The driving force behind the creation and successful staging of the initial World Collegiate Soccer Championship, Robert Azar has a lengthy, successful history in the production of multi-national athletic competitions. In recognition of his achievements in sports promotion and his contribution to the El Paso community, Azar was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of Izmir, Turkey, Aydin Gonulsen is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame. The first men’s soccer coach and athletic director at Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois–Springfield (UIS), Gonulsen-coached teams won 418 of 489 matches in his UIS career. He is a two-time NAIA Coach of the Year.
One of the most recognized names in soccer, Hank Steinbrecher has held a string of influential positions, most notably Secretary General of the United States Soccer Federation. As the leader of the federation, Steinbrecher was the driving force behind a number of revolutionary changes in the management and promotion of soccer in the United States. Under his guidance, for example, a 1993 Soccer Summit led to the highly successful hosting of the 1994 World Cup and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
David Goldberg has been a mainstay in the creative development of strategic sports-related content for three decades. His resume includes a series of properties that have stretched from the United States to a long list of international locales including China, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, Australia and beyond.
The first woman elected to United States Soccer Federation‘s Executive Committee, Marty Mankamyer led the successful effort to include women’s soccer on the official program for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
John Polis has been involved with the sport of soccer for more than 40 years, with 12 of those years working in the sport on a global level. As director of communications for the U.S. Soccer Federation for six years, he was the press officer for the USA men’s and women’s national soccer teams in five different FIFA world championship events.
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Acknowledged as one of the builders in the event business, Dan has 25 years of experience in the fields of sports marketing and event planning. Most notably, he designed the media rights revenue model that has been successfully used over the years. He was the innovator of the 3v3 soccer game, one of the best skill development games. Kick It 3 v 3 soccer has become one of the largest grassroots tours in the world.