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The 2020 Class of Forty Under 40

Sports Business Journal begins its third decade of honoring 40 executives under the age of 40 who are excelling in their field of sports business. From teams and leagues, to agencies and brands, to player representation, media, facility design and development, these executives represent fresh and innovative approaches across all sectors of the industry.

Forty Under 40 Awards 2020


Special section published: March 16
Awards Event: March 26 (Dana Point, Calif.)
For more info: FortyUnder40Awards.com 

The class includes the first Forty Under 40 honorees from a number of organizations, including two leagues, the WNBA and the NBA G League.

Two of the honorees — Nick Kelly of Anheuser-Busch InBev and ESPN’s Ryan Spoon — were previously named to the 2018 class of Forty Under 40.

All 40 executives will be featured in the March 16 issue of Sports Business Journal, where we will tell the stories of their career paths and successes. They also will be honored at our annual Forty Under 40 gala, March 26, at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif. That event comes at the conclusion of the annual CAA World Congress of Sports, March 25-26.

TJ Adeshola, Twitter

Whit Albohm, Fox Sports

Nic Barlage, Cleveland Cavaliers / Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Michael Behan, Legends

Gabe Braselton, Populous

Austin Brown, CAA Sports

Nate Checketts, Rhone

Arjun Chowdri, PGA of America

Ishwara Glassman Chrein, Verizon Media / Yahoo Sports

Ahron Cohen, Arizona Coyotes

Wes Day, Teall Capital Partners

Bethany Donaphin, WNBA

Michael Fedele, BodyArmor

Geoff Garmhausen, Lagardère Sports 

Jessie Giordano, GMR Marketing

Adam Grossman, Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management

Ben Gumpert, Sacramento Republic FC

Brian Herbst, NASCAR

David Jurenka, National Football League

Nick Kelly, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Akshay Khanna, StubHub

Francesca Leiweke-Bodie, Oak View Group

Joe Maczko, National Basketball Association

Andrea Marini, Deltatre

Joseph Markowski, DAZN

Zach Maurides, Teamworks

Maura McGreevy, IMG

Jared Merrell, Optimum Sports

Tanja Olano, LA 2028

Melissa Proctor, Atlanta Hawks / State Farm Arena

Uzma Rawn, Major League Baseball

Neema Sahni, Covington & Burling

Brent Schoeb, San Francisco 49ers

Adam Schwartz, Horizon Media

Russell Scibetti, New York Giants

Ari Segal, Immortals Gaming Club

Ryan Spoon, ESPN

Jared Stacy, Amazon

Benjamin Tario, Atlantic Coast Conference

Shelly Wilkes, Lakeland Magic