Patrick Talty was elected Indiana Sports Corp President in July 2022. He is the not-for-profit organization’s seventh president since the nation’s first sports commission was founded in 1979. Indiana Sports Corp’s mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth.
Prior to being elected president, Talty served as Indiana Sports Corp’s Chief Operating Officer from October of 2019 until the start of his presidency. As COO, Talty oversaw all operational aspects of the nation’s largest sports commission including event evaluation, bidding and long-term planning, youth programming, and strategic direction of the organization to ensure the greatest impact to the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
Talty was responsible for ISC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and creating a path for sporting events to resume. This included him help lead the organization in the hosting of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the bidding efforts of several premier events that will come to Indy in the future.
Before his time at Indiana Sports Corp, Talty served as the general manager of U.S. Bank Stadium and as Senior Vice President, Live Events for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). In Minnesota, Talty was responsible for the oversight and management of U.S. Bank Stadium as they hosted several premier events including the 2016 International Champions Cup, Super Bowl LII, ESPN Summer X Games, and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four. While at WWE, Talty managed the global touring and event marketing of more than 420 live events annually.
Talty has strong ties to the Indianapolis community having started his career in the Circle City with stops at the Indiana Basketball Academy, The Stephenson Group, and as a member of the senior staff at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome.
Talty received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and did post-graduate work at Ball State University. He and his wife, Becky, live in Fishers.
Senior Vice President and CFO
Brad Bowman has been directing all aspects of the business operations of Indiana Sports Corp since 2000, including the supervision of the organization’s three-person accounting staff. He is responsible for budgeting and budget compliance, risk management, accounting and financial reporting, human resources and information technology. Bowman was promoted to Senior Vice President in December, 2010. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.
Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Bowman spent seven years at Ernst & Young, LLP.
A graduate of Indiana University, Bowman earned status as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) (Indiana) in September, 1996. He is also active in the community, serving as a member and past officer of the Rotary Club of Greenfield – Sunrise.
Chief Community Officer
Melissa Thompson is the Chief Community Officer at Indiana Sports Corp and is responsible for board affairs, community initiatives, event bids, serves as Indiana Sports Corp’s board appointment to Sports Indiana in addition to handling government relations.
A native of Indianapolis, Thompson’s roots and networks run deep in the city. Thompson offers extensive experience in event and logistics planning as well as public space management and government affairs.
Previously a Project Manager at Hathaway Strategies, Thompson offered extensive experience in event and logistics planning as well as public space management. Prior to joining Hathaway Strategies, Thompson served as the first-ever venue manager for Georgia Street, one of downtown Indianapolis’ premier outdoor event spaces. She handled day-to-day operations and maintenance of the venue as well as event coordination and planning.
Before that, Thompson occupied various roles for the City of Indianapolis. Beginning in 1999, she served in the Marion County Auditor’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office before becoming clerk of the City County Council from 2008-2011.
Chief Talent Officer
Sandra (Sandy) Bryant-Willis joined Indiana Sports Corp in September, 2018 as Chief Talent Officer. In this role, Sandy will develop and implement programs to attract and advance the highest caliber of talent to meet the needs of the organization and our partners. In addition, she will work to extend the Indiana Sports Corp’s company culture into our local organizing committees and volunteer efforts.
Sandy formerly worked at Eli Lilly and Company in various capacities in her 15 years with the company. Her most recent role with the organization was Adviser, HR Strategic Business Partner. Sandy brings years of experience in the human resources realm to Indiana Sports Corp.
Sandy earned a degree in Business Education from North Carolina Central University.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Mike Karnuta joined Indiana Sports Corporation in September, 2008 as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Karnuta oversees corporate development for Indiana Sports Corp and its events.
Karnuta most recently served as an account supervisor for Bradley and Montgomery, where he was responsible for day-to-day management of client business and leading strategic direction and implementation of creative marketing campaigns. He held similar roles at both Young & Laramore and Bates USA Midwest.
Prior to joining the Indiana Sports Corp staff, Karnuta led a team at Bradley and Montgomery in designing the look for the 2008-12 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. He also served on the 2012 Super Bowl bid committee, which successfully brought Super Bowl XLVI to Indianapolis.
Karnuta holds a B.S. in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio).
Director, Engagement & Events
Ashleigh Newbold joined the Indiana Sports Corp staff in January, 2017 as an Events Manager. In her role, Newbold assists with the planning of operations and ancillary events for Indiana Sports Corp, such as NCAA and Big Ten Conference championships.
Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Newbold was the Programs and Exhibits Manager at the Indiana State Fair Commission where she developed creative programming for various buildings and events. She received this full time position with the Indiana State Fair Commission after completing and internship with them in 2013.
While working fulltime for Indiana Sports Corp, Newbold is also the Junior Varsity Head Volleyball Coach at Lawrence North High School and a member of the Walk to Defeat ALS, Indianapolis Chapter where she serves as an Entertainment, Volunteer, and Logistics and Operations Committee Chair.
Newbold graduated from Hanover College in May of 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology.
Director, Public Relations
Brett Kramer joined Indiana Sports Corp staff in November, 2016 as Public Relations Manager before being promoted to Director of Public Relations in 2020. In her role, Kramer directs, coordinates and manages the development, planning and execution of Indiana Sports Corp's public relations, media relations, and social media strategies.
Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Kramer served as the Director of Championships and Communications for the Horizon League. At the Horizon League, she served as the Championship Tournament Director for men’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s tennis while serving as the primary and manager of Communications for men’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country and softball.
Kramer began her career as an Indiana Sports Corp intern where she supported media relations and on-site media ops for several Indiana Sports Corp events.
Kramer graduated in December, 2012 from Michigan State University with a degree in Communication and specialization in Public Relations. At Michigan State, Kramer was a student-athlete in the sport of softball.
Caleb Kolby joined the Indiana Sports Corp staff in a full-time role as the Events Coordinator in June, 2015. Kolby's main focus at Indiana Sports Corp is event operations.
Kolby was previously employed with USA Football in the membership department where he helped over 300 youth football organizations enroll and implement the Heads up Football program. Before that he interned with the Indiana Sports Corp in the business development department and helped with the ISC Corporate Challenge event.
Kolby graduated in 2014 from Marian University with a degree in Business Management, and a Spanish minor, concentrating in Business Creation and Development. At Marian University, Kolby played soccer all four years, being named captain and a NAIA Daktronics Academic All American his junior and senior year.
Graphic Design Specialist
Connor O’Malia joined Indiana Sports Corp's staff in June 2019 as Graphic Design Specialist. In this role, O’Malia serves as a key member of the Marketing and Public Relations Department. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Indiana Sports Corp brand through internal digital and print pieces, while also managing brands for external events put on by Indiana Sports Corp.
O’Malia spent the last four years at Section 127 where he served most recently as Senior Designer. In this role, O’Malia worked on many projects that received national attention, including NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours and Big Ten Championships.
A 2013 graduate of Ball State University, O’Malia earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communications.
Senior Director, Business Development
Craig Lippincott serves Indiana Sports Corp as Director of Business Development. He has been with the organization since 2008. In his current role, Lippincott serves as the event director for the ISC Corporate Challenge. He also assists with all aspects of the Youthlinks Indiana Charity Golf Tournament, as well as development of corporate and individual membership and event sponsorships. He also oversees all marketing and logistical operations of the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K.
Before transitioning into a full-time staff position with Indiana Sports Corp, he worked as a sales associate for GroupRCI and as an intern with Indiana Sports Corp assisting with the planning and execution of the 2007 Youthlinks Indiana Charity Golf Tournament and Pathfinder Awards Banquet.
A graduate of DePauw University, Lippincott received his degree in English Writing with minors in Rhetoric & Interpersonal Communication and Film Studies. At DePauw, Lippincott played on the varsity soccer team where he was the team captain and the conference “Player of the Year” in 2005.
Jeffrey M. Hintz is the Event Director for the 2022 NBA2K season in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jeff’s career in sports marketing and management has spanned two decades. He spent most of those years in the golf industry with the PGA of America. He has held on-site positions at several PGA Championships across the country, served in a leadership role from 2005 to 2010 at PGA of America Headquarters in the Championship Department in Florida, and went on to serve as the Director for the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championships in Michigan.
Jeff then served as the 2016 Ryder Cup Director in Minnesota and was awarded the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year by the Star Tribune for his contributions to the event and the community. Following the Ryder Cup, he served as the Executive Director for the Minnesota PGA for three years.
Most recently, Jeff and his family relocated home to the Indianapolis area where he served as the Director of Event Operations for the 2022 College Football Playoff.
