The past few months have been incredibly challenging for the entire sports industry. As plans are being put in place for leagues to start up again, we feel that now is a more appropriate time to announce the Rising 25 Class of 2020.
Established in 2017, the Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award has become one of the most competitive and prestigious awards in sports business. Former Rising 25 winners have gone on to start companies, lead departments and shape the industry as we know it. We expect nothing less from the Class of 2020.
We’ve positioned this year’s class as an “ultimate team” with the creation of Rising 25 FC, a physical and digital manifestation of a soccer club. Each member of this year’s class will receive a custom jersey, a scarf and an award to recognize their spot on the Rising 25 FC roster.
We received more than 500 nominations from around the world, making this the most competitive class yet. 2020 also marked another milestone with 16 of our 25 winners being women.
This year’s award and Rising 25 FC wouldn’t be possible without the support of our presenting partner AB InBev, official financial partner RBC, supporting partner LaLiga North America, official headphone Bose, official style partner Indochino and kit partner Umbro.
It’s with great pleasure to introduce the Rising 25 Class of 2020.
Senior Coordinator, Brand Alliances, Major League Soccer
Partnership Insights Manager, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Account Manager, Corporate Partnership Activation, NHL Seattle
Digital Content Strategist, National Football League
Director, Corporate Partnerships Services, Winston-Salem Dash
Manager, Social Media Marketing, Minor League Baseball
Manager, Experience, Wasserman
Senior Account Executive, FC Cincinnati
Director, Operations & Integration, Turnkey Search
Haley Jane Durmer
Analyst, Business Strategy, New York Yankees
Senior Analyst, Media Strategy & Business Development, National Football League
Marketing Manager, Revel Marketing
Manager, Business Operations, GumGum Sports
CEO, Visionary Sports
Manager, Business Solutions, Miami Dolphins & Hard Rock Stadium
Account Executive, Innovation, 4FRONT
Public Relations Manager, Atlanta Dream
Senior Manager, Social Media & Content, United Soccer League
Talent, House of Highlights
Senior Manager, Data Strategy, Navigate Research
On-Air Personality & Analyst, National Football League
Sports Marketing Analyst (NBA Partnerships), PepsiCo
Social Media Content Producer, National Football League
Snap Stories Lead, WAVE
Senior Account Executive, Audience Insights, NASCAR
None of this would be possible without the 10 industry judges who devoted their time to help select this year’s award recipients. A huge word of thanks to the following individuals:
Nick Kelly, AB InBev
Zach Maurides, Teamworks
Robin Clarke, 160over90
Dori Atkins, 160over90 and former Rising 25 winner
Ahron Cohen, Sports Executive
Jennifer Kavanagh, Philadelphia Eagles
Shannon Dan, Intersport
Jamie Morningstar, Milwaukee Bucks
Jessica Berman, National Lacrosse League
Kortne Gosha, Florida A&M University
Be sure to stay on the lookout as we share the stories of this year’s class over the course of the next few months. Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we are evaluating options concerning the best time to host the Rising 25 Gala and surrounding events. Stay tuned for future announcements. To learn more about Rising 25, and to see previous winners, click here.
Congratulations Rising 25 Class of 2020!