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Ep 50: Jon Niemuth (AECOM)

Painless Podcast episode 50: Jon Niemuth (Director, Sports Americas, AECOM) Connect with Jon Niemuth who leads AECOM’s sports facility efforts across North and South America. Hear how a failure on the tennis court at 13 has helped shape, motivate and inform his work world every day. Today, he always looks to “own the moment” and not have regrets, not get emotional and not get nervous. He shares tips on how he's gone about doing that. He also has advice for folks looking to find their...


Ep 49: Solly Fulp (Learfield College+)

Painless Podcast episode 49: Solly Fulp (EVP, Learfield Campus+) Meet Solly Fulp who leads Learfield’s Campus+ division. The former University of Oregon wrestler was previously a successful college athletics and university administration marketer, first at Sacramento State, then Cal. He joined Learfield early in 2017 to oversee a unit assisting 130 colleges and universities in their partnership efforts with brands, not just in athletics, but in deeper engagements and true partnerships...


Ep 48: Julie Haferkamp (WISE + Mosaic) & Amy Potter (WISE + BMO Harris) PART 2

Painless Podcast episode 48: Julie Haferkamp (President, WISE Chicago / Sr. Director, Mosaic) Amy Potter (Chair & President Emeritus, WISE Chicago / Head of US Sponsorship, BMO Harris Bank) Part 2 of an excellent conversation. If nothing else, “Be a good human.” To connect with Julie: • LinkedIn = • Email = • Twitter = @rocknjewels To connect with Amy: • LinkedIn = •...


Ep 47: Amy Potter (WISE + BMO Harris) & Julie Haferkamp (WISE + Mosaic) PART 1

Painless Podcast episode 47: Amy Potter (Chair & President Emeritus, WISE Chicago / Head of US Sponsorship, BMO Harris Bank) Julie Haferkamp (President, WISE Chicago / Sr. Director, Mosaic) One credits Chuck E Cheese for teaching her many of her client service skills – and then admits a “thing” for mascots. The other was convinced her attempt to explain how she was well-organized, yet flexible, that went terribly wrong, totally torpedoed her chance at a dream job. Both turned out much...


Ep 46: Sean Callahan (Jack Morton)

Painless Podcast episode 46: Sean Callahan (VP, Jack Morton) (Some of) The ingredients used to create the unique Sean Callahan: Music. Family. Doodling. Cardinals baseball. Creativity. Phish. First-hand experiences. Relationship building. Using drum circles for pitches. Start-ups. Transparency. Thom Yorke. Adaptability. No judgments. Hear it all come together on Painless Podcast Episode 46. Check out Sean’s terrific “What Marketers Can Learn From Phish” post using this link:...


Fadeaway 13 - Dan Hartleb (Head Coach, University of Illinois Baseball)

Fadeaway 13 - Dan Hartleb (Head Coach, University of Illinois Baseball) by Painless Network


Ep 45: MICRO POD - Updates

Painless Podcast episode 45: A "Micro Pod" with simple updates RSVP for our event TOMORROW (Thurs, April 19, 6-8p) with WISE Chicago and the USGA! Read about it, plus Painless discounts and 50+ jobs and internships in the latest Painless Email Blast here: ***** Sign up for your complementary Painless membership that grants access to other members, job and event postings and our email newsletter at: www.Painless.Network...


Ep 44: Chris Hastings (Chicago Sport & Social)

Painless Podcast episode 44: Chris Hastings (President/Partner, Chicago Sport & Social Club) Chris planned to be NBA or NFL commissioner, and life took a different turn. He actually technically oversees dozens of leagues now and 130,000 participants, but it’s in the recreation space instead. How did this one-time Division III “possession receiver” carve this different path? What are his recommendations for others looking to break in or find their way? Is he sure he doesn’t want to be a pig...


Ep 43: Dave Knickerbocker (Banner Collective)

Painless Podcast episode 43: Dave Knickerbocker (Founder, Banner Collective) Dave shares how he made his sports job break happen in minor league baseball, his "harassment" of the Cubs' John McDonough with constant phone calls -- and handwritten thank you notes! -- that earned him a promotion to the major leagues, a huge step up at the Blackhawks and most recently, co-founding a now thriving production agency. Did I mention he plotted Banner while working at the Hawks? With the help of...


Ep 41: Jim Andrews (IEG Sponsorship Conference & ESP Properties)

Painless Podcast episode 41: Jim Andrews (SVP, ESP Properties & Chair, IEG Sponsorship Conference) Jim explains how a high school teacher scared him away from pursuing an acting career and he shifted to journalism. Northwestern University's famed Medill School of Journalism lured him to Chicago. One fateful day in grad school, he passed the Medill job board - real corkboard, not a website - and spotted an interesting job with a new marketing newsletter. That newsletter became The IEG...


