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Volume 23 No. 13
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Recognizing the New Voices

The 30 members of the inaugural class of Sports Business Journal’s New Voices Under 30 work in emerging fields such as esports and analytics and for properties as wide ranging as the NBA and World Surf League, the Boston Red Sox and Clutch Gaming, and Proskauer and Hoops Nation.


They are diverse and impactful leaders, entrepreneurs, risk-takers and disrupters — all under the age of 30 — who are reimagining the sports experience and the way business is done.

More than 300 nominees were considered for recognition, with the final 30 selected by a panel of judges after a day of review and discussion in New York City.

Sports Business Journal, and New Voices Under 30 founding partners Anheuser-Busch and Turnkey Search, will honor these executives at a special event on Dec. 12 at Refinery Rooftop in midtown Manhattan. A special section in the Jan. 20 issue of SBJ will profile each of the honorees.

For more information on the event and the New Voices Under 30 program, visit

Inaugural class of New Voices Under 30


Hilary Ash Los Angeles 2028

Samantha Barkowski Fenway Sports Group / Boston Red Sox

Octavia Chambers Portland Trail Blazers

Phil de Winter FanHub Media

Tanya Downey Major League Soccer

Kevin Esteves National Basketball Association 

Leslie Evans World Surf League

Bradley Fain Brooklyn Nets

Alessandro Gasparro L.A. Clippers

Emily Hejlik Octagon

Ian Hillman Harris Blitzer Sports and  Entertainment 

Claire Kaido The Madison Square Garden Company

Sarah Kettler SeatGeek

Marc Kulbersh Phoenix Suns 

Keri Lenker National Basketball Association 

Marie Margolius ESPN

Christina Milano Excel Sports Management

Ashton Mullinix Detroit Lions

Sebastian Park Houston Rockets / Clutch Gaming

Alex Parker Miami Dolphins

Kirby Porter PepsiCo

Megan Rand Populous

Matt Samost Tampa Bay Lightning / Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment

Kerry Scalora UFC

Buster Scher Hoops Nation / The Buster Show

Tal Shachar Immortals Gaming Club

Brandon Sosna University of Cincinnati Athletics

Nick Thimm CAA Sports 

Zack Weiner Overtime

Krista Whitaker Proskauer