Mentors and Advisors 2

Tom Ackerman | KMOX
Sports Director

Bruce Affleck | St. Louis Blues
EVP

Bud Albers | Disney & Getty Images
Former CTO

Lorin Anderson | Golf Channel Academy
EVP

Mike Barnes | Anders CPA + Advisors
Sports & Entertainment

Greg Barnes | Hyde Park Ventures
Principal

Mark Barry | Rawlings
Former SVP Sales

Jay Baumohl | Arch Angels
Board of Director

Michael Benoit | Total Hockey/Total Lacrosse
Owner

Anuj Bhasin | Gatorade
Head of Global Gatorade

Craig Bidner | Nikco Sports
CEO & Owner

Doug Billman | Progress Partners
Managing Director

Whitney Blaine | Second Spectrum
Business Development & Marketing Manager

Kim Blair | Cooper Perkins
Vice President

Chris Blair | Gateway Motorsports Park
General Manager

Farron Blanc | RGA
Vice President, Innovation

Greg Blasko | SportsEngine
Co-Founder

Taylor Bloom | SportTechie
Founder

Dylan Boyd | R/GA Ventures
Director, New Programs Development

Sean Branagan | Syracuse University
Dir of Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship

Cheri Brandish | Reyerson University Loretta Rogers Research
Chair in Sport Marketing

Scott Brown | Cablelabs
VP Ventures & Outreach

Neil Buethe | U.S. Soccer
Director of Communications

Laura Burkemper | Express Scripts
Director Corporate Brand Strategy

Stephen Byrd | NASCAR
Director, Technology Integration and Development

Garvey Candella | Twitch
Director, Strategic Partnerships

Ryan Carenduff | Sporting Chance Initiative
Programme Manager

J.C. Carleton | Empower Growth
Partner

Kathy Casso | Anheuser-Busch
Former VP of Corporate Social Responsibility

Steve Chapman | St. Louis Blues
Group VP – Brand, Community & Partnership Development

Christina Chase | MIT Sports Technology Research Group
Managing Director

Vijay Chauhan | BioSTL Ventures & Partnerships
Lead

Nate Checketts | Rhone Apparel
Co-Founder

Shawn Cheng | Vayner RSE
Principal

Francis Chmelir | ITEN
Executive Director

Tom Chulick | UMB Bank
Former President

Ruben Chuquimia | Polsinelli
Shareholder

Sonia Cinnamo | MasterCard
Process Leader, Global Sponsorships

Tim Clark | Tulsa Capital Partners
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Rob Clayton | Leaders
Content Producer

Khalia Collier | St. Louis Surge
Owner

Sridhar Condoor, PhD | Saint Louis University
Dean of Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace

Jim Connolly | Columbus Blue Jackets
Dir of Technology

Chris Considine | Wilson
Former CEO

Demian Costa | Sagamore Ventures
Managing Partner

Mark Coughlin | Octagon
Former EVP

Craig Cress | USA Softball
Executive Director

Dick Davidson | Davidson Painting
Owner

David Deck | New Balance Former
GM of eCommerce

Greg DellaFranco | Pick6 Ventures
Managing Director

Anthony DeRocco | K2 Sports
Former President

Bill DeWitt III | St. Louis Cardinals
President

Jackie DiMonte | Hyde Park Ventures
Associate

Mark Dorsey | KTRS
General Manager & Partner

Greg Drozda | Equis
Group Partner

Josh Duboff  | The Sports Business Exchange
Founder

Scott Dudelson | Dodgers Accelerator
Managing Director

Blake Dunlop | Benjamin F Edwards
Managing Director

Karen Durkin | The Durkin Agency
President

Keira Durrette | New Orleans Saints
Director of Partnership Activation

Wendy Dyer | Wendy Dyer Fund Development Consultants
President

Bob Dyer | MBT Distribution
President

Jack Elkins | Orlando Magic
Director of Innovation

Wes Engram | New York Mets
VP Corporate Sales & Service

Robert Erb | Schutt Sports
CEO

Tom Eschen | Maryville University
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Mathew Farksash | Blueprint Health
Founding Partner

