Archive for March, 2017

Celebrating the 100th Episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol

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If you haven’t watched The Incredible Dr. Pol on Nat Geo Wild, you’ve been missing out. The show follows Dr. Jan Pol, a Dutch-American veterinarian practicing in rural Michigan and working with a wide variety of animals. He started his veterinary business out of his home and has over 19,000 clients!  Needless to say, he’s a beloved animal caretaker, and the 100th episode of this series required a true pun-filled celebration.

MKTG transformed the Hopewell Ranch in rural Michigan into an outdoor wonderland for this celebration of The Incredible Dr. Pol’s 100th ep, made possible by Nat Geo Wild.  Friends, family, a national group of Fans of the Week as well as the Dr. himself were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime celebration and viewing party.

During the day, 28 attendees had the opportunity to pet, feed, and do yoga with baby goats, make Woof Packs for dogs up for adoption at local shelters, take a photo on antique tractors, visit a petting zoo and even play animal-themed bingo!

In the evening, 140 people attended an event that included a marching band to introduce the Fans of the Week and Pol to the party, a live band, Corn Pol, a Pol-aroid photo-op, Pol-Traits with a caricature artist, a Giant Thank You Card, Pol Portrait made out of Candy, and a Watering Pol (bar).  Dinner and the viewing party were followed by dancing all night with the Pols and their “incrediPol’ family.

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle

March 28th, 2017 at 9:46 am

A Day In The Life | Kevin Collins

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The Collins Family

This month, for A Day In The Life, we are featuring America’s favorite former ice-sculpture delivery man. The famously bearded, and famously off-the-grid, Chicago Office Michael Scott, ahem, General Manager, Kevin Collins.  You may have met Kevin when he lived in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London, or Chicago again. One thing we all know, if you have met him, you’re lucky. Cause he’s really cool.
Name: Kevin Collins
Office Location: Chi-city
What do you work on?
All things Nike, Beats, Gatorade, NCAA, among others; I dabble in additional agency projects whenever and wherever I can.
What time do you wake up on a typical work day?
I typically get punched in the tummy by a small child around 6:30am CST every morning.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you have a routine?
First I try to drink a glass of water. Next, I use all my willpower to try and not look at my phone until I’m out the door and headed to the train. Finally, I make the bedroom rounds to get the little people up and ready to start their day.
Your day cannot be properly started without ______…
A shower. Pretty basic. But I guess if the key word is ‘properly’ then it would require making breakfast for my kids.
How do you commute to work and do you enjoy your commute?
I take the train. It’s enjoyable, yes. I typically go on the quiet car. The quiet car is the car where people must remain quiet.
Does your day have a soundtrack? If so, what’s on your playlist that is a daily obsession or gives you that stroke of genius?
Sturgill Simpson tops the list this month.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?
Sort of. I like Neil deGrasse Tyson and anything that explores the cosmos. Space fascinates me.
Name your top five apps and why:
Well #1 is easily mozzarella sticks. Love em. Any type of mozz stick really. #2 would probably be tots – any type of tot really. Rounding out my top 3 would be spinach artichoke dip. My 4th favorite app is the Poutine at Green Door Tavern. And my 5th favorite app is Twitter.
What are some restaurants or spots near your office that make your day- from a lunch place that knows your ‘usual’ to a beautiful park- what locales do you live by?
There is only one spot. The Green Door Tavern. It’s an emotional wrecking ball – a watering hole with a great menu. I use the word emotional because it can play whatever role you need it to – a high five after a great day, warm hug after a not so great day. It’s an old school, mischievous haunt that I could not love more. Thanks for asking.
What after-work activity makes your week complete?  
What makes my week complete? Well I do like routine, so any week that involves bath and bedtime with my little people makes any week complete. I could say it was something healthier like yoga or crossfit but that’d be a lie.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution? 
Eat less apps (see above).
Anything else we didn’t ask you that you really want to tell us about your life?
Gosh there are so many things. Um, I’ve had like 30 different jobs in my life. Here are some highlights: lawn maintenance, barista @ Nordstrom, stocked shelves in the Men’s Department @ Nordstrom, delivered pizza’s, delivered ice sculptures, delivered flowers, cleaned dishes in college cafeteria, Resident Advisor (RA – yep, that’s right).
What else. I have two beautiful kids – Rockey (daughter, 5) and Dodge (son, 2) and a third due in early April 2017; a stunning wife with a beautiful mind, Margot, who I met in 2003, married in 2009 and couldn’t be luckier to have in my life.
It’s important to note that Kevin Collins is also the only person in America to never have ever had a Facebook or Instagram account, so there is no handle to suggest you follow. Remember when we said he was cool? Yes, he’s really “I’ve literally never had a Facebook” cool.
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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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March 24th, 2017 at 12:43 pm

