In 2009 - - at the request of numerous corporations, companies, associations and charities - - SMMG developed and launched a unique Experts Speakers and Writers Bureau. We call our initial group of members: “The Class With Class.” We think you’ll agree.
Marty Appel is a best-selling author and highly regarded publicist who, during a career of more than 40 years, has won an Emmy award (for production of New York Yankees baseball), a Golden Record (for production of a record album on the sights and sounds of Yankee Stadium), been on the New York Times best-seller list (for Pinstripe Empire and MUNSON: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain), appeared in Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo," served as a consultant for Billy Crystal's "61*" and as consulting producer for ESPN's "The Bronx is Burning."
Marty's career in communications began serendipitously when as a lucky young fan in1967, he was hired by the NY Yankees to answer Mickey Mantle's fan mail... and he quickly went on to become the youngest public relations director in Major League Baseball history with the Bronx Bombers. Today, he is frequently seen on baseball specials on HBO, ESPN, MLB Network and the YES Network, and his behind-the-scenes memoir, " Now Pitching for the Yankees," was named " Best New York Baseball Book of 2001." He has even contributed to the text on the Baseball Hall of Fame plaques.
As a publicist, he has represented such prestigious entities as the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Yogi Berra Museum, The Topps Company, the NHL, the Football Giants, the New York Rangers and the families of Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth. His biography of Thurman Munson, published in summer 2009, became the best selling book in America by its third day after publication.
Areas of Expertise: Highly-requested keynote & after-dinner speaker; Remarkable storyteller to both live audiences and book lovers, focusing on subjects who are household names. With his love of baseball, his "insider" perspective, his sense of both humor and pathos and his "everyman" style, Marty enthralls audiences and readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Marty Appel Public Relations
David J. Chavez, a native of Tucson, AZ, has been working in the sports world for more than a quarter-century - - including, since 1998, as a founder of Colorado Springs, C0-jeadquartered Pro Sports MVP.As President & CEO of the company, he oversees one of America’s leading full-service marketing firms that specializes in creating and implementing hundreds of proprietary sports- and entertainment-themed tours, promotions and events each year. Pro Sports MVP was also ranked as the largest independent supplier of talent to the US Armed Forces.Chavez, who is bi-lingual (English and Spanish), first entered the sports field in 1976 when he began a 15-year stint in Minor and Senior League Baseball.In 1990, he was hired to be Director of Player & Corporate Relations for Pittsburgh, PA-based International Sports Marketing (ISM), which boasted strong alliances with both the MLB and NFL Alumni Associations.In his role with ISM, which lasted until he left to launch Pro Sports MVP in 1998, Chavez helped develop, organize and manage dozens of successful marketing programs and campaigns that involved hundreds of retired sports figures interacting with corporations, associations, military personnel, fans and consumers.
Areas of Expertise: Sports Marketing & Management in the U.S. and Internationally, Celebrity Acquisition, Using Celebrities for Successful Events & Appearances, Employee & Client Motivation & Business Development.
David Chavez Founder & President Pro Sports MVP Colorado Springs, CO
To the readers of 350 papers across the country, he is known as Professor Bruce because - - in his weekly, nationally-syndicated column, "Ask the Small Business Professor" - - he provides expert, timely and practical advice to business owners and professionals representing a wide-variety of divergent fields.
Bruce is also an engaging speaker who entertains and enlightens audiences by relating both his career experiences, as well as his unique insights into the successes of entrepreneurs in the news. In his stage presentation, Bruce offers a dynamic talk he calls, "The Entrepreneurial Mind," in which he explores the inspirations and motivations driving American entrepreneurs - - and highlights entertaining and educational aspects of building a thriving business in today's economy.
A featured guest on such high-rated media outlets as CBS Radio, Bloomberg TV and The Joan Hamburg Show, Bruce's newest venture, Birthing the Elephant: The Woman's Go For It! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business (with co-author Karin Abarbanel) was recently published by Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.
Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Bruce Freeman is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University (NJ), where he earned the 2007-2008 Excellent Adjunct Professor Teaching Award.
Areas of Expertise: A full-time speaker and writer, Bruce can address most any audience on various "small business" issues and opportunities with great insights, humor and knowledge. He is equally as adept at authoring books, articles and scholarly papers on a wide range of business and entrepreneurial subjects.
Bruce Freeman Small Business Expert
Beginning in 1960, Steve Jacobson was a sports reporter and columnist for Newsday on Long Island and in New York City for more than four decades.During his 44 years with one of the 10 largest daily newspapers in the country, Steve was frequently ranked among the Top Five Sports Columnists in the U.S. by the AP Sports Editors.In addition, he has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.He also is a successful author, having written The Best Team Money Could Buy, a tale of the lunacy of the 1977 World Champion NY Yankees (which led to Steve being a major contributor to the TV series, The Bronx Is Burning) along with his most recent book, Carrying Jackie’s Torch, which was published by Lawrence Hill Books in 2007.
