LaRhonda Burley

As Vice President, LaRhonda's primary focus is to develop and implement strategic partnerships to accelerate the mission of the National Fitness Foundation.  


Following a graduate internship with the Tiger Woods Foundation, LaRhonda joined Monumental Sports & Entertainment with a focus on business operations for the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics where she managed the Mystics jersey naming rights partnership with Inova Health System as well as the presenting partner of the Mystics Youth Summer League, Kay Jewelers. Following her tenure at MSE, LaRhonda managed the sponsor portfolio for the 2013 Citi Open as a consultant for Lagardere Sports & Entertainment before joining the Washington Redskins sponsorship group in 2014. As Senior Director of Partnership Marketing for the Redskins, LaRhonda managed the sponsor services group and affinity marketing platforms, in addition to serving as the activation strategy lead for the Team's marquee partners, FedEx and PepsiCo. After four seasons with the Redskins, LaRhonda joined the NFL Players Association where she served as the strategy lead for 32 NFL clubs, advising on best practices for use of players in sponsor programs. In 2018, LaRhonda was hired by the National Fitness Foundation to oversee partnership and marketing strategy for the organization. 

In addition to her professional responsibilities, LaRhonda supports several nonprofit organizations including Women Influencers Network, Dreams for Kids DC, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and ReBuilding Together.  LaRhonda earned a bachelor’s degree in international business at the University of Maryland and a master’s in sports marketing from Georgetown University, where she currently serves as an advisor.

Robert R. Redfield, MD

Robert R. Redfield, MD, is the 18th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He has been a public health leader actively engaged in clinical research and clinical care of chronic human viral infections and infectious diseases, especially HIV, for more than 30 years.

He served as the founding director of the Department of Retroviral Research within the U.S. Military’s HIV Research Program, and retired after 20 years of service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Following his military service, he co-founded the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology with Dr. William Blattner and Dr. Robert C. Gallo and served as the Chief of Infectious Diseases and Vice Chair of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Redfield made several important early contributions to the scientific understanding of HIV, including the demonstration of the importance of heterosexual transmission, the development of the Walter Reed staging system for HIV infection, and the demonstration of active HIV replication in all stages of HIV infection.

In addition to his research work, Dr. Redfield oversaw an extensive clinical program providing HIV care and treatment to more than 5,000 patients in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. community.

Dr. Redfield served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2005 to 2009, and was appointed as Chair of the International Subcommittee from 2006 to 2009.

He is a past member of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, the Fogarty International Center Advisory Board at the National Institutes of Health, and the Advisory Anti-Infective Agent Committee of the Food and Drug Administration.

ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D.

ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 15, 2018. The Assistant Secretary for Health leads development of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations, oversees 11 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 600 locations around the world to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation and our world.  He also oversees three Presidential and 11 Secretarial advisory committees.

Dr. Giroir is a physician, scientist and innovator. He is a former medical school executive and biotech startup CEO, and has served in a number of leadership positions in the federal government as well as academia.

From 2014-2015, Dr. Giroir chaired the Veteran’s Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel to reform the U.S. Veterans Health System. During the Ebola emergency, he directed the Texas Task Force on Infectious and Disease Preparedness Response.

He was executive vice president and CEO of Texas A&M’s Health Science Center from 2013-2015, having earlier served as vice chancellor of strategic initiatives (2011-2013) and vice chancellor for research (2008-2011) for the entire Texas A&M University system. A pediatric critical care physician and a former member of the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Giroir cared for critically ill children for 14 years, and was the first chief medical officer of Children's Medical Center of Dallas (now Children's Health). He was also a professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from 1993-2003, and held a number of positions in academic and hospital leadership.

Dr. Giroir has had a significant federal portfolio. He directed the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2006-2008. In this capacity, he worked regularly with the White House, Congress, and NIH, CDC, DHS and CIA leadership on national priorities, strategies and programs. He joined the office in 2004 as deputy director, and between1998 and 2004, was a member of the Defense Sciences Research Council.

