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Nick Allen

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New York, N.Y., September 20, 2017 – The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE: MSG) today announced that Nick Allen has been named head of MSG’s growing esports division, effective October 2.  Mr. Allen, a well-regarded esports industry executive, most recently served as vice president of Esports for Twitch. 

As MSG’s vice president of Esports, Mr. Allen will be responsible for driving the company’s efforts to expand its presence in the esports industry, with a primary focus on operating Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), MSG’s newly acquired esports franchise.  Mr. Allen will serve as CLG’s chief operating officer, working closely with CLG Founder and President George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis on advancing the company’s initiatives. This includes finding new and innovative ways to grow the brand, driving marketing partnerships, developing media rights opportunities and creating live, ticketed events.  In addition, he will develop relationships with major game publishers, leagues and entities across the esports industry, including the NBA2K esports league, as well as help create events to showcase esports teams and content at MSG’s venues across the country.

“We couldn’t be happier with the addition of Nick to our team here at MSG as we start to take a leadership role in the growth of the esports industry,” said Jordan Solomon, executive vice president, MSG Sports, Madison Square Garden Company. “Nick brings with him an extensive knowledge of esports and a deep set of relationships developed through overseeing some of the industry’s most popular events, and he has created initiatives that have continued to grow the gaming community. His vision for the esports space will be an invaluable asset to The Madison Square Garden Company and to CLG.”

“Nick is one of the best people I know in esports. I've known him for many years and seen firsthand the passion he has for the space and what he has done for the industry," said Georgallidis. "We are excited to have Nick here on the CLG team and know that he will bring with him that passion and experience to take CLG to new heights for many years to come.”

“It is an honor to become a part of The Madison Square Garden Company as the organization continues their journey into the esports industry,” said Allen. “And I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the CLG family. I’ve known George since the early days of League of Legends, and admire what he has accomplished as a player and what he has built with CLG. I’m looking forward to doing incredible things with George and the amazing players and staff that have created one of the strongest teams and brands in all of esports.”

Mr. Allen most recently served as vice president of Esports for Twitch, where he was responsible for establishing and executing Twitch’s global esports strategy, including overseeing their annual esports budget, and organizing and developing Twitch’s first formal, cross-functional approach to promoting esports viewership growth.  In addition, he played a critical role in negotiating and executing Twitch’s largest developer partnerships and building and managing Twitch’s esports team, which handled league operations, marketing and individual esports programs and initiatives.  Prior to joining Twitch in 2015, Mr. Allen was the esports operations manager for Riot Games, establishing the organization’s first team dedicated to the operation of esports competitions, including League of Legends World Championships, Championship Series, and Challenger Series.  Before Riot Games, he served as an esports division and operations manager for IGN Entertainment.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in social work from Sacramento State University.

About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s

Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the

Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston.  Other MSG properties include

legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York

Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and one of the leading North American esports organizations, Counter Logic Gaming.  In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.   Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

About Counter Logic Gaming

Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) is a premier North American esports organization known for its passionate fan base and winning culture. Founded originally in 2010 as a League of Legends team by George Georgallidis, it is one of the largest esports organizations in the world. CLG fields teams in all leading esports titles: League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros., and H1ZI. It is also known for its past success with teams in DOTA 2, Hearthstone, Halo and Call of Duty. CLG has won multiple championships throughout its history: the LCS Summer 2015 Championship at Madison Square Garden, the LCS Spring 2016 Championship at Mandalay Bay; and the Halo 2016 World Championship in Hollywood, California. More information is available at www.clgaming.net

Craig Barry

Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President

Avi Bhuiyan

Executive Vice President, Esports

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AVI BHUIYAN

Executive Vice President, Esports

Avi Bhuiyan is an EVP of Esports at Catalyst Sports & Media. Bhuiyan joins Catalyst from Riot Games, an American video game developer, publisher and esports tournament organizer, where he was an esports official for Riot’s League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS), Riot Games’ flagship North American Esports league. In that position, Bhuiyan was the primary point of contact with NA LCS teams for competitive matters and developed policy, strategy, and operational initiatives during a period of strong growth for the league. Prior to joining Riot Games, Bhuiyan was the founder and editor-in-chief of Esports Guy, a popular esports blog focusing on long-form storytelling about professional esports players. While there, he wrote, edited, designed, and managed the blog’s business operations. As a writer, his pieces have also appeared in other outlets, including ESPN. Bhuiyan holds a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a JD from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Dave Bialek

Co-Founder & CEO

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David Bialek serves as co-founder and CEO of ReKTGlobal. With over 25 years of experience, he has handled sales and marketing initiatives for some of the world’s largest sports and entertainment properties, including the French Open, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, The Breeders’ Cup, numerous stadium and arena sponsorship programs, and high-profile concert tours.

Recently, Dave became enamored of the bourgeoning esports and broader gaming industries. A void of “best practices” and business processes in sales and services, led him to the conclusion that he would spend the next 10 years of his professional life devoted to its growth. With the creation of ReKTGlobal, Dave and his partners have created multiple business segments, which service the various stakeholder of the esports ecosystem. In January 2018, ReKT was named as the Agency of Record for State Farm, a top 30 North American marketer.

As a sports and entertainment marketing and media specialist, Dave has spearheaded the creation of multiple advertising platforms in the place-based, streaming media and sports advertising space. Bialek is credited with building two groundbreaking initiatives in collegiate sports. First, he led a sales team to create an advertising network on field goal nets in over 60 NCAA schools. “The Field Goal Net Program” remains Allstate’s tent-pole sports platform after 12 years. Second, he invented the “Basket Profile” position on NCAA and NBA basket stanchions, which is widely considered to be the most impactful signage position in all of sports. State Farm was the program’s initial and primary sponsor and remains as such today. For this latest pursuit, Dave became the recipient of the prestigious Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award in April 2009.

Prior to RektGlobal, Dave served as Partner at The Legacy Agency (TLA) Sales and Founder and CEO of Skylark Marketing. Skylark merged with TLA Worldwide in September 2014, creating a corporate sales division to complement TLA’s existing talent marketing and representation businesses.

