Advisors & Mentors

The Head Case Company

Craig Cerrana
President & CEO

Nelly Holdings

Mike Chaffin
Business Manager

Infinite eSports & Entertainment

Chris Chaney
Co-founder & President

John Henry Foster

Mike Chudy
Dir of Sales

Fleishman-Hillard

Matt Coble
Former SVP, Digital Strategy & Operations

Elasticity

Brian Cross
Managing Partner

Spencer Fane LLP

Roger Denny
Partner

National / Alamo

Jerry Dow
CMO

Diameta Ventures

Mark Gallion
CEO

Big River Running

Matt Helbig
Owner

Y Axis Consulting

Mark Heligman
Founder

Rawlings

David Hill
Former GM of Fall Products

TOP Marketing

Jon Hodgins
Owner

Nike

Bob Kerch
Former Dir of Global Business Development

Lynch Sports & Events

Vicky Lynch
Owner

Rawlings

Mark Malone
Former CFO

Anheuser-Busch

Tim Murphy
Former Head of Digital Team

Suddenlink

Bob Putnam
SVP & CIO

Fleishman-Hillard

Vijoy Rao
VP & Creative Program Director

MasterCard

Rob Reeg
Retired President, Global Technology & Operations

Signify Wealth

Stephen Rhodes
Managing Principal

Wines That Rock

Ron Roy
Founder and CEO

ESPN

Samantha Rudolph
Former Dir of Business Development

Anheuser-Busch

Jeff Sahm
Former Sr Mgr of Entertainment Marketing

Coolfire Studios

Pete Salsich
General Counsel

Vetta Sports

John Spanos
COO

St. Louis Sports Commission

Jack Stapleton
Board of Directors

Ironman

Ken Strominger
Former EVP, Marketing & Licensing

ClubReady

Dan Wacker
CFO

Wideman Management

Steve Wideman
President

Michael Johnson Performance

Brian Abadie
Pro & Elite Athlete Coordinator

KMOX

Tom Ackerman
Sports Director

St. Louis Blues

Bruce Affleck
EVP

Disney & Getty Images

Bud Albers
Former CTO

Sportradar

Javier Altamirano
Director Strategic Partnerships

Golf Channel Academy

Lorin Anderson
EVP

Hyde Park Ventures

Greg Barnes
Principal

Anders CPA + Advisors

Mike Barnes
Sports & Entertainment

Rawlings

Mark Barry
Former SVP Sales

Total Hockey/Total Lacrosse

Michael Benoit
Owner

Gatorade

Anuj Bhasin
Head of Global Gatorade

Nikco Sports

Craig Bidner
CEO & Owner

Progress Partners

Doug Billman
Managing Director

Second Spectrum

Whitney Blaine
Business Development & Marketing Manager

Gateway Motorsports Park

Chris Blair
General Manager

Cooper Perkins

Kim Blair
Vice President

SportsEngine

Greg Blasko
Co-Founder

SportTechie

Taylor Bloom
Founder

R/GA Ventures

Dylan Boyd
Director, New Programs Development

Syracuse University

Sean Branagan
Dir of Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship

Ryerson University

Cheri Bradish
Loretta Rogers Research Chair in Sport Marketing

Cablelabs

Scott Brown
VP Ventures & Outreach

U.S. Soccer

Neil Buethe
Director of Communications

Frisco Roughriders

Scott Burchett
COO

NASCAR

Stephen Byrd
Director, Technology Integration and Development

Twitch

Garvey Candella
Director, Strategic Partnerships

Sporting Chance Initiative

Ryan Carenduff
Programme Manager

Empower Growth

J.C. Carleton
Partner

Anheuser-Busch

Kathy Casso
Former VP of Corporate Social Responsibility

Infinite eSports & Entertainment

Chris Chaney
Co-founder & President

St. Louis Blues

Steve Chapman
Group VP - Brand, Community & Partnership Development

MIT Sports Technology Research Group

Christina Chase
Managing Director

RSE

Shawn Cheng Vayner
Principal

St. Louis Regional Chamber

Tom Chulick
President