Dr. Giroir has authored or co-authored almost 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds patents on a number of biomedical inventions. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the American Heart Association’s President Lyndon Baines Johnson Research Award and the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Annual Scientific Award. He was the nation’s high school debate champion in 1978. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University in 1982 and a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas) in 1986.

Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D.

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD,  was appointed as the 17th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on July 7, 2017.

Dr. Fitzgerald previously served as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and state health officer from 2011 to 2017.

Dr. Fitzgerald, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, has practiced medicine for three decades. As Georgia DPH Commissioner, Dr. Fitzgerald oversaw various state public health programs and directed the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments. Prior to that, Dr. Fitzgerald held numerous leadership positions. She served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society and she worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She has served as a Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.     

Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training at the Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant clinical professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Fitzgerald served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) Base in Michigan and at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

Gary H. Gibbons

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., is Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.

The NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Prior to being named director of the NHLBI, Gibbons served as a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC) from 2009-2012. He was also a member of the NHLBI Board of Extramural Experts (BEE), a working group of the NHLBAC.

Before joining the NHLBI, Gibbons served as the founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta.

Under his leadership of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Gibbons directed NIH-funded research in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine, and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. During his tenure, the Cardiovascular Research Institute emerged as a center of excellence, leading the way in discoveries related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Gibbons received several patents for innovations derived from his research in the fields of vascular biology and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases.

Gibbons earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1999, Gibbons was a member of the faculty at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., from 1990-1996, and at Harvard Medical School from 1996-1999. 

Throughout his career, Gibbons has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences; selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Awardee; selection as a Pew Foundation Biomedical Scholar; and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Brad Smallwood

Brad Smallwood leads Facebook’s Measurement and Insights group, responsible for analyzing and optimizing the online and offline impact of Facebook’s advertising. Smallwood works with the world’s largest brands and agencies both to measure advertising effectiveness and to improve the relevance of ad campaigns to Facebook users. Advertisers his team works with range from direct-response marketers interested in driving immediate consumer actions, to brand marketers looking to understand offline ROI as well as affect more long-term attitudinal changes in consumers (e.g. brand awareness metrics). In addition to ad effectiveness measurement, Smallwood oversees the day-to-day management of Facebook’s worldwide ad inventory including pricing, inventory controls, and running of Facebook’s marketplace.

Smallwood has over 20 years of experience developing and running both on and offline marketplaces. Prior to joining Facebook, he was General Manager of Yahoo’s multi-billion dollar display advertising business. While there, he worked to introduce several third-party demand channels to help strengthen the industry-leading Yahoo marketplace, including the acquisition of Right Media. Prior to Yahoo, Smallwood worked at startups Namezero, AllAdvantage, and Revcube, where he developed a series of state-of-the-art ad targeting and ad serving techniques. These techniques include the first behavioral targeting system, along with an integrated platform for online campaign management across search, display, email, creative, and landing page optimization. Before this, Smallwood was one of the early innovators in the pricing space, developing and running the pricing and revenue management systems for a variety of industries including airlines, hotels, and shipping.

Swin Cash

Swin Cash may be a highly decorated professional athlete, but there is more to her than points and rebounds. Swin, whose name Swintayla means “astounding woman,” is the founder of Swin Cash Enterprises LLC and the founder of Cash Building Blocks, LP, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes for low income families. As if that weren’t enough, the McKeesport, Pennsylvania native, is the founder of Cash for Kids, a 501 (c) (3) charity with the mission to “motivate, educate, & elevate” kids. Through Cash for Kids, Swin has helped thousands of children across the nation and around the world, with a particular focus on fitness, leadership and service. 

