Mentors & Advisors

Mentors & Advisors

The Head Case Company

Craig Cerrana
President & CEO

Nelly Holdings

Mike Chaffin
Business Manager

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

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

Detalus

Brandon Janosky
Director and Portfolio Manager

Nike

Bob Kerch
Former Dir of Global Business Development

Lynch Sports & Events

Vicky Lynch
Owner

Rawlings

Mark Malone
Former CFO

Treats Unleashed

Ian Miller
Co-Owner

Anheuser-Busch

Tim Murphy
Former Head of Digital Team

Suddenlink

Bob Putnam
SVP & CIO

Fleishman-Hillard

Vijoy Rao
VP & Creative Program Director

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

KMOX

Tom Ackerman
Sports Director

St. Louis Blues

Bruce Affleck
EVP

Disney & Getty Images

Bud Albers
Former CTO

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

Arch Angels

Jay Baumohl
Board of Director

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

RGA

Farron Blanc
Vice President, Innovation

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

Reyerson University

Cheri Brandish
Loretta Rogers Research Chair in Sport Marketing

Cablelabs

Scott Brown
VP Ventures & Outreach

U.S. Soccer

Neil Buethe
Director of Communications

Express Scripts

Laura Burkemper
Director Corporate Brand Strategy

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

St. Louis Blues

Steve Chapman
Group VP - Brand, Community & Partnership Development

MIT Sports Technology Research Group

Christina Chase
Managing Director

BioSTL

Vijay Chauhan
Ventures & Partnerships Lead

Rhone Apparel

Nate Checketts
Co-Founder

RSE

Shawn Cheng Vayner
Principal

ITEN

Francis Chmelir
Executive Director

UMB Bank

Tom Chulick
Former President

Polsinelli

Ruben Chuquimia
Shareholder

MasterCard

Sonia Cinnamo
Process Leader, Global Sponsorships

Tulsa Capital Partners

Tim Clark
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Leaders

Rob Clayton
Content Producer

St. Louis Surge

Khalia Collier
Owner

Saint Louis University

Sridhar Condoor, PhD
Dean of Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace

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

Davidson Painting

Dick Davidson
Owner

New Balance

David Deck
Former GM of eCommerce

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

Equis Group

Greg Drozda
Partner

The Sports Business Exchange

Josh Duboff
Founder

Dodgers Accelerator

Scott Dudelson
Managing Director

Benjamin F Edwards

Blake Dunlop
Managing Director

The Durkin Agency

Karen Durkin
President

New Orleans Saints

Keira Durrette
Director of Partnership Activation

MBT Distribution

Bob Dyer
President

Wendy Dyer Fund Development Consultants

Wendy Dyer
President

Orlando Magic

Jack Elkins
Director of Innovation

New York Mets

Wes Engram
VP Corporate Sales & Service

Schutt Sports

Robert Erb
CEO

Maryville University

Tom Eschen
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Blueprint Health

Mathew Farksash
Founding Partner

Tim Farrell

St. Louis Cardinals

Dan Farrell
SVP Sales & Marketing

Corazon Capital

Steve Farsht
Managing Director

Carl Ferraro

Amazon

Brian Finegan
MVM of Team Sports & Golf

MSMF Advisors

Mark Finke
Managing Partner

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
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