Dave previously served as Director and President of ANC Sports Marketing where he built the marketing group into a leader in team and venue media sales and marketing. While at ANC, the business increased from $15MM in top line revenue to $65MM within a 7-year span. Along with creation of the Profile Basket sign, ANC ideated and developed a digital sign for advertising that is placed at the rear of the basket stanchion, which dramatically expanded the inventory of the NBA league and teams. ANC was sold in 2009 to Palladium Equity Partners for $25M and then again in 2013 to an investor group including, Providence Equity.

Previously, Bialek served as Senior Vice President of sales and marketing for Van Wagner, where, for over four years, he led the sales effort for Dorna USA's in-game advertising networks and managed the Sports Group’s Media and Sponsorship Sales services.

In the late 1990’s, Dave founded and led sales for an Internet radio platform, eYada.com, which raised $25MM in institutional capital. He has also served as director of sales for The Golf Channel and The Marquee Group, which was acquired by SFX Sports.

REFERENCES
Furnished upon request
Ed Gold Director, Media & Sponsorships
State Farm Mutual Insurance Company
Michael Levine Co-Head, CAA Sports
Naz Aletaha Executive, Riot Games
Justin Johnson SVP, Madison Square Garden
Keith Kaplan Former President of King and Yahoo Business Development

Moderator Chris Blivin

Director, U.S. Commercial Partnerships and Esports

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Chris Blivin
Director, Commercial Partnerships & Esports
Lagardère Sports
Chris Blivin is Director, Commercial Partnerships & Esports for Lagardère Sports. In his role, he is responsible for developing commercial opportunities across all of the agency’s portfolio of assets. He is also part of the Lagardère Sports’ global esports team, leading its U.S. practice.
Blivin joined Lagardère Sports in 2015 as a part of the brand consulting division, with a focus on market insights and brand strategy. Prior to joining the agency, Blivin earned his Master’s in Engineering Management from Duke University, where he founded the Customer & Brand Engineering Club. Blivin earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester, where he played for the Men’s Varsity soccer team all four years.

John Bonini

Vice President & General Manager, Esports and Gaming

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John Bonini
Vice President, Client Computing Group
General Manager, Esports and Gaming

John Bonini is vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager for VR, Esports and Gaming. He is responsible for driving Intel’s global technology leadership in gaming and esports, and executing Intel’s strategy to increase revenue in desktop and mobile platforms.

Before his current role, Bonini was VP/controller in the Sales and Marketing Finance organization supporting Intel’s largest customer accounts in addition to regional sales, and supply chain support with sales operations.  He had overall responsibility for finance functions for reporting and controls, maximizing revenue, optimizing inventory, and establishing budgets while driving efficiencies.  Previously, Bonini was senior controller for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. Prior to that role, Bonini was the Sr. Controller with the Technology and Manufacturing Group and supported the wafer factories.  In the beginning of his Intel career, Bonini was in factory engineering and supported wafer production, including fab startups, technology transfers from R&D, and product ramps.

John received a bachelor’s degree in Material Science in 1988, and a M.S in Material Science in 1990 from the University of Illinois.  In 1996 he received an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Chris Chaney

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Chris Chaney’s leadership experience is underlined by a 10-year track record of success in the global sports and entertainment industry. During his career, he has applied his strategy and business development expertise to help grow US and international companies by creating strategic partnerships, driving customer acquisition and securing expansion capital. As a former associate of global marketing partnerships at the National Basketball Association, founder of the Ivy Sports Symposium and Chaney Sports Group, his portfolio includes work with blue chip companies and start-ups alike. A native of Germany, Chris is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, including being recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and currently leads the efforts at Infinite Esports & Entertainment (OpTic Gaming, Houston Outlaws, Obey Alliance, Triggerfish, etc.) as founder, president and owner. Infinite is a leading media and entertainment platform focused exclusively on esports.

Daniel Cherry

CMO

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Daniel Cherry is the CMO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, overseeing all marketing, public relations and social media for both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty World League.

Daniel was named to Sports Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list, and is part of a growing group of sports executives who have joined Activision Blizzard to blaze new trails in the rapidly expanding world of esports.

Daniel brings over 20 years of marketing experience to this new role, most recently serving as chief marketing and innovation officer for the three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center arena, where he oversaw all marketing/sales strategy, branding, and innovation, as well as being a part of the senior leadership team that supported business operations across multiple professional sports and esports teams.

Prior to that role, Daniel served as the senior vice president of marketing and vice president of consumer planning & research at DIAGEO N.A.

Brendan Donohue

Managing Director

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As Managing Director of the NBA 2K League, Brendan Donohue is responsible for overseeing the newly formed esports league set to launch in 2018.  Donohue, a sports industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in team and league operations, manages a league that will feature 17 NBA teams in its inaugural season.

Prior to assuming his current role in April 2017, Donohue served as Senior Vice President of the NBA’s industry-renowned Team Marketing & Business Operations (TMBO) department, where he led the strategic planning and management for all teams across the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League, helping them innovate in sales, marking, digital and analytical areas of their business.  He was instrumental in several of TMBO’s accomplishments, including assisting with ownership transitions in Sacramento, Philadelphia, Detroit and Memphis.  His responsibilities also included leading team business discussions at WNBA and NBA G League Board of Governors meetings and presenting at frequent workshops, including assisting NBA team presidents on best practices in marketing, ticket sales and sponsorship sales. 

Before joining the NBA league office in 2009, Donohue spent five years as Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service with the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena.  During his career in Atlanta, Donohue led five consecutive seasons of revenue growth, including ranking first in the NBA in ticket revenue growth during the 2008-09 season.  He also previously held positions with the then-New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment.

Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1996.  He resides in Fairfield, Conn., with his wife Patty, daughter Mandy and son Carter.

Chris Dowell

Co-Founder & Head of Product

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Chris Dowell is Co-founder and Head of Product with FanAI, the leading esports audience monetization platform. FanAI increases franchise and sponsorship revenues by analyzing in-depth audience data that enables brands to gain a fuller picture of their esports target audience. The platform is used by top teams and leagues including Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, Overwatch League’s London Spitfire, NY Excelsior, and Cav’s Legion GC - the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA2K League team. A lifelong gamer with a background in marketing and management consultancy, Chris previously led delivery, product and strategy at Sapient and Finalogic.

