SINC Keynote Speakers are inspiring thinkers, influencers and industry leaders who have delivered insights and experiences that are vital to your growth and development as students and to professionals in the sports industry. Explore our keynote speakers from 2018 and stay tuned for exciting additions for 2019.
Brett Goldslager has over a decade of digital media, advertising sales, and sales management experience. He has been at Twitter for five years and is currently a sales manager where he oversees the Catalyst East Coast sales team. His team of 14 client partners and client account managers is responsible for partnering with 300 brands across a dozen industries to achieve their marketing and business goals. He is a graduate of George Washington University where he earned a BBA in Finance and sports Management.
Kimberly Davis joined the National Hockey League as Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs in December 2017. In this newly created role, she reports to Commissioner Gary Bettman in leading the League’s efforts to increase fandom and value creation through increased youth participation, social impact and outreach to new audiences. Ms. Davis’ experiences also include building the first Women of Color affinity group at Chase Manhattan Bank, developing a mentoring program for senior women that became an industry model, and later developing the initial corporate sponsorship model for Women Moving Millions. Davis earned a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and has completed the Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program and the Stamford Executive E-learning Program.
James Van Stone
Jim Van Stone is the president of business operations and chief commercial officer overseeing ticket sales and services, corporate partnerships, executive suites, marketing and retail business. Previously Van Stone was Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s chief revenue officer.
He joined the Capitals as vice president of ticket sales and service in 2007 before transitioning to his Monumental Sports & Entertainment role in 2010. Before joining the organization, Van Stone held senior positions with the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Coyotes
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Zach Leonsis is senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment and general manager of Monumental Sports Network, a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile and over-the-top platforms. In 2016, Leonsis led the transformation of Monumental Sports Network – co-owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment and NBC Sports Group – from an ad-based blogging platform into a direct-to-fan service content provider.
Phil de Picciotto
Phil de Picciotto has been at the forefront of the sports, music and entertainment industry for over 30 years. Under his leadership and direction, Octagon has achieved a position of leadership in the areas of talent representation, property ownership, event management, and sports and entertainment marketing. The company has been consistently recognized for its global vision, diversity of service offerings, personalized approach and high quality delivery for its clients and business partners. In 1983, de Picciotto co-founded Advantage International which was later re-branded Octagon.
Nationally renowned sports and entertainment executive Max Siegel became the fourth CEO of USA Track & Field on May 1, 2012. Since that time, he has led USATF to financial growth and programmatic evolution that are unprecedented in the Olympic family. Siegel has appeared on Oprah, NPR’s Tavis Smiley, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ESPN, and CNBC; in print, he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, Ebony’s Power 100, Crain’s New York Business, Black Enterprise and Billboard Magazine, among many others. Siegel was the first African-American to graduate with honors from Notre Dame Law School and is a native of Indianapolis.
An accomplished operational leader with more than 15 years of management experience, Ann Rodriguez joined the WNBA League Operations office in August 2017. Rodriguez oversees all on-court basketball operations, including playing rules, scouting, scheduling and venue compliance. She also oversees management of referee operations and the administration of player-related policies and programs. Prior to joining the WNBA, Rodriguez was Vice President of Business Operations for Atlanta United FC and previously worked for Under Armour in both apparel strategy and global brand marketing for soccer and lacrosse. Rodriguez holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University ('99) and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business ('05).
Ty M. Votaw
Ty Votaw is Executive Vice President – Global Business Affairs for the PGA TOUR. He joined the PGA TOUR in December 2005.
As Executive Vice President – Global Business Affairs, Votaw oversees all aspects of the TOUR’s strategy as a global tour, partnering with other business areas within the TOUR to drive international growth across all business lines. This includes media, corporate sponsorship, licensing, TPCs and other revenue streams. In addition, Votaw will continue to collaborate with the other professional tours and golf organizations around the world on a variety of topics on behalf of the PGA TOUR. This involves his work with the World Golf Foundation, the International Golf Federation and the International Federation of PGA Tours.