IBJNews

500 Festival hires Atlanta marketing exec as CEO

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Bob Bryant, a veteran sports marketing executive from the Atlanta area, has been named president and CEO of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis-based organization announced Wednesday morning.

Bryant will assume the position June 10, becoming the fourth president and CEO in the 500 Festival’s history.

He’ll succeed Kirk Hendrix, who stepped down March 1 to take the same positions at AAA Hoosier Motor Club. Hendrix had led the group since 2003.

The 500 Festival, founded in 1957, produces and promotes 50 annual events and programs in celebration of the Indianapolis 500.

Bryant currently is tournament director at the BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour men’s professional tennis event that runs July 20-28.

He also runs his own firm, Team Works Marketing Inc. Its clients include the United States Tennis Association, the ATP World Tour, Cartoon Network, Kellogg’s and the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be selected to lead the 500 Festival into this next chapter,” said Bryant in a prepared statement. “Indianapolis is clearly a community that has deep roots in racing and has proved itself time and again that it can host world-class events. I look forward to building on the reputation of this established organization.”

Bryant also spent five years at Turner Broadcasting and the Cartoon Network, mostly as vice president of the Off-Channel Commerce department, where he promoted the Powerpuff girls and managed NASCAR and tennis-related events.

“Bob has a strong track record of success and innovation in the event field,” said 500 Festival Chairman Ted Dickman. “He truly understands how a city comes together for large-scale events. We are thrilled that Bob and his family will be joining the community in this important leadership role.”
 

ADVERTISEMENT

  • PARADE reimagined!!
    HOPEFULLY a new leader can generate some exciting floats and celebrities to join the 500 Parade and make it a MUST see event!

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
thisissue1-092914.jpg 092914

Subscribe to IBJ
  1. On my rental property, before tax caps, I was paying $2,000/yr in property taxes. After the tax caps I'm paying $4,000/yr. How exactly am I "benefiting the most"?

  2. Nick, I too tried that new Walmart NM on Michigan a couple of weeks ago. I had the same feeling, it had good prices, but something was just off about it. I can't put my finger on what it is, but it just didn't feel right. On the plus side, it was easy to get in and out of and much less busy than a typical Walmart.

  3. @Young Hoosier - you might want to check out the Paris skyline again....it's decidedly taller than 7-8 stories http://all-that-is-interesting.com/paris-skyline-photo

  4. Are you in need of Loan or financial help?, you need a loan for your business or to solve other monetary issues. James Lewis Loan Company started offering loans with a very low interest rate of 3% for a minimum of 15 years, Interested applicants should submit their request via email (jameslewisloan@gmail.com) for immediate processing with the information listed below: Names in full:................ Address:...................... Gender:.................... Email:........................ Phone Number:....... Amount Required:... Loan Duration:....... Country:................. Occupation:.................. ================================== In acknowledgment to these details, I will send you a well calculated Terms and Conditions for the amount you require. Warm Regards, Mr James Lewis

  5. So the GOP legislature passed a bill that gave big breaks to business at the expense of Indiana families. Color us not surprised.

ADVERTISEMENT