Selected as the number two overall pick in the 2002 draft, it didn't take long for Swin to rack up awards and accolades. She is a five time WNBA All-Star, two-time WNBA All-Star MVP, and a three time WNBA Champion. Swin also is a two time Olympic Gold Medalist and was voted 'Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year' in both 2003 and 2007. Swin was recently honored by the WNBA as one of the top 20 Greatest and Most Influential Players in League History. Swin has played professional basketball for three seasons in China and with WNBA teams in Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. With the WNBA teams Swin played forward and wore number 32. The 2016 WNBA season as a member of the New York Liberty was her 15th and final year as a professional basketball player. Following her illustrious playing career, Swin accepted a job in the New York Liberty’s front office as Director of Franchise Development, a first-of-its-kind role in the league that sees her assisting with both business and basketball operations. She became just the second former player in WNBA history to immediately assume a front office position, and is the first to take on a role supporting both business and basketball goals. 

When not playing basketball, Swin pursues her other career as a sports journalist and on-air commentator and analyst for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Turner and MSG Networks. Swin is presently a commentator on CBS Sports’ “We Need to Talk,” which is the first national all-female sports show. Swin is also Host of MSG Network’s “The Jeff Hornacek Experience” and In-Studio Analyst for “New York Knicks Game Day.” 

Swin Cash is a much sought-after Public Speaker who has addressed topics of: Leadership, Teamwork, Overcoming Adversity (cancer, back surgery), Health and Fitness, Fashion, Women’s Issues, and Children’s Issues. She is the author of Humble Journey, More Precious than Gold, a recounting of her eventful journey through her professional and personal life and her discovery of why the lessons she learned are more precious than the medals she’s earned. Swin’s true passion is public service and philanthropy. She has served as an Envoy for U.S. State Department in their work with children in various countries and she has served as an Envoy for NBA Africa & NBA India. She has also devoted her time to serving as a Mentor to the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships as well as the White House Fatherhood Initiative. 

Swin has spent over a decade with the WNBPA on the executive committee advocating for players. She has received an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College for public service, and multiple awards and honor of recognition such as History Makers Awardee, Smithsonian - Heinz History Center, Alumnae Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, March of Dimes New York 2016 Sportswoman of the year award and the 2016 Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Swin has been awarded multiple WNBA's Care Community Assist Award’s for her extensive outreach efforts. Cash enjoys talking to young people, encouraging them to believe in themselves, to achieve their goals and to become leaders in their communities. This, she believes, leads to self-confidence, self-development and is essential to helping kids “get in the game” of life. 

Lawrence Epstein

Lawrence Epstein serves as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Zuffa, LLC, which owns and operates the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. He previously served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel beginning in August of 2007. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Epstein is responsible for all of Zuffa’s worldwide operations.

Under Epstein’s leadership, Zuffa spearheaded the regulatory effort for the sport of MMA, gaining approval and sanction from the world’s most prestigious regulatory bodies including the Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ontario (Canada), and New South Wales (Australia) Athletic Commissions. As a result of Epstein’s guidance, the UFC has become the fastest growing sports organization in the world.

During his tenure as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Epstein was responsible for Zuffa’s corporate government relations functions including activities before the United States Congress, State Legislatures and governments around the world.

The UFC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, produces more than 45 live events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Epstein has directed much of the Company’s international expansion and, as a result, the UFC has shattered box office records across the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Japan and Brazil. He was also instrumental in establishing television distribution agreements around the world with leading broadcasters such as Globo, Televisa, FOX International, and BT sports.

In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Broadcast Networks. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which airs on FOX Sports 1.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries and territories, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, a videogame franchise with Electronic Arts (EA), UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club® affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, Octagon ™ branded apparel and Topps Trading Cards. Primary sponsors with the UFC include Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Dodge, MetroPCS and Harley-Davidson.

Epstein also spearheaded the UFC’s launch of UFC Fight Pass™, a new and innovative digital subscription service that delivers a minimum of 10 exclusive live events per year, newly created and exclusive content, and unprecedented on-demand access to the company’s vast MMA video library. UFC Fight Pass has become the premier destination for MMA fans to enjoy hundreds of hours of fights and exclusive content online from their smart TVs, personal computers and mobile devices.

Prior to joining Zuffa, Epstein was a Partner and the President of the Nevada based law firm Beckley Singleton, which joined with Lewis, Rothgerberin 2007. Epstein’s private practice focused on business litigation and encompassed transactional work including contracts relating to MMA, boxing and other entertainment businesses. He is rated AV (Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell and has been featured in numerous publications, including the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Vanderbilt Lawyer magazines and the Sports Business Journal.

