Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg


Fall 2013 Executive-in-Residence, Bob Kain

Former President & co-CEO of IMG who managed such tennis legends as Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, Mr. Bob Kain spoke to a standing-room-only house last evening in the campus center auditorium. His presentation was entitled: "The Global Growth of IMG and the Business Behind the First Golden Age for Female Athletes

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Brian Burke, Spring 2013 McCormack


Brian Burke, McCormack Department's Spring Executive- in-Residence presented his lecture entitled "The Current Landscape of Labor Relations in Professional Sports" on April 9th in Mahar Auditorium. 


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Burke boasts an impressive resume of wide-ranging experience in professional hockey serving as the General Manager of four National Hockey League teams (Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs) including guiding the Anaheim Ducks to their first Stanley Cup in 2007. He also served as the Genera Manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team that won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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Peter Carlisle

Managing Director,
Olympic and Action Sports, OCTAGON

November 26-28, 2012

Peter Carlisle is the Managing Director of Octagon's Olympic and Action Sports division. Over the past decade, Carlisle has distinguished himself as the industry's gold standard in the management and global marketing of Olympic athletes. The architect of lucrative endorsement deals and creative marketing platforms, he has been a dominant and creative force at the forefront of the Olympic and Action Sports movement.  Carlisle has represented some of the most recognizable and marketable Olympic personalities of the last decade, most notably managing the career of Olympic icon Michael Phelps. As the leader of Octagon's Olympic practice, he has also guided the careers of Olympic Gold medalists Aly Raisman, Apolo Anton Ohno, Ross Powers, Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark and Seth Wescott, among others.

Carlisle has been named to the Sporting News Power 100, named one of the Best Lawyers in America "Sports Law" for six consecutive years, including earning the Sports Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012.  He has twice been named to the Sports Business Journal's "20 Most Influential People: Sports Agents" list and is one of only two agents in history to win the Sports Business Journal Forty-Under-40 award three times, earning him membership in the Sports Business Journal's Forty-Under-40 Hall of Fame. In addition, his entrepreneurial success and thought-leadership has been profiled in business books, What Makes You Tick by HarperCollins and Creating a Bu$iness You'll Love published by Sellers.


Carlisle has negotiated and created successful marketing partnerships between his clients and corporations including VISA, Omega, Speedo, SUBWAY, Under Armour, P&G, AT&T, General Mills, Nokia, HP, Nike, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Disney and Hilton among many others. He has developed unique marketing platforms through athlete programs including Disney's "Swim with the Stars", VISA's "Seth Wescott Ride With Me SBX Tour" and VISA's "Friendship Lanes Tour". Carlisle established the first-ever rider-led snowboarding team, The Collection, securing team sponsorships with Kraft, Post Cereal and Nickelodeon. He has spearheaded the creation of content platforms, serving as Executive Producer of "Unfiltered", a groundbreaking documentary film that explored the lives and rivalry of Olympic gold medalists Phelps and Ian Crocker, and also creating, the first social networking site in the sport of swimming. 

Carlisle began his career practicing law in a traditional law firm. In 1997, he left private practice to found Carlisle Sports Management, a boutique agency representing winter sport athletes, which was acquired by Octagon in 2001. Carlisle earned a B.A. from Bates College in 1991 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine in 1994. A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Carlisle graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) in 1987.

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Barry Frank

Executive Vice President, IMG Media Sports Programming

November 8-10, 2011

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Harvard Business School, Mr. Frank spent time at CBS Production Operations, J. Walter Thompson and ABC Sports as Vice President of Sports Programming before joining IMG in 1970. He left the premier sports marketing agency in 1976 to become President of CBS Sports and returned to IMG in 1978. He has been a leader in sports negotiations and television deals for over four decades.


During his tenure with IMG, he has negotiated some of the most lucrative sports television programming contracts in history including seven Olympic Games, MLB, the NHL, the NBA, the International Skating Union, the USTA, Wimbledon, The Indianapolis 500, The Triple Crown, the PBR, and most recently the Bowl Championship Series and the ACC football and basketball agreement with ESPN. He has also created a number of made-for-television shows such as The Superstars, The Skins Game, The Battle of the Network Stars, World's Strongest Man, Survival of the Fittest, Battle at Bighorn (The Prime Time Tiger Woods Golf Challenge Series), American Gladiators, and Battle of the Gridiron Stars. In addition, Mr. Frank represents many of the most well-known and highly regarded sports broadcasters including Jim Nantz, Greg Gumbel, Mike Tirico, Kirk Herbstreit, Ian Baker Finch, Terry Gannon, Todd Blackledge, and Lesley Visser.


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Arthur J. Lafave, Jr.

Partner to McCormack and critical to the international expansion and financial success of IMG.

October 3-6, 2011

Arthur Lafave first met Mark H. McCormack around 1960 while practicing law with Arter & Hadden in Cleveland. McCormack, an ambitious young attorney, was friends with many active professional golfers, including Arnold Palmer. Soon thereafter, Lafave's practice focused entirely on these golfers, who had become clients of the firm. The antecedents of IMG were formed by McCormack and Lafave during the early 1960s, as Lafave gradually moved away from Arter & Hadden to IMG, which by then had a small staff of its own. While Lafave has always been based in IMG's Cleveland office, he became responsible for the growth of the company's business in Japan in 1970. He became IMG's Chief Financial Officer in 1980 and was named Vice Chairman in 2001. After Mark H. McCormack died in 2003, Lafave along with the Mark H. McCormack estate and family sold his interest in IMG in November 2004 to Forstmann Little. Lafave continued with IMG with the title of Vice Chairman (retired). After the sale of IMG, Lafave also continued as Chairman of MAI Wealth (formerly McCormack Advisors International), a Cleveland-based wealth management company with about 50 employees. MAI Wealth was sold to BC Investments, owned and operated by Rick Buoncore in January of 2007.

Arthur Lafave is a graduate of Cleveland's University School (1951), Williams College (B.A. in Political Science-1955), and The Law School at Yale University (1958). He is admitted to practice before the courts in Oregon and Ohio and the federal courts of the United States. He first practiced law in Portland, Oregon with the law firm of Black & Apicella from 1958 through 1960.

In addition to his career with IMG and MAI, he has been a trustee of the Cleveland Musical Arts Association, Cleveland Institute of Music, and a member of the Corporate Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.


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