|Program Director, Jim Cline, CAO
A former general manager with several indoor soccer companies, Jim consults full-time for facilities all across America. Founder and principal of The Goals Group, an indoor soccer and sports consulting firm based in Columbus, Ohio, Jim has been involved with soccer teams, soccer stores, and indoor facilities for more than twenty years. He is on the boards of several youth soccer associations in two states and has operated more than 75 youth soccer tournaments. His career has included more than thirty years in real estate development, commercial design and construction for several national firms. Jim was recognized recently by Major League Soccer as one of the top 100 soccer leaders in Ohio. His practice is limited to indoor soccer and sports facilities and their related operations. He is a member of the United States Indoor Soccer Association's team of professional consultants and has been the featured indoor soccer speaker at the USIndoor Operators' Conference and the Athletic Business Conference. In addition to current projects in Illinois, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, California, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, California,Washington, Rhode Island,Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, he is an indoor soccer consultant to indoor equipment manufacturers and vendors as well as development groups, non-profit organizations, and municipal parks and recreation departments. Jim is also active in indoor sports projects in China.
Don Crowe, CPA, CAO
Don worked for Arthur Anderson & Co until 1990.While CFO and Treasurer of the Board with ICON Communications, he negotiated the acquisition of 6 telecommunication companies and the all-cash sale of ICON to a public company in 1998. He has been CEO of Arena Sports' 3 Seattle-area facilities since 1999 and owns and operates Sports IT and Lil' Kickers.
Frank E. Cuzzi, President, Corner Kick International
Frank Cuzzi is President and Founder of Corner Kick International, an integrated marketing company which owns publishing, licensing and promotion properties and provides marketing consulting and project management. He is a marketing and sales executive with over 25 years experience developing and directing national promotion, advertising and sales campaigns. A builder and innovator, Mr. Cuzzi has promoted new ideas, developed new markets and managed projects from concept through implementation. He is also a college Professor for sports management, marketing and sales courses. Recognized as an integrated marketing expert, Frank has developed over 80 marketing programs for national corporations, linking them to publishing, special events, TV programming, licensing, international tournaments and public relations. His clients have included M/M Mars, Times Mirror Magazine, Grey Advertising, MacGregor Sports, Pepsi Cola, American Cyanimid, RJR Seagrams', Heublein, NEC, Franklin Mint, Swissotel, and two professional sports leagues. In his experience with the leagues, he was successful in gaining corporate sponsors Clairol, Philip Morris, Toyota, Gatorade, Budweiser, and Bata Shoe, among others. Frank has been Director of Marketing for the Major Indoor Soccer League and he co-Founded the North American Soccer League Marketing, Inc. as VP Advertising/Publications. His commissioner-level sports management experience includes sponsorships, promotions, special events, and publishing. His successful track record in magazine publishing has resulted in the three most successful soccer publications ever in North America: Kick, Missile and World Cup '94. Frank created a documented/national marketing impact for the NASL and the MISL, and was honored for Leadership by Sports Management Review. In 2006, he founded the AISL's New York Hampton Surf professional indoor soccer team in Southampton, New York.
Mark Grossman, President, The Monument Sports Group, Richmond, VA
A native of Richmond, VA, Mark lettered in 5 sports and earned High School All-American status in soccer. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an interdisciplinary major of Sports Public Relations/Marketing and Speech Communication. After UNC, Mark spent the next two years in the front office of theWashington Diplomats, a team in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Returning to Chapel Hill, he owned and operated "Heels OnWheels," an outdoor/indoor roller skating business. Mark entered the insurance business in 1981. He purchased the independent agency where he was employed in 1987 and in 2000 founded The Monument Sports Group to service the insurance, financial services, and marketing needs of both professional and amateur sports owners, operators, and players. Monument Sports is proud to be the exclusive insurance agency for the United States Indoor Soccer Association. Mark is a member of USIndoor's Advisory Board of Directors.
Michael Holtzman, President, Profitable Food Facilities, Poway, CA
Michael Holtzman received his BS in Restaurant Management from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, and now has over 25 years of restaurant industry experience. . He is now President of Profitable Food Facilities, a company specializing in captive market restaurant locations including indoor soccer parks, outdoor sports facilities, sportplexes, water parks, golf courses, ski resorts, health clubs, and day spas. In particular, he has worked with more than 310 "captive market" facilities in 42 states, Canada, England and the Middle East to enhance restaurant design and customer service, while building sales and profits.
Over the past few years, he has been asked to speak at many different conferences including the Indoor Soccer Association, the Sportsplex Operators & Developers Association, the Athletic Business Conference World Waterpark Association, the National Recreation and Parks Association, the PGA of America, the Club Managers Association, the National Ski Areas Association, the National Golf Course Owners Association, the, and the International Health Racquet & Sports Association. This past summer, he was one of two Americans that were invited to speak in England at the Bodylife conference for Leisure World Industries.
