Speakers Profile – 2017(Conference Postponed)

Milton Samuda

Milton J. Samuda

Mr. Samuda is the Managing Partner of the law firm and heads the firm’s Commercial, International Trade & Finance Department. His practice includes Tourism, Corporate and Hotel Financing; Trade and Transportation; Mining and Energy and Maritime Law. He has represented international and local financiers in major lendings for a variety of hotel and other projects and has acted for significant local and international hotel interests. In 2009, Mr. Samuda was appointed a resource person to the Jamaica Tourist Board.In his corporate practice, Mr. Samuda has acted in major divestments, public offers and private placements. Mr. Samuda is one of the few attorneys in Jamaica with a practice in Mining and Energy and he represents major international and local players in that sector.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) Degree with honours from the University of the West Indies and was admitted to practice in Jamaica in 1982 having completed successfully studies at the Norman Manley Law School where he obtained the Certificate of Legal Education.

He is a Director of Berger Paints Jamaica Limited, a publicly listed company, a Director of National Outdoor Advertising Limited, Chairman of the Institute of Law and Economics and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of the Technology Innovation Centre, University of Technology, Jamaica, Mr. Samuda is a member of the Advisory Board of the Spanish Jamaican Foundation (a foundation established by Spanish Investors in Jamaica) and also serves as the Foundation’s Secretary. Mr. Samuda also serves as Chairman of the Trust his alma mater, Wolmer’s Boys’ School and is a member of the Board of Management of the Wolmer’s Trust Schools. Mr. Samuda is the past President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, immediate past Chairman of JAMPRO, former Director of the RJR Communications Group, a major, publicly listed communications group and served as the Chairman of that Group’s television subsidiary, Television Jamaica Limited (TVJ).

Mr. Samuda’s practice also includes entertainment and sport. He has represented recording and publishing companies, artistes and songwriters, producers and actors, sports agents and sports organizations. He has also represented the West Indies Cricket Board and was, for a number of years, its Lead Attorney. He is the Chairman of Sabina Park Holdings. In his entertainment practice, Mr. Samuda is a member of the Competent Authority in respect of the Co-Production Film Treaty between the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office.

Mr. Samuda is a Director of OMS Associates Limited, a private construction and property management company; a Director of Great House Omni Media Limited, a marketing communications firm engaged in advertising, public relations and publishing; and serves as a member of other boards of private companies.

Between 1993 and 1995, Mr. Samuda lived and practised in the British Virgin Islands where he was admitted to the Bar in 1993 and that experience has given him particular expertise in the use of off-shore vehicles for private and business interests. In 2007, he was appointed to the Government’s International Finance Centre (IFC) Advisory Committee, a committee established to advise the Minister of Finance on establishing an IFC in Jamaica.

In 1997, Mr. Samuda led Jamaica’s Bureau Negotiating Team to the Midem music conference in Cannes, France and again later that year, to the Midem Conference in Miami, Florida. Additionally, he has represented recording and publishing companies, artistes and songwriters, producers and actors, sportsmen, sports agents and sports organizations. He is a former member of the Industry Advisory Council to the Government of Jamaica on the Entertainment Industry.

A past Commissioner on Jamaica’s Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission, Mr. Samuda is also a former Chairman and Director of both the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) and of the Jamaica Save the Children Fund, a former Director of the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH), the University Hospital of the West Indies, the UHWI Private Wing Limited, GSB Credit Union Limited and Jamaica Gypsum & Quarries Limited, and a former member of the Board of Governors of St. Hugh’s Preparatory School, Mr. Samuda was also a member of the Jamaican Coalition on the Rights of the Child.


Carole Beckford

caroleThe Business of Sport President, Carole Beckford will be the feature speaker at the 31st National Awards Ceremony, Barbados on Saturday, February 1. The national awards looks at the top sporting awards in the country for the past year.Beckford, fresh from two presentations at the inaugural Caribbean Sport Tourism Conference in Martinique will focus her presentation on Regional Integration for the ultimate success on the Business of Sport. The Business of Sport President has over the last five years, published extensively, lectured and presented at conferences on the topic and is of the firm belief that the Caribbean region has a distinct advantage in Sport to not only produce its own athletes; but manage them successfully and hosting events for greater economic returns.Many of Barbados’s leading sport stars along with a good spread of sports legends will be in attendance.Last year’s most prestigious award went to 110 metres hurdles World Champion, Ryan Braithwaite; while female surfer, Chelsea Tuach came through as the emerging star. West Indies fast bowler, Kemar Roach was the recipient of the Sport Minister’s special award. Roach won that award for his performance in international games, primarily in Australia.Beckford partners locally with Christopher Samuda, Milton Samuda, Winsome Young and Courtney Lodge. The 4th running of the international conference is due in Kingston at the Jamaica Pegasus, May 18 & 19 and will be held under the theme – Monetizing the Game.


