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Dave Bialek

Co-Founder & CEO
ReKTGlobal/Rogue

David Bialek serves as co-founder and CEO of ReKTGlobal. With over 25 years of experience, he has handled sales and marketing initiatives for some of the world’s largest sports and entertainment properties, including the French Open, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, The Breeders’ Cup, numerous stadium and arena sponsorship programs, and high-profile concert tours.

Recently, Dave became enamored of the bourgeoning esports and broader gaming industries. A void of “best practices” and business processes in sales and services, led him to the conclusion that he would spend the next 10 years of his professional life devoted to its growth. With the creation of ReKTGlobal, Dave and his partners have created multiple business segments, which service the various stakeholder of the esports ecosystem. In January 2018, ReKT was named as the Agency of Record for State Farm, a top 30 North American marketer.

As a sports and entertainment marketing and media specialist, Dave has spearheaded the creation of multiple advertising platforms in the place-based, streaming media and sports advertising space. Bialek is credited with building two groundbreaking initiatives in collegiate sports. First, he led a sales team to create an advertising network on field goal nets in over 60 NCAA schools. “The Field Goal Net Program” remains Allstate’s tent-pole sports platform after 12 years. Second, he invented the “Basket Profile” position on NCAA and NBA basket stanchions, which is widely considered to be the most impactful signage position in all of sports. State Farm was the program’s initial and primary sponsor and remains as such today. For this latest pursuit, Dave became the recipient of the prestigious Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award in April 2009.

Prior to RektGlobal, Dave served as Partner at The Legacy Agency (TLA) Sales and Founder and CEO of Skylark Marketing. Skylark merged with TLA Worldwide in September 2014, creating a corporate sales division to complement TLA’s existing talent marketing and representation businesses.

Dave previously served as Director and President of ANC Sports Marketing where he built the marketing group into a leader in team and venue media sales and marketing. While at ANC, the business increased from $15MM in top line revenue to $65MM within a 7-year span. Along with creation of the Profile Basket sign, ANC ideated and developed a digital sign for advertising that is placed at the rear of the basket stanchion, which dramatically expanded the inventory of the NBA league and teams. ANC was sold in 2009 to Palladium Equity Partners for $25M and then again in 2013 to an investor group including, Providence Equity.

Previously, Bialek served as Senior Vice President of sales and marketing for Van Wagner, where, for over four years, he led the sales effort for Dorna USA's in-game advertising networks and managed the Sports Group’s Media and Sponsorship Sales services.

In the late 1990’s, Dave founded and led sales for an Internet radio platform, eYada.com, which raised $25MM in institutional capital. He has also served as director of sales for The Golf Channel and The Marquee Group, which was acquired by SFX Sports.

REFERENCES
Furnished upon request
Ed Gold Director, Media & Sponsorships
State Farm Mutual Insurance Company
Michael Levine Co-Head, CAA Sports
Naz Aletaha Executive, Riot Games
Justin Johnson SVP, Madison Square Garden
Keith Kaplan Former President of King and Yahoo Business Development

Wednesday, November 14

TRACK 1 - D/E STUDIO, HOLLYWOOD BALLROOM - Examining League Structure

Moderator: Chris Hana, CEO, The Esports Observer
Avi Bhuiyan, Executive Vice President, Esports, Catalyst Sports & Media
Dave Bialek, Co-Founder & CEO, ReKTGlobal/Rogue
Chris Greeley, Senior Manager, Commissioner & Head, League Operations, Riot Games & NA LCS
Harris Peskin, Associate Attorney, ESG Law