Workshops, session and networking events are all part of what makes the US Sports Congress so unique. Our lineup of top-notch professional presenters are sure to enlighten, engage and inspire you and your team.

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DAN HUNT
PRESIDENT @
FC DALLAS

Inside Sport Conversation

Dan Hunt has served as the President of FC Dallas since 2014. He also serves as a member of MLS’ Board of Governors and the league’s Business Ventures Committee. 

 

Hunt spent years working on the design and construction of Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center with his late father and American sports icon, Lamar Hunt. Since the venue’s opening in 2005, Hunt has used the venue to help establish FC Dallas as the leader in youth development in North America. Toyota Soccer Complex, a 145-acre facility complete with 17 professional-grade soccer fields, has quickly become one the most rewarding stadium designs in professional sports. 


Hunt also oversaw the $58 million construction of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the south end of Toyota Stadium. The project included more than 70-thousand square feet of renovated space, new locker rooms, premium seats, a private club and the National Soccer Hall of Fame Experience.

In May 2017, Hunt, along with his brother Clark, ESPN and the City of Frisco officially announced that the newly-relocated Frisco Bowl (previously known as Miami Beach Bowl) would call Toyota Stadium home starting on December 20, 2017 at Toyota Stadium. Louisiana Tech became the first Frisco Bowl Champions after beating SMU 51-10.

CLARK HUNT
CHAIRMAN & CEO @
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Inside Sport Conversation

Clark Hunt has been involved in the leadership of the Kansas City Chiefs for nearly two decades and currently serves as the club's Chairman and CEO.

Hunt has been the driving force behind the resurgence of the Chiefs, transforming the iconic franchise into one of the most successful teams in the National Football League over the last decade. Since taking over as CEO in 2010, the Chiefs have earned five AFC West Division Championships, seven playoff appearances and back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game. Following the 2019 season, for the first time in club history, Hunt hoisted the award bearing his father's name – the Lamar Hunt Trophy – given to the champions of the AFC. The team advanced to Super Bowl LIV, the franchise's third NFL title game appearance and the first under Hunt's leadership, overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to claim a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers en route to earning the club's second Lombardi Trophy as World Champions.

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GINA MILLER
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS @
FC DALLAS

Inside Sport Conversation

Gina Miller is an award-winning journalist who is currently the Vice President of Media and Communications for FC Dallas, North Texas SC, the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Toyota Stadium. She oversees the organizations’ broadcast, social and digital media operations as well as public relations efforts.


The Dallas native has served as a sportscaster in Dallas, Los Angeles, Knoxville and Guam. In Dallas while at the CBS duopoly, she also hosted Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers pre- and postgame shows with Derek Harper, Randy White, Brent Severyn and Mark McLemore, respectively. She has been nominated for multiple Lone Star Emmy awards and won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for a feature story she did on the Southlake Carroll football team.

 

She also worked three seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and started her sports media career as an intern for the Houston Rockets where she won an NBA championship ring.

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ERIC SULLIVAN
PARTNER @ THE SPORTS FACILITIES COMPANIES

Eric earned his MBA in International Business and began his career as a professional soccer player. He joined SFA in 2006 and has since held nearly every operational role through SFA & SFM’s growth. Eric now leads SFA and SFM’s growth effort by designing service solutions that help our clients achieve their goals.

 

Eric developed the original financial and market analysis tools that SFA is most well-known for. Eric also led the first facility opening projects in our company history that paved the way for the launch of SFM. Since joining SFA & SFM, Eric has overseen and served as an advisor to hundreds of projects including market studies, financing plans, development plans, turn-arounds, and new facility openings. His work in domestic and international markets includes projects in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, United Kingdom, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Eric currently leads SFA & SFM’s expansion efforts in our continued vision to integrate sports, fitness, education, leadership development, and adventure sports into communities around the globe.

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ALLAN FAHDEN
IDEATOR@
THE PEOPLE CATALYSTS

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Just on the strength and uniqueness of his ideas, Allen Fahden has gotten the attention of people in groups of up to 50 million. His One-Book Book Store, ReadDundant, appeared in People Magazine, on ABC News, the BBC, National Public Radio and in major city newspapers. The store featured only Fahden’s book in  13 different departments.

His promotion for the Portland Beavers, during the Enron scandal (Arthur Andersen Appreciation Night) got him on CNN and ESPN. “It costs $5 to get into the ball game, but we give you a receipt for $10 for tax purposes.”

Fahden has worked with clients Paul McCartney on his food venture and Bill Murray on his professional baseball teams.

As a speaker he appeared for 20 of the top 100 companies in the world, ranging from Amazon.com to Coca-Cola, GE and Disney. Shell Oil reported that using Allen’s techniques saved them a million dollars per team. Allen’s systems gave Qwest a 38% sales increase and division sales grew from $20 million to $60 million over the next two years.

Allen spoke at the first Fortune Magazine Innovation Forum alongside Warren Buffet and the CEOs of the top Fortune 500 corporations. He has trained and entertained audiences in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, and Spain.

JERRINE LEE
VICE PRESIDENT OF SPORTS@
RICHMOND REGION TOURISM

Round Tables

Jerrine Lee is Vice President of Sports with Richmond Region Tourism. Her passion and commitment to recruiting sports events to her destination led to her promotion from Convention & Sports Services Manager (2016) to Sports Development Manager (2018), to Director of Sports (2019) and now Vice President of Sports (2021). Prior to joining Richmond Region Tourism in 2016, you could find Jerrine Having Funn and Going Nuts with the local MiLB team Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, where she served as the Assistant Director of Corporate Sales and Director of Suite Sales and Client Relations. In addition to her love for sports, especially her James Madison University Dukes, VCU Rams, and Dallas Cowboys, education is at the core of her heart. She earned a master’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Sport Leadership from VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership, where she serves on the Advisory Board and as an adjunct professor.