He is currently an Executive MBA candidate from the Quantic School of Business & Technology with an expected graduation of April 2022. Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart, Leah, and they have three children (Sullivan 4/2007, Weston 4/2011, Evelina 10/2012).
An Indianapolis native, Jeff attended Warren Central High School and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Sports Marketing & Management.
Salesforce and Technology Administrator
John Grossman joined the Indiana Sports Corp team in June of 2022 as Salesforce and Technology Administrator. In his role, John maintains and optimizes Indiana Sports Corp’s Salesforce Org. John also provides day-to-day support on all tier 1 technical issues for the ISC staff.
Prior to his time at Indiana Sports Corp, John worked as an independent contractor where he would train employees on new business tools and applications, implement customer ideas into projects, and consult with stakeholders to identify and acquire business needs.
John is a certified Salesforce Administrator and is a graduate of the Salesforce Pathfinder Training Program.
Julia Martinez joined Indiana Sports Corp’s staff in May of 2022 as Volunteer Coordinator. In this role, Julia oversees the volunteer program including recruitment efforts, volunteer administrative requirements, and management of volunteers on site. Julia provides top notch service to volunteers throughout each Indiana Sports Corp event.
Prior to her time at Indiana Sports Corp, Julia served in roles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Super Bowl LV and LVI, and overseas as an Event Operations Assistant at Tough Mudder Scotland.
A 2018 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Julia earned her degree in Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management and achieved a Kelley School of Business certificate.
Lisa Wright-Minter joined the Indiana Sports Corporation staff in May of 1984. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the President. Her duties include administrative and clerical needs for the president. She is the staff liaison to Indiana Sports Corp Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and supervises Indiana Sports Corp receptionist.
Wright-Minter started with Indiana Sports Corp as the organization’s receptionist and was later promoted to Administrative Assistant before assuming her current position of Executive Assistant to the President.
Wright-Minter attended IUPUI.
Director, Financial Services
Lynn Burger has been with Indiana Sports Corp since 1989. Currently serving as the Director of Financial Services, her duties include overseeing the accounting functions for all Indiana Sports Corp events and projects, as well as performing payroll and HR functions. In her years at Indiana Sports Corp, she has provided accounting services for events such as the 2012 Super Bowl, 2001 World Police and Fire Games, 2002 World Basketball Championship, 2004 World Swimming Championships, the Circle City Classic, Hoosier State Games, and Youthlinks Indiana, among many others.
Lynn is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Business. She also performs improvisational comedy with ComedySportz Indianapolis.
Mikela (Calabrese) Earley
Mikela Earley joined Indiana Sports Corp's staff in September, 2016 as Events Manager. In her role, Earley focuses on supporting the planning and implementation of Indiana Sports Corp events, including NCAA Championships and additional ancillary events. She also assists as the point of contact for hotels on behalf of all events.
Previous to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Earley served in several positions at USA Diving where most recently, she worked as the National Events Manager, overseeing over 20 regional, zone and national-level events. In this role, Earley was responsible for event operations, logistics and planning for annual events in addition to the lead from USA Diving for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving, held in June 2016 in Indianapolis.
Earley graduated in December, 2010 from Indiana University with a degree in Sports Communication.
Molly (Powell) Wright
Senior Director, Youth Programming
Molly Wright joined the Indiana Sports Corp staff in June, 2011. She was promoted to her current position of Senior Director of Youth Programming in December of 2014. Her responsibilities include overseeing and administrating all existing Indiana Sports Corp youth programs, as well as developing new initiatives with a focus on fitness and health.
Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Wright was the Business Director of Velocity Sports Performance in Carmel, Ind. She took a key role in establishing initiatives targeted toward youth participation including the implementation of events to increase the opportunity for youth to participate in sports.
Wright was also the Director of Marketing of the Marshall Faulk Foundation. Wright’s service to the central Indiana community included being a volunteer at Indiana Sports Corp events for the better part of a decade. She began serving on the Indiana Sports Corp President’s Council in 2008.
Wright holds a B.S. in Marketing from Butler University.
Manager, Business Development
Rachel Frank joined the Indiana Sports Corp staff in November 2021 as Business Development Manager. Rachel plays a key role in focusing on patron and membership revenue, as well as event sponsorships and ticket-package selling. She will also help with sponsorship fulfillment and engagement.