Tulsa Capital Partners

Tim Clark
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

St. Louis Surge

Khalia Collier
Owner

Columbus Blue Jackets

Jim Connolly
Dir of Technology

Wilson

Chris Considine
Former CEO

Sagamore Ventures

Demian Costa
Managing Partner

Octagon

Mark Coughlin
Former EVP

USA Softball

Craig Cress
Executive Director

GameStop

John Davidson
Head of Partnerships

New Balance

David Deck
Former GM of eCommerce

Riot Games

Scott Delap
Scalability Architect

Pick6 Ventures

Greg DellaFranco
Managing Director

K2 Sports

Anthony DeRocco
Former President

St. Louis Cardinals

Bill DeWitt III
President

Hyde Park Ventures

Jackie DiMonte
Associate

KTRS

Mark Dorsey
General Manager & Partner

National / Alamo

Jerry Dow
CMO

Equis Group

Greg Drozda
Partner

The Sports Business Exchange

Josh Duboff
Founder

Dodgers Accelerator

Scott Dudelson
Managing Director

Stack Sports/Blue Star Sports

Michael Dunn
CTO

The Durkin Agency

Karen Durkin
President

PGA Championship

Keira Durrette
Championship Marketing and Promotions Manager

MBT Distribution

Bob Dyer
President

Orlando Magic

Jack Elkins
Director of Innovation

New York Mets

Wes Engram
VP Corporate Sales & Service

ONE Softball

Sue Enquist
Founder & CEO

Schutt Sports

Robert Erb
CEO

St. Louis Cardinals

Dan Farrell
SVP Sales & Marketing

Corazon Capital

Steve Farsht
Managing Director

Amazon

Brian Finegan
MVM of Team Sports & Golf

Chicago White Sox

Jeff Floerke
Manager, Corporate Partnerships Development

US Soccer

Dan Flynn
CEO/Secretary General

Next Play Capital

Tim Fong
Venture Partner

USA Track & Field

Kimberly Ford
Dir of Business Development

Sage Business Advisors

Andrew Forsdick
Partner

Gateway Motorsports Park

Curtis Francois
Owner

McDonald’s

Doug Freeland
Director - Sports & Entertainment Alliances

STATS

Ken Fuchs
Former CEO

USA Track & Field

David Gadis
Chief Revenue Officer

Nine Network

Jack Galmiche
CEO

Detalus

Joe Garea
Managing Director

Clover Light

Steve Gareleck
Managing Director

Scottrade

Justin Gioia
VP of Marketing

MasterCard

Amanda Gioia
Sr Business Leader of Worldwide Communications

Turner

Kevin Glidewell
Assistant General Counsel, Sports & Digital Entertainment

Corigin Ventures

David Goldberg
Principal

Gateway Grizzlies

Steve Gomric
General Manager

St. Louis Cardinals

Dan Good
VP of Business Development

Prosper Women’s Accelerator

Mary Jo Gorman
Lead Managing Partner

AEG Europe

Charlie Greenwood
Former Dir of Digital

New Balance

Jason Griesenauer
Senior Manager, Digital Sport and Wearable Technology

NASCAR

Celeste Griffin
Director Strategic Development

G5 Capital

Steve Griffin
Managing Director

Sterling Ventures

Rohit Gupta
Partner

USA Football

Scott Hallenbeck
CEO & Executive Director

NCAA

Ty Halpin
Associate Director, Championships and Alliances

Under Armour

Lorin Hamlin
Head of Front End Innovation

Garmin

Kelly Hancox
Dir of Business Development & Strategic Partnersips

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Dan Harbaugh
President

ERA NYC

Jeremy Harper
Principal

Fred Sparks

Ken Harris
Co-Owner

W Partners

Wally Hayward
CEO

Ascension Ventures

Matt Hermann
Sr. Managing Director

Sport eXperience

Arno Hermans
Founder

Causeway Media Partners

Bob Higgins
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Golf Channel

