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Bryant McBride

CEO & Co-Founder, Burst

In a Nutshell: Youth hockey coach, serial entrepreneur, father of three. Favorite Burst:The Boston skyline to Grandma in Minnesota and old friends in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Bryant has over 20 years of experience as an executive, entrepreneur and investor. In the past 10 years, he has focused on building and nurturing technology businesses where family and sports have been strategic growth drivers.

Bryant's entrepreneurial activities have resulted in the creation, growth and profitable sale of four companies - myteam.com, Vision Sports and Entertainment Partners, Football Scouts Inc. and Sports Technologies Inc. Bryant has also built growth initiatives with Fortune 500 companies and leading consumer brands including M&M Mars, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Kraft Foods, Sunkist, Sam' s Club/Walmart, Bank of America, Choice Hotels, and United Technologies. Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, Bryant was the VP of Business Development for the National Hockey League, where he led the evaluation and creation of new businesses, including international broadcasting, rink development and multiple grassroots fan base building initiatives.

Bryant was elected the first African American class president at the West Point where he served as a Cadet from 1984- 86. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut where he also became the first African American to be elected class president and was voted an All-American defenseman for Trinity's Championship hockey team. In 1990, Bryant obtained a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Bryant serves on the boards of directors of the New York City Track and Field Armory and the New York Road Runners Club - the biggest running club in the world and organizers of the New York City Marathon. He also serves as Chairman of USA Fitness Corps, an initiative that selects returning veterans to serve as Fitness Corps Leaders in US Cities with a prevalence of childhood obesity. In his spare time, Bryant is a youth hockey coach to his three children and he has started and completed 24 marathons.

 

Thursday, May 30

Breaking the Color Barrier

"Willie," a Documentary About Hockey Hall of Famer Willie O'Ree, the Jackie Robinson of the NHL

On Monday, April 29, the documentary will make its world premiere. "Willie" tells the incredible story of Willie O'Ree, who in 1958 became the first black man to play in the National Hockey League.  On Nov. 12, 2018, having dedicated most of his life to hockey, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

During this session we will speak with this trailblazer who paved the way for the players of diverse ethnic backgrounds who have succeeded him in the subsequent 60 years. We will discuss the never-before-seen home movie footage, original interviews, and first-person accounts from friends and family across North America showcased in the film.

Kim Davis, Executive Vice President, NHL
Bryant McBride, CEO & Co-Founder, Burst
Willie O'Ree, Hall of Famer, NHL
Moderator
Terry Lefton, Editor-at-Large, Sports Business Journal