The ISG Advisory Group includes some of the most insightful minds in our industry
Working closely with some of the leading figures within sport and business, our Advisors ensure that we are driving Inside Sport Group forward for your benefit. Their experience and knowledge of our industry will guarantee that everything we do is current and relevant.
Rita is a sports business pioneer in the US and the founder of Bold Sphere Music.
Rita was recognized for her work on behalf of the Saints and community by being named one of the forty most influential sports executives under the age of forty by Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal in both 2007 and 2008. She also was awarded the inaugural “Changing Louisiana Award” by Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu for her volunteerism and social entrepreneurship on behalf of the state.
Rita is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Agribusiness, and a certificate in International Business from the Mays School of Business. She was a member of the inaugural class of the NFL Managers Program at Stanford University’s Executive Education Graduate School of Business. Her previous sports experience includes roles with the NFL in New York, the NFL Properties Publishing Group in Los Angeles and NFL Films in Mount Laurel, N.J.
Rita is the Co-Owner of the New Orleans Saints & New Orleans Pelicans. In addition, Rita served as the Owner/Executive Vice President of the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League and played a key role in the development of the team. In 2004, Rita was named AFL Executive of the Year. Under her leadership, the VooDoo set a league record for season ticket sales in 2007 and led the AFL in attendance. Rita helped to secure ArenaBowl XXI for New Orleans, the first professional sports league championship game held in the city since Hurricane Katrina.
A 20+ year veteran of brand and agency-side marketing, Bryan Duffy is President of global lifestyle marketing agency, MKTG’s, Live and Enterprise/B2B practice.
Bryan leads all experiential efforts for the NYC-based agency, acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network in August of 2014. He has developed strategic relationships and managed integrated experiential/lifestyle marketing programs for some of the world’s largest and most influential brands: NBA, NFL, ESPN, NASCAR, NHL, Nike, NBC Universal, Pepsi, New Era, IBM, U.S. Army, General Mills, JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, Time Inc, Best Buy, Activision, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon, RJ Reynolds and many others.
As a leader in the experiential marketing industry, Bryan has managed clients’ marketing campaigns and activations at some of the most relevant consumer lifestyle events in sports and entertainment including the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, College Football Championship, Grammy’s, ESPY’s and the MTV Music Awards.
He has worked on “both sides of the table” during the course of his career, including positions at some of the industry’s leading experiential marketing and advertising agencies. In addition, he spent 9 years in sales and brand management at Converse Inc. where he held senior positions and was involved in all aspects of the business…sales, product development, retail marketing, sports marketing and licensing.
Bryan lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with his wife, Melissa, and two daughters, Grace and Quinn.
Robert Lynch is the founder and CEO of SponsorUnited, Inc., an ad technology company that organizes sponsorship property data into the world’s first two-sided marketplace for brands & properties to intelligently identify, partner, analyze and scale. In November 2016, Lynch led the company’s successful attempt to become the first organization to map the ad campaigns of every sponsorship taking place across the 130 U.S.-based teams and local ancillary media within the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS this year, approximately 14,000 partnerships in total.
Prior to SponsorUnited, Lynch served as Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which included Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders, College Basketball, Concerts, Family Shows and Boxing. Earlier he served as Vice President, Sponsorship & Media of the Miami Dolphins, overseeing the creation of one of the first in-house media content and sales divisions within the NFL, operating television, radio, social, digital and print under a single entity.
Lynch began his career in Boston with Entercom Communications’ Red Sox & Celtics Radio Networks, ultimately moving to NY to lead sales efforts IHeart Media’s Z100, before taking on senior management roles at Q104.3 Westwood One.
Lynch grew up in Stamford, Conn. and played college football at Temple University and the University of Delaware, where he graduated in 2002. His father, Bob, was a former high school and college football coach and NFL scout with the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently resides in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with his wife Gillian, and two children, James and Jane.