Dan Higgins
Managing Dir of Public Relations

Rally Ventures

Jeff Hinck
General Partner

Horrow Sports Ventures

Rick Horrow
CEO

Marmot

Greg Houser
VP of Design & Product Development

Legacy Global Sports

Chuck Huggins
CFO

MILB

Kurt Hunzeker
VP of Marketing Strategy

One Zero

Clyde Hutchinson
Co-Founder

Hickory Ventures

Jake Ireland
Founder & CEO

Haas F1

Adam Jacobs
Former CMO

Hawk-Eye/Sony

James Japhet
Managing Director

Qey Capital

Dhani Jones
Chairman

Dippin Dots

Curt Jones
Founder

Sport Radar

Brian Josephs
Director, Enterprise Sales

Saint Louis University

Tassos Kaburakis, PhD
Professor of Sports Business

Sterling Ventures

Farzam Kamel
Partner

Vintage Capital Investments

David Kanuth
Founding Partner

Wilson

David Kaplan
Director, Digital Product Management

Billiken Angel Network

Jerry Katz, PhD
Founder & Executive Director

World Wide Technology

Jim Kavanaugh
CEO

RSE Ventures

Kerry Kellogg
Business Development Director

National Pro Fastpitch

Cheri Kempf
Commissioner

StubHub

Akshay Khanna
Head of Partnerships - NFL, NBA, and NHL

SportsEngine

Carson Kipfer
Co-Founder

STATS

Greg Kirkorsky
Former EVP of Global Sales and Marketing

On Grid Ventures

Jason Klein
Founder & CEO

Chicago Bulls

Matt Kobe
Dir. Business Strategy & Analytics

STATS

David Ladd
Former AVP

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark Lamping
President

Spencer Fane LLP

Bob Lattinville
Player Agent

Bryan Cave LLP

Don Lents
Global Chairman Emeritus

Inter Milan

Claire Lewis
Former Marketing Dir

STATS

Patrick Lucey
Director, Data Science

BJC

John Lynch
Chief Medical Officer

GO! St. Louis

Brian Lyons
VP of Race Operations

BodiTrak Sports

Bruce MacFarlane
Chairman

Fox Sports

Ben Maggin
Vice President

Digital Entertainment Ventures

Swatick Majumdar
Venture Partner

Maryville University

Steve Mandeville
CFO

Amazon

Fouzan Mansuri
Director and General Manager, Sports

Anthem

Steve Martenet
President

Greenhills Ventures

Emanuel Martinez

Cultivation Capital

Brian Matthews
Co-Founder and General Partner

Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods

Bob McArthur
Owner

Under Armour

Sam McCleery
VP Open Innovation and Commercialization Lab

Anheuser-Busch

Pat McGauley
Former VP of Innovation

Golf Channel/Golf Now

Will McIntosh
SVP of Strategy

ClubReady

Andrew McMaster
Owner & CEO

Pac 12 Conference

Ron McQuate
CFO

49ers Ventures

Collin Meador
Investment Associate

NFL Players Association

Ricky Medina
Senior Manager of Business Development

Under Armour

Patrick Meek
Former APLM of Olympics & Special Projects

Sony of America

Jay Meerbergen
Executive Director of Corporate Development

Mark Cuban Companies

Abe Minkara
Managing Director

Centene

Dave Minifi
CMO

Anders

Robert Minkler, Jr
CPA + Advisors Managing Partner

Brand Foundry Ventures

Andrew Mitchell
Founder

Gatorade

Katie Montiel Vidaillet
Director - Gatorade Communications

St. Louis Ballpark Village

Theron Morgan
Dir of Sales & Sponsorship

U.S. Speedskating

Ted Morris
Executive Director

OGN

Christopher Mykles
Caster

EvoShield

Justin Niefer
Co-Founder

Black Lab Sports

JP O'Brien
CEO and Managing Director

Gateway Motorsports Park

Declan O'Neil
CMO

USGA

Tom O'Toole
Retired President

Sony Corporation

Eiji Ogura
Senior Manager (Sports Strategy)