MKTG’s Eric Ginsberg Named a McCormack Alumni On the Rise

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We’re excited to share that Eric Ginsberg, Director of Digital Strategy at MKTG, was awarded the McCormack Department of Sport Management 2017 Alumni on the Rise Award. The award was established in 2012 in order to recognize alumni who have graduated within the past five to ten years and have become leaders in their respective industries. For more information about the Award, check out the press release below that was distributed today. KUDOS ERIC!!



McCormack Department of Sport Management Announces 2016-2017 Alumni on the Rise Awards

Amherst, MA (March, 2017) – The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst has named Eric Ginsberg (BS ’09), Karina Herold (MBA/MS ’08), and Evan Olesh (BS ’10) as recipients of its 2016-2017 Alumni on the Rise Award.

“The success of these young professionals is a true testament to their talent, dedication, and education,” said Janet Fink, Department Chair. “As a department, we are excited to see what lies ahead for all three recipients.”

Established in 2012, this annual award recognizes McCormack alumni who have graduated within the past five to ten years and have become leaders within their respective sport industries.

Eric Ginsberg is the Director of Digital Strategy at MKTG where he manages digital and social sponsorship initiatives for brands such as AT&T, FedEx, Sunoco, Wells Fargo, Hitachi, Big Machine Records and ARRIS. Ginsberg co-launched, and manages MKTG’s influencer marketing practice, which is responsible for helping brands partner with dynamic content creators around major sports and music events. Ginsberg’s work has been recognized by several industry publications, including Cynopsis Media, who named him a “30 and Under Media Industry Rising Star”.

Karina Siam Herold is the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Pepperdine University, overseeing the department’s academic services, external operations units, as well as athletic medicine and strength and conditioning services. Before joining Pepperdine, Herold served as the Sports & Entertainment Sales Director for the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC).

Evan Olesh has been with PUMA North America since graduating in 2010. Currently, he serves as the Director of Marketing, overseeing the consumer activations for the brand on a global scale. Prior to working with PUMA, Olesh worked at Major League Soccer and the Gazelle Group.

Department Chair Janet Fink will present the Alumni on the Rise Awards during the annual McCormack Sport Management Awards Banquet at the Mullins Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.


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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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March 22nd, 2017 at 4:37 pm

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MKTG’s Jennifer Masi: 2017 Vanderzwaag Award Recipient

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We’re thrilled to share that MKTG S&E Vice President, Jennifer Masi, was awarded the 2017 Harold J. Vanderzwaag Distinguished Alumni Award this week by The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst. The Vanderzwaag Award recognizes McCormack alumni for professional excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry, as well as for their dedication to the McCormack Department of Sport Management. To learn more, check out the press release below. Way to be Jen!


McCormack Department of Sport Management Announces 2016-2017 VanderZwaag Award Winners

Amherst, MA (March, 2017) – The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst is pleased to announce Chris Antonetti (MS ’97), Jennifer Masi (MS ‘99), and Russ Spielman (BS ‘92) as recipients of the 2016-2017 Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award.

“Their commitment to the department and advancement in the industry serve as an inspiration to those looking to make a lasting impact. This year’s recipients truly embody Dr. VanderZwaag’s legacy,” said Janet Fink, Department Chair.

Established in 1993, the annual award recognizes McCormack alumni for their professional excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry as well as for their dedication to the McCormack Department of Sport Management.

Jennifer (Schulte) Masi is currently the Vice President of MKTG (formerly Team Epic), a position she has held since 2003. Masi is a strategist for Wells Fargo and AT&T, managing sponsorships and relationships with Major League Soccer, US Soccer, and the Mexican National Team. Prior to MKTG, Masi worked with the University of Connecticut, Velocity Sports and Entertainment, and Red Peg Marketing.

