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Joel Segal

Joel Segal currently serves as the President of Team Sports for Lagardère Sports. Additionally, Segal leads the agency's development and investment efforts as it strategically builds additional team sports, talent marketing, broadcasting, and coaching practices within Lagardère Sports' talent representation portfolio.

Under his leadership, the Lagardère Sports football division represents approximately 70 NFL players including 38 first-round picks since 2001 and 25 Pro Bowlers.

Segal is a graduate of the George Washington University and Hofstra Law School. In 2016 Segal was named to USA Today's "The NFL's 100 Most Important People" list. He was named to Forbes "World's Most Powerful Sports Agents" lists in 2015, and in 2010 Segal was named to the "Most Powerful Sports Agent in America" list by Business Insider Law Review. 

Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein joined MasterCard in 2012 and currently serves as Vice President & Senior Business Leader, Global Sponsorships. Goldstein currently overseas MasterCard's global golf and rugby platforms, which includes The Open Championship and Rugby World Cup partnerships. Additionally, he focuses on UEFA Champions League activation, global sponsorship strategy, property evaluation and research, and the overall use of sponsorship assets worldwide. 

Prior to joining MasterCard, Goldstein oversaw NCAA corporate sponsorships at LG Electronics, and managed co-marketing strategic partnerships in the gaming and entertainment space. Goldstein's extensive background in sports and entertainment sponsorships also includes working for Octagon where he consulted Fortune 100 companies on where and how to drive business via sponsorships.

Early in his career, Goldstein worked in television production at ESPN on shows such as Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter. Goldstein received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester and holds an MBA and MS in Sport Management from UMass-Amherst. 

Russell Silvers

Russell Silvers is a senior vice president for the Global Partnerships division of Anshutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (AEG), the largest sports and entertainment company in the world. AEG Global Partnerships oversees worldwide sales, activation, and servicing for over 120 world-class venues across five continents and numerous other assets including sports franchises, events, tours, festivals, and digital content among other AEG holdings.

In this role, Silvers focuses on the retention, renewal, and maintenance of sponsorship and naming rights agreements. He also oversees business retention for the venues, franchises, events, and media controlled by AEG and is responsible for maintaining all client relationships and managing agreements totaling more than $200 million annually across all business units of the organization. Additionally, he is responsible for the co-management and operations of a worldwide staff of more than 300 people. 

For his accomplishments, Silvers was named to Sports Business Journal's "Forty Under Forty," honoring the top business executives in sports and C-Suite Quarterly's "NextGen 10" for best in sports and entertainment. Silvers earned a Public Policy and Management degree from University of Southern California in 2002. 

Nathan Lindberg

Nathan Lindberg is the Director of Global Esports Sponsorships at Twitch, the world's leading video platform and community for gamers. As an esports veteran, Nathan is dedicated to educating brands about the competitive gaming phenomenon and ways to leverage Twitch to reach marketing goals. 

Nathan's esports experience began in 2010 while working at Curse Media as Vice President of Global Sales. Nathan creates and sold team and league sponsorship packages for the company's newly created esports division. 

Before joining Curse Inc., Nathan worked at GamePro Media, IDG Entertainment, and Universal McCann where he worked front and center with live streaming, mobile, and other emerging media. Nathan received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Media from Ithaca College in 2006.