SBJ/December 5-11, 2011/People and Pop Culture

NASCAR 2011 Motorsports Marketing Forum

Members of the motorsports community gathered in Las Vegas last week for two days of panel discussions, One-On-One interviews and networking sessions at Caesars Palace









ALL PHOTOS BY KRISTINA PAUMEN / LIMELIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY


(From left) Dan Richlen of Wunderman; Steve Pegram, NASCAR director of stakeholder communications; and Mark Dill and Mike Kirks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway












Producer Neal Edelstein spoke on a panel discussing how Hollywood showcases motorsports.




























New NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart related some lessons he has learned as a team owner.
























Rich Luker looked at economic and demographic trends in sports and where motorsports fits in.


















Stephen Venute of AARP Foundation and Chris Hartweg of Wunderman

















Emmanuel Lupe of Jetset Magazine and Regan Fletcher of Polar Mobile














Action sports star Travis Pastrana talked about his NASCAR transition.























Coca-Cola’s Alison Lewis gave a view from the sponsorship side.
























NASCAR’s Steve Phelps introduced Tony Stewart and took part in a featured session on NASCAR research.


















MLB salutes the White Sox


MLB Commissioner Bud Selig presented the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence to Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf at last month’s owners meetings in Milwaukee. The team was acknowledged for its White Sox Volunteer Corps program.
Photo by: MICHAEL GOELZER / MLB PHOTOS
























Saints serve it up for Vilma's good cause

New Orleans Saints players and owner and EVP Rita Benson LeBlanc gather around at Morton’s steakhouse in New Orleans to support the Jonathan Vilma Foundation’s second annual Celebrity Server event Nov. 7. It raised money to build a school in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Photo by: DAVID TOMPKINS PHOTOGRAPHY




















Marking Francis' appointment at WISE

At the Nov. 16 gathering celebrating the appointment of Kathy Francis as the new chair of Women in Sports & Events (from left): The New York Road Runners’ Mary Wittenberg, WISE founder and Chair emerita Sue Rodin, Francis, MLB’s Wendi Lewis and Soccer United Marketing’s Kathy Carter.
Photo by: JEN POTTHEISER / WISE




















Gathered for the Golden Goggles


At the USA Swimming Foundation’s Golden Goggles Awards on Nov. 20 in Los Angeles (from left): Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive director; Randy Griffin, Marriott International VP of global sales; Speedo President Jim Gerson; Matt Farrell, USA Swimming CMO; Joanna Todd, Marriott International VP of segment strategy; and Olympic gold medalists Summer Sanders and Ryan Lochte.
Photo by: MELISSA LUNDIE / USA SWIMMING






















A very Garden Thanksgiving

TD Garden President John Wentzell (left), Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Kim Jacobs, wife of Boston Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs attend the 16th annual Table of Friends on Nov. 22. Boston-area homeless were served Thanksgiving dinner on the event floor at TD Garden.
Photo by: BRIAN BABINEAU






















March of Dimes honorees

At the March of Dimes New York Division’s 28th annual sports luncheon Nov. 30 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City (from left): Emcee Boomer Esiason; NCAA president and Sports Leadership Award winner Mark Emmert; Hope Solo and Abby Wambach representing the Sportswomen of the Year Award winners, the U.S. women’s soccer team; New York Yankee and Sportsman of the Year Award winner Mark Teixeira; and emcee Craig Carton.
Photo by: COURTESY OF MARCH OF DIMES / TAYLOR























Surf's up and deal's extended in Maui


Officials gather before the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational Nov. 23 to commemorate EA Sports’ signing a multiyear deal to continue as title sponsor. From left: KemperLesnik’s Tom Valdiserri, EA Sports’ Chris Thorne and Roy Stigall, the Maui Visitors Bureau’s Terryl Vencl, EA Sports’ Carolyn Feinstein, KemperLesnik’s Eric Jonke, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Chaminade University President Bernie Ploeger and Athletic Director Bill Villa, and KemperLesnik’s Steve Lesnik.
Photo by: BRIAN SPURLOCK / KEMPERLESNIK























"Sunday Night Football" team gets Taste of NFL

Members of NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” team were at the James Beard House in New York City on Nov. 19 as an all-star cast of chefs prepared a special meal for friends of Taste of the NFL (from left): Mark Haugen, Jack McDavid, Stephane Motir, Bob Costas, Michele Tafoya, Bobby Flay, Stephan Lewandowski and Al Michaels.
Photo by: EILEEN MILLER




















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