ESPN

Oke Okaro
Former VP of Mobile & Interactive TV

Denver Broncos

Russell Okung
Offensive Tackle

Cobra Golf

Tom Olsavsky
VP of R&D

St. Louis Rams

Orlando Pace
Hall of Fame Athlete

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Paul Paesang
Director of Industrial Design

Courtside Ventures

Deepen Parikh
Partner

Origin Ventures

Steve Miller
Partner

Wakestream Ventures

Kim Pasquino
Investment Director

Telstra Ventures

Yash Patel
Venture Capitalist

MLBAM

Andrew Patterson
Sr. Director of New Media

Sports & Fitness Industry Association

John Peters
Senior Director

Sports Hub Tech

Rob Phythian
President/CEO

Atlanta Braves

Mike Plant
EVP of Business Operations

U.S. Speed Skating

Matt Plummer
Board of Directors

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Sharon Price
CEO

Real Madrid CF

Jose Ramon
Head of Football Operations

Hype Foundation

Amir Raveh
Managing Partner

MasterCard

Rob Reeg
Retired President, Global Technology & Operations

Greycroft Partners

Weston Reynolds
Associate

St. Louis Blues

Alex Rodrigo
Group VP, Sports & Entertainment Operations

Callaway Golf

Austie Rollinson
SVP of Product

BAMTech

Jordan Rosen
SVP, Business Development

901 Tequila CEO & Justin Timberlake Advisor

Kevin Ruder

Detalus

Steve Rull
Managing Director and Owner

Metaphase Design Group

Bryce Rutter
Founder

St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame

Ted Ruzicka
Executive Committee

Vintage Capital Investments

Kai Sato
Founding Partner

Gateway Grizzlies

Rich Sauget
Owner

San Francisco

Bill Schlough
CIO

St. Louis Sports Commission

Marc Schreiber
VP of Marketing & Development

ProInfluence

Steve Schwartz
Principal

NASCAR

Norris Scott
Vice President, Analytics & Insights

USA BAsketball

Paul Seiler
CEO

Brand Foundry Ventures

Sumeet Shah
Principal

KMOX

John Sheehan
Former Vice President / GM

Corigin Ventures

Jason Shuman
Associate

New Balance & Uvex

Andy Simonds
Former Senior Executive

FC Dallas

Jimmy Smith
COO & CFO

Vetta Sports

Pete Spanos
Founder and CEO

Blue Star Innovation

Matt Steffe
Sr. VP – Business Development/M&A

Harlem Globetrotters

Andrew Stein
Sr Dir, Corporate Partnerships

CAA Football & SFX Football

Jim Steiner
Former Founder and NFL Agent

St. Louis Blues

Tom Stillman
Owner

SEAT Consortium

Christine Stoffel
Founder

St. Louis FC & World Wide Technology

Tom Strunk
CFO

Anheuser-Busch

Julio Suárez
Senior Director, Community Affairs

ESPN

Nathan Suh
Director, Business Development

Sony Corporation

Hideto Takeuchi
Sony Corporation

Wylab

Stefano Tamborini
Director

Rawlings

Mike Thompson
SVP of Marketing

Anheuser-Busch

Mike Thompson
Sr Manager of International Sports Marketing

Easton

Mike Thorne
Former CEO

Wilson

Bob Thurman
VP of Innovation

Time Inc

Mark Treiber
VP of Business Development

Florida Panthers

Charlie Turano
EVP

SXSW

Chris Valentine

Capital Midwest Fund

Alvin Vitangcol
General Partner

St. Louis Sports Commission

Frank Viverito
President

Twelve Six Capital

Trey Wainwright
Partner

St. Louis Cardinals

Ron Watermon
VP of Communications

Well Said

Ben Wells
Director

University of California, San Diego, Business & Technology

Dr. Kai Wenk-Wolff
Advisor

American Strongman

Dione Wessels
CEO

National Center for Urban Operations

Maj. Gen. John Wharton (U.S. Army retired)
CEO

CDM Sports & Fantasy Sports Trade Association

Charlie Wiegert
VP & Director

Maryville University

Jason Williams, PhD
Assist. Dean & Dir of Rawlings Sport Business Management Program