Nate Eckman

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Ultimate Media Ventures

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Nate Eckman is Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Ultimate Media Ventures, which creates esports content, events and products through its apparel brand ULT.  As the creator of ULT, the esports lifestyle brand, Nate oversees design and global strategy for the apparel category.  ULT apparel is available across the US and Canada at Zumiez and FYE retail stores and can be seen on pro players in tier 1 esports leagues.  Nate has a community-first philosophy to brand marketing.  He has written esports content programming for MCNs.  His work with non-endemics through an integrated lifestyle strategy has extended to multiple national campaigns for billion dollar brands.  Nate has been interviewed by Fortune and LA Times as well as been invited to speak at universities, conferences and summits on the evolution of esports and gaming in culture.

Christian Flathman

Global Motorsports and Sponsorship Advisor

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Christian Flathman

Global Motorsports & Sponsorship Advisor

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Christian Flathman serves as Global Motorsports & Sponsorship Advisor for ExxonMobil based in Houston, TX.  In his current role, he manages a diverse portfolio of sponsorships that range from the NBA to more than 25 racing series around the world working with automotive OEMs including Porsche, GM, Toyota, Bentley and others. Before taking on his most recent role, he served as Global Spokesperson for the corporation.

Prior to joining ExxonMobil, he served as Vice President for Marketing & Communications at Georgia Southern University, a 27,000-student public four-year institution.  While there he led a team that significantly increased enrollment and retention, brand visibility and managed the institution’s athletic department’s move to Division I football and the Sun Belt Conference.

Earlier in his career, he served as Public Relations Manager for Michelin and in increasingly senior corporate communications roles at GE’s corporate headquarters and Aviation division.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.  He is extremely active in his community and is a member of the Auburn University Alumni Association Magazine Board of Directors and is a member of the Alumni Admissions Council for Northwestern University.  He is a volunteer high school football coach coaching placekickers and punters and is an avid karting racer.

Jordan Fragen

Esports Analyst

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Jordan Fragen is a master of telling an audience’s story using data. Hailing from Los Angeles and holding degrees in Neuroscience and Science in Society from Wesleyan University, Jordan is an Esports Analyst at FanAI, the leading esports audience monetization platform. With granular social audience data, purchasing behavior information, and Twitch viewership analytics at FanAI's disposal, she brings actionable insights to the industry’s top teams, leagues, tournament organizers, and brands. Her analysis and data-driven content have been featured in industry-leading publications, such as The Esports Observer and Cynopsis Media. The infographics Jordan produces are regularly cited by esports industry pundits and stakeholders as sources of accurate, reliable insights into the esports audience and as guidance in making brand sponsorship decisions.

Edward Gold

Advertising Director

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Edward Gold is an Advertising Director for the State Farm Insurance Companies headquartered in Bloomington, IL, and has been with the company since 2003.  He has over 25+ years of marketing, media and sponsorship experience.

Ed’s primary responsibility is to oversee the development of State Farm’s marketing strategy, creative, media and sponsorship efforts, for all of State Farm’s Property & Casualty product lines and customer segments.  Over the years, Edward was named an “Online Media All-Star” by Mediapost, one of the “21 Most Intriguing People in Media” by min online, was named one of CableFAX’s “Sweet 16”, and most recently was inducted in the Marketing, Advertising, and Media “Leaders & Legends” by Media Village.  In addition, in 2016, State Farm was honored as the “Sports Sponsor of the Year” by Sport Business Journal.

While at State Farm, Edward has overseen partnerships with the NBA, Disney/Pixar, ESPN, Riot Games, Major League Baseball, Telemundo, and Apple.  He has expanded State Farm’s media efforts in traditional, online, and new media, through innovative thinking while achieving business goals.

Before coming to State Farm, Edward was Partner/Media Director for the Gold Consulting Group in Los Angeles, CA.  Additionally, his previous experience includes Senior Vice President/Media Director at Kalis & Savage Worldwide Partners in Los Angeles, Vice President/Sales & Business Development for Executive Sports International, and Vice President/Associate Media Director at DDB Needham Chicago.

Edward is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, and lives in Bloomington, IL, with his wife Lynne and two boys, Montgomery (13) and Henry (12).

Chris Golier

Vice President, Business Development and Global Partnerships

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Chris Golier is Vice President of Business Development and Global Partnerships for the National Hockey League, responsible for driving the growth of the League through revenue generating partnerships and strategic initiatives. 

Upon joining the League in 2010, Golier led the strategy and development of a robust mobile product portfolio which included mobile applications, tablet applications, mobile web sites, SMS alerts, Bluetooth beacon deployments, and tools to engage the fans.  Under his leadership was the launch of NHL GameCenter™ which offered fans the ability to stream live NHL games on a wide range of smartphones and tablets, gaming consoles, and connected TV’s. This award winning and top grossing OTT app had a global install base of millions of fans and hundreds of thousands of paid subscribers.

More recently, Golier has been developing platforms to drive audience growth and maximize long term profitability.  He defined the League’s eSport strategy and leads a cross-functional group, including Clubs and media rightsholders, to produce and market its global tournament and associated events. He has provided strategic direction for the League across a wide range of digital opportunities to help bring the fan closer to the game including enhanced data, gaming, and development of content franchises. He helped to create the initial strategy for publishing and marketing on third party social platforms and led the partnerships and monetization strategy with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube which has led to billions of video views.    

Prior to joining the League, Golier built a successful career in launching, monetizing, and marketing innovative digital services.  He served in senior management roles for global media companies including at MobileBehavior, an Omnicom Group company, NBC where he led the development of the first mobile services for NBC’s 200+ stations, and Conde Nast where he built an international publishing division spanning 30 editions in 50 countries.  In addition, Golier worked for tier 1 VC funded startups where he was part of innovative product teams that pioneered next-generation messaging and IVR services (i3 Mobile, IPO 2000), and location-based services (Vicinity, IPO 2000, acquired by Microsoft 2002).

In addition, Golier has served on advisory boards to seed stage startups in areas of go-to-market strategy, client and VC pitch decks, business development activities, and industry expertise.  He serves as mentor to startups for accelerators including ERA and Techstars. And he has published multiple golf instructional books and video with world famous teachers Jim McLean and David Leadbetter. 

Chris has spoken at many industry events and summits including SXSW, Landmark Ventures, NYVC, BusinessInsider, Media Post, Mobile Marketing Association, ad:tech, DigiDay, Wharton School of Business.