Epstein is also the President of IKE Gaming, Inc., the owner of the El Cortez Hotel and Casino. The El Cortez operates over 1,000 slot machines, 20 table games and 354 hotel rooms in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Epstein has maintained a non-restricted gaming license in the state of Nevada since 1992.

A life-long resident of Nevada, Epstein has also been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Meadows School, a private non-sectarian pre-K through 12 institution.

Epstein holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the Vanderbilt University School of Law Board of Advisors.

Jane Wargo

Jane Wargo was hired as Program Director of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program in November 2012 to lead the development of the school funding program, facilitate program implementation in schools nationwide, and manage the general activities of the program partnership.

Prior to her role with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, she worked for nine years at the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition where she managed federal partnerships and initiatives, the Council’s science board and the Council’s signature President’s Challenge physical activity, fitness, and nutrition awards program.  While at the Council, she co-authored two book chapters addressing the development of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, served as co-lead of the activity and fitness work group for Healthy People 2010 and 2020, and led the development and implementation of a federal physical activity challenge to encourage a more active federal workforce.

Jane received her master’s degree in wellness management from Ball State University’s Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology and her undergraduate degree in English from Butler University.  Her two young children strengthen her passion to ensure the presence of quality physical education and health promotion programming in schools.

Patricia Rockenwagner

Patricia (Patti) S. Röckenwagner is the Chief Communications Officer for STX Entertainment and leads the company’s efforts to promote its endeavors in the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of content for film, television, VR, digital video, music video and games.

She previously served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Condé Nast Publications.  In this role, she was responsible for the company’s communications, public relations and corporate positioning strategies, including brand marketing, media relations, employee communications and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining Condé Nast, Röckenwagner was Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at McGraw Hill. Before that, she was Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Paramount Pictures where she directed all communications and public relations, as well as brand development and management for the entertainment studio worldwide.

Previously, Röckenwagner held similar executive communications and marketing roles at Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T Broadband. During her time at Time Warner Cable, she re-launched Time Warner Cable’s Hispanic programming, marketing, events and bundling strategy. For Comcast, she oversaw media strategy and execution for the launches of HDTV, digital phone, DVR, Internet and business services in its west region. At AT&T Broadband, she led communications through its sale to Comcast.

Röckenwagner began her career in politics, serving as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager to Senator Tom Hayden, as Legislative Director and Spokesperson to Senator Art Torres, and as Legislative Researcher for Senator Edward Kennedy. She remains active in political and civic affairs.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Röckenwagner was born in Argentina, educated in the United States and Europe, and speaks four languages. She has served on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and supports the Los Angeles Food Bank.

Gary H. Gibbons

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., is Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.

The NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Prior to being named director of the NHLBI, Gibbons served as a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC) from 2009-2012. He was also a member of the NHLBI Board of Extramural Experts (BEE), a working group of the NHLBAC.

Before joining the NHLBI, Gibbons served as the founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta.

Under his leadership of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Gibbons directed NIH-funded research in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine, and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. During his tenure, the Cardiovascular Research Institute emerged as a center of excellence, leading the way in discoveries related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Gibbons received several patents for innovations derived from his research in the fields of vascular biology and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases.

Gibbons earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1999, Gibbons was a member of the faculty at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., from 1990-1996, and at Harvard Medical School from 1996-1999.

Throughout his career, Gibbons has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences; selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Awardee; selection as a Pew Foundation Biomedical Scholar; and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Catherine Zinn

As Orrick’s Chief Client Officer, Catherine helps to ensure that the firm is a steward of our clients’ businesses. Catherine supports Orrick’s commitment to each client’s cause by listening to their views and concerns, responding to their needs, and articulating a shared understanding of priorities.

