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.
MAGICAL INNOVATION & CREATIVITY DUDE @
LEE KITCHEN USA
Keynote & Workshop
Lee is a 5 star Innovation Catalyst, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader, Culture Change Agent,
Design Thinking Trainer, Avengers and Stars Wars fanboy and overall MAGICAL DUDE! Lee brings a
wealth of experience as a Certified Master Facilitator and long term innovation agent.
During his 32 years at The Walt Disney Company, he helped create some of their most impactful marketing
campaigns, memorable guest experiences and real time operational efficiency changes Now he offers his magic and wisdom in a mix of training, interactive workshops, facilitated idea sessions and inspiring keynotes around the world.
CEO & FOUNDER @
KANN ADVISORY GROUP
Kraig Kann founded Kann Advisory Group in 2016 and serves as Managing Director of the organization providing strategic media, marketing and communications consulting plus media training, branding and presentation skills coaching. His vast experience on all sides of the media including years as both a network television personality and professional sports executive make him an industry influencer, respected spokesperson and requested speaker.
After a 25-year television career that included 17 at Golf Channel/NBC where he was an original on-air member, Kraig made a career pivot and elevated the Ladies Professional Golf Association as its Chief Communications Officer from 2011-2016. His time in front of the camera and comfort interviewing athletes, politicians and corporate executives positioned him as a unique voice on the LPGA’s board and helped him strategically lead the organization’s branding and marketing efforts across all media platforms during five years of unprecedented growth that included recognition in 2015 as finalist for “Sports League of the Year” by Sports Business Journal.
During his tenure, Kraig led media and marketing communication partnerships between the LPGA and its list of global corporate sponsors that included KPMG, KIA, Manulife Financial, UL, All Nippon Airways, LOTTE, Rolex and CME Group, building strategic outreach and activation plans and delivering international media attention.
ONPOINT SPORT STRATEGIES LLC
Round Table 2
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.
Round Table 3
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.