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SBJ's Inaugural Class Of New Voices Under 30 Celebrated In Manhattan

More than 200 people gathered last night at the Refinery Rooftop in Manhattan to celebrate the inaugural class of SBJ's New Voices Under 30. All of this year's honorees were on hand, accompanied by family, friends and co-workers. Ahead of the award ceremony, SBJ Publisher & Executive Editor Abe Madkour talked about the kind of people the program was looking for in this first class to set the tone for future winners. He said, "We have always wanted to find the 'new influencers,' the young voices. We looked at people from various backgrounds. Entrepreneurs. Disruptors. People who are bringing new ideas to a business that has done things the same way for a long time. For this class, I want you to know, you're pretty special." The inaugural sponsors of the program, Anheuser-Busch and Turnkey Search, had a big presence at the event, including a station where about 60 people received Stella Artois chalices that were laser-engraved with their name or initials. A-B's Nick Kelly said he knows it can be difficult for young, talented people to break through when they are competing with older execs. Turnkey's Len Perna told the group that being identified as one of the New Voices Under 30 is rewarding and career-boosting.

INAUGURAL CLASS OF SBJ'S NEW VOICES UNDER 30
HONOREE
COMPANY
HONOREE
COMPANY
Hilary Ash
LA 2028
Marie Margolius
ESPN
Samantha Barkowski
Fenway Sports Group/
Red Sox
Christina Milano
Excel Sports Management
Octavia Chambers
Trail Blazers
Ashton Mullinix
Lions
Phil de Winter
FanHub Media
Sebastian Park
Rockets/Clutch Gaming
Tanya Downey
MLS
Alex Parker
Dolphins
Kevin Esteves
NBA
Kirby Porter
PepsiCo
Leslie Evans
World Surf League
Megan Rand
Populous
Bradley Fain
Nets
Matt Samost
Lightning/Tampa Bay
Sports & Entertainment
Alessandro Gasparro
Clippers
Kerry Scalora
UFC
Emily Hejlik
Octagon
Buster Scher
Hoops Nation/
The Buster Show
Ian Hillman
HBSE
Tal Shachar
Immortals Gaming Club
Claire Kaido
MSG Co.
Brandon Sosna
Univ. of Cincinnati Athletics
Sarah Kettler
SeatGeek
Nick Thimm
CAA Sports
Marc Kulbersh
Suns
Zack Weiner
Overtime
Keri Lenker
NBA
Krista Whitaker
Proskauer
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New Voices Honorees Chart

SEEN & HEARD: Among those who turned out to honor the winners were Turnkey's Gene DeFilippo and Rick Alessandri, NLL's Jessica Berman, Octagon's Peter Carlisle, LA28's Kathy Carter, CAA's Mike Levine, Howie Nuchow and Paul Danforth, and ESPN's Libby Geist and Connor Schell.

SBJ's New Voices Under 30