Chris Dehring

Chris Dehring

 

Former chairman of LIME (Jamaica), founder and conceptualiser of Sportmax Chris Dehring is all set to launch his new project ReadyTV in the first quarter of 2017.

Speaking at the Myers, Fletcher & Gordon corporate mixer ‘What’s Next?’ held at the Spanish Court Hotel earlier this week, he said that the wireless TV concept would roll out in the first quarter of 2017.

Mr. Dehring, who heads the company, told Loop News the aim is to target the underserved 450,000 homes in Jamaica that do not have broadband and cable television and had to make do with two analogue channels.

ReadyTV will provide a wireless network TV offering which people can access via a pre-paid option.

Dehring, explaining the rationale behind ReadyTV said, “There are 880,000 households in Jamaica and 800,000 of those have a TV but only 300,000 have cable TV. About half of our workforce gets paid on a daily, weekly or bi-weekly basis and cannot afford to pay the monthly subscription rates of traditional cable TV companies and are therefore looking for an option they can afford.”

Dehring, regarded as one of the best marketers in the Caribbean, went on to say that the aim is to get Jamaicans familiar with digital content as this was not the case yet and then gain a strong foothold in the market before scaling up.

“Our customers will not be in the top economic bracket which is where a lot of businesses in Jamaica tend to gravitate to. We are aiming at the underserved at a reasonable, affordable price point. We will be concentrating on our target market. Haiti has offered a similar pre-paid concept,” said the ReadyTV boss.

David Casanova serves as both ReadyTV’s CTO and co-CEO . He is a young Jamaican who is a self-taught engineer who designed Ready TV’s broadcast network and other technical aspects of its business.

The other directors include Victoria Mutual’s Peter Reid as chairman, CVM boss Shamena Khan, Reggae superstar Shaggy, Magnus Johanson (formerly of Digicel) and Gerard Borely (formerly of Cable & Wireless). The company has an initial staff complement of 20 people and was started with several million US dollars, Dehring told Loop News.

ReadyTV has erected its first tower which will allow it to service Kingston, St Catherine, St Mary, parts of Clarendon and parts of St Ann.

People will be able to purchase wireless boxes which they can self- install (no need for engineers or technicians coming to homes) at shops, supermarkets and other outlets across the country.

Dehring is already considering the prospect of ReadyNet which will offer broadband data services.

“ReadyTV will give Jamaican content creators an opportunity to monetize their products and should showcase fine work by our very own producers and directors. Jamaican talent will be a big draw,” said Chris Dehring.


Dave Cameron

WICB-President-Dave-CameronDave” Cameron (born April 8, 1971) is the current president of the West indies Cricket Board Inc. He was elected the eighteenth president of the WICB in March 2013.

He has served as the vice president of the S. Ann Parish Association, Team Manager and President of  Kensington Cricket Club. He was also Treasurer for the Jamaica Cricket Association.

Cameron attended  Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston Jamaica and has a first class honours BSc in Hotel Management from the University of  the West Indies

President of the West Indies Cricket Board

A WICB director since 2002, Cameron served as vice-president during Julian Hunt’s tenure as president, 2007-13. In the 2013 election Cameron beat the incumbent Hunte 7-5. His running mate, Emmanuel Nathan of Dominica, became the new vice-president, beating Barbados Cricket Association president Joel Garner. Cameron, 42, was nominated by the Jamaica Cricket Association and seconded by the Windward Cricket Board

His term has been marked by continuing controversy. He deliberately keeps a business-like and distant relationship with players, but with an open door. He played against Chris Gayle in club cricket.


