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RECENT PLACEMENT: Alex Rodrigo – Golden 1 Center

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Alex Rodrigo as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Golden 1 Center with the Sacramento Kings.

Rodrigo joins the Kings after serving as Group Vice President & Arena General Manager with St. Louis Blues Sports and Entertainment Operations, where he oversaw the Enterprise Center and Peabody Opera House. Earlier, Rodrigo co-founded Colliers Internationals Las Vegas Mixed Use Development and Resort Properties Division in 2004, where he and his team were a pioneering influence in advancing Southern Nevada’s transition to a more urban lifestyle.

In his new role with the Sacramento Kings, Rodrigo will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Golden 1 Center in addition to developing and achieving all aspects the Arena business plan to support the overall business strategy of the Company.

About Golden 1 Center

Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings, has an exciting opportunity for an Arena General Manager to join our dynamic leadership team to run the most technologically advanced arena in the world.

Golden 1 Center sits proudly in the heart of downtown Sacramento, less than a mile from California’s first thriving business district. It’s here that you’ll find one of the Nation’s most diverse communities coming together around their favorite things: Music, sports, entertainment, culture, food, and beverage. A homage to the city’s legacy and a marvel of its bright future, Golden 1 Center represents everything that makes Sacramento the next Great American City. From design to sustainability to connectivity to cuisine, it’s a celebration of what Sacramento does best.

In its inaugural season, Golden 1 Center played host to over 1 Million guests who attended: 41 Kings Games, 20 Sporting Events, 26 Family Shows, and 18 Concerts. Boasting 16 sell out events and anticipating a half dozen more through the end of year one Golden 1 Center has transformed the entertainment scene in Northern California. Recently ranked #1 as Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Sports, the building has been nominated by Pollstar as one of the Best New Venues of the Year and is a finalist for the Sports Business Journal’s Sports Facility of the Year award.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Alex Rodrigo to the Sacramento Kings!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Todd Yunker – Greenville Triumph SC

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Todd Yunker as Chief Revenue Officer with Greenville Triumph SC.

Yunker comes to Greenville following a five-year tenure with Leavine Racing as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he led the teams overseeing business development, sponsorship and marketing activation. Yunker previously held the same title with Infinitre Energy Solutions after serving as Senior Account Executive, Corporate Sponsorship and Suites with the Detroit Lions and Director, Corporate Partnership Development with the Toledo Mud Hens & Toledo Walleye.

In his new role, Yunker will be responsible for developing and implementing an integrated sponsorship and ticket sales strategy that maximizes revenue while maintaining strategic alignment with overall revenue goals for the organization.

 About Greenville Triumph SC

Founded in 2018, Greenville Triumph SC, a member of the newly formed USL DIII league, is led by Chairman Joe Erwin, Vice Chairman Doug Erwin, Erwin Creates Managing Partner Shannon Wilbanks and Club President Chris Lewis. The ownership group is committed to creating a first-class soccer stadium by building or renovating an existing site and is scouting temporary locations to play its first season, which kicks off in March 2019. Announcement of a permanent site is expected to follow later this year, along with the team’s name, colors and logo.

Greenville Triumph SC joins the United Soccer League’s Charleston Battery as the only professional soccer teams in South Carolina and becomes the fourth men’s professional team based in the Carolinas.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Todd Yunker to Greenville Triumph SC!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Jerry Gigante – PGA TOUR

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

Gigante comes to the PGA TOUR after six years with the New York Mets, where he joined the team as Ticket Sales Representative before being promoted to Account Executive, Season Ticket Sales and then his most recent role of Manager, Premium Sales. Gigante began his career in sports with the Washington Nationals as Inside Sales Representative.

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

 

Prodigy Sports welcomes Jerry Gigante to the PGA TOUR!

Best of luck in your new role!

RECENT PLACEMENT: Glenn Merry – Disabled Sports USA

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Glenn Merry as Executive Director with Disabled Sports USA.

Prior to joining DSUSA, Merry had been Managing Partner of JaClarre Consulting where had worked with non-profit and sports management organizations. Merry spent a large part of his earlier career with USRowing, serving as their Chief Executive Officer for just under 12 years. Other titles Merry held during his tenure include National Team Programs Director and National Team Manager.

With DSUSA, Merry will have full operational authority of Disabled Sports USA and will provide management and leadership to DSUSA staff in a cooperative, unified and open environment. Merry will collaborate with the Board to set the strategic plan and vision of the organization and develop tactics for achieving DSUSA’s mission, goals and objectives, and to carry out the same.

 About Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA (a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization) is a national leader in adaptive sports.  We have been at the forefront of adaptive sports and recreation in the U.S. for more than fifty years. Through sports, we help individuals with disabilities prosper and thrive.

Today, our industry-leading expertise and expanding network of 125 chapters in 40 states reach more than 60,000 youth and adults with disabilities annually.  Our commitment is for every person, regardless of ability, to have an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community.

DSUSA has a 50-year track record for accomplishing ambitious goals by managing programs efficiently. This year, DSUSA achieved an overall, combined administrative and fundraising expense rate of 11.7%, a fraction of the amount deemed outstanding by Charity Navigator. DSUSA undergoes multiple financial and compliance audits each year and consistently receives unqualified reports.

At Disabled Sports USA, we create the environment and opportunities that each year lead to tens of thousands of life-changing, transformative experiences expressed in our motto: “If I can do this, I can do anything!”

Prodigy Sports welcomes Glenn Merry to Disabled Sports USA!

Best of luck in your new role!

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!