Tim Farrell

Dan Farrell | St. Louis Cardinals
SVP Sales & Marketing

Steve Farsht | Corazon Capital
Managing Director

Carl Ferraro

Brian Finegan | Amazon
MVM of Team Sports & Golf

Mark Finke | MSMF Advisors
Managing Partner

Jeff Floerke | Chicago White Sox
Manager, Corporate Partnerships Development

Dan Flynn | US Soccer
CEO/Secretary General

Tim Fong | Next Play Capital
Venture Partner

Kimberly Ford | USA Track & Field
Dir of Business Development

Andrew Forsdick | Sage Business Advisors
Partner

Curtis Francois | Gateway Motorsports Park
Owner

Doug Freeland | McDonald’s
Director – Sports & Entertainment Alliances

Ken Fuchs | STATS
CEO

David Gadis | USA Track & Field
Chief Revenue Officer

Jack Galmiche | Nine Network
CEO

Joe Garea | Detalus
Managing Director

Steve Gareleck | Clover Light
Managing Director

Justin Gioia | Scottrade
VP of Marketing

Amanda Gioia | MasterCard
Sr Business Leader of Worldwide Communications

David Goldberg | Corigin Ventures
Principal

Steve Gomric | Gateway Grizzlies
General Manager

Dan Good | St. Louis Cardinals
VP of Business Development

Mary Jo Gorman | Prosper Women’s Accelerator
Lead Managing Partner

Charlie Greenwood | AEG Europe Former
Dir of Digital

Jason Griesenauer | New Balance
Senior Manager, Digital Sport and Wearable Technology

Steve Griffin | G5 Capital
Managing Director

Celeste Griffin |  NASCAR
Director Strategic Development

Rohit Gupta | Sterling Ventures
Partner

Scott Hallenbeck | USA Football
CEO & Executive Director

Ty Halpin | NCAA Associate Director
Championships and Alliances

Tanya Hamilton | Independent Youth
Founder

Lorin Hamlin | UnderArmour
Head of Front End Innovation

Dan Harbaugh | Ronald McDonald House Charities
President

Jeremy Harper | ERA NYC
Principal

Ken Harris | Fred Sparks
Co-Owner

Wally Hayward | W Partners
CEO

Chris Heivly | Mapquest
Co-Founder

Matt Hermann | Ascension Ventures
Sr. Managing Director

Arno Hermans | Sport eXperience
Founder

Craig Herron | iSelect Fund
VP Ventures

Dan Higgins | Golf Channel
Managing Dir of Public Relations

Bob Higgins | Causeway Media Partners
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Jeff Hinck | Rally Ventures
General Partner

Michael Holmes | RX Outreach
Chairman

Rick Horrow | Horrow Sports Ventures
CEO

Greg Houser | Marmot
VP of Design & Product Development

Michael Howard | YouthBridge
CEO

Andy Hoying

Chuck Huggins | Xenith
Former President

Kurt Hunzeker | MILB
VP of Marketing Strategy

Clyde Hutchinson | One Zero
Co-Founder

Ginger Imster | Arch Grants
Executive Director

Jake Ireland | Ireland Ventures
Founder & CEO

Adam Jacobs | Haas F1
CMO

Jordan Janes | Moneta
Group Advisor

Eric Johnson | St. Louis Fashion Incubator
Executive Dir

Dhani Jones | Qey Capital
Chairman

Curt Jones | Dippin Dots
Founder

Pam Jordan | Purina
Director of Marketing & eCommerce

Brian Josephs | Sport Radar
Director, Enterprise Sales

Tassos Kaburakis, PhD | Saint Louis University
Professor of Sports Business

Farzam Kamel | Sterling Ventures
Partner

David Kanuth | Vintage
Capital Investments Founding Partner

David Kaplan | Wilson
Director, Digital Product Management

Jerry Katz, PhD | Billiken Angel Network
Founder & Executive Director

Jim Kavanaugh | World Wide Technology
CEO

Kerry Kellogg | RSE Ventures
Business Development Director

Mark Kelly | Mizzou Sports Properties
Business Development Manager

Cheri Kempf | National Pro Fastpitch
Commissioner

Akshay Khanna | Philadelphia 76ers
Director of Strategy

Sandy Khaund | Turner Broadcasting
Former Head of San Francisco Emerging Technologies Office

