Awards

2016 Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award
Frank Roach, Chief Everything Officer at Frank Advice and Principal with Pinnacle Venue Services
Pioneer in Sport and Entertainment Award
Sonny Vaccaro, Sports Marketing Innovator and Athlete's Rights Advocate
Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award
Lisa Pike Masteralexis, Associate Dean for Administration & 
Associate Professor Sport Management. ISENBERG School of 
Management, UMASS Amherst

Award Details

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Lifetime Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award

The Lifetime Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award recognizes an industry veteran for achievements of lasting impact over a number of years in the fields of sport, entertainment, or venue management. He or she embodies the professionalism, commitment to excellence, and business savvy that has propelled sport, entertainment, or venue management to become a key industry in the 21st century.

2016:
Frank Roach, Chief Everything Officer at Frank Advice and Principal with Pinnacle Venue Services

      2014:  Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO, FELD Entertainment, Inc

2013:
Tim Leiweke, CEO, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
2012:
Brad Mayne, CFE, President and CEO, MetLife Stadium (home to the NFL's New York Football Giants and New York Jets) Click here to read the Venues Today article (November 2012) on Brad Mayne.
2011:
Alex Hodges, Chief Executive Officer, Nederlander Concerts
2010:
Mike McGee, CFE, former Executive Vice President, North American Business Operations, Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. Click here to read the Venues Today article (October 2010) on Mike McGee.
2009:
Tony Tavares, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sports Properties Acquisition Corporation / President & Chief Executive Officer, ProEminent Sports LLC
2008:
Claire L. Rothman, retired, General Manager / President Great Western Forum (home to the NBA Los Angeles Lakers and NHL Los Angeles Kings)
2007:
Jim Hunter, Vice President, Corporate Communications, NASCAR
2006:
Wilson Howard, President, Southeast Region Live Nation
2005:
Dr. Bernie Mullin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Spirit, LLC
2004:
Ed Snider, Chairman, Comcast-Spectacor
2003:
Allen Becker, Founder, PACE Entertainment Group
2002:
Roy Kramer, former Commissioner, Southeastern Conference
2001:
Abe Pollin, Chairman, Washington Sports and Entertainment

Pioneer in Sport and Entertainment Award

The Pioneer in Sport and Entertainment Award recognizes an individual for an innovative contribution in the fields of sport, entertainment, or venue management. This recipient has pioneered an idea, strategy, program, or product that has altered the way our industry does business and resulted in an achievement generally recognized for its long term significance.

2016:
Sonny Vaccaro, Sports Marketing Innovator and Athlete's Rights Advocate
2014:  Jane Kleinberger, Founder, Paciolan
2013:  Michael Cohl, President, IES Iconic Entertainment Studios
2012:
Barbara Hubbard, Executive Director, American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS)
2010:
Liza Cartmell, Group President, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment
2008:
Humpy Wheeler, retired, President, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (the first racing company to go public on the NYSE) / retired, President, Lowe's Motor Speedway (33 years)
2007:
Coach Willie Jeffries, retired, head college football coach South Carolina State University, Howard University, and Wichita State University
2006:
Allen J. Bloom, former Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Feld Entertainment, Inc.
2005:
Leigh Steinberg, President and CEO, Leigh Steinberg Enterprises, Tollner, Moon, and Steinberg Sports Management
2004:
Fred Rosen, Former President and CEO, Ticketmaster Group, Inc.
2003:
Katherine Switzer, Women's Running Pioneer, First woman to compete in Boston Marathon (1967)
Founder, Avon Running Global Women's Circuit
2001:
Hank Jones, President, Sports Design

International Executive in Sport and Entertainment Award

The International Executive in Sport and Entertainment Award recognizes an individual who has greatly impacted the fields of sport, entertainment, or venue management. This recipient's passion for the industry and business acumen has forged partnerships and transcended borders, contributing to advancements recognized both nationally and internationally.

      2014:  Craig Lovett, Partner, Incognitus
                 Paul Lovett, Partner, Incognitus

2011:
Guy Ngata, General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China)
2010:
Aldo Giampaolo, Executive Producer, Cirque du Soleil (Montreal, Quebec)
2007:  Harvey Lister, Chairman, and Rod Pilbeam, Executive Director,
           Ogden IFC (Queensland, Australia)
2006:
Lawrence Chia, Chairman, PICO (Hong Kong)
2005:
Alejandro Garza Díaz, Corporate Director of Planning and Promotion, CIE Entretenimiento (Mexico)

Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award

The Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award recognizes a scholar whose research and/or teaching has made a significant positive impact in the fields of sport, entertainment, or venue management. This recipient's analysis of trends and industry research has led to meaningful dialogue between academicians and industry professionals.

      2016:  Lisa Pike Masteralexis, Associate Dean for Administration &
                 Associate Professor Sport Management. ISENBERG School of
                 Management, UMASS Amherst

      2013:  Dr. Matthew Shank, President of Marymount University

2012:
Dr. William A. "Bill" Sutton, Founder and Principal, Bill Sutton & Associates / Founding Director, Sport and Entertainment MBA Program, Department of Management and Organization, University of South Florida
2011:
Dr. Packianathan Chelladurai, Professor, School of Physical Activity & Educational Services, The Ohio State University
2010:
Dr. Annie Clement, Professor and Attorney, Sport Administration Program, University of New Mexico
2009:
Dr. David K. Stotlar, Director, School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado
2007:    Dr. Peter J. Graham, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management, University of South Carolina
2006:
Glenn M. Wong, Professor and Attorney, Department of Sport Management, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts
2004:
Dr. Charles Higgins, Associate Professor, Emeritus Sports Administration, Ohio University
2003:
Dr. Herb Appenzeller, President, Appenzeller & Associates
2002:
Dr. Guy M. Lewis, Chairman, Department of Sport Administration, University of South Carolina

Outstanding Corporate Partner in Sport and Entertainment Award

The Outstanding Corporate Partner in Sport and Entertainment Award recognizes a company for its long-standing commitment and exceptional service to the fields of sport, entertainment, or venue management. Through its programs and business practices, this company has reached out to our patrons and improved their spectator experience. Our industry looks forward to a continued partnership with this award recipient.

      2014:  Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC)
                 Accepted by: Jay Purves, Vice President, CSC Nevada 

     2010:   AEG Facilities
                 Accepted by: Dale Adams, General Manager, Gila River Arena &
                 Vice President Event Development AEG Facilities 

2009:
Comcast-Spectacor
Accepted by: John Page, Chief Operating Officer, Global Spectrum
2008:
Ticketmaster
Accepted by: Mike McGee, Executive Vice President, North American Business Operations
2007:
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Accepted by Kenneth Feld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
2006:
The Coca-Cola Company
Accepted by Chuck Fruit, Senior Advisor, Marketing, Strategy & Innovation
2005:
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Accepted by Laura Sawyer, Senior Vending Account Manager
2004:
Anheuser-Busch Companies,
“Sound Attitudes and Good Sport”
Accepted by John Kaestner, Vice President of Consumer Affairs