local sports business professionals to host south florida sports business networking night

local sports business professionals to host south florida sports business networking night

Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Client: SBWeek Miami 2014

April 12, 2016, MIAMI – This week, the South Florida Sports Business Networking Group will be hosting their third annual sports business networking event on Thursday, April 14th, at American Social Brickell from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  A networking event open to everyone in the local community who works in the sports business industry or is looking to break-in, this year’s networking event is being put on by sports publicist and Chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Entertainment and Sports Section, Natalie P. Mikolich, and Front Office Sports (www.frontofficesports.org) – an industry leading educational resource for sports business students and professionals.

“The response to last year’s sports business networking event was overwhelming and I am thrilled to once again be hosting this year’s event,” said Natalie P. Mikolich, host of the South Florida Sports Business Networking Night and 2016 Chair of the PRSA Entertainment and Sports Section.  “The support we receive from those who work in our industry in the local community continues to grow with each year and demonstrates the need in our community to unite professionals with these events.”

Sponsored by Coral Gables Trust (www.cgtrust.com), a leading provider of investment management and trust and estate services in South Florida, this year’s networking event will benefit the Miami-Dade Sports Commission (www.miamisports.org) and Front Office Sports Student Scholarship Fund.

“We are excited to be involved in this year’s sports business networking event again and honored to have it benefit the Miami-Dade Sports Commission,” commented Mathew Ratner, Associate Executive Director at the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. “Anytime you can get over 100 decision makers in the world of sports under one roof like past events it is a ‘win’ for everyone involved.”

Following highly successful sports business networking events in 2014 and 2015 called #SBWeek (Sports Business Week) Miami, attendees have included anyone from sports industry veterans to those just starting out in their careers from the local South Florida area. Some of those who have attended past events include executives and representatives with the Miami-Dade Sports  Commission, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami HEAT, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Homestead Miami Speedway, Florida Panthers, Miami Open and IMG Worldwide in addition to those with local sports law, public relations and marketing firms, financial and academic institutions, sports reporters and media outlets amongst others.

“Being involved with a very successful sports business networking event last year as the media sponsor, we knew there was a desire for these types of events from professionals across the South Florida region,” said Adam White, Founder of Front Office Sports and co-host of the 2016 South Florida Sports Business Networking Night. “With the opportunity to give professionals and students in the local area an ability to connect further, this event is the perfect place for those wanting to get into the sports industry and those already in the industry to mix in order to help them connect and build relationships with one another. We are so excited to be able to help them do just that on Thursday.”

With 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Miami-Dade Sports Commission and Front Office Sports Student Scholarship Fund, admission is $10 per person and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-florida-sports-business-networking-night-tickets-24346386698

“Coral Gables Trust is very pleased to be a long standing supporter of the South Florida Sports Networking Business Group,” said John Harris, Senior Wealth Advisor and Managing Director. “By providing tailor fit wealth planning solutions and through working at a high level locally with the other members of the professional advisory team, we have consistently achieved exemplary results for our clients in this space.”

“The sports business industry has continued to expand and, now more than ever, we are seeing a huge interest from professionals from various verticals within the space looking to network and collaborate with one another,” added Jason Stein, VP of Partnerships and Business Development at Front Office Sports. “The South Florida Sports Business Networking Group and Front Office Sports jointly hosting this event will be a great place for everyone to come out and have the chance to meet one another who are currently in the industry or looking to make the transition.”


For additional details on the 2016 South Florida Sports Business Networking Night, contact events@sflsportsbusiness.com.


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South Florida Sports Business Networking
South Florida Sports Business Networking is a new group working to bring sports business professionals in the local community together. With a mission is to unite South Florida’s sports business professionals by developing a fun, energetic community atmosphere while benefiting a local non-profit organization, this is accomplished by holding community networking events including those from all areas of the industry. South Florida Sports Business Networking aims to enhance the local sports business community while also enriching individuals’ professional networks.


About Front Office Sports
Founded in 2014, Front Office Sports has become an industry leading educational resource for sports business students and professionals. Relying on the power of the stories of those who work in the industry today, Front Office Sports has grown into the go-to resource for those looking to work and succeed in the competitive industry that is sports business.   With a mission to connect, inspire and educate students and young professionals through the unique stories of some of the greatest minds sports business has to offer, Front Office Sports started as a one-man operation and has grown to a team of over 25 contributors nationwide in the last year.

About Miami-Dade Sports Commission
The Miami-Dade Sports Commission was created as a public-private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2003, and opened for business in April of 2004. Since beginning full operation in 2004, the Miami-Dade Sports Commission has secured over 350,000 room nights, over $400 million in economic impact, and more than 50 events. With a mission to attract, promote, and retain sporting events for Miami-Dade County as the premier destination for sporting events and leisure and entertainment in South Florida, their goal is to foster positive growth and economic development for the local community through increased visitor stays and a more frequent visitor return rate.

About Coral Gables Trust
Coral Gables Trust was founded in 2004 as a locally owned and operated independent trust company and serves a client base ranging in size from $1 million to over $30 million; which includes affluent individuals and families, small to medium sized companies, foundations, and pension and endowment funds. Coral Gables Trust strives to provide totally conflict-free services for their clients and was voted Best of Miami in 2007 by Miami Today and voted for the second consecutive year Best Trust Company in Coral Gables 2011 by the United States Commerce Association (USCA) placing the company amongst the sector’s elite.