National Pro Fast Pitch

Gaye Lynn Wilson
VP of Development

Golf Channel Academy

Todd Wilson
CEO

Geoff Wilson Consultancy

Geoff Wilson
Owner

Hudl

John Wirtz
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Otter Consulting

Mike Wohl
Investment Manager

Blast Motion

Mike Woods
VP of Sales

New Orleans Hornets

Pete Wyatt
Former VP of Marketing

PepsiCo

Gregory Yep
Former SVP of Gatorade Sports Science Institute

USGA

Hunki Yun
Director, Strategic Projects

Jacksonville Jaguars

Steve Ziff
VP of Marketing & Digital Media

St. Louis Blues

Chris Zimmerman
CEO

Rawlings

Mike Zlaket
President/CEO

U.S. Olympic Committee

Mounir Zok
Former Director of Technology & Innovation

Nike, Reebok, Spalding

David Zumbach
Former Senior Executive

Most notable was the broad range of expertise the speakers brought to the table. We had consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists - just about everyone that you would want to get advice from as you're growing a business. Our company specifically used financial recommendations, improved the clarity of our brand messaging, and changed our partnership strategy, all resulting from advice given by the speakers.

Tyler Feret, Founder and CEO

Meridix

I can definitely say the program is invaluable to my company and my professional development. Each week we focus on different important elements related to creating great brands and businesses.We have thought leading speaking guests, beneficial exercises and we receive very constructive critiques that make our businesses better.

Brian Jensen, CEO


The weekly content from Stadia has been substantial, the keynote speakers have been influential, and the mentorship has been invaluable. Stadia hasn't just surrounded our group with big-thinkers; they're also individuals that have experienced success. Amongst the companies that we've personally interacted with: Under Armor, Getty, Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the St. Louis Blues - just to name a few.

Matt Sebek, Founder/CEO


The Stadia Accelerator has been a game changer for our business. The guest speakers they’ve brought in have been world class industry leaders. The mentor team has put us in a position to take our business to the next level. I would strongly recommend Stadia to any and all sports startups.

Joe Shuchat, Founder and President

Winning Identity (now owned by Blast Motion)

GolfNow always has been a company with a start-up spirit, so it’s great to see accelerators like Stadia helping entrepreneurs down the path to realizing their full potential as a business. With GolfNow’s investments in sports and technology, we understand the importance of entrepreneurship and fully support programs like these.

Will McIntosh, SVP of Business Development & Strategy


Stadia has opened my eyes to some great avenues for thought and innovation. This exposure is a great help in directing the USGA’s activities.

Hunki Yun, Director, Strategic Projects


Stadia is creating a powerful program to fuel activity in the sports entrepreneurial marketplace. Great resources, advisors and a passion for innovation makes the Stadia program an invaluable launch pad for emerging concepts.

Chris Zimmerman, President & CEO


Stadia Ventures truly fills a void by helping entrepreneurs bring innovation to the world of sports. The St. Louis Cardinals have enjoyed partnering with Stadia and their cohort companies as they develop new sports technologies and innovations. We look forward to helping Stadia transform St. Louis into one of the leading sports innovation hubs in the world.

Dan Farrell, SVP for Sales and Marketing


The Stadia Ventures Demo Day was an incredible experience. Getting to see their broad network of advisors and mentors, and understanding the guiding role they've played in the success of the startups in their program was an inspiration for new accelerators such as ours. I look forward to continuing to work with Stadia- they've been amazing partners and have been instrumental in helping to set up the infrastructure here at the Sixers Innovation Lab.

Akshay Khanna, VP of Strategy

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