Joe Favorito

JoeJoe Favorito has over 32 years of strategic communications/marketing, business development and public relations expertise in sports, entertainment, brand building, media training, television, athletic administration and business.  The Brooklyn, New York native has managed the day-to-day activities in strategic communications for: Two of the world’s hallmark sports and entertainment brands (the New York Knickerbockers and Philadelphia 76ers), the world’s largest professional sport for women (the WTA Tour), the world’s largest sports National Governing Body (the United States Tennis Association) and the world’s largest annual sporting event (the US Open).  He also oversaw the strategic planning, investor relations, communications and digital business development of the International Fight League during its two year run as a Mixed Martial Arts venture and a publicly traded company.

Since 2008, Joe has been an independent consultant on crisis communications, social media, strategic planning, brand marketing, publicity and business development for clients that have included or now include: Bloomberg LP, MP & Silva, LaLiga, Intel, NFL Films, Fantasy Sports Ventures/The Big Lead, Major League Baseball, Spike TV, Sony Entertainment, Lead Dog Marketing, Nickelodeon, EPIX, World TeamTennis, Wizard Entertainment/Comic-con, TOPPS, the John McEnroe Academy, USA Rugby 7’s, AVP, USA Wrestling, USA Baseball, Beyond Sport, Leaders In Performance, and others. He co-led the USA Wrestling Communications team that won four CLIO Sports Awards in 2014, and was named one of Forbes’ “100 Sports Business Must Follows On Twitter” for 2015, their “50 Must Follows” for 2016 and 2017 and The Huffington Post’s “Sports Media People To Note” for 2017.  He is also the co-host of the Columbia University Sports Podcast (“The CUSP Show), a weekly visit with the innovators and game changers in sports and entertainment.

Additionally, Joe was associate producer for the Tony nominated hit Broadway show “Lombardi,” and was part of the creative team for the production “Magic/Bird,” the Tony-nominated  musical “A Christmas Story,” and the plays “Bronx Bombers” and “Dinner With The Boys.” He has also worked on marketing and publicity for a series of feature films and documentaries including: “Coach Carter,” “Act of Valor,” “Warrior,” “Never Back Down,” “Knuckleball,” “Glickman,” “Need For Speed,” “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” “The Other Dream Team,” “Forgotten Four,” “Serena,” “The Road To The Winter Classic, 2015, 2016 and 2017” and “When The Game Stands Tall,” as well of a host of book projects ranging from “Yankee Miracles” to “Football’s Greatest,” “Club Soccer 101” and “Steelers Pride.” He serves on the boards of the Weinstein Carnegie Group, New York Sports Venture Capital, the National Sports Marketing Network, and Columbia University’s Sports Management program (where he is an instructor in Strategic Communications and Director of Industry Relations).  Joe also maintains a well trafficked blog on the sports marketing and publicity field, “Sports Marketing and PR Roundup,” on the website joefavorito.com, as well authoring the first-ever text on the sports publicity industry (“Sports Publicity” published in August 2007 by Reed Elsevier and updated in 2012 by Taylor Publishing with a third printing coming in 2018), which is used in over 60 sports management programs in the U.S. He has been a guest speaker on sports marketing, social media and communications at a host of institutions, including Princeton University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, the University of Florida Law School, New York University, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and many others. He is also a frequent spokesperson on the industry for publications ranging from Ad Age and The New York Times to NPR and CBS News.

A graduate of Fordham University, Joe, his wife and two children reside in River Vale, New Jersey.


Ray Katz

Ray_Katz_0Ray Katz is managing partner at ROI Sports Group which represents growth properties in revenue development and content distribution, and Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG), which is focused on aggregating, packaging, and monetizing Division I mid-major, Division II and III marketing rights, intellectual property, and assets, as well as negotiating multi-media rights.

Katz is a seasoned veteran with over 25 years in the industry and is frequently promoted across media including Bloomberg, Thompson Reuters, Associated Press, and the like. He has diverse experience working for a league (NFL), marketing communications agencies (Young & Rubicam, Optimum Sports, The Lord Group, and Source Communications), a network (The Football Network), and league/team/arena properties (The National Football League, The Walt Disney Company, and Madison Square Garden). His expertise is focused across multiple sports marketing disciplines including sports media, sports sponsorship, licensing, ticketing, emerging technologies, as well as research and analytics.