Brian Killingsworth | Tampa Bay Bucaneers
CMO

Brian Kinman | Arch Angels
Chairman

Carson Kipfer | SportsEngine
Co-Founder

Greg Kirkorsky | STATS
EVP of Global Sales and Marketing

Jason Klein | On Grid Ventures
Founder & CEO

Paul Klug | Polsinelli
Shareholder

Matt Kobe | Chicago Bulls
Dir. Business Strategy & Analytics

Richard LaBonte | Brighton
Senior Vice President – Audience Engagement

David Ladd | STATS
AVP

Mark Lamping | Jacksonville Jaguars
President

Bob Lattinville Spencer | Fane LLP
Player Agent

Don Lents | Bryan Cave LLP
Global Chairman Emeritus

Claire Lewis | Inter Milan
Former Marketing Dir

Angie Lewis | NFTE
Executive Director

Patrick Lucey | STATS
Director, Data Science

John Lynch | BJC
Chief Medical Officer

Brian Lyons | GO! St. Louis
VP of Race Operations

Bruce MacFarlane | BodiTrak
Sports Chairman

Ben Maggin | Fox Sports
Vice President

Swatick Majumdar | Digital Entertainment Ventures
Venture Partner

Steve Mandeville | Maryville University
CFO

Fouzan Mansuri | Amazon
Director and General Manager, Sports

Steve Martenet | Anthem
President

John Martens | Connor Ash
Partner

Emanuel Martinez | Greenhills Ventures

Brian Matthews | Cultivation Capital
Co-Founder and General Partner

Bob McArthur | Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods
Owner

Sam McCleery | UnderArmour
VP Open Innovation and Commercialization Lab

Pat McGauley | Anheuser-Busch
Former VP of Innovation

Will McIntosh | Golf Channel/Golf Now
SVP of Strategy

Andrew McMaster | ClubReady
Owner & CEO

Ron McQuate | Pac 12 Conference
CFO

Collin Meador | 49ers Ventures
Investment Associate

Ricky Medina | NFL Players Association
Senior Manager of Business Development

Patrick Meek | UnderArmour
APLM of Olympics & Special Projects

Jay Meerbergen | Sony of America
Executive Director of Corporate Development

Teresa Miller | Treats Unleashed
Founder & Co-Owner

Steve Miller | Origin Ventures
Partner

Dave Minifie | Centene
CMO

Robert Minkler, Jr.  | Anders CPA + Advisors
Managing Partner

Andrew Mitchell | Brand Foundry Ventures
Founder

Katie Montiel Vidaillet | Gatorade
Director – Gatorade Communications

Peter Moore | Electronic Arts
COO, EVP and Chief Competition Officer

Theron Morgan | St. Louis Ballpark Village
Dir of Sales & Sponsorship

Ted Morris | U.S. Speedskating
Executive Director

Danny Morrissey | Erie BayHawks
VP, Marketing & Innovation

Tom Murphy | Sonus Benefits
Managing Partner

Christopher Mykles | OGN
Caster

Emily Neenan | MasterCard
Vice President, Global Sponsorships

Justin Niefer | EvoShield
Co-Founder

Tim Noonan | Boeing Ventures
VP

JP O’Brien | Black Lab Sports
CEO and Managing Director

Steve O’Loughlin | LHM
President & COO

Declan O’Neill | Gateway Motorsports Park
CMO

Tom O’Toole | USGA
President

Kiku Obata | Kiku Obata & Co
Owner

Eiji Ogura | Sony Corporation
Senior Manager (Sports Strategy)