 

Jerrine is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion for her community and the sports tourism industry. She currently serves as Co-Group Leader for the Sports Events & Tourism Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community. Outside of her work within the industry, Jerrine devotes time to volunteering with the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation who provides assistance, kindness, and support for families battling childhood cancer. 

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ROB COGGIN
DIRECTOR OF LEAGUE OPERATIONS@
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ROLLER HOCKEY ASSN.

Round Tables

Rob Coggin is the Director of League Operations for the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA). As a sports management professional whose career has also included stints with USA Hockey and USA Volleyball, he has produced the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships since 2006, growing the event in size and scope through partnerships with destination Sports Commissions and CVBs. In 2014, he was instrumental in the creation of USA Roller Hockey as a sanctioning organization for the sport, and currently serves as its Executive Director. Coggin has also been an ice hockey official for the past 30 years, beginning his on-ice career in 1989 while a student at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

RUSS YURK

PRESIDENT @

129 SPORTS

Round Tables

Russ Yurk is president of 129 Sports, an Indianapolis-based sports consulting firm, in business since 2015. 

 

A 25-year veteran of sport event and project management, highlights of Russ’ career include the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  More recently, after spending eight years at the NCAA managing five different championships, Russ worked with the 2017 World Rowing Championships and USA Football. 

 

Russ is currently supporting the NCAA in managing its next host site selection process as well as USA Baseball serving as the tournament director for 2021 U-18 Baseball World Cup. 

Russ received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his MBA with a sport management concentration from Robert Morris University. 

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KRIS SMITH

PARTNER@

THE COLLECTIVE BEST

Round Tables

Kris’s passion to teach urban planning and development turned into a hand’s on career when he transitioned his love for community outreach into a compelling role with the Hampton Virginia Visitors Bureau, forging his craft in tourism and hospitality, heading up Sports Hampton.  He accelerated that passion in Detroit where he spent the better part of a decade in leadership roles with the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, most recently as the Director of the Detroit Sports Commission.

He led the efforts to secure and host national championships for the DMCVB with USA Volleyball, USA Fencing and USA Taekwondo, and hosted the National Association of Sports Commissioners, where he has also served in various board capacities, and advisory roles with Pure Michigan Sports and AAU.

Smith cemented his ability to recruit world-class events when he led Detroit’s bid to secure the 2019 U.S. National Figure Skating Championship, an event not seen in Detroit since the infamous Nancy Kerrigan attack at Cobo Arena in 1994.  He founded KBS Sports Strategies to augment his efforts in bid planning, feasibility studies, audits, human resources and his ever-burgeoning desire to build and grow urban communities.
 

KEVIN SMITH

PARTNER@

THE COLLECTIVE BEST

Round Tables

Kevin is the CEO of OnPoint Sports Strategies LLC, a tourism and sports marketing advisory company in St. Petersburg Florida.  He has 20 years of experience in the sports event and tourism market through national and international affiliations.  Under his leadership as Director of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, the sports commission the organization hosted more than 130 events and had an annual economic impact of more than $43 million dollars. 

Kevin served on the National Association of Sports Commissions’ Board of Directors for 9 years, and was elected by the membership to the position as Chairman of the Board in 2014. 

For 30 years, Kevin has been associated with the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.  He was selected to the Board of Directors in 1992 and currently still holds a position. 
 

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MIKE CHANDLER

PARTNER@

THE COLLECTIVE BEST

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Mike forged his sports and events career as a grass-roots event director with USA Volleyball, and vaulted his passion for solution-oriented programs into an award-winning career, spanning over 30 years.  His succession of innovative ideas and national tournament programming for juniors and adults yielded success as a senior executive with the USAV governing body, where he led the landmark development of the Junior Olympic Championships, USA Volleyball National Team development of international tournaments, and the USAV National Championships.

He leveraged his two-decade success with USAV to form Altitude Event Consulting as a sports marketing solutions-based firm that excels in developing multi-market and multi-event platforms to assist Rights Holders/ and Event Organizers, CVB’s and Sports Commissions in creating both positive events and positive investments in their communities.

Chandler is industry-recognized for his extensive large-scale event expertise, including detailed bid-to-reconciliation processes, event refresh and re-organization, revenue development, venue and site feasibility assessments, and development of local and regional event strategies.

RAVI RAJCOOMAR

PARTNER@

THE COLLECTIVE BEST

Round Tables

Ravi is a recognized leader in the experiential event, content and athlete marketing space. He has created and produced Emmy award-winning sports marketing experiences, events and broadcasts on six continents for nearly every major action and adventure sport, from Red Bull’s live broadcast properties to the X Games and both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
 
His experience has helped lead some of the world’s best athletes, brands, and organizations to deeper engagement with their audience. Highlighted clients include Red Bull, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, BMC Software, Polaris, Specialized, CAA, USOC/IOC, Toshiba, Wasserman, Seagate, William Morris,  Zipp, Niner, IMG, Cannondale, Octagon, Clif Bar, Wells Fargo, Jeep, ESPN, several NGBs, and multiple state and regional DMOs..
 
Rajcoomar specializes in delivering the complete audience experience.  His consultative approach and ability to bring leaders together has yielded some of the most impactful sports and entertainment campaigns in the industry.  He also leads a successful executive coaching practice and mastermind for high achievers built on his Hero Maker and Moment of Glory axioms.

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