New York Times bestselling author, Host of "The Ian O'Connor Show"
Ian O'Connor is the author of The New York Times' bestseller "Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry" as well as "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter." He hosts of "The Ian O'Connor Show' on 98.7 FM ESPN Radio in New York, and is an award winning sports columnist for The Record of New Jersey. Twice O'Connor has been named the No.1 columnist in America in his circulation category by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and his work has earned dozens of national and regional awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
O'Connor has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists, the Golf Writers Association of America, the Football Writers of America and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He has been a columnist for The New York Daily News, USA Today and The Journal News, and has written for The New York Times and Star-Ledger. O'Connor also authored the book, "The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball."
A 1986 graduate of Marist, O'Connor is a frequent guest on national ESPN TV programs. He lives In New Jersey with his wife, Tracey, and son, Kyle.
Managing Partner of Taylor Global
Taylor Global is one of the world’s leading consumer public relations agencies. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte and London, Taylor represents category-leading consumer product brands that build their business through sports and entertainment platforms. John’s knowledge and insight has been instrumental in creating award-winning marketing communications campaigns for consumer product brands at some of the world’s leading corporations, including Proctor & Gamble and Diageo. In 2004, John founded the JLS Foundation (www.thejlsfoundation.org), a non-profit corporation providing networking opportunities and awarding grants for college scholarships to high school students from his hometown of Hoosick Falls, NY. The Foundation was created to honor the memory of his father, John Liporace, Sr. John graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communication Arts from Marist College. He resides in Greenwich Village.
Senior Producer & Director, NBC Sports
John Gilmartin has spent the majority of his career at the National Broadcasting Company. After a few months in Sales at Hyde Park radio station, WHVW, he was hired at NBC as a Page in January 1976. The responsibilities of that entry level position included giving tours of the NBC studios and seating audiences for various shows, the most exciting being Saturday Night Live, in its debut season. Experience in various departments within Radio and Television included everything from Scheduling to Sales Account Executive. In 1979, he arrived in the Sports Department beginning as a Sports Unit Manager, responsible for the financial and logistical needs of a show. John progressed through each position of the production ranks, working in edit rooms and mobile production trucks, all of which prepared him for the position he holds today, Senior Producer and Director of NBC Sports and Olympics. John's credits include work on 7 Super Bowls, 2 World Series, 12 NBA Finals, 21 Wimbledon Championships, 10 Olympics as Primetime Videotape Producer (the last three with the additional role as Late Night Show Director) and a variety of sports that have taken him around the world. He can be found on weekends directing most of the NBC Sports studio shows. John is a 12-time Sports Emmy winner.
ESPN News Anchor
J.W. Stewart joined ESPN as an ESPNEWS anchor in January 2000 from Sports I Regional Television in New York's mid-Hudson Valley where he worked as an anchor/reporter from 1997 to 1999. He has also appeared on SportsCenter - ESPN's flagship sport news and highlights program. Prior to Sports I, Stewart was a sports writer/columnist for the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal from 1993 to 1997.Over his print and television career, Stewart has covered the World Series, the NCAA baseball tournament, NIT post-season tournaments, the NFL's Jets and Giants, and New York's two Major League Baseball teams, the Yankees and Mets. He also covered college football, college basketball and minor league baseball games. A native of Middletown, R.I., Stewart is a 1993 graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications.
BostonGlobe.com Sports Editor
Matt Pepin was named sports editor for BostonGlobe.com in 2014. Prior to this appointment, Pepin was sports editor at Boston.com since 2009. He oversees award-winning coverage of Boston's four major professional sports teams, and directs its presentation on BostonGlobe.com. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors and Online News Association professional organizations. He was chairman of the Associated Press Sports Editors Northeast Region from 2009 to 2011, and has been a panelist and presenter at APSE regional and national conventions. Prior to Boston, Pepin was sports editor at the Times Herald-Record, a Dow Jones Local News group newspaper in Middletown, N.Y., from 2006 to 2009. In Middletown, he created Varsity845.com, an award-winning high school sports web site. Pepin was executive editor of three newspapers in Connecticut in 2006, and was sports editor at the New Haven Register from 2003 to 2006. He has also worked as a reporter, sports copy desk editor and assistant sports editor at several media in Connecticut. Pepin is a 1991 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in English. He lives in eastern Massachusetts.
Sports Reporter at News Chanel 9 WSYR in Syracuse, NY.
