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Exceptional People

ASCA Management:

Justin Kemp – President

Ph: (213) 542-7802

jkemp@ascacademy.com

A 21 year sports business professional, Justin began his career in corporate sales with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and later with the Anaheim Ducks, where he generated over $500,000 in new revenue. While serving as Vice President of Business Development for the Long Beach Ice Dogs he helped transition the minor league team into a new league and through an ownership change. In 2007 he was given the sole responsibility of starting the Ontario Reign (Calif.), a new minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Starting from scratch, he served as president for seven years, being named the ECHL’s Executive of the Year in 2012. The Reign led the 28 team league in attendance in five of those seven years while revenues increased every year. His tenure culminated with the sale of the franchise in 2015 at a value 5 times greater than its original value. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently resides in Claremont, California.

James Collins – Chief Education Officer

Ph: (213) 542-7803

jcollins@ascacademy.com

An established ticket sales professional with 14+ seasons of professional sports and entertainment experience. Often working for organizations with distressed inventory, he has always been a leading factor in increasing ticket sales, hitting goals, and advancing the careers of those around him. His experience is at both the major and minor league levels, having had success with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers before being hired as Executive Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service for the newly formed Ontario Reign. That success led him to a similar position with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. James also has extensive experience opening new venues, running marquee events, and growing products and brands in team sports. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Los Angeles and currently resides with his wife Anna and son Liam in Arcadia, California.

Ryan Miller – Co-Founder

Ph: (213) 542-7800

rmiller@ascacademy.com

Ryan oversees all revenue streams for the Ontario Reign and is a key member of AEG Sports group. Key initiatives during his time with AEG Sports include transitioning the Ontario Reign into the American Hockey League from the ECHL, increasing corporate sales revenue by more than 60% in the first year. Prior to his current position Ryan spent two years with the Eisbaren Berlin Hockey Club. He oversaw a complete restructuring of the organization and created a ticket sales department that has consistently achieved significant growth. Today he still oversees the ticketing strategy for Eisbaren Berlin and now also does the same for AEG’s Hamburg Freezers. Ryan’s initial stint with the Ontario Reign came when he was hired as Director of Ticket Sales after James Collins left to pursue the opportunity with the New Jersey Devils. In his only season in that job, where he was the youngest Ticket Sales Director in the league, he guided the Reign to the ECHL Business Team of the Year Award. Before being hired by the Reign Ryan managed the inside sales department for the LA Kings, were he led the team in overall ticketing revenue for two consecutive seasons. While attending Arizona State University Ryan also led that ticket sales department in overall new revenue in both football and basketball. He resides in Eagle Rock, California.

Rob Hrankiwskyj – Ticket Operations Instructor

Ph: (213) 542-7800

rhrankiwskyj@ascacademy.com

After serving as an intern for two semesters, he joined the New Jersey Devils/Prudential Center in 2013 as a Fan Experience Representative. In that role he was responsible for the service and retention of 400 full season ticket accounts. In September of 2014, he was promoted to Coordinator of Ticket Operations for the Devils and Prudential Center. In that role he held numerous responsibilities including account maintenance, rep training, and the day to day interaction with the group sales department. In July 2015, he was promoted to his current role of Senior Coordinator. In that role, he is responsible for third party application integration, database upkeep, plan and event creation as well as acting as the liaison between hockey operations/players and ticket operations. He has day to day experience with many different Ticketmaster applications including Archtics, Host, Event Management Tool (EMT), Account Manager, and Access Manager. Rob hails from Staten Island, New York. He graduated from St. John’s University with a B.S. in Sport Management.

Thomas Griffin – CRM Instructor

Ph: (213) 542-7800

tgriffin@ascacademy.com

Thomas Griffin is a native of Union, New Jersey.  A 2012 Marketing graduate of Keane University in New Jersey Thomas started his career in sports in Inside Sales with the New Jersey Devils.  Thomas was promoted to Account Executive, New Business Team Lead within a year of his start.  Despite his success in selling and managing his skillset lend itself to a promotion within the CRM department as CRM Training and Campaign Manager in August 2014.  Recently, Thomas accepted a new position with the New York Jets in an expanded role as CRM Coordinator.  In this role Thomas is responsible for the managing of the New York Jets CRM efforts.  Thomas resides in Rahway, New Jersey with his wife Denise.  He is an avid outdoorsmen who likes to golf and fish in his spare time.

HOW ASCA CAN WORK FOR YOU:

Professional sports and entertainment is currently one of the fastest growing industries out there. Despite its rapid growth it is still a smaller industry relative to others. It is extremely difficult to get your “foot in the door” without having completed an internship or having an existing relationship with someone already in the industry. ASCA is designed to give you the real world experience in sales, marketing, and operations necessary to land an entry level position on the business side of professional sports and entertainment.