The Engagement Academy

Meet the Academy

The winners of The Hashtag Sports Awards will be selected by The Engagement Academy of Sports & Entertainment. Comprised of industry leaders and engagement experts, the Academy plays a vital role in shaping the future of sports content and experiences.

Taylor Rooks

Host, Take It There

Bleacher Report

Baker Mayfield

Athlete & Partner

Camwood Ventures

Carmelo Anthony

Athlete & Partner

Melo7 Tech Partners

Sandra Lopez

GM & VP

Intel

Nick Kelly

Head of US Sports Marketing

AB In-Bev

Max Stinson

Creative Director

Wieden+Kennedy

Heidi Browning

CMO

NHL

Melissa Proctor

CMO

Atlanta Hawks

Michael D. Ratner

CEO & Founder

OBB Pictures

Melissa Brenner

EVP, Digital Media

NBA

Tina Davis

SVP, Corporate Sponsorships& Marketing

Citi

Sue Bird

WNBA Athlete & Olympic Champion

Seattle Storm

Dev Sethi

Head of Sports

Instagram

Martellus Bennett

Athlete & Founder

The Imagination Agency

Rich Antoniello

CEO

Complex

Jay Williams

Athlete Analyst

ESPN

Carola Jain

CMO

Spartan Race

Emma Coburn

Olympic Medalist & World Champion

Jemele Hill

Writer

The Atlantic

Don Lane

CMO

Saucony

Tricia Clarke-Stone

CEO

WP Narrative_

Evan Parker

GM

The Athletic

Ronalee Zarate-Bayani

CMO

LA Rams

Baron Davis

Athlete & Founder

Baron Davis Enterprises

Dennis Crowley

Founder & Chairman

Foursquare, Stockade FC

Jeron Smith

CEO

Unanimous Media

Jessica Robertson

Head of Content

The Players' Tribune

TJ Adeshola

Head of Sports

Twitter

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske Driver

NASCAR

Ashley Dabb

CMO

NLL

Elisa Padilla

SVP, Marketing

Miami Marlins

Paul Rogers

Head of Digital & Social Media

AS Roma

MICK

Creator & Musical Storyteller

MICK

Ann Wool

Partner & CIO

Ketchum

Andrew Cohen

VP, Global Brand Innovation Marketing

Visa

Andrew Hawkins

Host, ThomaHawk Show

Uninterrupted

Gotham Chopra

Founder & Storyteller

Religion of Sports

Bonnie Bernstein

Founder & Journalist

Walk Swiftly Productions

Chris Dickerson

Athlete & Co-Founder

Players for the Planet

Sasha DiGiulian

Athlete & Co-Founder

ROAM

Brian Verne

CEO & Co-Founder

Wave

Anmol Malhotra

Head of Sports Partnerships

Snap

Larry Weintraub

Chief Innovation Officer

The Marketing Arm

Noah Syken

VP, Global Sponsorship

IBM

Kevin Merida

Editor in Chief

The Undefeated

Lisa Murray

CMO

Octagon

Brian Dailey

SVP, Sports Digital & Content Strategy

Showtime

Ryan Spoon

SVP, Digital & Social

ESPN

Adam Harter

VP, Media, Sports & Entertainment

Pepsi

Andrew Arnot

SVP, Group Director

Deutsch

Patrick Cassidy

Global Director, Consumer Marketing

New Balance

Katie O'Reilly

CMO

Philadelphia 76ers

Jimmy Spencer

VP, Athlete Relations & Content

Uninterrupted

Michael Brown

EVP, Sports

United Entertainment Group

Will McDonough

VP, Brand & Commercial Strategy

Copa90

C. J. McCollum

Host & Athlete

Pull Up with CJ McCollum

Josh Grunberg

Head of Content, Partnerships & Talent

Whistle

Dan Porter

CEO

Overtime

Amy Choyne

CMO

USTA

Bryan Srabian

VP of Digital Media & Brand Development

SF Giants

AJ Vaynerchuk

CEO & Co-Founder

VaynerSports

Paul Rabil

Athlete & Co-Founder

Premier Lacrosse League

Zach Leonsis

GM

Monumental Sports Network

Marissa Fernandez

VP, Marketing Strategy & Fan Development

NFL

Sara Toussaint

VP, Sports Marketing

Wells Fargo

Edward Gold

Advertising Director

State Farm

Mission

To better serve fans in the digital age by recognizing excellence in engagement and inspiring creative talent of all ages, while championing diversity, inclusion, and new ideas that galvanize the sports and entertainment industries.

Judging

The winners of The Hashtag Sports Awards will be selected by The Engagement Academy, a prestigious judging panel comprised of 70+ industry leaders and engagement experts across the global sports media and marketing ecosystem.