Simon Ogus | SportsTechie
Editor

Oke Okaro | ESPN
Former VP of Mobile & Interactive TV

Russell Okung | Denver Broncos
Offensive Tackle

Tom Olsavsky | Cobra Golf
VP of R&D

Orlando Pace | St. Louis Rams
Hall of Fame Athlete

Paul Paesang | Dick’s Sporting Goods
Director of Industrial Design

Deepen Parikh | Courtside Ventures
Partner

Kim Pasquino | Wakestream Ventures
Investment Director

Yash Patel | Telstra Ventures
Venture Capitalist

Andrew Patterson | MLBAM
Sr Director of New Media

Dave Peacock | Anheuser-Busch
Former President

John Peters | Sports & Fitness Industry Association
Senior Director

Rob Phythian | Sports Hub Tech
President & CEO

Joe Pimmel | Detalus
Principal

Kim Plank | CIC
General Manager

Mike Plant | Atlanta Braves
EVP of Business Operations

Matt Plummer | U.S. Speed Skating
Board of Directors

Sharon Price John | Build-A-Bear Workshop
CEO

Jose Ramon | Real Madrid CF
Head of Football Administration

Amir Raveh | Hype Foundation
Managing Partner

Joe Reagan | St. Louis Regional Chamber
CEO

Weston Reynolds | Greycroft Partners
Associate

Alex Rodrigo | St. Louis Blues
Group VP, Sports & Entertainment Operations

Austie Rollinson | Callaway Golf
SVP of Product

Jordan Rosen | STATS
SVP, Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships

Kevin Ruder | 901 Tequila
CEO & Justin Timberlake Advisor

Steve Rull | Detalus
Managing Director and Owner

Bryce Rutter | Metaphase Design Group
Founder

Ted Ruzicka | St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame
Executive Committee

Kai Sato | Vintage Capital Investments
Founding Partner

Rich Sauget | Gateway Grizzlies
Owner

Bill Schlough | San Francisco Giants
CIO

Rob Schonfeld | Blizzard
SVP, Global Digital & Mobile Commerce

Marc Schreiber | St. Louis Sports Commission
VP of Marketing & Development

Steve Schwartz | ProInfluence
Principal

Norris Scott | NASCAR
Vice President, Analytics & Insights

Paul Seiler | USA Baseball
CEO

Mike Sepso | Blizzard
SVP

Sumeet Shah | Brand Foundry Ventures
Principal

John Sheehan | KMOX
Vice President/GM

Susan Sherman | St. Louis Fashion Incubator
Chair

Jason Shuman | Corigin Ventures
Associate

Eric Sigurdson | Show Me Hospitality
President

Andy Simonds | New Balance & Uvex
Former Senior Executive

Thad Simons | Yield Lab
Managing Partner

Judy Sindecuse | Capital Innovators
Executive Director

Jason Shuman | Corigin Ventures
Associate

Eric Sigurdson | Show Me Hospitality
President

Andy Simonds | New Balance & Uvex
Former Senior Executive

Thad Simons | Yield Lab
Managing Partner

Judy Sindecuse | Capital Innovators
Executive Director

Pete Spanos | Vetta Sports
Founder & CEO

Matt Steffe | Blue Star Sports
Sr. VP – Business Development/M&A

Andrew Stein | Harlem Globetrotters
Sr Dir, Corporate Partnerships

Jim Steiner | CAA Football & SFX Football
Former Founder & NFL Agent

Tim Stern | Lenders One

Tom Stillman | St. Louis Blues
Owner

Christine Stoffel | SEAT Consortium
Founder

Tom Strunk | St. Louis FC & World Wide Technology
CFO

Julio Suárez | Anheuser-Busch
Senior Director, Community Affairs

Nathan Suh | ESPN
Director, Business Development

Paul Swartz | American Airlines
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Hideto Takeuchi | Sony Corporation
Senior Engineer – Professional Solutions Group

