About Us

What we do and why it matters

The SBLA is a non-profit charitable organization for professionals working in sports. The SBLA’s core mission is to organize a group of professionals working in the sports business industry to discuss trending sports business issues. The national Sports Business and Leadership Association’s charitable goal is to provide children in each of our Chapter communities with the resources necessary to engage in unique sports experiences or to attend sports camps.

We hope to change children’s lives by providing these opportunities and by assisting them to pursue their dream of playing a varsity sport in college or motivating them to reach for higher goals not previously thought to be achievable. The SBLA has chapters in Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The SBLA is actively pursuing the creation of chapters in other major cities across the U.S. The annual membership fee for SBLA Members is $50 ($25 for students) but is subject to waiver upon a presentation of special circumstances. Each SBLA chapter will meet regularly in their respective city to host speakers, to discuss trending sports law issues, and to organize and discuss fundraising events and other matters of concern. At least twice annually each chapter will organize and host a fundraising event to raise money for the SBLA Scholarship Program.

Each year the SBLA will honor a sports business leader with either a SBLA Sports Professional of the Year Award or Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, the SBLA was honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary NFL agent Jack Mills. The SBLA is please to announce that Nyea Sturman, General Counsel of the Orlando Magic, will be the 2018 SBLA Sports Professional of the Year Award recipient.

Board of Directors & ADVISORS

David J. Lisko

President and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jeff Kominsky

Director and President of Miami, FL Chapter

Megha H. Parekh

Director

Neema J. Kassaii

Director and President of Denver, CO Chapter

Nyea Sturman

Director

Matt Mika

Director and President of Washington, D.C. Chapter

Connor Dietz

Director and President of Tampa, FL Chapter

Carlton Jenkins

Director and President of Los Angeles, CA Chapter

Jarrod Barnes

Director and President of Charlotte, NC Chapter

John P. Higgins

Director

Daniel Werly

President of Nashville, TN Chapter

Dan Messeloff

President of Cleveland, OH Chapter

Ryan Hilbert

President of Jacksonville, FL Chapter

Justin R. Moore

Co-Founder and CEO

Eric Andalman

Colorado Advisor

Rana Dershowitz

Colorado Advisor

Jaimie Wolf

Colorado Advisor

Rebecca Beliard

Florida Advisor

Zach Daniel

Florida Advisor

Stephanie Galvin

Florida Advisor

Jessica Merrick

Florida Advisor

Samir Patel

Florida Advisor

Justin Squires

Florida Advisor

Angel Williams

Florida Advisor

Gary Adler

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Jeff J. Burton

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Cyril Djoukeng

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Ed Elfmann

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Joel Leftwich

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Jeff Levine

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Brian Ronholm

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Brian Sutter

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Ryan Thompson

Washington, D.C. Advisor

Lydia Zakhari

Washington, D.C. Advisor