Chris received his BA in economics from UCLA and a MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. 

Chris Greeley

Senior Manager, Commissioner & Head, League Operations

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Chris Greeley is a Senior Manager at Riot and the Commissioner and head of League Operations for the League of Legends North America League Championship Series. In addition, Chris is the global discipline lead for League Operations, providing guidance, policies and best practices to all of Riot’s fourteen regions. Chris has also run League Operations for Riot’s international events, including the Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship. Chris is responsible for the day to day operation of the NA LCS, was one of the primary architects of the NA LCS franchise model and led the 2017 application process for participation in the NA LCS. 

Prior to joining Riot, Chris was a partner at the New York City law firm Herrick, Feinstein LLP. Chris joined Herrick’s litigation group as an associate in 2004 after graduating Fordham Law School, and spent his entire legal career practicing there. During his 12 plus years at Herrick, Chris concentrated in securities and commodities litigation, defending clients in civil lawsuits, investigations and actions conducted by regulatory agencies and exchanges. Chris also worked with Herrick’s art law group and sports law group, providing strategic advice on certain matters and litigating others. He helped start Herrick’s esports practice before leaving the firm to join Riot.

Chris Hana

CEO

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Chris Hana is CEO of The Esports Observer (TEO), the leading source for esports business news and insights. Chris’s previous roles as Account Director at Fnatic and Co-Founder of Level99 have given him a unique perspective of the esports ecosystem from a team, agency, and analyst angle. Prior to his career in esports, Chris worked as a global project and program manager at Vodafone, one of the world’s largest Telco operators.

Breanne Harrison-Pollock

Co-Founder

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Breanne Harrison-Pollock, Cofounder and Creative Director, Ateyo

Canadian born and bred, Breanne Harrison-Pollock came to the US to attend Parsons School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design. Pollock was amongst the top 25 selected for the prestigious 2014 Parsons Benefit and her work has been featured in Vogue, Saks Fifth Avenu and Emerging Fashion Designers. In 2017 she Cofounded Ateyo, which is focused on to creating innovative, high-quality apparel in the esports space.

Ramon Hermann

Esports, American Director

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Ramon Hermann is heading Tencent’s esports efforts with Valor Series for North America, Europe and South America. Ramon has been a pioneering leader in the esports space since he started the European esports team at Blizzard Entertainment in 2005. He developed competitive local ecosystems around popular early esports titles like Warcraft and StarCraft before moving into a global role for the company. Ramon joined League of Legends publisher Riot Games and focused on establishing esports in the North American collegiate space, working with conferences like the Big Ten Network to initiate esports programs and launch esports leagues for conference member schools. Ramon is now working with Tencent as a champion for the company’s expansion efforts in the West to connect esports and mobile gaming, the fastest growing segment of the gaming industry.

Ken Hersh

Founder & Owner

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Ken Hersh, 55, is Founder and Owner of Hersh Family Investments and Hersh Interactive Group. He is a Dallas-based private investor who has had a long career investing in natural resources and other industries. He serves as Co-Founder and Advisory Partner of NGP Energy Capital Management, a premier private equity investment franchise in the natural resources industry managing over $20.0 billion of cumulative committed capital since inception in 1988. Through 2015, Ken served as NGP’s Chief Executive Officer.

He currently serves as Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division. He is also a board member and minority owner of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. In May 2016, Ken was named President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a Dallas-based non-partisan institution which houses the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Institute is focused on continuing the work of President and Mrs. George W. Bush.

As an early esports investor, Ken created Hersh Interactive Group to focus on the emerging field. Hersh Interactive Group has assembled a broad portfolio of investments in the esports sector including Envy Gaming, Maestro, Epics Digital Collectibles, GC Interactive, Super League Gaming, and E-Colosseum. Ken sits on the board of Envy Gaming, which owns and operates The Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League, and fields numerous other competitive esports teams under the Team Envy banner.

Through his family office, Hersh Family Investments, Ken also invests across the industrial, technology, and real estate sectors, and he serves on numerous non-profit boards across the nation. Ken was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Princeton University, Ken earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ken and his wife, Julie, reside in Dallas, Texas.

Jens Hilgers

Founding Partner

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Jens is a Founding Partner of BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, the world's first dedicated esports investment fund. He is also Co-founder and Chairman G2 Esports, as well as Co-Founder and CEO of DOJO Madness, the leading esports data analytics startup.  

Widely considered one of the godfathers of esports, Jens launched his first esports online services in 1997 and founded ESL in 2000. As ESL's CEO for ten years, Jens grew the company into the world's most prestigious esports brand and, along with it, paved the way for esports to go mainstream. In 2015, international entertainment company, MTG, acquired a majority stake in ESL, marking the first acquisition of an esports company by a traditional media organization.

Adam Honig

Senior Director, Strategic Accounts

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Adam J. Honig has served as Senior Director, Strategic Accounts at MVPindex since 2016, responsible for management, strategy, optimization and growth of brand, media, agency, esports and professional sports league and team partnerships.

A true sports and entertainment marketing visionary always at the forefront of emerging technology, Honig has over 15 years of integrated media leadership experience across broadcast business development, sponsorship activation, property representation, and digital & social media. Most recently, he was Senior Strategic Account Director at Spredfast, leading a customer success program across brands from various categories such as sports & entertainment, broadcast media, retail, luxury goods, automotive, healthcare and education. Honig has held senior roles at Sports195, Accenture, Endeavor and Madison Square Garden.

A native New Yorker, born and raised in Soho, Honig received an MBA in Sports Management from Seton Hall University and a BA in Psychology from Syracuse University and currently resides in Westchester County, NY with his wife Monika and their three children.

Chris Hopper

Head, North American Esports

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As Head of North American Esports, Chris Hopper oversees the operation of the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS). Under his leadership the NA LCS incorporated a franchise model, combining endemic operators such as Team SoloMid, Cloud9, and Team Liquid with traditional sports teams such as the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Houston Rockets into a single property. During his tenure, the NA LCS attracted sponsors such as State Farm & Jersey Mike’s and saw the average starting salary for players rise above $320,000. Additionally, Chris works alongside the College League of Legends team to advise on its development in North America which currently sees the participation of 300 colleges & universities.