Prior to founding ROI Sports Group and CSMG Optimum Sports, he also served for 4 years at Source Communications and Source 1 Sports as Executive Vice President. Before that he was Managing Partner at Optimum Sports for six years. Before that successful venture, Katz worked as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales for The Football Network. His previous entrepreneurial venture was initiated in 1999, when Katz founded Smartix International, a ticketing, commerce and loyalty company.

Katz was heavily involved in the initial curriculum development for the New York University M.S. in Sports Business program in 2001, and has taught direct marketing, e-commerce, sports media, digital sports media, sports marketing, event marketing, and sports sponsorship courses for both the graduate and undergraduate sports programs at NYU since 1988.

In 2009, Katz joined the faculty at Columbia University, and has taught courses in Foundations of Sport, Sports Marketing and Media, Revenue Strategies and Analytics, Sport Finance, and a Supervised Research Course in conjunction with FOX Sports.

He is also on the board of advisors for the Business of Sports School and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, as well as Premier League Basketball.

Katz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.


Horace Madison

horace_madison2Horace Madison is the founding Principal/Managing Member of Madison Financial Group (“MFG”) and Madison Strategic Integration (“MSI”).  Horace has almost two decades of Business Management experience.  This was preceded by training and experience in financial planning and risk management.

In 2007, after years in business management services with a focus on celebrities, particularly musician and athletes, Horace founded Madison Financial Group, a business management firm.  Horace built and continues to guide MFG intent on maintaining a more diversified client base, stretching widely across music, sports and entertainment.  Additionally, small businesses have now become clients.

A few years later, Horace launched MSI.  The MSI team horizontally integrates corporations’ needs with the interests of his celebrity clients.  Unlike traditional approaches MSI creates mutually beneficial, ideally long-standing relationships, as opposed to just affecting transactions. Horace’s ability to find and work with bright, long-term thinking celebrities (athletes and artists), be they established or up and coming, is a niche MSI prides itself on mastering.


Allison Peart

Allison PeartAllison Peart is the Country Managing Partner and a Tax Partner at the Ernst & Young Office in Jamaica. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Commerce. She has over 20 years of public accounting experience with professional services firms in serving a wide range of clients including Canadian Schedule 1 Banks and has worked for Ernst & Young in Toronto and New York in the International Tax Services Practice.

Allison is a Canadian Chartered Accountant with extensive audit experience and she also has many years experience providing tax due diligence services, as well as preparing and reviewing tax provisions and tax returns. She has worked with a number of clients in Jamaica across a wide range of industries including retail, distribution, manufacturing, financial services, and hospitality.

She has spent over 10 years in Toronto providing professional services including International tax advice to the Financial Services sector in Canada including Bank of Nova Scotia. Allison is experienced in dealing with structures for international financing and capital markets and worked in New York as a member of the Canadian Tax desk for the Ernst & Young Tax Practice. She has also provided tax advice and implemented complex tax strategies for several European, US, Canadian and Caribbean companies.

 Memberships


Christopher Samuda

Christopher L. SamudaChristopher Livingstone Samuda is an Attorney-at-Law by profession and was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 1986 having gained a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Upper Second Class Honours from the University of the West Indies in 1984 and the Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Law School in 1986.Legal Practice

He is a founding partner of the Law Firm, Samuda & Johnson, where he is the Marketing Partner and heads the firm’s Housing & Real Estate Department and the Intellectual Property, Patent & Trademarks Department.

His legal practice and areas of expertise include Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Commercial and Corporate Transactions; Sport and Entertainment; Intellectual Property and Copyright; Patents and Trade Marks; and Real Estate. He has acted in major hotel and business acquisitions, represented and advises many insurance interests and developers in major projects and acts for major local and international interests in the Music and Entertainment Industry.

A company adviser and consultant with a successful career spanning over twenty (20) years, four(4) continents and innumerable industries, Mr. Samuda is former Council Member of the Jamaica Bar Association

Public Service

Committed to public service, Mr. Samuda devotes much of his time to voluntary service in the roles of Chairman of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC); Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Creative Production & Training Centre Limited (CPTC); Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Media Technology Institute(M.T.I); President of the Jamaica Paralympic Association(J.P.A) and Jamaica’s delegate to the International Paralympic Committee Congress; President of the Jamaica Paralympic Foundation(J.P.F.); President of the Jamaica Disabled Cricket Association (J.A.D.C.A.); Secretary General of the Jamaica Olympic Association; and a member of the Board of Wolmer’s Boys’ School having served previously as the student representative from 1976 to 1980.

