Sree Varma - Founder & CEO
Sree Varma has sixteen years of marketing and sales experience ranging from pharmaceutical, retail to the sports industry. Mr Varma has been in the sports industry for nine years now, and has worked as Commercial Director at Business F1 & Sports Pro, and as a Consultant for Sport + Markt. From 2008, he has been running Glitzier Sports Consultancy and has an MBA in Marketing.
Sree was recognised for his hard work at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2013, after sealing the Special Merit award for Social Media Entrepreneur.
He is also an advisor to several organisations and is on the judging panel on a number of awards such as the Sports Technology Awards.
Favourite sports team/person: Arsenal FC, Roger Federer and McLaren F1.
Memorable sporting events: 2009 Wimbledon men’s final, 2005 Ashes series and Usain Bolt winning 100m gold medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Michael Cunnah - Chairman
Having previously worked in senior finance roles at the likes of Coca-Cola and Guinness Ltd. (now Diageo), Michael Cunnah made his first foray into the world of sports with the Football Association (FA) in 1998. He served for three years as the organisation’s Finance Director before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Wembley Stadium in 2001, where he personally managed the redevelopment of the new National Stadium. He was also with English Premier League side Aston Villa, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from 2007 to 2008.
Mr Cunnah’s influence in sports and other business sectors continues in an impressive portfolio of roles including iSportconnect, Stadium Management Systems Ltd and Slenky.com. He is also a Director of Sportsmax, the Caribbean’s leading sports TV company.
Favourite sports team/person: Sunderland and Martin O’Neill
Memorable sporting events: Sunderland's victory in FA Cup Final, 1973 and Germany 1 England 5 in 2001 during the qualifying stages of the 2002 World Cup.
Jay Stuart - Editor at Large
Jay Stuart has been covering the international media industry since the 1980s. He was deputy bureau chief in Rome of US show business newspaper Variety, editor of Television Business International magazine, editorial director of Kagan World Media and editorial director of the Press Association’s PA Sport Services. He was also co-creator and Associate Producer of Naked Sport, a major documentary on the sports business for Channel 4, PBS and Showtime.
Lou Imbriano - US Advisory Board Member
Imbriano studied at Boston College, where he is now a Professor of Sports Marketing, before he began his career as Executive Sports Producer at WHDH in 1987. Between 1997 and 2006 he was Chief Marketing Officer of The New England Patriots. He held the position of Chief Operating Officer at MLS club, New England Revolution between 2001 and 2005.
Since 2006 Imbriano has been President and CEO of TrinityOne, a Marketing Strategy and Business Advisory Consultancy that helps businesses, particularly in the sports industry, to attain and retain customers.
Favourite sports team/person: New England Patriots and Larry Bird
Memorable sporting events: The Snow Bowl ~ Patriots beat Raiders to advance to the AFC Championship in Pittsburgh January 2001
Steven Falk - Advisory Board Member
A graduate in Psychology from Manchester University, Steven started his career in the motor industry before taking an MBA at Warwick University Business School. There followed commercial roles at Astra Zeneca, United Utilities, Great Universal Stores and MBNA Bank where he worked on a range of assignments in the UK, Eastern & Western Europe, North America and Asia.
From 2001 to 2009, Steven was Marketing Director at Manchester United Football Club. Steven served as a member of the Executive Committee of Manchester United and a board director of Manchester United Foundation, the club’s charitable trading arm. In January 2010, he launched Star Sports Marketing, a specialist sports marketing consultancy. For more information, please visit www.starsportsmarketing.com
Favourite sports team/person:Any playing in the red shirt of Wales and Ryan Giggs, a true professional.
Memorable sporting events: Scoring in the final of the Colwyn Bay under 11s 5-a-side tournament in 1967
Mark Blundell - Advisory Board Member
Mark started his sporting career at just 14, and for nearly twenty years he competed at the very top of world motorsport, including Formula One, IndyCar and World Rally. His wins even include the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour Endurance Race. From 2001 through to 2008, Mark was integral to ITV as part of the 3-time BAFTA award-winning team, providing F1 analysis alongside Jim Rosenthal and Steve Rider.
In 2005, he and his close friend, Martin Brundle, founded 2mb Sports Management. A boutique talent management company, 2mb is committed to identifying and developing young sports talent and to helping established sports stars define and manage their brands. In January 2009, Mark took sole ownership of 2mb Sports Management and is now committed full-time to using his experience, knowledge and connections to provide personalised commercial services and management support.
Chris Campasano - Managing Director, United States
Mr Campasano is a highly-respected sports professional in local, regional and international circles, particularly within the football (soccer) community. He is the President of Upper 90 Media, a marketing and branding companythat works both in the online and offline arena. Mr. Campasano is also the President and Founder of Passing Hope, a non-profit charity that works with those who are either economically or physically challenged through The Beautiful Game. He has held executive positions with several companies, including a leading design and marketing company based in NYC and has been instrumental in the launch of various sports properties, including the Texas Pro Soccer Festival. Chris is one of the leaders looking to bring Major League Soccer to the Phoenix, Arizona metro area.
Chris holds an impressive educational background, including a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State University, and a MaOM in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix.
Favourite sports team/person: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona State Sun Devils (NCAA) & Bolton Wanderers. Favorite current sports personalities are Lionel Messi, Phil Mickelson (Golf) & Steve Nash (NBA and part owner of Vancouver Whitecaps)
Memorable sporting events: 1982 & 2006 World Cup Finals
Sonja Kreye - Managing Director, Germany
Sonja is a Sponsorship and PR Consultant and is working with customers that include tolimit Sport & Marketing, Publicis Kommunikationsagentur, Motorsport-Guide.com and Joest Racing Team with regards to sponsorship concepts, sponsorship development and activation as well as with regards to public relations and communications. In her career, Sonja consulted and managed sponsorship concepts for brands such as DHL, Krombacher, Veltins, Sigma, Procter & Gamble and many more. Prior to her current role, Sonja was Business Relations Manager at Porsche Motorsport and furthermore consulted Formula One race tracks such as Hockenheim, Shanghai and Magny Cours and she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Media & Marketing.
Favourite sports person: Sebastian Vettel
Memorable sporting events: The American Le Mans Series in 2007, when I was part of the Porsche Penske RS Spyder team and when we won 9 out of 11 races against the favourites from Audi.