His partial list of clients includes Pinnacle Sports in Ohio, Vetta Sports in St Louis, Tennis Corporation of America (TCA), The City of Bolinbrook in Illinois, the Metro Park Authority in Detroit Michigan, The City of Golden in Colorado, the City of Roseville in California, the Winward Lake Club in Georgia, and TBG Development in Missouri. He has also designed the kitchen operations for over 110 other "captive market" facilities including the Boston Celtics Training Center
John Miller, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University
John is presently an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Texas Tech University. He is a Fellow in the Research Consortium Fellow and has been given the Distinguished Scholar Award from the School and Community Safety Society of America. He has been the president of the national Safety and Risk Management Council as well as a member the Board of Directors of the Sport and Recreation Law Association. He has more than 65 presentations at national and international conferences, 25 published articles and 3 book chapters primarily dealing with legal issues and risk management in sport and athletics. John also works as a consultant associated with Southwest Sport Management located in Albuquerque, NM.
Jan Eric Nordmo, CAO
Jan founded Off theWall Soccer in 1991 and began operations in 1993 in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California. Jan Eric also branded two other Off theWall Soccer facilities: one in Chico, California, and one which recently sold in the Portland, Oregon area. Mr. Nordmo's operations were among the first in the country to utilize player membership cards and the internet for informational and practical applications. He has consulted with other arena developers utilizing his past development and geotechnical engineering background. In addition to his entrepreneurial expertise in arena soccer, Jan Eric is very active in the world of player development and coaching. He holds a current USSF "A" license and is currently coaching several club and high school teams as well as a State Olympic Development coach for Cal North and ODP Region IV coach, in addition to being a coaching instructor for the CYSA Coaching School. He is also the co-founder and partner in the Premier Arena Soccer League and serves as the Pacific Division Director of Operations and is the founder of Soccer Scouts USA, a player scouting and reporting company.
Peter Spanos, CAO
Peter Spanos is principal owner of Vetta Sports Clubs, which has five indoor sports facilities, all in the St. Louis, MO, area. A former collegiate soccer player and Xerox employee with a masters of business administration, Pete was running the family dental lab when, driven by passions for teaching and for making a greater impact on the community, he drastically altered his career. Soccerdome, where Pete had regularly played, was his first location in 1988. Expansion plans later included ground-up construction, and in 1996 his family joined the team of long-term staff. Combined, Vetta (named after Pete's paternal grandmother) has over 200 employees and 1.5 million visitors per year. Pete has served on USIndoor's Advisory Board of Directors since 2003.
John Wolohan, Esq., Professor, Ithaca College
John Wolohan PhotoJohn Wolohan is a Professor and Department Chair of the Sport Management & Media Department at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Sports Law and Labor Relations in Sports. In addition to being one of the lead editors for the book "Law for Recreation and Sport Managers" by Cotten and Wolohan, Professor Wolohan also writes the "Sports Law Report" a monthly article that appears in Athletic Business. Professor Wolohan has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of intellectual property, athlete's rights, and antitrust issues in sport in such Journals as the Marquette Sports Law Journal, Seton Hall Journal of Sports Law, Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, University of Missouri- Kansas City Law Review, Educational Law Reporter, Journal of the Legal Aspects of Sport and the Journal of Sport Management.
In addition, Professor Wolohan has made numerous presentations in the area of sports law to such organizations as the American Bar Association, International Sports Lawyers Association, Athletic Business, the Sport and Recreation Law Association, the North American Society of Sport Management and the Asser Sports Law Institute.
Professor Wolohan, who is a member of the American and Massachusetts Bar Associations, received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and his J.D. from Western New England College.
Arnold Zirkes, Principal, Net Re$ult$
Through Net Re$ult$, Arnold represents numerous indoor and outdoor sports complexes, sports clubs, leagues and state associations, principally with marketing. Over the past 3 years he has also helped open a number of indoor soccer and sports facilities. He formerly served as Director of Marketing for The Soccer Spot complexes, located in Grand Rapids and Holland, Michigan, where he generated marketing revenue over $300,000. As Executive Director to Heartland Soccer Association in Kansas (member of US Youth Soccer Association), he generated over $150,000 in sponsorships and advertising. There he managed an 18-field outdoor soccer complex and a league of 11,000 kids during the fall and spring. Arnold created and ran the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association's Coaches Lecture Series, with 24 dates in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio, for over 20 years. He owned or managed a soccer-specific retail store for more than ten years. His expertise includes organizing and running youth and adult tournaments, including 3v3 events, advertising and grass marketing. Arnold was recognized in 2000 by Major League Soccer as one of the top 100 soccer leaders in Ohio.