Caryl M. Stern
Caryl M. Stern is the President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, following 27 years of non-profit and education experience. Caryl previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, the founding Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute and the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University.
Caryl currently serves on the boards of The Container Store, the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the SEEDS Academy and the Advisory Board to the WNBA. She previously served on the boards of the United Nations International School, Mercy College and the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation.
Caryl frequently appears in the media and has been publicly recognized for her work. Her honors and awards include the Leading Lights Award from the National Multicultural Institute and the FutureWork Institute, and the Inspiration Award from the United Nations Association of Young Professionals. Caryl has also been named a “Role MOMel “ by the New York Daily News, and one of Jewish Women International’s 10 ” Women to Watch”, Working Mother Magazine’s “25 Moms We Love”, and the FORWARD 50, a list of the 50 most influential Jews in America.
Caryl’s latest book, I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), offers memorable stories from her travels around the world and describes her inspiration for supporting the world’s children.
Caryl holds a B.A. degree in Studio Art from the State University of New York at Oneonta and an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Western Illinois University. She completed her doctoral coursework in this same field at Loyola University in Chicago. Caryl has received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from both Mercy College and Cedar Crest College.
Matt brings more than 16 years of expertise in the Sports and Entertainment industry and is the CEO of Epic Events. After starting his career with SFX, he moved on to become partner at Inside Sports and Entertainment, where he helped build the company to over 30 million dollars a year in revenue selling corporate hospitality and access to the biggest sports and entertainment events in the world. He brings high level contacts to many of the Fortune 500 companies, brands and celebrities.
Anucha Browne was selected as the NCAA’s vice president of women’s basketball championships in August 2012 to set the strategic direction for, and oversee the operation and management of, the Division I, II and III women’s basketball championships. She serves as the primary liaison to the women’s basketball committees and provides strategic oversight of the site-selection process for each championship.
Before coming to the NCAA, Browne was named the senior associate athletic director for marketing at the University at Buffalo in 2007 where she was responsible for marketing the revenue sports while overseeing ticket operations, promotions and corporate sales efforts. She was instrumental in producing higher ticket, suite and sponsor revenues, as well as spearheading a new community service initiative that increased the community outreach for all Buffalo student-athletes. Browne also served as the senior women’s administrator focusing on the gender equity issues within the athletic department.
In addition to college athletics, Browne was hired in 2000 by Madison Square Garden to serve as the New York Knicks’ vice president of marketing. She was then promoted to senior vice president of marketing and business operations, marking her as one of the highest-ranking female executives in professional sports. Before the Knicks, Browne spent 11 years at IBM leveraging its technology investments in the NBA, tennis Grand Slams, the PGA and the 1996, 1998 and 2000 Olympic Games. She got her career start working at Kodak after graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in communications.
As a student-athlete at Northwestern, Browne was the Wildcats’ first All-American women’s basketball player and set 24 school records, most of which still stand today. She was a two-time Wade Trophy finalist and a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award. She was named NU’s women’s basketball player of the decade in 1992 as part of the Big Ten Conference’s 10-year anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics. She was also inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame in 1993.
During her senior season, she became the first woman in NCAA history to tally six straight 30-plus-point performances and she lead the nation in scoring (30.5 points per game). She was selected to the Kodak, Street & Smith’s and Women’s Sports Foundation’s All-American teams. She also captured Big Ten Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year and was the conference’s all-time leading scorer with 2,307 points. In her junior year, she became the first woman and the fourth person in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding in the same season.
Browne also earned a Master’s degree in Marketing Communication at Florida State University. She was named to the Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” in 2003 and was recognized as a woman of power and influence in 2008 by the National Organization of Women. Browne has served on several boards including the Children’s Village, the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. She currently serves on the DeVos Sport Business Management Program’s Board of Advisors, Beyond Sport’s Board of Advisors, as well as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
She has three children, including a son who currently plays lacrosse and a daughter who was a collegiate lacrosse student-athlete.
