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    Partnership Activation Rising Stars

    The Partnership Activation Rising Stars initiative is designed to recognize the rising, future leaders of the sports business industry. All of the individuals honored below have been nominated by their peers and supervisors in the industry for their commitment to enhancing the sports business marketplace. Each quarter, four (4) Rising Stars are featured in the Partnership Activation 2.0 Newsletter, where they become part of an exclusive group designed to help them build relationships with other young sports industry leaders.

    Here is a complete listing of the Rising Stars that have been recognized by Partnership Activation, Inc. since the inaugural class was formed in July 2009.  

    JULY 2009

    Chris Chaney, Chaney Sportainment Group

    Harrie Bakst, Carnegie Sports & Entertainment

    Wade Martin, Cincinnati Bengals

    Aldo Kafie, Octagon

    AUGUST 2009

    Shawn Bennett, New York Knicks

    Lewis Howes, The Sports Networker

    Carolyne Savini, Turnkey Sports & Entertainment

    Brett Klasko, Phinaz Marketing/Ticket Booster


    SEPTEMBER 2009

    John Semeraro, St. Leo University

    Darren Heitner, Dynasty Athlete Representation /

    Michael Lake, Indiana Pacers

    Jason Belzer, Global Athlete Management Enterprises (GAME, Inc.)


    OCTOBER 2009

    Kris Mathis, Sponsor Pitch

    Uzma Syed, Premier Partnerships 

    Darryl Dionne, Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA)

    Bill Fagan, The Aspire Group


    NOVEMBER 2009 

    David Oestreicher, Consultant

    Rachel Mech, PROVentures

      Brent Schoeb, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    Justin Lyons, The Glover Park Group


    DECEMBER 2009

    Todd Fischer, State Farm Insurance

    Frank O’Brien, Conversation Marketing, Design, and Development

    Sean Dennison, Major League Soccer / Soccer United Marketing

    Jason Buckner, Indiana Pacers


    JANUARY 2010 

    Jeff Handler, GMR Marketing

    Kynon Codrington, ESPN

    Andrew Brown, Cincinnati Bengals

    Jay Bavishi, Consultant


    FEBRUARY 2010 

    Kyle Hudson, Phoenix Suns

    AJ Poole, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Anthony Caponiti, Activ8Social

    Ashley Read,


    MARCH 2010

    Katy Young, Coaching Charities

    Cameron Wright, Pardee RAND Graduate School

    Russell Scibetti, New York Jets /

    Emily Lentz, Target


    APRIL 2010

    A.J. Machosky, IMG College

    Katie Troutman, Village Automotive Group

    Michael Rodriguez, Disney Wide World of Sports

    Justin Compton, FOX Sports Cable Networks


    MAY 2010

    Peter Robert Casey, Nike Basketball

    Doug McNamee, Baylor University

    Romola Ratnam, Foxrock Partners

    David Highhill, National Football League  

    JUNE 2010

    Jared Schoenfeld, Madison Square Garden

    Garrett McManus, Square

    Chris Morales, Sports Authority

    Keith Wan, Leverage Agency


    JULY 2010

    Joshua Boren, MEIS

    AJ Andrassy, adidas Running 

    Ward Gibson, GMR Marketing

    Nicholas Porrini, MiWare Corp


    AUGUST 2010

    Brian Connolly, Victus Advisors

    Sarah Pavelko, University of Connecticut Athletics

    Jennifer Howland, Phoenix International Raceway

    Scott Minto, San Diego State University Sports MBA Program 


    SEPTEMBER 2010

    Anthony Alsop, SportSpiel

    Matt Murphy, Wasserman Media Group

    Kellie Perry, Connexions Sports & Entertainment

    Tiffany Martin, NCAA


    OCTOBER 2010 

    Matt Schaeperkoetter, University of Oklahoma Athletics

    Michael Klein, MAXX Sports & Entertainment  

    Casey Romany, IMG Consulting

    Jason Peck, Living Social


    NOVEMBER 2010 

    Blair Zackon, UFC

    Nicole Ferro, GMR Marketing

    Lindsey Laband, Altus Marketing & Management

    Ben Koo, Bloguin


    DECEMBER 2010 

    Brittany Gilman, BG Sports

    Claudio Borges, Manchester City FC

    Mallory Glosier, Dallas Stars

    Adam Schemm, University of Rhode Island Athletics


    JANUARY 2011 

    Joel Zawacki, Indianapolis Indians

    Sydney Golden, Washington Kastles

    Brian Bowsher, Marquette University Athletics

    Andrew Lewis, Feld Entertainment


    FEBRUARY 2011

    Marcus Fischer, Octagon

    Jessica (Price) Pastron, Pricewaterhousecoopers

    Drew DeHart, IMG College (Oregon)

    Nathan Steinmetz, Toledo Mud Hens


    MARCH 2011

    Heidi Wegmueller, Bradley University

    Caitlin Moyer, Milwaukee Brewers

    Stephanie Cheng, Premier Partnerships

    Kacie McDaniel, Sacramento Kings


    APRIL 2011

    Patrick Smyth, Denver Broncos

    Joe Purzycki, SB Nation

    Whitney Modlinski, The Marketing Arm

    Courtney Carter, ESPN


    MAY 2011

    Wesley Harris, Five Star Basketball

    Deandra Duggans, Events DC

    Chris Clunie, National Basketball Association

    Jared Casden, Coastal Advisors LLC


    JUNE 2011

    Tim Kemp, AEG Management CT

     Zack Nobinger, Taylor

    Chris Ryan, Kentucky Speedway

    Brad Swanson, The University of Akron Athletics


    JULY 2011

    Mark Gallo, Anheuser-Busch

    Kristie VanEngelen, Arizona Diamondbacks

    Sean O’Hara, Fighting Illini Sports Properties

    Nathan Zimmerman, Sheplers, Inc.


    AUGUST 2011

    Kasey Coler, INDYCAR

    Chris Farrell, Leverage Agency

    Brandi Bloodworth Connolly, hawkeye sports & experiential

    Andres Lares, Shapiro Negotiations Institute (


    SEPTEMBER 2011 

    C.J. Wiatr, The Aspire Group

    Jay Mayes, Black Sheep Philanthropy

    Tim McCulloch, Comcast SportsNet

    Matt Furrie, GMR Marketing


    OCTOBER 2011 

    Ben Latty, National Basketball Association

    Rob Campbell, Launch Agency

    Jon Kander, GMR Marketing

    Jack Tipton, IMG College (Pittsburgh)


    NOVEMBER 2011 

    Barry Kahn, Qcue

    Justin Kadis, FanBridge

    Kevin Stevenson, Phoenix Suns

    Brad Wurthman, University of Cincinnati


    DECEMBER 2011

    Andy Morris, University of South Florida

    Brett Clarke, Nitro Circus Live

    Blake Rosekrans, TaylorMade adidas Golf

    Ben Berchuck, Wasserman Media Group


    MARCH 2012

    Alex Mallen, Sport Chalet

    Rob Burns, Pursuant Sports

    Lindsey Carnett, Marketing Maven Public Relations

    Matthew Wagner, Cincinnati Reds


    JULY 2012

    Andrew Agro, New York Jets

    Marissa Beck, The Bank of the West

    Kristine Mason, National Soccer Coaches Association of America

    Mark Soder, Canadian Football League

    Coming soon... Would you like to nominate a Rising Star in the Industry for their Exceptional Work? Send a two (2) paragraph nomination to [email protected]