SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: Elyse Winer

Elyse Headshot smallNext week in Chicago, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry will be recognized as the Class of 2014 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit on September 16-17, 2014 at the Drake Hotel.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. This week, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

Meet Elyse Winer, windersurfer, former healthcare professional, and Senior Manager for Marketing & Brand at SFIA member MC10. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: Jocelyn Vande Velde

Jocelyn Vande VeldeNext week in Chicago, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry will be recognized as the Class of 2014 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit on September 16-17, 2014 at the Drake Hotel.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. This week, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

Meet Jocelyn Vande Velde, Director of Education & Sales Training for SFIA member Johnson Health Tech N.A., a former softball ump who has biked on the same roads as the Tour de France. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: Mike Gugat

Mike Gugat 2Next week in Chicago, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry will be recognized as the Class of 2014 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit on September 16-17, 2014 at the Drake Hotel.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. This week, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

Meet Mike Gugat, Oakland A’s fan and Senior Sales manager for SFIA member adidas Running and Reebok Cross Fit who knows the value of customer service. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: Ryan Farrar

Ryan FarrarNext week in Chicago, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry will be recognized as the Class of 2014 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit on September 16-17, 2014 at the Drake Hotel.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. This week, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

Meet Ryan Farrar, Director of Fall Hardgoods at SFIA member company Rawlings, former college baseball player who pitched a no-hitter in high school. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholar Profile: John Bodin

John Bodin

Next week in Chicago, five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry will be recognized as the Class of 2014 SFIA Future Industry Leader Scholars. All five of these recipients will be present at SFIA’s Industry Leaders Summit on September 16-17, 2014 at the Drake Hotel.

Each of our scholarship recipients is incredibly talented and display an incredible amount of promise as they rise to the top of their field. This week, SFIAinsider, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be posting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight before the event.

Meet John Bodin, a former University of Georgia football player, history buff, and Outbound Logistics Manager at SFIA member company Evoshield. Continue reading to see the full interview.

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SFIA’s Busy Summer

After a long nap, the SFIAinsider blog is back in full-swing! Just in time too, with the 2014 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit (ILS) coming up in a couple weeks.  From the welcoming of new team members Kathy Mejasich (VP – Business Development) and John Peters (Manager – Membership & Business Development) to the announcement of the first-ever dedicated Sports Tech Marketplace at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) we’ve had a busy summer at SFIA.

The SFIA Industry Leaders Summit has become the can’t miss event for the sports and fitness industry as it provides a unique opportunity for executives to network with peers and gain insight into challenges that will face their brand. At this year’s event, we’re proud to honor the 2014 Class of Future Industry Leader Scholars. Even though it’s only year two, this program has gained some real traction within our industry. Next week, we plan on highlighting all five scholars on the SFIAinsider for the entire week, so stay tuned!

SFIA Photo Blog: The SFIA Football Helmet (thanks to Xenith)

SFIA Helmets from Xenith proudly displayed at the association's Headquarters.

SFIA Helmets from Xenith proudly displayed at the association’s Headquarters.

On a recent trip up to the Boston area, SFIA staff was able to visit several members, including equipment manufacturer Xenith. The team over at Xenith was kind enough to make an SFIA branded helmet  that we could proudly display at our Headquarters. For this post, we wanted to highlight the process that goes into making a football helmet. Special thanks to Rich Burke, Dan Brown, and the rest of the team at Xenith for taking the time to make the limited edition helmets.

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