The LEAD1 Association, which represents the athletics directors of the 130 member institutions of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), today announced that it has welcomed 13 new partners for the 2019 LEAD1 Institute. Now in its 20th year, the Institute is the premier mentoring program helping senior administrators prepare to become athletics directors. Participants learn from veteran FBS ADs who serve as faculty for the program and network with top hiring executives from national search firms.
LEAD1 has signed partnerships with DLR Group, Ephesus Sports Lighting, FastModel Sports (FastAccess), GO GROUND®, InXAthlete, Learfield IMG College, Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP, Mintz Levin, Porter Wright Sports Law & Anomaly Sports Group, RealRecruit, Sendero Consulting, Ticketmaster and the U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH).
“We would like to thank these 13 companies who have joined us as sponsors of the 2019 LEAD1 Institute,” LEAD1 President and CEO Tom McMillen said. “The Institute is a terrific forum for discussion about the business of collegiate sports for aspiring athletics directors, and we look forward to welcoming attendees from across the country.”
The 2019 LEAD1 Institute will be held on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from July 22-24. The senior administrators chosen to attend are nominated for the event by their respective athletics directors.
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.
Ephesus Sports Lighting provides lighting needs for higher education facilities whether it’s lighting a stadium with broadcast-ready lighting or providing safe and neighbor-friendly lighting for intramural fields. For more information, please visit www.ephesuslighting.com.
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.
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.
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.
Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform. The company’s extensive commerce, experiential and media solutions create ultimate opportunities for fan engagement. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete experience. For more information, please visit learfield.com.
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 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.
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 helps universities evaluate the student-athlete experience, make better decisions and protect their brands. For more information, visit www.realrecruit.com.
Sendero Consulting provides guidance in strategic planning, technology consulting, and organizational effectiveness across a variety of industries, with clients ranging from emerging leaders to Fortune 500. For more information, visit www.senderoconsulting.com.
Ticketmaster is an American ticket sales and distribution company based in Beverly Hills, California with operations in many countries around the world. In 2010 it merged with Live Nation under the name Live Nation Entertainment. For more information, please visit www.ticketmaster.com.
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.
About the LEAD1 Association
LEAD1 represents the athletics directors of the 130-member universities of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Key to the LEAD1 mission are influencing how the rules of college sports are enacted and implemented, advocating for the future of college athletics, and providing various services to our member schools. For more information, please visit www.LEAD1Association.com.