Mr. Samuda is also the Chairman of the Legal Committee which is assisting the Jamaican Government in the current rationalization of the Public Sector.

He also is a member of National Council of Sport, an advisory body to the Government of Jamaica in relation to all sport matters, and is the Chairman of the Athletes Development and Well Being Committee.

In addition, he is a notary public for the island of Jamaica.

Corporate Profile

Mr. Samuda is lead adviser to several Jamaican and Caribbean commercial entities and serves as Chairman of St. Khrisstopher Music Limited and the Chairman of Strategic Corporate Interventions Limited.

He has presented on topics such as corporate governance; the business of sport and entertainment; management of talent and intellectual property; financial products and services of credit unions; and the value of the creative industries to a developing society.

Mr. Samuda has had the honour of being the featured speaker at various events in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.

Education

Mr. Samuda is a member of the Board of his alma mater, Wolmer’s Boys’ School, one of the oldest high schools in the Caribbean. He is also a member of the Board of Hydel University College

Positions Held

Mr. Samuda is a past President of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (C.C.C.U.), from 2004 to 2007 which apex body had oversight responsibility for all credit unions in the Caribbean region and also Guyana and Belize, former Director and First Vice President of First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited. By virtue of that office he also served as the Caribbean’s delegate to the World Council of Credit Unions from 2004 to 2006.

He also assumed the office of President of the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League Limited from 2004 to 2007.

Mr. Samuda also had the privilege of serving GSB Co-operative Credit Union Limited, arguably one of the oldest credit unions in Caribbean, as its President from 2000 to 2006. This credit union merged with another to become First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union.

To date, Mr. Samuda has the distinction of being the only Jamaican and indeed Caribbean co-operator to have served simultaneously as President of the governing bodies of the Caribbean and Jamaica and his local credit union.

He was also Co-Chair of the Peoples’ Energy Vision Programme, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica’s Copyright Tribunal.

An Anglican, Mr. Samuda holds the conviction that a man’s value and stature lies not in the depth of his pocket or the lining thereof but in the fabric of his soul.


Craig Skilling

Craig SkillingSports, Entertainment, and Event Industry Professor, Consultant, Speaker, Producer, and Writer

Craig Skilling is a Caribbean-American sports, entertainment and event industry consultant, writer and sought after speaker on topics relating to event management, networking and connecting in the dynamic world of sports and entertainment. Craig assists those looking to develop and build their brand while mentoring students and professionals on business and life practices. He teaches individuals and groups how to “Be Excellent” and “Make it Happen” no matter the obstacle. Skilling holds a professorship at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida under their College of Management Sports, Entertainment & Event program and sits on the Board of Directors for the International Special Events Society South Florida & Caribbean chapter.

Upon graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport Management, Craig began his professional career at the National Basketball

Association in New York City where he worked with NBA athletes and senior staff on various off court marketing and player development initiatives.

Craig relocated back to south Florida to complete a Master’s of Science degree in Sport & Business Administration from Saint Thomas University in Miami where he accepted a position working with the Heat Group (Miami Heat). After nearly 5 years climbing the corporate ladder, holding various positions selling, designing and executing events for large groups, Craig’s passion for mentoring, creating events and connecting with likeminded individuals in the sports, entertainment and event industry would lead him to branch out on his own founding SKILL Entertainment Group.

As founder and President of SKILL Entertainment, Craig has made himself available to multiple brands, athletes, entertainers, professional sports leagues, event professionals, promoters and notable clients like the NFL,

NBA, McDonalds, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase and BET consulting and or producing celebrity musical concerts, film festivals, wine and food experiences, 3×3 competitive play basketball tournaments, clinics and camps. Craig has also consulted on several international sports and entertainment events in Europe, the Caribbean islands and South America.

Craig is most proud of being a family man who has been fortunate to give back to the communities in which he has lived or traveled producing an annual Basketball & Books clinic embracing his Caribbean heritage and advising student clubs and organizations. His 2014 Miami Shoot Magazine interview with Miami’s mayor featured a story on the “Future of Entertainment in Miami” where the mayor opened up to Craig and discussed David Beckham and MLS soccer in South Florida a year prior to the group coming to formal terms. Craig is a talented visionary and outgoing influencer who believes his story has just begun and ultimately the end will justify the means!


