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SBJ/March 21-27, 2011/Forty Under 40
Forty Under 40
Published March 21, 2011, Page 24A
GARY GIBSON/THE RICHARDS GROUP
But as a founder and principal at Richards Sports & Entertainment since 2003, he’s been an agent of change rather than simply a sports agent.
“Bringing clients a wealth of experience across marketing as opposed to just sports is vital, and that’s what has allowed us to succeed,” said Egan, whose Richards Group subsidiary has doubled in growth over each of the past three years.
Principal among the group’s accomplishments was getting Bridgestone, then a relatively sleepy brand in the U.S., to make some large sports marketing investments, including a PGA Tour sponsorship, followed by a deal to sponsor the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show, and an MLB deal for its Firestone brand. Consequently, a brand comparable to Michelin in sales has seen metrics jump in brand recognition and preference, and grown sales in the U.S. at a time when the domestic tire market was shrinking.
Other client success stories include Advance Auto Parts’ title sponsorship of Feld Entertainment’s expansive Monster Jam truck series, and the growing presence of MetroPCS across team sports and venues.
“Kern’s group combines this ability to get things done quickly with really deep knowledge across marketing and advertising so as we’ve grown, we’ve come to rely on them,” said Patrick Wong, director of field marketing at growing cell service MetroPCS.
COMPANY: Richards Sports & Entertainment
Education: B.S., finance and marketing, Indiana University, 1996
Family: Wife, Abby
Career: Andersen Consulting, senior consultant; Group II Communications, accounts manager; EEPEX, co-founder and chief marketing officer; part of founding team at Richards Sports & Entertainment in 2003.
|Last vacation: Rome, Florence and Venice
What's on your iPod: Texas country
Guilty pleasure: New technology
Best stress release: Sitting on a patio with
a cold beer and good company
Pet peeve: Disorganization
Greatest achievement: Rescuing my dog
Greatest disappointment: Not getting the college internship I wanted
Fantasy job: Frontman for a band based in