Keynote Address and Industry Breakfast
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 • 7:30 am
Director of Athletics
University of Alabama
William R. “Bill” Battle recently completed his third year as Director of Athletics at The University of Alabama. Battle took the job as Director of Athletics at Alabama after a career as a college football coach and entrepreneur that was consistently hallmarked by innovation and foresight.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Battle attended The University of Alabama on a football scholarship and enjoyed a successful playing career as a three-year starter at end for the Crimson Tide under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1960-62. Battle was a member of Bryant’s first national championship team at Alabama in 1961, and was a three-year starter.
Battle embarked on a career in the private sector after his coaching career ended. Battle founded The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in 1981, and served as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until 2002. He also served as chairman of the board of Licensing Partners International (LPI), which was created in 2001 to represent the licensing interests of non-collegiate sports properties, as well as corporate and entertainment properties. The companies were sold to IMG in 2007, but he continued as chairman of CLC and consultant to IMG until March of 2013 when he was called back to Alabama.
Join us as Battle discusses his successes and challenges, on and off the field.
Trends and Numbers: A Look at Sports and Licensing
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 • 2:00 pm
Marty Brochstein, SVP industry Relations and Information at The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), will take a look at where the sports licensing business is today, using the results of LIMA’s latest Annual Licensing Business Survey, as well as responses to our end of year flash survey of licensing executives, to spotlight the state of the business and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry going forward.
The View From Retail
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • 10:00 am
This open-ended discussion among three retailers of sports licensed goods will give a real world perspective on what’s happening at store level, give some ideas on how to improve the industry, and maybe even identify some white space. Moderator, Marty Brochstein, will lead the discussion between three retailers in the sports licensing space. Panelists are: Derek Friedman of Sports Fan who operates five retail locations in the Denver, CO market; Brian Skurdal representing Menard’s; and Cameron Beck, Campus Store Manager at the University of Utah.
*Seminars are open to all attendees and exhibitors. Must have show badge to attend.*