Courtney Lodge

CourtneyMr. Lodge is a Business Transformation Consultant who has done consultation and training for organizations including the Commonwealth Secretariat (India),Inter-American Development Bank, the Caribbean Association of Indigenous Bank, and the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce.

Mr. Lodge is currently is the Chief Executive Officer of GSB Cooperative Credit Union Limited, Jamaica’s second oldest and fourth largest credit union; is also a Director of Creative Production & Training Centre Limited(CPTC), he is a Governor on the board of the Media Technology Institute and a Director of the Jamaica Paralympic Association and the Jamaica Paralympic Foundation.

Mr. Lodge is the immediate past Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions where he spearheaded the organization’s efforts to transform over 342 credit unions represented by affiliates in 18 Caribbean countries. He is also the former Staff Director, Executive and Branch Manager with the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), the only Jamaican financial institution with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, the Cayman Island and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; a Licensed Securities Dealer Representative with the JN Fund Managers Limited, a subsidiary of JNBS; a Deputy Superintendent of Police with the Jamaica Constabulary Force who studied with the Bundeskriminalamt (German Federal Crime Office) in Germany; and a Computer Specialist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, USA.


Mike Townley

MikeMike Townley is the General Counsel for the International Paralympic Committee and is a senior Solicitor at the firm Bates Wells and Braithwaite where he leads a team of experienced sport experts.He became a specialist in the practice of sport law well before the niche even became recognised and his clients include national and international governing bodies in sport, event organisers, sponsors and broadcasters and the UK Sport Council, the governing agency for the funding and delivery of high performance sport.

His representation of his clients cover a wide range of sport disciplinary hearings, anti-doping hearings, litigation between a football world cup squad and its national association and hearings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and has given extensive and wide ranging advice and opinions particularly on athletes agreements, notably those relating to lottery funding and documentation to establish major motor racing series ‘Grand Prix Masters’.Mike Townley is committed to sport and making the legal, regulatory and compliance environment fit for the purpose of delivering meaningful sport competition to every level athlete. His mantra is: “The law must serve sport, not the other way round”

Mike Townley, a Business of Sport International Conference Speaker for 2017.


Steve Wyche

Steve Wyche12Steve Wyche is a reporter for the NFL Network, studio host and senior writer for NFL.com where he offers more in-depth analysis on the latest NFL topics and headlines and is seen regularly on NFL AM during the week along with noted anchors.

With twenty years of journalism experience, Steve Wyche has covered a variety of sports teams for the Miami Herald (including the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and the Steve Spurrier’s championship Florida Gator football teams) and also personalities at all levels from standout high school players to professional icons like Michael Jordan and Michael Vick.He contributes insider reports on NFL Network’s signature show NFL total Access since joining NFL Media in 2008, in addition to filing field reports at various team facilities and Games on NFL Game Day Morning and Around the League Live.

Steve Wyche, a Business of Sport International Conference Speaker for 2017.


Tyrone Wilson

Tyrone WilsonTyrone R. Wilson is a serious young man. It’s hard to coax a smile out of him. As he sits down across the table from me in his office at the University of Technology’s  (UTech) Technology Innovation Centre, his gaze is alert and intelligent.

“People call me a tech entrepreneur,” Tyrone tells me. “But I am a new media entrepreneur.” As Founder and CEO of eMedia Interactive, Tyrone believes, first and foremost, in a good story – “And good stories travel faster than bad ones,” he observed. The technology is the vehicle for his digital e-zines and his online television station, iVutv – all producing original, local, excellent quality content. eMedia Interactive thrives on creativity and innovation, and aims to become a digital media leader in several geographical markets. Last year, eMedia Interactive offered branded eZines to the North American market, a part of Tyrone’s expansion plan.

Tyrone has his own inspiring story, too. He attended Jamaica College (a Kingston high school), he told me. Then, as a University of the West Indies student (he has a degree in Banking and Finance) he made up his mind that he had to sell his own story, his vision for a business. “I believe in pitching,” he said. “I am always pitching – daily!”