 

“It’s been an incredible journey over these last six years as Riot has developed League of Legends into a global sport. I’m excited to continue to build on the groundbreaking progress we’ve made in esports history - the NA LCS was one of the first leagues to require contracts and offer a guaranteed minimum salary, and is also one of the first to franchise teams and offer significant revenue-sharing for pro players,” said Chris Hopper. “I’ve spent years building this league from the ground up, and am energized by the tremendous responsibility I feel to continue the successes we’ve achieved,” he added.

 

Prior to his position as the Head of NA LCS Chris Hopper worked on Riot Games Central Esports Team that sought to professionalize esports around the world. During this period, the League of Legends esports ecosystem grew to 14 regional leagues, over 113 professional teams, 860 full time players and sold out multiple iconic arenas, including New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Los Angeles’ Staples Center and the Beijing National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest).

Khalid Jones

Co-Owner

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Khalid Jones is the Managing Partner of Source Rock Partners, a private asset and leadership firm where he oversees the Company’s investments in real-estate, entertainment and sports.  For the last several years Khalid has brokered deals for the firm with Fortune 500 companies, multi-national hospitality groups and various colleges and universities.

 

Jones is also the co-founder of Echo Fox one of the world’s preeminent eSports organizations, recruiting, developing and celebrating some of the world’s best professional eSports athletes. Since its inception in December 2015 with, among others, three-time NBA champion Rick Fox, the organization fields dozens of athletes across various eSports competitions including League of Legends League Championship Series. 

 

Prior to SourceRock, Khalid spent almost a decade as an attorney at some of the most prestigious international law firms in the country, focusing on the defense of large financial institutions and high-profile individuals in government agency led investigations.  During his tenure practicing law, Jones defended clients in actions involving the SEC, DOJ, FHFA, the US Treasury Department and various state securities agencies.

 

Khalid graduated from Wake Forest University, where he currently serves on the Alumni Council and received his JD from Stanford Law School. He has a special interest in the study of languages with a concentration in Spanish and Japanese and is an avid art collector.

Kirk Lacob

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Kirk Lacob is entering his ninth season with the Golden State Warriors and his third as vice president of GSW Sports Ventures. He also continues to serve as assistant general manager of Golden State, a position he has held for each of the past five seasons.

As the vice president of GSW Sports Ventures, Lacob is in charge of the organization’s esports endeavors, including the Golden Guardians and the franchise’s NBA 2K League team. In this role with GSW Sports Ventures, Lacob also oversees the team’s continued efforts to develop partnerships for basketball operations and leading investments for GSW in sports related areas.

As assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors, Lacob reports directly to President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Bob Myers and assists with all aspects of the team’s day-to-day basketball operations.

A native of Woodside, Calif., Lacob graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a degree in Science, Technology and Society.

Lacob is active in local basketball leagues and on occasion plays at San Quentin State Penitentiary. He is a lifelong fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, all things Stanford Cardinal and, most importantly, the Golden State Warriors.

Jason Lake

Founder & CEO

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Jason Lake is the founder and CEO of Complexity Gaming, one of America's leading esports brands since 2003. Considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of North American esports, Mr. Lake has served in many leadership and advisory roles during the rise of competitive gaming. In 2017 he partnered with Jerry Jones and John Goff and centralized Complexity's operations at the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Brett Lautenbach

President

Peter Levin

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Peter Levin

President, Interactive Ventures, Games & Digital Strategy

 

Digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin joined Lionsgate in May 2014 as President of Interactive Ventures & Games. Reporting to Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer, he is responsible for expanding Lionsgate's content into video games and other interactive ventures, including incubation of new properties, investment in existing games and digital media vehicles as well as extending Lionsgate’s portfolio of brands and franchises into the gaming and virtual reality space. Mr. Levin is also part of the executive team managing Lionsgate’s OTT ventures.

Under Mr. Levin’s leadership, Lionsgate has built a multiplatform game slate including mobile, casino/social casino, PC/Console and virtual reality games as well as unique IP integrations into existing games. For its debut major mobile game, Mr. Levin partnered with Saban and nWay to create the world’s first player vs. player fighting game on mobile, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars. The innovative game was downloaded more than 6 million times during its first four days on the market, making it the number one free app in the U.S. App Store for two straight days. The successful release was complemented by the Power Rangers invading Quahog through an integration of Power Rangers into Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, a top ranked mobile game from Fox Digital Entertainment and leading game developer TinyCo.

Lionsgate’s game slate also includes John Wick Chronicles, one of the first virtual reality games based on a movie and a John Wick DLC in Payday 2, a highly popular first-person-shooter game.

Mr. Levin has also shepherded the Company’s investments in Next Games, Mobcrush and 5th Journey, and engineered numerous strategic partnerships with Google, Oculus, Valve, HTC and Starbreeze Studios. He has also led Lionsgate into the high-growth esports market, spearheading the Company’s investment in the multidiscipline esports franchise Immortals, which he is Executive Chairman of.

 

Before joining Lionsgate, Mr. Levin served as CEO and Co-Founder of Nerdist Industries, a multiplatform creator of digital content including a premium content YouTube channel, a news division, a sizable social media footprint, live events and a network of podcasts. Prior to that, he was an executive advisor to Japanese media juggernaut Yoshimoto Kogyo, MAG Interactive, digital comic and graphic novel platform comiXology and Rovio Entertainment. Mr. Levin has also been associated with some of the most valuable game franchises in the world including Angry Birds.

 

He began his career in the Corporate Advisory Group at Creative Artists Agency and subsequently worked in the Corporate and Strategic Planning groups at the Walt Disney Company, where he also served as a senior producer for Disney Online.

 

Mr. Levin serves on the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board as well as the BAFTA Virtual Reality Advisory Board.

Nathan Lindberg

Director, Global Esports Sponsorships

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Nathan is the Director of Global Esports Sponsorships at Twitch. As an esports veteran, Nathan is dedicated to educating brands about the competitive gaming phenomenon and ways to leverage Twitch to reach marketing goals. Nathan is responsible for sponsorship sales for elite esports leagues like the Rocket League Championship Series, Capcom Pro Tour, Tekken World Tour, and Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix, as well as esports organizations like Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, and Alliance. Nathan’s esports experience began in 2010 at Curse Media as VP of Global Sales, where he created and sold team and league sponsorship packages for the company’s esports division and websites. Before joining Curse, Nathan worked at GamePro Media, IDG Entertainment, and Universal McCann where he worked front and center with live streaming, mobile, and other emerging media. Nathan holds a BS in Sports Media from Ithaca College.