Tina Cervasio is one of the most versatile sports broadcasters and personalities on television and radio today. The 18-year broadcast veteran is currently a sideline reporter on CBS Sports Network for College Football and College Basketball, hosting talk-radio at SiruisXM NBA Radio & Mad Dog Sports Radio, is the host of the New York Red Bulls Soccer Pregame Show and halftime report, while reporting in-game and conducting post-game interviews on MSG Network telecasts, she is the host of “Red Bulls Insider” a monthly magazine-show on MSG, while also hosting 2016 Cosmos Soccer Broadcasts, the nationally syndicated “NASL This Week”, and handling part-time reporting and anchor duties on FOX 5 New York’s “Good Day New York” and “Sports Extra”.
Cervasio joined MSG Networks in 2008, and over seven seasons was a seven-time New York Emmy Award-winner as part of the New York Knicks broadcast team. Over that period, Tina was know for telling exclusive stories in feature packages about players, including “#STATFam” on Amare’ Stoudemire’s family unit, acquiring never before released photos of his private, NYC Rooftop Wedding Ceremony in 2012, as well as a emotional interview with Carmelo Anthony about his Puerto Rican heritage and his passion for giving back to those who live there. In 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 Cervasio was nominated for her individual work as a Sports Reporter in her roles with the Knicks and Red Bulls.
From 2006-2007 Tina was the Emmy Nominated Red Sox Reporter at NESN, broadcasting every game over the course of two seasons including the Red Sox World Series win in 2007, which earned her a personalized World Series Ring. Cervasio has held sideline duties for the NFL on FOX, NBA on TNT and NBA TV.
Outside of work, the University of Maryland graduate spends her time with various charities, running the New York City Marathon in 2008, 2009 and 2013 for Garden of Dreams Foundation, regularly visiting New York City Public Schools motivating students with SASF (Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation), as well as serving on the Fundraising committee for the Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation / David Diehl and Friends Golf Invitational, and Emcee for several Fundraisers each year, including United Way of New York, Sarcoma Foundation of America, Voices Against Brain Cancer, Coaches vs. Cancer among others.
Cervasio is active in Women in Sports and Events (WISE) as a member of the NYC Metro Chapter, regularly consulting the foundation as well as hosting and Emceeing events.
Tina resides in New Jersey with her husband, Kevin McKearney and their two cats, Luke and Leia.
For links to video, feature stories, clips, photos, social media: www.TinaCervasio.com
Vikash Magdani is an entrepreneurial executive with over twelve years international corporate & business development experience within Financial Services, Oil & Gas and ETRM B2B media.
Currently, Vikash is Managing Partner of Nova Venture Partners, a full service tactical security consulting and Go-To-Market business advisor affiliated with The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and other deemed domestic and international collaborators. NVP accelerates start up and growth companies to deliver their unique security led technologies, value proposition and service offerings to clients in the Energy & Infrastructure sectors globally. Vikash and his NVP team are able to conduct business with the U.S Federal government including defense agencies such as, but not limited to: The Department of Justice – FBI, DEA, BOP; Department of Homeland Security – TSA, USSS, ICE; NSA; CIA and Defense Department
Previously Vikash was Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director of The Oil & Gas Council based out of NYC where he led the Americas business and was chief liaison between the councils global network of international investors (Institutional, SWFs, Family Offices, HNW, Hedge funds, Private Equity) and O&G companies. Prior to that he held various director positions for Incisive Media Investments LTD, A Apax Partners company, in London and New York.
Aside from his role at Nova Venture Partners Vikash is a seed investor/advisor to multiple successful start up and small businesses across the globe.
Vikash has a near complete MSc. in International Business from Birkbeck, University College London, A Post graduate Diploma in Digital Media Management and a BSc. with honors in Industrial Systems and Business Management.
Outside of work Vikash enjoys playing 5-aside football (soccer) and the Indian drums the ‘Tabla’.
Vikash rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange in 2014.