Lindsay Liquori is a Sports Reporter at News Chanel 9 WSYR in Syracuse, NY. Prior to joining Chanel 9, she was the Sports Director at Cable 6 in Middletown, NY. While at Cable 6, she covered Marist College, Army, as well as the Hudson Valley Renegades and Section 9 High School Athletics. She followed Marist Women’s basketball to four NCAA tournament appearances, including their run to the Sweet 16 in 2007. Additionally, Liquori also worked at YNN Hudson Valley and News 12 Westchester. She was fortunate enough to be in the Yankees locker room after following their 2010 ALDS championship over the Minnesota Twins. A Marist graduate, Liquori graduated Magna Cum Laude where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Communication. She grew up in Capital Region and attended Niskayuna High School.
Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN Digital Media
John Lasker is the Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions for ESPN Digital Media. There he is responsible for overseeing content strategy and acquisition for WatchESPN, ESPN3, ESPN On Demand, and ESPN Mobile TV. Lasker joined the ESPN team in 1999 as a supervisor of sales planning. In just three years he advanced to account sales executive and manager of program planning just one year later. In 2006 he began assuming programming and acquisitions responsibility for digital media. Prior to coming to ESPN he worked at Zenith Media in New York as a media buyer. Lasker graduated from Marist College in 1997 with a degree in psychology, there he was a member of the cross country team. He is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Vice President of Business Public Relations, MLB
Matt Bourne is Vice President of Business Public Relations for Major League Baseball, responsible for handling public relations matters for Major League Baseball's business groups. Bourne previously served as Vice President of Marketing Communications for the NBA, where he managed communications efforts for the NBA's marketing partnerships, international business, special events, global merchandising and other initiatives. Bourne is a graduate of Marist College, where he was the captain of the school's baseball team in his junior and senior seasons.
Partner, Everything is on the Record & CEO/Founder of the Sports PR Summit
Berger is a Partner with Everything is on the Record consulting agency and is the CEO/Founder of the Sports PR Summit. Berger is also founder and host of Sports Business Radio. Berger worked in the communications department for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers before launching his own Sports and Entertainment PR firm – BBPR Inc. - back in 1998. Berger has worked on projects with high profile notables including Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Andre Agassi, and Mia Hamm and provided communications counsel for top corporate brands including Nike, the Jordan Brand, and Morton’s the Steakhouse. Berger also is an adjunct professor at Portland State University.
Brandon Tierney hosts CBS Sports Radio’s nationally-syndicated morning show, “TBD in the AM," with Tiki Barber and Dana Jacobson. The show airs Monday thru Friday 6-9 EST and is carried on 115 + stations nationwide. Tierney also stars in “That Other Pregame Show” on CBS Sports Television Network throughout the football season. Before arriving at CBS, Tierney hosted the “The Drive” with Tierney and Bucher weekdays from 3-7 PM on 95.7 FM “The Game” in San Francisco. Prior to moving west, BT was a popular staple at 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City for nearly 9 years. In addition to his hosting duties, Tierney also anchored New York Knicks pre-game, half-time and post-game shows for three seasons (2005-06 through 2007-08) on 1050 and served as occasional play-by-play announcer for the station’s Knicks broadcasts. His game experience also includes serving as play-by-play/lead analyst for St. John’s basketball.
On the television side, Tierney was a panelist on SportsNet New York’s (SNY) signature show, “The WheelHouse,” for three years, in addition to hosting the “Red Storm Report” with St. John’s head coaches Steve Lavin and Norm Roberts. Tierney reeled in his first New York Emmy for his role on the network’s 2010 NBA’s “Free Agent Frenzy” program in July, 2010. In July of 2012, Tierney was named to the First Annual “Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk” by the editors of Talkers Magazine, recognizing the 100 most important radio hosts in America.
Brandon earned a B.A. in journalism from Marist College while also lettering in baseball.
One of the nation’s most innovative sports executives, Michael McCarthy is currently head of the media consulting division for the Legacy Agency, a leading athlete representation and sports marketing business. In launching this business division for the agency, McCarthy builds new opportunities and revenue streams for Legacy clients, who include former and current athletes and broadcasters. He also works closely with the broadcasting and coaching divisions as well as with teams, leagues, and media properties. Prior to joining Legacy, McCarthy served as CEO and of the St. Louis Blues, where he oversaw day-to-day operations for the NHL franchise, guiding the team to its first Central Division title in over 10 years and driving revenue growth to unprecedented heights.
McCarthy also served as president of Madison Square Garden Networks Group, a position he rose to during his 23-year career with the organization. During his tenure, he oversaw production, programming, ad sales, marketing, new media, technical operations, and affiliate sales efforts that led to 50 Emmy Awards and 250 Emmy Award nominations as well as a host of other accolades. As the leader of Madison Square Garden Networks Group, McCarthy had the responsibility of overseeing MSG Network, Fox Sports Net New York, MSG Radio, MSG ITV, and MSGNetwork.com. He initiated a series of innovations including the introduction of High Definition Television (HDTV) in 1998.
McCarthy is a native of Connecticut and current resides in Greenwich. He is a 1982 graduate of Marist College.