Wayne Mackey

Founder & CEO

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Dr. Wayne Mackey, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist at NYU and the Founder and CEO of Statespace.

 

Statespace’s mission is to bring standardized gamer performance analytics, training, and scouting to Esports. Statespace’s first product, Aim Lab, is a training tool that utilizes neuroscience and artificial intelligence to become a smart personal trainer for both professional and casual first-person shooter players.

 

Dr. Mackey received his B.A. in Psychology from Temple University and his Ph.D. in Cognition and Perception from NYU. His scientific work focuses on how the brain supports flexible behavior and decision-making, and he has published several peer-reviewed articles on human cognitive, perceptual, and motor abilities. His most recent work focuses on creating a new computational framework for short-term memory in both humans and machines. A lifelong gamer but terrible student, Dr. Mackey credits video games for opening up a path to a college education and his scientific career.

 

Dr. Mackey has won multiple awards and fellowships from various institutions, including the National Science Foundation, New York University, and the Simons Foundation.

Yvette Martinez Rea

CEO

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Yvette Martinez-Rea is Chief Executive Officer at ESL North America, where she leads the
strategy and operations of the region. ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group
MTG, is the world's largest independent esports company. Previously, Martinez-Rea served as
Chief Operating Officer (COO) at ESL North America, where she oversaw business operations
for the region.

Prior to ESL, Martinez-Rea served as Chief Operating Officer at Violet Grey, a venture-backed
luxury beauty content and commerce company based in Los Angeles, where she oversaw the
company’s growth, as well as business initiatives and the development of the company’s
fulfillment, e-commerce systems and retail operations.

Before joining Violet Grey, Martinez-Rea was a Vice President of Change Management for
Yahoo!’s Global Products organization, responsible for leading the cross-functional change
efforts to improve engineering quality and overall organizational effectiveness for a
6,000-person global division. Previous roles at Yahoo! include Senior Director of Strategy and
Business Management, Global Products, and Senior Director of Strategy and Business
Operations and Chief of Staff to EVP Yahoo! North America. She also acted as the executive
sponsor for the Southern California chapter of Women in Technology.

Formerly, Martinez-Rea was the Vice President of Operations at United Online Inc., a publicly
traded internet services provider, responsible for business and sales operations for multiple
brands including NetZero, Juno, Classmates, Photosite, and UOL Web services.

Martinez-Rea also serves on the board of Young & Healthy, a non-profit dedicated to providing
health care to underserved children. She holds dual undergraduate degrees in English
Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California.

Geoff Moore

President & COO

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Multi-game esports organization Envy Gaming has tapped former COTA and Stars exec GEOFF MOORE as its first President & COO.

Moore, who most recently consulted on stadium design (how to maximize revenue opportunities via sophisticated market data and industry experience) as a partner with LOGE Capital Partners, joins Envy as it builds out a comprehensive esports business around its core competition and content divisions.

Among those tasks is to develop an arena for the Envy-owned Overwatch League team Dallas Fuel’s home games and other events and competitions. Moore served as CRO and CMO for the Circuit of The Americas racetrack in Austin after spending more than 18 years with the Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Experience

Circuit of Americas | Austin, Texas

Responsible for all revenue creation for Sponsorship, Hospitality & Ticket Sales

Dallas Stars Hockey Club | Frisco, Texas

Responsible for planning and executing all home game and live event activities

Southwest Sports Group | Arlington, Texas

Member of the design & construction team for the American Airlines Center

Responsible for Dallas’ successful 2007 NHL All-Star Game bid

Oversaw all physical and gameday operations at the Ballpark in Arlington and Spring Training complex

Dallas International Sports Commission | Dallas, Texas

Involved with Dallas’ successful bid for the 1994 World Cup games & related activities

Project manager for the relocation of the Minnesota North Stars to Dallas

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Oklahoma State University

Master of Business Administration, Baylor University

Robert Muller von Vultejus

Managing Director

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Robert Müller von Vultejus, born in 1969, is Managing Director of Lagardère Sports Germany GmbH. In addition to his duties as a managing director in the German market, Müller von Vultejus also heads up the Business Development Europe Unit. The unit, consisting of international experts, is responsible for the identification and implementation of European and cross-business field growth projects.
Robert Müller von Vultejus studied sports economics at the University of Bayreuth. He completed his studies in 1994 and in the same year, he commenced his career at UFA Sports GmbH as a manager in media rights marketing. From 1997 to 2002, Müller von Vultejus was responsible, as a member of the executive board, for the Europe-wide football business. In 2002, he became the director of Sportfive GmbH and managed the company's business in Germany. In the course of a management buy-out and the associated entry of the private equity company, Advent International, he became a member of the executive board and in 2004, he took over responsibility for the worldwide media rights business. In December 2007, Robert Müller von Vultejus left the Sportfive Group and in 2008, together with former high-ranking Sportfive employees, he founded the new UFA Sports GmbH, now known as U! Sports GmbH. UFA Sports GmbH was purchased by the Lagardère Sports Group in 2015 and since then it has been part of the global network of Lagardère Sports and Entertainment.
Alongside his role as Managing Director of Lagardère Sports Germany GmbH, Robert Müller von Vultejus remains a director of U! Sports GmbH

Ryan Musselman

President

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Ryan Musselman is an early pioneer in the convergence of digital media and esports, with over 12 years of industry experience, and is one of the original founders of OpTic gaming, the world's most-engaged esports organization. He was instrumental in the development and scale of Machinima’s 10,000-strong network of gaming influencers, prior to joining Google to develop YouTube’s gaming and esports vertical. Ryan now leverages his history of industry-defining expertise as President of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, the parent-esports company of OpTic Gaming, Houston Outlaws and Infinite’s portfolio of companies.

Sebastian Park

Vice President, Esports

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Sebastian Park is the Vice President of Esports for the Houston Rockets and Clutch Gaming, a North America League of Legends Championship Series franchise. Hired in 2016, Park is the first dedicated esports front-office executive in North America and in the NBA.