Chris Antonetti has been with the Cleveland Indians for 18 seasons. After serving six seasons as General Manager Antonetti was promoted to President of Baseball Operations in 2015. This past season, he led the Indians to a World Series appearance with key strategic moves that proved crucial to their post-season run. In 2016, he was named MLB Executive-of- the-Year by Baseball America.

Russ Spielman is founder and principal of The Legacy Agency Worldwide (TLA). Spielman co-leads the talent marketing and broadcasting divisions for TLA, and has worked with elite personalities including Steve Young, Jameis Winston, Nick Mangold, Justin Turner, RA Dickey, and Osi Umenyiora. In addition, Spielman works in the corporate marketing division on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies to leverage the power of sports.

Department Chair Janet Fink will present the VanderZwaag Awards during the McCormack Sport Management Awards Banquet at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017.



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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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March 22nd, 2017 at 3:38 pm

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Adweek Features Gatorade Combine in SXSW Ultimate Roundup of Experiential Activations

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We are so honored to share that for the second year running*, the activation we produced with Gatorade was featured as one of the best at SXSW. This year, in Adweek’s Ultimate Roundup. The activation, which we produced featuring Gatorade’s tech partners Kitman, STRIVR, and Sparta Science showcased a future Combine imagined by Gatorade and validated by Sports Illustrated. See what Adweek had to say about the Gatorade Combine:

“Gatorade’s Combine showed off the ‘future of athlete evaluation’ by partnering with three leading sports tech companies currently being used by collegiate and professional sports teams to evaluate player potential, increase efficiency and identify and minimize athletes’ exposure to injury.

Gatorade brought interactive exhibits from three sports tech brands to its downtown Austin corner. Kitman Labs uses a Microsoft Kinect to ‘analyze movement function and biomechanics for potential injury risk.’ STRIVR showed off what is essentially a very detailed virtual reality game used for situational training in football. The simulation puts you in the shoes of a quarterback and asks you to decide how to run a certain play based on what the defense is doing.”

Read the rest on Adweek


CNBC named us one of the best in 2016!

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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March 16th, 2017 at 11:10 am

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NFL Extra Points at Super Bowl 51

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NFL Extra Points teamed up with one of the greatest kickers of all time, four-time Super Bowl Champion Adam Vinatieri.

On Thursday, Feb. 2nd Adam appeared on 16 national media outlets, all pitched and secured by MKTG. Shows included: ESPN w/ Hannah Storm, Jim Rome, Jenny McCarthy (& Donnie Wahlberg), NFL Network, Sirius XM, NBC Sports, CBS Radio and many others. During the interviews, Adam talked about his media moment that would take place on Friday, Feb. 3rd at the NFL Extra Points Kick, a branded field goal kicking activation within NFL Experience. The goal was simple: set a new Guinness World Record for the most fields goal made in a minute.

The next event was the Guinness World Record attempt, one that Adam was taking very serious and had been practicing for at the Colts facility leading into the week. It was so important, that Adam actually sent his own kicking footballs and brought in his holder, former Colts punter Pat McAfee. The event included 10 media outlets and was broadcast live across the country. Local TV affiliates could tap into the media onsite and air the attempt during their local news broadcast. Other media outlets included Fox News, TMZ, USA Today and Sports Illustrated.

It’s with great pleasure to announce that Adam set a new record with 28 field goals in a minute!

On the social side of things, NFL Extra Points put a new spin on their program based on a recommendation by MKTG. The digital strategy team recommended a first of its kind social influencer program for the bank which was highlighted by two live events and a series of video content around cardmember benefits, playful trick kick videos, and highlight videos from the live content. The first live event was a H.O.R.S.E. field goal competition that took place within the Extra Points Kick at NFL Experience with former NFL kicker Jay Feely, former pro-kicker and current kicking coach Brian Jackson, and current professional soccer player and USWNT member Ali Krieger (pictured below).

Check out the videos here:

H.O.R.S.E. Challenge Highlights

Skipping the Line at the Extra Points Kick

Danettes: 20% off at

Brian Jackson Trick Kicks

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Written by Edmee Jorge
Edmee Jorge

March 3rd, 2017 at 1:25 pm

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