Among other responsibilities, Catherine meets with clients to solicit their feedback and works with the firm’s client relationship partners and teams to help deliver value added services. She also coordinates the firm’s strategic partnerships with thought leadership and community organizations, also designed to add value for our clients and enhance the firm’s social impact.

Previously, Catherine held senior client relations roles at DLA Piper and at JAMS, the country’s largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services.

Catherine serves on the boards of various organizations including: Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Bay Area Cancer Connections, and Legal Services Sales Organization. In January of 2015, the Secretary of Health and Human Services appointed her to the Board of the National Foundation for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for a six-year term.

In 2008, Catherine served on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee, and, beginning in 2011, she served on Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee as the National Coordinating Co-Chair of Lawyers for Obama. Currently, she is a Community Liaison for Kamala Harris for Senate.

Catherine was recognized as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and a 2015 Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum. In January of 2015 she was inducted into the International Women’s Forum and invited to be an American Leadership Forum Fellow for 2015-2016.

Catherine is a regular speaker on leadership, empowerment for women, and sales coaching. Recent speaking engagements include: “In Conversation with Secretary Madeleine Albright: Power of Connections” for Breast Cancer Connections, “Women as Rainmakers” for the California Women Lawyers Association, “Women in Negotiation” for Women’s Business Empowerment Day, and “Sales: the New Normal in the Legal Industry” for the Legal Marketing Association.

Catherine was a three-sport varsity athlete in college, tennis instructor, personal trainer, and head coach of a top ranked high-school tennis team in Washington, DC.

Catherine is a graduate of Hamilton College with a degree in Economics. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and eight-year-old son.

Robin Thurston

Robin Thurston is the CEO of Helix, where he is helping build the world’s first personal genomics platform. Most recently, he served as chief digital officer at Under Armour and led the overall strategic direction of the company’s Connected Fitness business. Prior to joining Under Armour, Robin co-founded and built MapMyFitness into one of the world’s largest open fitness tracking platforms.

Robin spent the first ten years of his career building a mutual fund classification and ratings platform at Lipper (a Thomson Reuters Company), as well as a manager risk and compensation platform at both American Century Investments and Wellington Management. He graduated with a MS in Finance from University of Colorado at Denver. Follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinJThurston.

 

Jimmy Lynn

Jimmy Lynn, a veteran of more than 25 years in the Sports and Entertainment sectors, is one of the pioneers of the Digital Sports space and is regarded as one of the leading relationship brokers and connectors in the sports industry. He is a co-founder and Vice-President of Kiswe Mobile, a interactive mobile video start-up focused on bringing a rich viewing experience for live media content such as sports and entertainment events to mobile devices.

Previously, Lynn was the managing partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused on sports-related digital media, marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses.

Prior to founding JLynn Associates in 2009, Lynn served as Vice-President, Strategic Development and Partnerships at AOL, where he and his team were responsible for the strategic development and account management of AOL Sports’ strategic partnerships and organizations including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, WNBA, NHL, PGA Tour, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, NFL Players Association, WWF, The Sporting News, STATS, SportsTicker, etc. During his 14-year career at AOL, he was instrumental in developing AOL Sports into one of the leading global sports destination internet sites.

Lynn also served as a Vice-President, Diversity Partnerships and Strategic Relationships for AOL’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, he managed AOL’s employee affinity networks and partnerships with community service organizations.

Lynn also was a member of the Time Warner Sports Forum, which included executives from Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, Turner Sports, AOL Sports, Time Warner Cable, Time 4 Media and Warner Brothers Licensing. The group focused on cross-company sports initiatives for Time Warner.

Previously, Lynn was the Advertising Manager for Home Team Sports, the CBS-owned regional sports network serving the Mid-Atlantic Region (TV partner of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals) and the Promotion Manager for WLTT-FM, the CBS-owned and operated station in Washington, D.C.

