities!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Everett Coleman- H1Z1 Pro League

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Everett Coleman as General Manager, H1Z1 Pro League.

Prior to Twin Galaxies, Everett worked as an Executive Product Manager in Las Vegas with Millennial Esports. His primary focus was on developing a team and building out the standardized documents. Before Millennial, Everett held a Project Management position with ESL where he developed financial reporting structures for projects and worked closely with product managers to discuss and evaluate their projects. One of his biggest accomplishments was pitching a prize money platform that he scoped from scratch.

Coleman’s job with H1Z1 is to Lead the global execution of high profile esports competitions and collaborate with internal stakeholders to design and iterate formats and systems that meet key game objectives, while also aligning with esports business priorities.

About Twin Galaxies, LLC

Focused on a “player-first” approach, the H1Z1 Pro League is a partnership between Daybreak Games and Twin Galaxies to create a sustainable, first of its kind, professional esports league for the “one versus all” battle royale genre. Through the partnership with Twin Galaxies, an organization built on community adjudication, the H1Z1 Pro League will be established as the pinnacle of integrity in esports. The truly unique partnership with Daybreak Games will allow for the close collaboration necessary to create a cohesive experience to go from average joe to professional player.

As the next generation of esports league, the mission of the H1Z1 Pro League is to operate with integrity and dedication to players and teams to establish a sustainable ecosystem. The H1Z1 Pro League is set to get underway in early 2018, with 15 teams of five players each competing in 75-player battles over two ten-week splits, followed by finals slated for late 2018.

 

Prodigy Sports welcomes Everett Coleman to Twin Galaxies!

Best of luck in your new role!