2019 LEAD1 Partners

  • Ephesus Sports Lighting
    Ephesus Sports Lighting

    Ephesus was founded with the certainty that we can improve the world with lighting solutions that contribute to brighter, more vibrant, and more sustainable environments. Through our uncompromising commitment to innovative and insight-driven engineering, we provide the solutions and support to help people confidently create more positive and productive experiences in the places they live, work, and play.

    The power of these ideas has helped us grow and expand; and in 2015, we were acquired by Eaton, a global leader in technology. Eaton shares our passion for innovative technology, and with the help of their reach and resources, our future is looking even brighter!

    Visit their website at https://ephesuslighting.com.

  • Learfield/IMG College
    Learfield/IMG College

    An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 125 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.

    While the company was founded in 1972 as a small farm radio network, today, Learfield is a diverse media enterprise anchored by its core collegiate business. Much of the company’s evolution in recent years can be attributed to its robust, strategic growth plan unveiled in December 2011 that brought majority ownership investments from Shamrock Capital and Providence Equity Group. Since October 2016, the Atairos Group has been poised to direct Learfield’s future growth, ensuring continued collaborations in all facets of the corporate structure to better serve its partners.

    Visit their website at https://www.learfield.com.

  • Ticketmaster
    Ticketmaster

    Ticketmaster gives millions of fans – worldwide – fair and easy access to the biggest and best in live entertainment.

    Driven by innovation, unparalleled scalability, and unmatched support, we are the definitive leader in professional ticketing solutions. Over 12,000 artists, teams, and venues around the world trust us to power their amazing performances daily — with more than 500 million tickets sold each year.

    We are a diverse team of 6,500+ global employees and a proud division of Live Nation Entertainment,  the world’s leading live entertainment company and an organization certified as a Great Place to Work®. Everything we do starts with our passion to dream, design, and deliver the unforgettable experience of live. Because we’re fans too — and live only happens once.

    Visit their website at https://www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Anthony Travel
    Anthony Travel

    Anthony Travel is the nation’s largest provider of sports travel management services. With 40 offices nationwide, Anthony Travel partners with 80 of the nation’s most prestigious universities, along with leading amateur and youth sports organizations, to provide comprehensive travel solutions and unforgettable experiences to teams, alumni and fans at more than 300 domestic and international events annually. Anthony Travel is a division of On Location Experiences, a premium experiential hospitality business owned by RedBird Capital Partners, Bruin Sports Capital, 32 Equity (the entity that oversees the NFL’s venture capital initiatives) and the Carlyle Group. On Location’s operations include Anthony Travel, CID Entertainment, Kreate Inc, Nomadic Entertainment, PrimeSport and Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours.

    Visit their website at https://www.anthonytravel.com/.

  • Daktronics
    Daktronics

    Every day, in nearly 100 countries around the world, millions of people depend on Daktronics scoring and electronic display systems for information and entertainment. Our LED displays provide vital travel information in airports and train stations, and along highways. They also tell you the price of gas and advertise store specials as you make your daily commute, and enhance your spectator experience when you’re in a sports stadium, whether for a high school sporting event or for your favorite pro sports team.

    In 1968, Daktronics began with a purpose: To provide career opportunities to South Dakota college graduates who were having difficulty finding challenging careers within the state. That remains an important part of our purpose. But our vision and company have grown. The success of our scoreboards, large-screen displays, messaging displays, audio systems and their respective control systems means our work is visible worldwide. The services we deliver to our customers are critically important to our success as well.

    We develop solutions. We lead the LED video and messaging display industry because we focus on solving our customers’​ challenges. We stand behind our promises with quality products and reliable services.

    Visit their website at http://www.daktronics.com.

  • Turnkey Sports
    Turnkey Sports

    For the past 20+ years, Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has been a recognized, respected and trusted brand in the sports and entertainment industry. Turnkey Search is the Executive Search division of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment. The Search team has a legacy of more than 1,000 successful executive search placements. Our success and differentiation is grounded in actual, hands-on operating experience in professional sports, college sports, entertainment and media, supported by an experienced and diverse team of recruiters with unmatched subject matter expertise. We also offer executive coaching to sports, entertainment, and media professionals looking for guidance in leadership training, negotiation strategy, personal branding and more.

    Visit www.turnkeysearch.com to find out more.

  • DHR International
    DHR International

    DHR International is a privately held executive search solutions provider with 50 wholly-owned offices around the world—including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base.

    DHR International’s executive talent spans 18 different industrial and functional areas, including Advanced Technology, Financial Services, Human Resources, Industrial, Retail, and Sports. DHR International’s expansive global reach and extended intellectual assets are the keystones to our position as a preferred global supplier and value-add service provider.

    DHR International is recognized as a quality driven executive search firm that exceeds expectations by actively listening to clients and consistently delivering results. DHR is committed to recruiting the very best talent in the world for your company’s needs. DHR International’s thorough and consultative process enhances our value of service through the deployment of thought leadership, market analysis and our understanding of competitive dynamics.

    Visit their website at https://www.dhrinternational.com.