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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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RECENT PLACEMENT: Ricky Casady – Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

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Prodigy Sports has recently placed Ricky Casady as Vice President, Box Office Operations of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

Casady brings over 16 years’ experience to this role given his box office and ticket operations background. Casady has spent the last two and half years as Director of Box Office & Ticket Operations at the TD Garden for the Boston Bruins and Delaware North.  Before this, he served as Regional Director of Ticketing for Live Nation Entertainment with a focus on the West Coast, including Colorado.  He also spent a brief period with Ticketmaster and the University of Denver as Director of Ticketing.

In this role, Casady will be responsible for all aspects of box office management at all Kroenke Sports & Entertainment venues located in Denver, Colorado including Pepsi Center, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 1stBank Center and Paramount Theatre (the “KSE Venues”). Casady will direct all box office staff and will call staff, while acting as the liaison between promoting entities, ticket service providers and KSE operations staff.

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.

KSE 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 Ricky Casady to Denver! Best of luck in your new role!

To see the full description of this placement with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, visit http://bit.ly/2hAXZuG

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Matt Greene – Americrown & International Speedway Corporation

 

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Matt Greene as Director, Food & Beverage for Americrown/International Speedway Corporation based out of Talladega Superspeedway.

Greene brings over 15 years of F&B experience to this role with a recent focus (7 years) in the sports & entertainment world. He currently serves as General Manager of Concessions at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Levy Restaurants. Previously, Matt spent two years as GM with Aramark at the Cashman Field Complex (MiLB Field in Las Vegas). Before moving to Vegas, he worked most of his career with Ovations Food services serving as GM at Provident Bank Park, (MiLB Field in Pomona, NY), Concessions Manager at Ever Bank Field and Concessions Manager at Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Greene previously served as General Manager of Concessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Levy Restaurants. In his new role, Greene will be responsible for the effective leader
ship of venue operations including event planning, promotion, menu planning, inventory control standards, compliance with alcohol service policies, safety, guest service and supervision. His efforts will be partnered with business unit leadership to manage operations and marketing to increase revenues and guest satisfaction at Talladega.

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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 Matt Greene to Americrown and ISC! 

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

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RECENT PLACEMENT – Steven Rauh – Sarasota County

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Steven Rauh as Athletics and Sport Development Division Manager for Sarasota County, in Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

Rauh has spent the last 12 years growing in various golf course superintendent roles, from a smaller club like Del Tura to his previous role at The Golf Club of the Everglades, serving as Director of Agronomy. He spent five years with Del Tura Golf & Country Club as the Golf Course Superintendent before being brought over to The Hideaway County Club. He then spent two and a half years with The Golf Lodge at The Quarry before being brought into his role with The Golf Club of the Everglades.

In his new role with Sarasota County, Rauh will perform advanced level management work, overseeing the Athletics and Sport Development Division and be responsible for comprehensive operations of the division, as well as the practices of managing athletic parks, turf management, infrastructure, facilities and amenities. In addition, he will set strategic goals and objectives, develop and administer of policies and procedures, ensure fiscal sustainability, develop comprehensive maintenance program and repair, and renovation and capital projects plans. Rauh will serve as administrative agent with over 50 athletic leagues and organizations, coordinating with a variety of partners in support of sports tourism initiatives and leading a high performing team.

About Sarasota County

Sarasota County was established in 1921 and adopted a Home Rule Charter in 1971. The Charter establishes a Commission/County Administrator form of government.

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources anchor the middle of Florida’s western coast, approximately 60 miles south of Tampa Bay. It includes the cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port, and the Town of Longboat Key. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources is a full-service county typical of charter counties in Florida.

Sarasota is a full range of community and human services is provided to residents – parks, recreation, human services, health-related services, planning, zoning, permitting and environmental resource management.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Steven Rauh to Sarasota County!

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

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