Rachel spent the last four years at NASCAR where she most recently worked as a Senior Coordinator of Event Operation and Experience. In this role, Rachel worked to fulfill programming for 11 major racing events per year, and additionally managed national corporate partner relationships.
A 2017 graduate of Indiana University, Rachel acquired her Bachelor of Science in Sports Marketing and Management with a Minor in Marketing.
Manager, Business Development
Sam Elmore joined Indiana Sports Corp in September, 2018 as Business Development Manager. In this role, Sam will focus on patron and membership revenue, as well as event sponsorships and ticket-package selling. He will also help with sponsorship fulfillment and engagement.
Sam spent the past nine years with Pacers Sports and Entertainment serving in various roles. He spent seven of those years as the Group & Events Specialist, working to generate group revenue for the Pacers and Fever. Sam recently finished a year in his newest role with Pacers Sports and Entertainment as Senior Group & Events Specialist.
Sam graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in Sports Management.
Sam Reel joined the Indiana Sports Corp staff in June of 2022 as Communications Coordinator. In his role, Sam implements a majority of Indiana Sports Corp’s email communications including promotions, newsletters, volunteer updates, youth outreach, and statewide initiatives. Sam also works with the Director of Public Relations to develop and implement organization-wide communications strategies.
Prior to joining the ISC staff full-time, Sam interned in Butler University’s Sports Information Department, assisting in the coverage of multiple sports, including Men’s Basketball on game days. Sam also served as an intern for Visit Indy and Indiana Sports Corp, where he assisted in communications and media relations for both organizations.
A 2022 graduate of Butler University, Sam earned his degree in Sports Media with a minor in Strategic Communication.
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications
Sarah Myer is Senior Director, Marketing & Communications at Indiana Sports Corp. In this role, Myer is responsible for being a leader within the Operations Division and overseeing a department responsible for the marketing, communications, and brand management for Indiana Sports Corp, its events, and its partner events. Since joining ISC in April 2019, Myer’s largest projects have been marketing Indiana Sports Corp’s fundraisers, Big Ten football and basketball events, and the 2021 NCAA Final Four. Prior to joining the ISC team, Myer spent eight years at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra where she served most recently as the Vice President of Marketing, overseeing marketing campaigns and a 66% increase in ticket sales during her tenure.
A 2006 graduate of Butler University, Myer earned her bachelor of arts in journalism. She majored in public relations and received a minor in media arts. Myer currently serves on the boards of IndyHub, Leadership Indianapolis, and Downtown Indy Marketing and was the 2020 recipient of the United Way Elevate Community Ambassador of the Year Award.
Director, Statewide Initiatives and Events
Shannon Sullivan returned to the Indiana Sports Corp staff as Project Manager in April of 2015. Sullivan was an intern in business development and marketing at Sports Corp in 2012. She stayed involved with Sports Corp as a volunteer at many events from 2012 to her return in 2015.
Sullivan previously served as Program Coordinator at MainGate, Inc., where she developed marketing campaigns, communicated with clients and managed the NFL Premiums License and Royalties as the point of contact for the NFL.
A 2011 graduate of Ball State University, Sullivan competed in the pole vault for the track and field team while getting her degree in Public Relations.
Manager, Financial Services
Tracy Grady joined Indiana Sports Corp in February of 2007 as the Manager of Financial Services. In this role, Grady helped manage the books for the 2012 Super Bowl and is responsible for processing payables and the day-to-day financial operations for Indiana Sports Corp, Youthlinks and Sports Indiana.
Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, she worked for Methodist Hospital spending 13 years in pharmacy and 8 years in accounts payable. Tracy also teaches medical terminology, dosage calculations and Health and Wellness at Ivy Tech Community College. In addition, she has completed all the course work towards her Doctoral Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership.
She earned her BA and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Trevor Fox joined Indiana Sports Corp’s staff in June, 2021 as an Events Coordinator. In his role, Fox assists with the planning and coordination of Indiana Sports Corp Events including specific duties for Big Ten events, NCAA Championships, Indiana Sports Corp-owned events, and other special event projects.
Prior to his time with Indiana Sports Corp, Fox served as an Events Manager at the University of Missouri. In this role he managed games for various sports including, men’s basketball, baseball, and men’s and women's golf. Fox has assisted in some of the biggest events in college athletics including NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships and the College Football Playoff.
Fox graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2018 with a degree in Sport Management & Marketing and minors in Business and Marketing.