Stefano Tamborini | Wylab
Director

Mike Thompson | Anheuser-Busch
Sr Manager of International Sports Marketing

Mike Thompson | Rawlings
SVP of Marketing

Mike Thorne | Easton
CEO

Bob Thurman | Wilson
VP of Innovation

Mark Treiber | CBS Sports
Director of Business Development

Jim Tullman | Worldwide Incentive Network
President & CEO

Charlie Turano | Florida Panthers
EVP

Chris Valentine | SXSW

Jason VanEaton | Southwest Airlines
Vice President Governmental Affairs

Alvin Vitangcol | Capital Midwest Fund
General Partner

Frank Viverito | St. Louis Sports Commission
President

Tina VonderHaar | Brighton
Agency Owner

Trey Wainwright | Twelve Six Capital

Ron Watermon | St. Louis Cardinals
VP of Communications

Ben Wells | Well Said
Director

Dr. Kai Wenk-Wolff | University of California, San Diego
Business & Technology Advisor

Dione Wessels | American Strongman
CEO

Charlie Wiegert | CDM Sports & Fantasy Sports Trade Association
VP & Director

Jason Williams, PhD | Maryville University
Assistant Dean and Dir of Rawlings Sport Business Management Program

Todd Wilson | Golf Channel Academy
CEO

Geoff Wilson | Geoff Wilson Consultancy
Owner

John Wirtz | Hudl
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Mike Wohl | Otter Consulting
Investment Manager

Mike Woods | Blast Motion
VP of Sales

Scott Wruble | Detroit Tigers & Detroit Pistons
Former CIO

Pete Wyatt | New Orleans Hornets
Former VP of Marketing

Gregory Yep | PepsiCo
Former SVP of Gatorade Sports Science Institute

Hunki Yun | USGA
Director, Strategic Projects

Steve Ziff | Jacksonville Jaguars
VP of Marketing & Digital Media

Chris Zimmerman | St. Louis Blues
CEO

Mike Zlaket | Rawlings
President/CEO

Mounir Zok | U.S. Olympic Committee
Director of Technology & Innovation

David Zumbach | Nike, Reebok, Spalding
Former Senior Executive

 

Craig Cerrana | The Head Case Company
President & CEO

Mike Chaffin | Nelly Holdings
Business Manager

Mike Chudy | John Henry Foster
Dir of Sales

Matt Coble | Fleishman-Hillard
Former SVP, Digital Strategy & Operations

Brian Cross |  Elasticity
Managing Partner

Roger Denny | Spencer Fane LLP
Partner

Mark Gallion | Diameta Ventures
CEO

Matt Helbig | Big River Running
Owner

Mark Heligman | Y Axis Consulting
Founder

David Hill | Rawlings
Former GM of Fall Products

Jon Hodgins | TOP Marketing
Owner

Brandon Janosky | Detalus
Director and Portfolio Manager

Bob Kerch | Nike
Former Dir of Global Business Development

Vicky Lynch | Lynch Sports & Events
Owner

Mark Malone | Rawlings
Former CFO

Ian Miller | Treats Unleashed
Co-Owner

Tim Murphy | Anheuser-Busch
Former Head of Digital Team

Bob Putnam | Suddenlink
SVP & CIO

Vijoy Rao | Fleishman-Hillard
VP & Creative Program Director

Stephen Rhodes | Signify Wealth
Managing Principal

Ron Roy | Wines That Rock
Founder & CEO

Samantha Rudolph | ESPN
Former Dir of Business Development

Jeff Sahm | Anheuser-Busch
Former Sr Mgr of Entertainment Marketing

Pete Salsich | Coolfire Studios
General Counsel

John Spanos | Vetta Sports
COO

Jack Stapleton | St. Louis Sports Commission
Board of Directors

Ken Strominger | Ironman
Former EVP, Marketing & Licensing

Dan Wacker | ClubReady
CFO

Steve Wideman |  Wideman Management
President

   
Craig Cerrana | The Head Case Company
President & CEO
Mike Chaffin | Nelly Holdings
Business Manager
Mike Chudy | John Henry Foster
Dir of Sales
Matt Coble | Fleishman-Hillard
Former SVP, Digital Strategy & Operations
Brian Cross |  Elasticity
Managing Partner
Roger Denny | Spencer Fane LLP
Partner

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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