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

    Because “Live Only Happens Once” Ticketmaster is trusted by thousands of campuses to help connect fans, boosters and donors with amazing event experiences.  Driven by innovation, unparalleled scalability and unmatched support, Ticketmaster is proud to be the leading enterprise-grade ticketing software and services company, powering the biggest and best in live entertainment.

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

  • Paciolan

    Founded in 1980, Paciolan is a leader in ticketing, fundraising, marketing, analytics, and technology solutions powering more than 500 live entertainment organizations that sell over 120 million tickets per year.

    By using our industry-leading solutions, we not only bring your venue to life by filling it with fans and patrons, we also help you to engage your fans and patrons to keep them coming back again and again.

    Visit their website at https://www.paciolan.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

    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.

  • Sendero Consulting
    Sendero Consulting

    At Sendero our mission is simple: be the management consulting partner most respected for our people, our culture, and the results we deliver to our clients. Our experts come from top consulting companies as well as talent nurtured and grown here. They provide guidance in strategic planning, technology consulting, and organizational effectiveness across a variety of industries, with clients ranging from emerging leaders to Fortune 500. We are committed to partnering with clients to navigate the unique challenges of their business while focusing on designing practical, high-value solutions. We define success with our clients—not for them—enabling them to grow wisely.

    Visit their website at https://www.senderoconsulting.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.

  • InXAthlete

    InXAthlete is an online employment platform built by student-athletes for student-athletes. It’s a tool, free for students, that connects student-athletes with employers who value the athletic skills that translate well into the business world. To learn more, visit www.inxathlete.com.

  • DLR Group
    DLR Group

    DLR Group produces opportunities to generate revenue and provide unprecedented athlete and fan experiences. They design venues where memories are made. Their designs forge a brand icon that will positively impact a campus and community for years to come and deliver for programs that strive to be champions. For more information, please visit www.dlrgroup.com.

  • U.S. Council for Athlete's Health
    U.S. Council for Athlete's Health

    U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) has over 100 collective years of experience in athletic healthcare. They are committed to providing independent and unbiased medical expertise to organizations and individuals dedicated to the optimal health and safety for the athletes they serve. Visit www.uscah.com for more information.

  • FastModel Sports (FastAccess)
    FastModel Sports (FastAccess)

    FastModel Sports (FastAccess) has been developing and marketing enterprise SaaS platforms that live at the intersection of sports and technology. Over 660 Division I programs, 12,000 high schools and all NBA, WNBA, and G-League teams depend on FastModel software. For more information, please visit www.fastmodelsports.com.  

  • Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP
    Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP

    Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP is a go-to firm for colleges and universities seeking counsel and representation in matters involving NCAA compliance, campus investigations and related legal issues. Their clients come from all corners of the NCAA membership, including members of the American Athletic, Atlantic Coast, C-USA, Big Ten, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences. For more information, please visit www.lightfootlaw.com.

  • Mintz Levin
    Mintz Levin

    Mintz Levin creates breakthrough legal strategies that help clients solve problems and forge ahead. Their attorneys combine legal, business, and industry insight to help navigate shifting challenges. They recognize that your athletics program is a strong part of your culture and understand the complexities associated with managing these programs. For more information about Mintz, please visit www.mintz.com.

  • Porter Wright’s Sports Law Practice & Anomaly Sports Group
    Porter Wright’s Sports Law Practice & Anomaly Sports Group

    Headquartered in Columbus with eight offices around the country, Porter Wright’s Sports Law Practice helps professional athletes navigate the complex business and personal matters they face every day. With a shared passion for athlete protection and development, Porter Wright works in tandem with Anomaly Sports Group as an educational resource. Anomaly consults with both collegiate and professional sports organizations on student–athlete development and player engagement programming. Learn more at porterwright.com/sports and anomalysportsgroup.com.

  • RealRecruit

    RealRecruit helps universities evaluate the student-athlete experience, make better decisions and protect their brands. For more information, visit www.realrecruit.com.


    RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment. RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. For more information, visit www.rsmus.com.


    GO GROUND® is the leading group ground transportation and logistics specialist for colleges and universities. They provide a balanced approach of safety, service and savings which is supported by their industry first proprietary technology that includes online booking, integrated websites and mobile apps. For more information, please visit www.GOGROUND.com.

  • Winstead PC
    Winstead PC

    Winstead is among the largest business law firms in Texas. Winstead attorneys and consultants serve as trusted advisors to mid-market and large businesses, providing a core range of legal services that are critical to their operation and success. From its well-known reputation in real estate, financial services, energy and technology to its corporate and high-stakes litigation practices, Winstead delivers practical knowledge and responsive service. And it’s all backed by a get-it-done attitude. Winstead has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and the Woodlands, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina. For detailed information, visit www.winstead.com.

  • Maui Jim
    Maui Jim

    If you want to impress your donors, gifting them a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses will do just that. Maui Jim pioneered this onsite experiential gifting concept over 19 years ago, and in that time we have perfected the process and continually evolve with new styles, service offerings, and technology.

    Maui Jim sunglass fittings can take place anywhere; whether at a donor golf tournament, a VIP suite, dinner on the field, or having a pre or post-game celebration. We can tailor the experience for groups with as few as 25 people, and help create an everlasting memory that your donor will always remember. To learn more, please visit www.mauijim.com.