THE FADEAWAY Ep 12 - Illini Event (Whitman, Harold, Archibald & Randle)

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 12 Illini Holiday Event with AD Josh Whitman, 2003 Miss America Erika Harold and former Illini basketball players Robert Archibald and Brian Randle Deon and Eric catch up with several Illini friends at the annual Suburban Illini Club's holiday party. University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman gives us some insight into his first two years on the job. You'll also hear what former Illini basketball players Robert Archibald...


Ep40: Jeannie Goldstein & Scott Kirkpatrick (Chicago Sports + Entertainment Partners)

Painless Podcast episode 40: Jeannie Goldstein & Scott Kirkpatrick (Partners, Chicago Sports + Entertainment Partners) Jeannie and Scott share their stories of breaking into sports marketing, how they came together to create their own agency and how they became experts on Olympic and Paralympic athletes, through five olympic games - all on Episode 40 of the Painless Podcast. To connect with Chicago Sports + Entertainment Partners... -Web: -Facebook:...


Ep 39: Steve Buzby (Revel Marketing)

Painless Podcast episode 39: Steve Buzby (CEO, Revel Marketing) Steve Buzby is passionate about sports and event partnerships. Not just selling sponsorships, but finding true partners. Not just getting meetings, but getting the right ones so they become great connections. Hear Steve’s story, including how he struck out on his own, and then about a year in pivoted to terrific results on Episode 39 of the Painless Podcast. To connect with Steve and Revel Marketing... • Steve’s email:...


Ep 38: "Skinny" Sheahan & Jen Kramer (Special Olympics Chicago & Polar Plunge)

Painless Podcast episode 38: Jim “Skinny” Sheahan & Jen Kramer (Special Olympics Chicago) Skinny Sheahan and Jen Kramer have both played key roles with numerous successful events around Chicago – the Marathon, Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier/McCormick Place, and many more. Hear some of their stories including how they both become so involved with Special Olympics Chicago on Episode 38 of the Painless Podcast. To connect with Special Olympics Chicago... • Special Olympics Chicago:...


Ep 37: Tony Schiller (Paragon)

Painless Podcast episode 37: Tony Schiller (Partner, Paragon) Those of us in sports or event engagement marketing are much better off that Tony Schiller took a job at the renovated Chicago Theater than get his doctorate and become a psychologist. Though he still often fills the role of “therapist,” he has instead helped build Paragon Marketing, an agency with a great culture and a history of doing some terrific work. Hear his story and how he got to where he is today on Episode 37 of the...


THE FADEAWAY Ep 10 - Paul Shirley (Author "Stories I Tell on Dates," Former NBA Player)

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 10 Paul Shirley, Author, Stories I Tell on Dates / Former NBA Player He blogged before anyone knew what a “blog” was, he famously asked a LOT of team owners if he could keep his jersey, he played on one of the best NBA teams of all time, and now he’s released his second book. Former NBA player Paul Shirley joins Deon and Eric to talk about Paul’s book, “Stories I Tell on Dates”, as well as sharing some of his stories about playing...


Ep36: Justin Breen (BrEpic Communications)

Painless Podcast episode 36: Justin Breen (Founder, BrEpic Communications) Hear from journalist turned PR entrepreneur Justin Breen on helping start up DNAInfo, then leaving to start his own firm earlier this year. We also discuss the demise of DNAInfo, how he’s changing the approach to media relations and content generations and why he looks to help others. To connect with Justin... • BrEpic: • Facebook: @BrEpic - • Twitter:...


John Murray (Arena Partners + World Sport Chicago + Chicago Sports Commission)

Painless Podcast episode 35: John Murray (Arena Partners / World Sport Chicago / Chicago Sports Commission) To connect with John... • Arena Partners: • World Sport Chicago: • Special Olympics 50th: • Twitter: @iamjohnmurray • LinkedIn: Sign up for your complementary Painless membership that access to other members, job and event postings and our email...


THE FADEAWAY Ep 8 - Steve Raquel, Chief Illiniwek & War Chant

The FadeAway with Deon Thomas and Eric Schmidt - Episode 8 Steve Raquel, President of the Council of Chiefs and 29th Chief Illiniwek (1993) For Fighting Illini fans, the “War Chant” music has been synonymous with Illinois athletics for nearly 40 years. As of August 2017, the University of Illinois announced the chant is no more. With this backdrop, we recently saw protests and unrest at the university, as the 2017 Homecoming Parade was interrupted by Chief protesters. Steve Raquel, the...


Ep 34: Rob Cressy (Bacon Sports & Cress Media)

Painless Podcast episode 34: Rob Cressy (Founder, Bacon Sports & Cress Media) Get fired up with Rob Cressy with his story of leaving digital media sales to go all in on living and creating great sports content. To connect with Rob... • Web: or • Twitter or Facebook: @RobCressy @BaconSports @CressMedia and @InfieldChatter Please support our partners: +NCSA: A tech company with a sports mindset, NCSA has been recognized for its culture initiatives,...