A Los Angeles native, he previously was the CEO and co-owner of Team Archon, a professional esports organization. He also served as the Head of Esports at Namecheap, where he brought the domain registrar into sponsoring and activating in esports.

Park holds a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science with an emphasis in imperfect information decision-making from Yale University.

Harris Peskin

Associate Attorney

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Harris is an Associate Attorney at ESG Law, the leading law firm in the esports industry. With ESG, Harris represents seven of ten North American League Championship Series teams, sevn of twelve Overwatch League and their non-endemic partners, such as the owners and ownership groups of Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and several others. Harris has worked directly with game developers and league operators to negotiate for fairer revenue sharing and governance agreements on behalf of ESG's clients. He has also played an important role in working on some of the industry's largest sponsorship deals, player contracts and player transfers, in addition to numerous other transactional matters. Harris is the first attorney to file an EB-1A visa application on behalf of an esports player. Prior to joining ESG, Harris worked as the Chief of Operations and Association General Counsel for H2K where he helped broker one of the largest acquisitions of a European based team. In his career, Harris has contributed to notable publications like ESPN, and the Daily Dot, where he has written about important topics such as governance and esports economics. Harris has led marketing efforts that have garnered international attention and appeared in notable publications like ESPN, Yahoo News, The Score, and several other major news providers.

Nicola Piggott

Co-Founder

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After a 10-year career in brand communications, Nicola spent over five years at Riot Games, where she was leading global communication for Riot’s esports team and the most successful esports title in history. Nicola has given counsel and training to esports teams organizations worldwide.  Named one of PR Week’s top Women in PR in 2015, she has managed communications around global events like the League of Legends World Championships which in 2017 was the most watched esports event to date with over 80 million unique viewers.

Michael Prindiville

CEO

Moderator Marc Riccio

Executive Vice President, U.S. Commercial

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Marc Riccio
Executive Vice President
U.S. Commercial

Marc leads sales and business development for Lagardère Sports U.S. He has more than 25 years’ experience in sports and entertainment revenue generation and growth strategies. Marc’s primary responsibility is building and leading a centralized commercial team across the U.S. Additionally, Marc is a member of the Lagardère Sports Global Partnership Team. In this capacity, Marc plays a key role in linking U.S. brands to Lagardère’s global network.

Before Lagardère, Marc was President of Rooftop2 Productions. Roooftop2 is a leading experiential marketing and live event production company purchased by Lagardère in early 2016.  Prior to Rooftop2, Marc spent 17 seasons at the New York Jets.  At the Jets, he served multiple leadership positions, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Carlos Rodriguez

Founder & CEO

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Biography - Carlos 'ocelote' Rodriguez

Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez is a former legendary esports competitor turned entrepreneur and successful CEO. Born in 1990 in Madrid, Spain, he came to prominence in esports as a professional World of Warcraft, and later League of Legends player from 2006 to 2014, competing and placing highly in international tournaments across the globe. As a player he was known for explosive plays, fierce talk, fashionable scarves, and a firm belief that in esports - just like in life - you don’t wait for things, but simply make them happen. In early 2014 Carlos retired from professional play and established an esports organization, Gamers2, leading them as founder and coach to qualify for the European League of Legends Championship Series only a year later. After rebranding to G2 Esports in 2015, Carlos has lead the team to dominating success in League of Legends, CS:GO, Rocket League, and Hearthstone. As CEO of G2 Esports, he has grown the highly decorated brand to business success, driven by his accomplishments with industry leading sponsorship deals, production and sales of merchandising, and securing multi-million dollar funding deals. Business leaders and people that have worked with Carlos recognize him as an inspiring leader with the ambition to revolutionize the entertainment industry as a whole. When not focused on his business and personal development, Carlos’ spends his free time with his wife and son, and his online community, to whom he feels in debt with after having supported him for more than a decade.

James Ruth

Senior Director, Properties

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James Ruth, Senior Director

Properties, Soccer United Marketing

James Ruth leads marketing and commercial platform development for MLS, eMLS, and U.S. Soccer as part of SUM’s Properties Group. In this role, James and his team identify and create new platforms for each property. He also works across departments at SUM and MLS to provide centralized property leadership, insights, and resources, while implementing long-term commercial strategy. 

In 2018, James worked with MLS and EA SPORTS stakeholders to launch eMLS, the League’s FIFA competitive gaming initiative. After its announcement in January, the property has gone on to complete several high-profile gaming events sitting at the cross-section of soccer and gaming culture.

Before joining MLS, James worked with IMG’s consulting division and the New York Cosmos during their 2013 relaunch. James received his MBA from Columbia University in 2014.

Ari Segal

President & COO

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Ari Segal is President and COO of Immortals, LLC, a global esports organization based in Los Angeles. Immortals, founded in 2015, has raised strategic investment from AEG, Lionsgate, the Milken Family, Meg Whitman and Steve Kaplan. The franchise participates in several leading esports titles including DOTA2, Rainbow Six: Siege and Super Smash Brothers under its Immortals brand and Clash Royale and Arena of Valor in its newly created Immortals Mobile division. It owns and operates one of two Los Angeles slots in Overwatch League, the Los Angeles Valiant, and in 2018 re-launched the Brazilian heritage brand MIBR for its CS:GO team, the most popular and competitively successful team in the world. Segal oversees all of the organization’s business operations and is a non-voting Board Adviser on Immortals’ Board of Directors.

Segal previously served as COO for the Arizona Coyotes (NHL), where he led the club to its highest ever single-season ticket sales and total revenue. He was also Special Assistant to the CEO of the Anaheim Ducks (NHL) and led the launch of the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, where he served as the Gulls’ first President of Business Operations. Following their inaugural season, the Gulls were awarded the first-ever AHL President's Award for Business Excellence. Segal previously worked at McKinsey & Company and on Wall Street at Lehman Brothers and CCMP Capital Advisors. He earned a J.D. and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia. He is a licensed attorney and member of the New York State Bar Association.