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

Independent Youth

Tanya Hamilton
Founder

UnderArmour

Lorin Hamlin
Head of Front End Innovation

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Dan Harbaugh
President

ERA NYC

Jeremy Harper
Principal

Fred Sparks

Ken Harris
Co-Owner

W Partners

Wally Hayward
CEO

Mapquest

Chris Heivly
Co-Founder

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

RX Outreach

Michael Holmes
Chairman

Horrow Sports Ventures

Rick Horrow
CEO

Marmot

Greg Houser
VP of Design & Product Development

YouthBridge

Michael Howard
CEO

Andy Hoying

Xenith

Chuck Huggins
Former President

MILB

Kurt Hunzeker
VP of Marketing Strategy

One Zero

Clyde Hutchinson
Co-Founder

Arch Grants

Ginger Imster
Executive Director

Ireland Ventures

Jake Ireland
Founder & CEO

Haas F1

Adam Jacobs
CMO

Moneta

Jordan Janes
Group Advisor

St. Louis Fashion Incubator

Eric Johnson
Executive Dir

Qey Capital

Dhani Jones
Chairman

Dippin Dots

Curt Jones
Founder

Purina

Pam Jordan
Director of Marketing & eCommerce

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

Mizzou Sports Properties

Mark Kelly
Business Development Manager

National Pro Fastpitch

Cheri Kempf
Commissioner

Philadelphia 76ers

Akshay Khanna
Director of Strategy

Turner Broadcasting

Sandy Khaund
Former Head of San Francisco Emerging Technologies Office

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brian Killingsworth
CMO

Arch Angels

Brian Kinman
Chairman

SportsEngine

Carson Kipfer
Co-Founder

STATS

Greg Kirkorsky
EVP of Global Sales and Marketing

On Grid Ventures

Jason Klein
Founder & CEO

Polsinelli

Paul Klug
Shareholder

Chicago Bulls

Matt Kobe
Dir. Business Strategy & Analytics

Brighton

Richard LaBonte
Senior Vice President - Audience Engagement

STATS

David Ladd
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

NFTE

Angie Lewis
Executive Director

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

Connor Ash

John Martens
Partner

Greenhills Ventures

Emanuel Martinez

Cultivation Capital

Brian Matthews
Co-Founder and General Partner

Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods

Bob McArthur
Owner

UnderArmour

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

UnderArmour

Patrick Meek
APLM of Olympics & Special Projects

Sony of America

Jay Meerbergen
Executive Director of Corporate Development

Treats Unleashed

Teresa Miller
Founder & Co-Owner

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

Electronic Arts

Peter Moore
COO, EVP and Chief Competition Officer

St. Louis Ballpark Village

Theron Morgan
Dir of Sales & Sponsorship

U.S. Speedskating

Ted Morris
Executive Director

Erie BayHawks

Danny Morrissey
VP, Marketing & Innovation

Sonus Benefits

Tom Murphy
Managing Partner

OGN

Christopher Mykles
Caster

MasterCard

Emily Neenan
Vice President, Global Sponsorships

EvoShield

Justin Niefer
Co-Founder

Boeing Ventures

Tim Noonan
VP

Black Lab Sports

JP O'Brien
CEO and Managing Director

LHM

Steve O'Loughlin
President & COO

Gateway Motorsports Park

Declan O'Neil
CMO

USGA

Tom O'Toole
President

Kiku Obata

Kiku Obata
Co-owner

Sony Corporation

Eiji Ogura
Senior Manager (Sports Strategy)

SportsTechie

Simon Ogus
Editor

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

Anheuser-Busch

Dave Peacock
Former President

Sports & Fitness Industry Association

John Peters
Senior Director

Sports Hub Tech

Rob Phythian
President/CEO

Detalus

Joe Pimmel
Principal

CIC

Kim Plank
General Manager

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

St. Louis Regional Chamber

Joe Reagan
CEO

Greycroft Partners

Weston Reynolds
Associate

St. Louis Blues

Alex Rodrigo
Group VP, Sports & Entertainment Operations

Callaway Golf

Austie Rollinson
SVP of Product

STATS

Jordan Rosen
SVP, Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships

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

Blizzard

Rob Schonfeld
SVP, Global Digital & Mobile Commerce

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

Blizzard

Mike Sepso
SVP

Brand Foundry Ventures

Sumeet Shah
Principal

KMOX

john Sheehan
Vice President / GM

St. Louis Fashion Incubator

Susan Sherman
Chair

Corigin Ventures

Jason Shuman
Associate

Show Me Hospitality

Eric Sigurdson
President

New Balance & Uvex

Andy Simonds
Former Senior Executive

Yield Lab

Thad Simons
Managing Partner

Capital Innovators

Judy Sindecuse
Executive Director

Vetta Sports

Pete Spanos
Founder and CEO

Blue Star Sports

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

Lenders One

Tim Stern

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

American Airlines

American Airlines
Strategic Partnerships Manager

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
CEO

Wilson

Bob Thurman
VP of Innovation

CBS Sports

Mark Treiber
Director of Business Development

Worldwide Incentive Network

Jim Tullman
President/CEO

Florida Panthers

Charlie Turano
EVP

SXSW

Chris Valentine

Southwest Airlines

Jason VanEaton
Vice President Governmental Affairs

Capital Midwest Fund

Alvin Vitangcol
General Partner

St. Louis Sports Commission

Frank Viverito
President

Brighton Agency

Tina VonderHaar
Owner

Twelve Six Capital

Trey Wainwright

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

CDM Sports & Fantasy Sports Trade Association

Charlie Wiegert
VP & Director

Maryville University

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

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

Detroit Tigers & Detroit Pistons

Scott Wruble
Former CIO

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
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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