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Established in 2017, the Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award has become one of the most competitive and prestigious awards in the business of sports.

2023 Judges

  • Bryan Blair
    VP/Director of Athletics
    The University of Toledo

  • Martin Blich
    Executive Director, Sports & Live Events

  • Emilio Collins
    Partner & Chief Business Officer
    Excel Sports Management

  • Matthew Davis
    Head of U.S Sports Marketing

  • Casey Hurbis
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Rocket Mortgage

  • Stephanie Marciano
    Head of Sports & Entertainment Marketing

  • Mark Patricof
    Founder & CEO
    Patricof Co

  • Shiz Suzuki
    VP, Global Brand Sponsorships & Experiential Marketing
    American Express

  • Terése Whitehead
    VP, Consumer Products & Strategy
    NFL Players Association

  • Olivia Witherite
    VP, Digital Strategy & Marketing
    The Game Day - Previous Winner

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old does the nominee need to be to win the award?

    25 and under (Born on or after May 3rd, 1997).

  • How long are nominations accepted?

    Nominations are open from Tuesday, March 28, 2023 through Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET.

  • When will winners be notified?

    Winners will be notified in early – mid June. Only the winners of the award will be notified.

  • Can I nominate myself?

    Self nominations are not accepted. All nominations must be filled out by someone other than the person being nominated.

  • What is the selection process?

    Winners are selected through two rounds of judging:

    • Round 1: FOS staff review, resulting in 50 semi-finalists
    • Round 2: Panel of judges reviews 50 semi-finalists and selects the 25 winners

    During the judging process, a variety of factors are weighed to determine whether a nominee should be a Rising 25 winner, including but not limited to:

    • Size & scope of work responsibilities
    • Accomplishments over their school or professional career up to this point
    • Leadership roles
    • Activities outside of work – professional organizations, volunteering, etc.
    • The scope of influence within their area of expertise
    • Specific business results driven by ideas/execution of the nominee
    • All nomination information is kept private
  • More questions?

    Please contact for more information.