Lynn has been actively involved in philanthropy and community service over the past 15 years.Lynn was one of the 2006 recipients of Time Warner’s most prestigious public-service prize, the “Andrew Heiskell Community Service” award. This award is given to employees who exhibit outstanding leadership and accomplishment in voluntary public service, human rights and/or equal opportunity efforts. Lynn also was recognized in 2008 by Greater DC Cares as one of Washington DC’s top 10 rising leaders in philanthropy; as one of City Year’s “Idealists of the Year”; and by Year Up as an “Urban Empowerment” award winner. In 2010, he received an award from Washington, DC Mayor Fenty for outstanding community service. Lynn is a board member of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Lynn is a full-time faculty member of Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management graduate program, where he also serves as the “Special Advisor.” Lynn received the “Dean’s Outstanding Service” award in 2010 and the “Faculty Service” award in 2014. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University.

Tom McMillen

Tom McMillen has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the LEAD1 Association, previously the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association, since September 2015. The association, is a not-for-profit membership organization comprised of the directors of athletics at the 130 NCAA Division 1A institutions.

Previously, Mr. McMillen served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Timios National Corporation, a real estate services company. He also served on the advisory board of Clean Energy Systems, a clean coal technology firm.

Mr. McMillen has had a highly diversified and successful career in the fields of sports, business, and politics. He served three consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (4th District, MD). Mr. McMillen began his involvement with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1970 as a high school senior when he was selected by President Nixon to become the youngest member of the Council. He was named by President Clinton to co-chair of the Council from 1993-97. He was the original architect of the legislation that enabled the National Foundation on Physical, Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to be created, and was the founding chairman.

Mr. McMillen was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the best high school player in America. He was a three-time All-American and academic All-American at the University of Maryland, holds the all time career scoring average, and was a member of the controversial 1972 Olympic Team. Mr. McMillen is the first University of Maryland student to be awarded a Rhodes scholarship. In the 1974 National Basketball Association draft, he was the first selection by the Buffalo Braves. He subsequently played for 11 years in the N.B.A., with the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Bullets.

In Congress, Mr. McMillen served on the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. He was unanimously elected as President of the Democratic freshman class of the 100th Congress. While in Congress, he held the Maryland record for consecutive House floor votes, casting 2,050 votes in a row during his first five years in office. He served as Chairman of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Caucus, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus, and Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government Task Force.

In 1988, he was inducted into the first Capitol One  Academic All-American Hall of Fame as a charter member. From 1991-2003, he served on the Knight Foundation’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics investigating abuses within college sports. Also, Mr. McMillen is the co-author of Out of Bounds, a book on sports and ethics in America. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Top 50 players of all time. In 2010, McMillen was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame and in 2013, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mr. McMillen serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland College Park’s School of Public Affairs and the University of Maryland College Park’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship. He is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, DC and serves on the board of Nexstar Media Group.

Pat Cunnane

Patrick Cunnane is the President & CEO of Advanced Sports International, a privately held company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that owns five bicycle brands – Fuji, Kestrel, Breezer, SE and Oval Concepts.

Mr. Cunnane was recognized by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’ as “Executive of the Year” in 2010.  Mr. Cunnane began his career in the bicycle industry when he was 12 years old, sweeping floors and fixing flats at a local bicycle shop. He soon moved on to sales, working for wholesaler District Bicycle Supply, and then to Ross Bicycles, where he became one of the youngest national sales managers in the industry. 

After an assignment as sales manager at Giant, Pat started two businesses in 1992 – Cunnane Bicycle, a marketing and distribution company, and Bicycle Surplus, an internet business that he sold in 2001. Mr. Cunnane became President of Advanced Sports International in 2001. Since then, he has grown the company presence in more than 50 countries and 1,100 U.S. independent business dealers.

In 2003, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association awarded Mr. Cunnane the “National Advocacy Award,” and in 2006, he was awarded the “Bicycle Industry Leadership Award” by the League of American Bicyclists. He serves on the boards of Bikes Belong, the Cadence Cycling Foundation, and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (past president, current treasurer). He is also a former board member of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

A graduate of Temple University, he is above all a cyclist. In 1979, he rode his bike from Pacific City, Oregon to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 29 days. He now regularly commutes to work by bike. Pat is married with three children with his oldest son serving in the White House as a communications specialist.