Known for his versatility, strong writing skills, probing but respectful questions and his humanity, Steve has covered virtually every major athletic endeavor and sporting event in the U.S. and around the world during his remarkable career.He possesses a keen and passionate interest not only in the results of our sports and games, but more so the people behind them.Men, women and teenagers who have overcome adversity, injury and “political incorrectness” fascinate him, and he brings their stories alive like no other writer working today. Areas of Expertise: As a Keynote Speaker, Steve Jacobson can deliver an inspiring, entertaining and informative oration to most any kind of audience; and as a Television or Radio Panelist, he can bring a sense of history, diversity, health issues and controversy to any program or show.As such, Steve has made frequent TV and radio appearances on various sports topics for numerous major national and regional outlets such as ESPN, HBO, MSG and YES networks.
Steve Jacobson Retired Sports Columnist Newsday Long Island, NY
Frederick C. Klein was a longtime feature writer, editor and columnist with The Wall Street Journal. He initiated the Journal’s “On Sports” column in 1977, and wrote it until he left the paper in 2001. Later, he contributed columns to Sports Business Journal and articles to USA Today, The New York Times and Links magazine, among other publications. He’s the author of many books, including two collections of his columns and the illustrated “For the Love of…” series for Triumph Books. He’s now a freelance writer living in Scottsdale, Arizona - - and his blog Fred Klein on Sports (which is updated on the 1st and 15th of each month), can be seen by clicking on http://fredkleinonsports.blogspot.com.
Areas of Expertise: Sports Business, Sports Writing, Sports Media, Sports from the Fan’s Point of View & Humor in Sports
Fred Klein Sports Columnist & Author The Wall Street Journal & other publications
Considered one the country's most successful sports talent representation & endorsement executives, Steve Rosner co-founded and became a partner at 16W Marketing, LLC, in October 2000, along with Frank Vuono.He was a co-founder of Integrated Sports International (ISI) in 1993, which was acquired by SFX Entertainment in March 1999. While at 16W, Rosner has become one of the industry's top representatives for broadcasters, negotiating contracts for Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Howie Long, Cris Collinsworth, Cal Ripken Jr., Beasley Reece and Bob Papa. He directs 16W Marketing's talent representation division, as well as special event planning/hospitality (e.g. ISI/SFX Charity Super Bowl Golf Classic; New York's Top 100 Sports Moments Promotion & Dinner; NFL Punt, Pass & Kick; the Cadillac NFL Quarterback Club Golf Scramble; and the NFL High School Quarterback Club Challenge).
Areas of Expertise: Talent Marketing; Contract Negotiation; Special Event Planning, Management & Production; andMedia Consultation.
Steve Rosner Co-Founder & Partner 16W Marketing Rutherford, NJ
It is quite an accomplishment in today's American culture to be considered an expert in one special area of knowledge. But to be known both nationally and internationally for your expertise, experience, writing skills and lecturing acumen in two distinct fields of interest is truly a remarkable feat. Meet Dan Schlossberg.
Dan is the only U.S. journalist who covers both baseball and travel exclusively - - which has helped him amuse audiences all over the country through both his written words and his entertaining and informative lectures.
Dan has authored nearly three dozen baseball books and more than 25,000 articles, including contributions to The Sporting News, Baseball Digest, MLB.com, the All-Star Game and World Series programs, not to mention his work for countless other publications, Baseball Annuals and even the backs of Baseball Cards.
On the travel side, Dan is the founder, president and Wayfarer editor for the NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association), as well as the travel editor for Hooters Magazine and The Maggie Linton Show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. His byline has also appeared in such prestigious periodicals as AAA Living, United Airlines' Hemispheres Magazine, US Airways Magazine and the History Channel Magazine.
Areas of Expertise: Baseball: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow; Baseball humor; Travel topics from A (Alaska) to Z (Zanzibar)
Dan Schlossberg Baseball & Travel Expert
Heralded as one of the most prominent sports executives in the U.S., Frank Vuono co-found 16W Marketing, LLC in September of 2000 and serves as one of its partners.At 16W, Frank directs the company's Corporate Division, which boasts such prestigious clients as the United Football League, Italian American Network, Cal Ripken Baseball, FieldTurf, TurnStyles Ticketing, XOS Technologies and Facility Merchandise Incorporated (FMI). Known for his creative and dynamic approach, Vuono co-founded Integrated Sports International (ISI) in 1993 and served as its CEO/President.ISI was acquired by SFX Entertainment in March of 1999; Vuono served as president of SFX Sport Group\'s marketing division.Formerly Vice President of Licensing for NFL Properties (NFLP), Vuono helped build sales of NFL licensed products from approximately $300 million to over $2.5 billion. He also launched integrated marketing programs NFL Pro Line, NFL Pro Shop and NFL Throwbacks. Vuono co-founded the NFL Quarterback Club, predecessor to NFL Quarterback Greats.
Areas of Expertise:Sports Marketing, Naming Rights, Licensing and Merchandising Industries
Frank Vuono Co-Founder & Partner 16W Marketing Rutherford, NJ