June 17, 2015
FLORIDA SPORTS HALL OF FAME NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Tampa, FL – Celebrating its 54th year recognizing the best and brightest of the state’s sports achievers, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame recently added six new members to its Board of Directors. Former Florida State and Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver Barry Smith, current President of the organization, made the announcement.
“We have the most amazing group of creative and forward-thinking individuals comprising our Board at this point in our history,” Smith said. “We are poised to transform the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in a way that will continue to make it alive and relevant in this fast-paced and high tech age.”
The new board members will begin their duties immediately and will be part of a 22-person group charged with steering the Hall of Fame through its current revitalization. The Hall, originally founded by the Florida Sportswriters Association and the Florida Sportscasters 1961, has inducted 234 members through the years.
This year’s slate of inductees will be announced this summer.
The six newly elected board members are:
Dean Baker, President of Dean Baker Sports, Inc. based in Ft. Lauderdale, has represented some of the top companies in sports over a 25-year span. A renown sales and fund-raising professional, Baker is a highly-recognized consultant to multiple organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame, South Florida PGA and Junior Achievement.
Wayne Hogan, CEO and Owner of Mango Media Management, LLC, a St. Petersburg based public relations and communications consulting firm. Hogan spent 35 as a collegiate athletics administrator, including 17 at Florida State and eight at Georgia Tech, where he was a senior level external affairs chief. Hogan served as Director of Athletics at FSU in 1994 and was AD at the University of Montana from 1995-2004.
Steve Nudelberg, Principal Thinker at On the Ball Marketing in Plantation, is a self-described serial entrepreneur. His business focuses on investing time and talent into companies’ ventures that help them grow and improve. On the Ball is integrally a part of more than a half dozen businesses and its clients include The Eppy Group, Enterprise Fleet Management and AIG and United Banking.
John R. Reger, a 33-year member of the PGA of America and General Manager/Director of Golf at Adena Golf and Country Club, a magnificent new development in Ocala. He has filled a variety of roles through his career including golf professional, golf course developer, golf writer, broadcaster and consultant.
David T. Shannon, Jr., Founder and CEO of Champion Evolution Group, LLC in Lake Mary has worked for more than 20 years in the technology commercialization, small business development and systems management industries. Shannon spent 14 years with NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia after earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also coaches the track team at Lake Mary High School and handles football operations for the Lake Mary Ducks, an AAU organization.
Garry Smits is a 34-year veteran sportswriter in the state of Florida, including the last 27 years with the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. Smits has covered many college and professional sports in the state including numerous bowl games and the 2005 Super Bowl. He has become noted in recent years for his golf coverage, where he has been a mainstay at the Players Championship and the Masters.