Power Players: Mike Palisi
Executive Vice President, Collegiate Services
Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment
When Learfield acquired Nelligan Sports five years ago, it left a void in the marketplace for mid-major schools where Nelligan had thrived. Palisi, who led Nelligan’s day-to-day business, and Van Wagner saw the opening and created a strong college business largely from mid-major clients that need Palisi’s expertise. Behind his ingenuity, Van Wagner’s college services unit has grown from nothing to more than 30 school and conference properties.