Tim Sevenhuysen

Head, Shadow Initiatives

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Tim “Magic” Sevenhuysen married his background in statistics and research with his love of esports to become a leading voice in the creation and application of League of Legends analytics. In addition to providing data and insights to coaches, broadcasters, journalists, and fans around the world, both directly and through his personal website, OraclesElixir.com, Tim served as Statistical Consultant to Fnatic during their 2015 summer EU LCS championship and run to the World Championship semifinals. Tim is the Head of Shadow Initiatives for DOJO Madness, an esports startup that harnesses the power of big data to build tools and services to help esports teams, players, and fans understand and master their favorite esports games.

Tal Shachar

Chief Digital Officer

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Tal Shachar is the Chief Digital Officer of Immortals, LLC, a global esports organization based in Los Angeles. Shachar leads consumer-facing operations including marketing, events, merchandising and product. In his role, he focuses on building the most engaged and inclusive fan community in esports. Prior to joining Immortals, Shachar lead strategy and growth for BuzzFeed studios; focusing on monetizing BuzzFeed IP across traditional media, merchandise, live events, and other channels. Earlier, Shachar worked for independent media holding company, The Chernin Group. While there Shachar helped launch Otter Media, which owned and operated direct-to-consumer streaming video businesses including Crunchyroll and RoosterTeeth.

Robert Simmelkjaer

Senior Vice President

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Rob Simmelkjaer has served as Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures since 2011. Simmelkjaer is responsible for managing the NBC Sports Ventures unit, a collection of NBC Sports properties including NBC Sports Radio and podcasts, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and. In 2017 the NBC Sports ventures team he leads launched the Universal Open esports tournament, NBC’s first foray into esports, featuring the popular esports title Rocket League.

In addition to managing the commercial properties above, Simmelkjaer is charged with exploring sports, esports and gaming related investment opportunities with in coordination with Comcast Ventures.  Simmelkjaer helped lead NBC Sports Group’s exploration of the youth sports technology space, leading to its 2016 acquisition of Sports Engine, a leading youth sports registration technology platform.

In addition to his executive role, Simmelkjaer serves as an on-air contributor across multiple NBCUniversal platforms, including NBC Sports, NBCSN, NBCSR, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Simmelkjaer anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Prior to joining NBC, Simmelkjaer served in various roles at ESPN, including as Vice President of International Development and Corporate Projects, Vice President and Assistant to the President, and Director of NBA Programming. During his time at ESPN, Simmelkjaer also served as an anchor & correspondent for ESPN and ABC News.

Prior to his tenure at ESPN, Simmelkjaer practiced law at two New York firms, Weil, Gotshal and Manges from 2000-2001, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1997-2000.

Simmelkjaer is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He is a native of New York. NY. He currently lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Bruce Stein

Co-Founder & CEO

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Bruce Stein, CEO aXiomatic

As CEO and co-founder of aXiomatic Bruce Stein has been responsible for the strategic direction and operations of aXiomatic since its beginnings in 2015 with its Team Liquid investment. He is also a member of the aXiomatic’s and Team Liquid’s Board of Directors and brings a wealth of expertise to both companies in building brands for technology and consumer products, entertainment, and intellectual property marketing on a global basis.

Stein’s professional background includes executive management and operational experience at several world-class corporations as well as smaller start-up companies. He has served as COO/Worldwide President/Board member of Mattel, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation), and President/CEO of Kenner Products As President of Kenner, Bruce transformed a small, narrowly-focused toy company into one of the country’s largest, most successful promotional companies, leading it through two major transactions and ultimately selling it to Hasbro Toys where he oversaw its growth into Hasbro’s most profitable division.

Bruce has also worked at new media, entertainment and technology companies such as Mandalay Media where he served as CEO, Radical Communication where he served as CEO/Chairman, and family entertainment studio The Hatchery which he founded and led as CEO. Stein has served as a strategic advisor to PE, VC and early stage media, content and internet companies including 3 Black Dot, Dreamworks SKG, Warner Bros., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Dasym Investment Strategies B.V., Puji Capital, Lottogopher and Guggenheim Capital.

Stein served on the Board of Directors of ViewSonic, Inc. and was Chairman of its Compensation Committee. He is an alum of YPO, served on the Board of Trustees of the Toy Manufacturers Assoc., and served as an advisor to The Freedom Center. Stein received a B.A. from Pitzer College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

Shizuka Suzuki

Assistant Vice President, Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing

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Shizuka (Shiz) Suzuki
Assistant Vice President – Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing
AT&T Global Marketing Organization
Shiz is known as a tenacious, results driven leader who has a consistent track record of leading teams and building the AT&T brand while pushing the envelope of innovation.
She currently leads the Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing team at AT&T, which includes industry-leading partnerships across numerous sports, lifestyle and entertainment verticals. These include ESL in the world of esports, AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the AT&T Byron Nelson, NCAA Final Four, College Football Playoffs, Major League Soccer, F1 Red Bull Racing, and Tribeca Film Festival, to name a few.
Prior to her current role in Sponsorships, Shiz held a wide range of roles across the corporation—a true testament to her business acumen, adaptability and leadership skills. She’s been on the front lines managing call centers and out in the field leading construction crews—consistently outperforming peer groups in productivity and accuracy. She was instrumental on the delivery of the company’s first cloud product as well as designing industry leading offers in the pricing and analytics organization for the largest corporate clients.
More recently, Shiz also supported the Chairman and CEO of AT&T, which included production of multi-location and live broadcast of major events ranging from leadership conferences, all-employee town halls to merger announcements, press tours and the Annual AT&T Shareholders’ Meeting.
In a previous role, Shiz was the chief of staff to the SVP of Brand, Advertising, Media and Sponsorships which included executive support, overseeing overall operations and organizational budgets. Shiz has also led large scale corporate-wide workforce and workplace transformation efforts.
She has received numerous accolades including the Asian MBA Global Emerging Leaders Award, the Women of Color STEM Magazine’s Technology Rising Stars award, AT&T Best of the Best Awards, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Shiz holds a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Peter, and rescue dog, Bella. She enjoys wine tasting, international cuisines and traveling.

Jason Woo

Chief Strategy Officer & General Manager

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Jason Woo is the chief strategy officer and general manager for NGE (Next Generation Esports), an esports publisher for video game companies and leading independent producer of premier esports content worldwide. Jason is a lifelong gamer and experienced business leader who has founded companies, successfully fundraised and earned successful exits. He currently leads strategic planning and day-to-day operations for NGE and its many video game partners, including Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, Psyonix, Supercell and Tencent Games.