ELEVATE ACADEMY TO HOLD INAUGURAL SPORTS BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 26 AND 27 AT LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD IN PHILADELPHIA.
ACADEMY VERTICALS TO INCLUDE SALES, ANALYTICS, BRANDING, SPONSORSHIP, STRATEGY AND ESPORTS, WITH EMPHASIS ON LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TO SUPPORT CAREERS IN COMPETITIVE SPORTS BUSINESS INDUSTRY
NOTED SPORTS INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE, CONSULTANT AND 36-YEAR ACADEMIC LEADER WILLIAM SUTTON TO SERVE AS DEAN OF ELEVATE ACADEMY
Philadelphia, PA – JULY 31, 2019 – Elevate Sports Ventures, the best-in-class sports and entertainment consulting firm providing proven, innovative solutions to organizations across the global sports and entertainment landscape, has today launched Elevate Academy, a first-of-its-kind talent development, career mentoring and placement agency for sports and entertainment industry executives, recent college and graduate school graduates and prospective university students. Fueled by insights, training tactics and connections from leading professional sports teams and entertainment properties, Elevate Academy’s model for professional development includes conferences, private events, job fairs, executive placement and a proven curriculum. Noted industry executive and 36-year Award-Winning professor, Dr. William Sutton, will lead Elevate’s newest vertical as Dean of Elevate Academy.
Registration is open now for Elevate Academy’s inaugural Sports Business Symposium and Leadership Development Conference on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Symposium’s offerings in ticket, premium and sponsorship sales, marketing and branding, analytics and strategy and esports and emerging markets, combined with unprecedented access to the industry’s most renowned executives, provide ambitious executives and students an opportunity unparalleled in the sports and entertainment ecosystem today.
To register at $299 per attendee ticket, or for more information on Elevate Academy’s Sports Business Symposium and Leadership Development Conference on September 26 and 27, visit the TeamWorkOnline Registration page.
Keynotes, speakers and presenters at the inaugural Sports Business Symposium and Leadership Development Conference include Al Guido, CEO of Elevate Sports Ventures and President of the San Francisco 49ers, Scott O’Neil, CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, Dr. Bill “Doc” Sutton, Dean of Elevate Academy and renowned sports business journalist and Action Network personality Darren Rovell. Endeavor Executive Vice President Tim Pernetti, NFL Chief Strategy & Growth Officer Chris Halpin, Villanova University Director of Athletics, Mark Jackson, KORE Software CMO Russel Scibetti and Ticketmaster Sports Division EVP Clay Luter, are among the names speakers currently released.
“The sports and entertainment industry is one of the most competitive ecosystems in business today,” said Al Guido, CEO of Elevate Sports Ventures. “Our ambition, in creating Elevate Sports Ventures, was to capitalize on the combined resources of our founding partners to extend education and access from the industry’s best thought leaders to support and develop the collective strength of the industry. As a former college athlete, I left university with a strong desire to work in and around sports, but struggled to find a direct path. What we have assembled, in Elevate Academy, is a best-in-class faculty comprised of senior industry professionals, many of whom began their careers in sales; and who have honed decades of proven practices in sales, management, statistics and analytics into an effective curriculum for ambitious young graduates and executives.”
“For the past 36 years I have been focused on identifying, developing and successfully placing talent. While that talent has been primarily students, I have also been able to assist my clients in the recruitment of not only entry level talent, but managers, directors and C-level executives as well. The chance to help create and define Elevate Academy, in partnership with some of the most respected names in the sport industry is an exciting opportunity for me. I believe that my reputation in the industry combined with my experience of working with professional teams in a variety of leagues of all levels, colleges and university athletic programs and agencies gives me a unique perspective in building and developing this initiative,” said Dr. William Sutton, Dean of Elevate Academy. “The talent that we identify and develop will eventually become the leaders in the sport and entertainment industry. Our operating mantra will be that we will work with our talent for the long-term and help to elevate that talent from the sales room to the board room.”
Sutton, a distinguished academician, recently retired from the role of Founding Director of the Sport and Entertainment Management MBA Program at University of South Florida, capping a 36 -year career in academic and industry consulting. Renowned for his expertise in sports sales and strategy, a reputation he solidified as a former Vice President of Marketing in the NBA’s Team Marketing and Business Operations, Sutton’s rolodex of clients includes the NBA, NFL, Phoenix Suns, Miami Dolphins, Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota Timberwolves, Tampa Bay Lightning, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, the San Diego Padres and more.
“The greatest asset for any organization is the people it is built around,” said Jake Reynolds, CRO of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment. “With Elevate Academy, I am excited to partner with our Elevate Sports Ventures team and respected industry colleagues to identify rising stars, develop future executives and place the brightest talent throughout the sports and entertainment industry. The Elevate Academy curriculum is designed to provide the foundation of skills needed to build a lasting career at every-level and expose Academy participants to world-class training and coaching.”
Reynolds, whose award-winning sales training, management and culture tactics are renowned in the sports and entertainment industry, is among the roster of notable senior-level sales industry executives contributing to Elevate Academy’s original curriculum.
As Elevate Academy Board Members, Sutton and Reynolds will play significant roles in Elevate Academy’s live events, curriculum development, personal coaching, leadership development and more for the sports and entertainment industry’s first professional and career development program. Academy Board Members also include: Flavil Hampsten, Elevate Sports Ventures’ Chief Commercial Officer’ Buffy Filippell, TeamWork Consulting Founder and President; Dr. Kirk Wakefield, Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and Executive Director of Sports Sponsorship & Sales at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business; Dr. Nels Popp, Assistant Professor of Sport Administration and Co-Director, Center of Research and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Dr. Michelle Harrolle, Director of the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Graduate Program at the University of South Florida; and Dr. C. Keith Harrison, Associate Unit Head and Chief Academic Officer and Associate Professor for the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program.
Today, there are almost 300 university graduate and undergraduate “Sports Management” degree programs, making the study of the business of sports one of the fastest growing academic concentrations in the U.S. The intense curriculum, training seminars and direct connection with hiring industry executives that Elevate Academy provides, ensures event attendees with potential an advantage over the competitive and saturated job marketplace.
ABOUT ELEVATE SPORTS VENTURES
Elevate Sports Ventures is a best-in-class sports and entertainment consulting firm, providing proven, innovative solutions to organizations across the global sports and entertainment landscape. Elevate taps into the extensive resources, relationships, and expertise of its partners to innovate and execute comprehensive strategies and solutions in Venue Renovations, Sales and Marketing, Stadium Licenses, Premium Ticketing, Corporate Hospitality, Customer Research, Strategy and Analytics, Sales Training, and more. Formed in partnership between the San Francisco 49ers and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) in 2018, Elevate welcomed Oak View Group (OVG) and Ticketmaster and Live Nation as partners in June 2018. With the continued aim to support and develop executive talent throughout the industry, Elevate Academy, the first-of-its-kind career training, talent development and placement agency for sports and entertainment industry executives, launched in July 2019. For more information, visit ElevateSportsVentures.com and ElevateSportsVentures.com/Elevate-Academy or follow @ElevateSV.