SGMA wants to tap into next generation of industry leaders

SGMA will launch a so-called "Young Presidents Council" at The Super Show in Las Vegas in January.

SGMA will launch a so-called "Young Presidents Council" at The Super Show in Las Vegas in January. The goal, the group says, is to provide a networking forum for those 50 years of age or younger who are presidents, CEOs, COBs and CFOs of sports businesses. "The YPC initiative will bring a new generation of leaders together to discuss issues facing their businesses, challenges facing the industry at-large over the next five years and needed services and programs SGMA International can provide to drive industry knowledge and performance," said Maria Stefan, SGMA International vice president of Global Business Development. The first meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 19 in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo, prior to The Super Show. For more information, contact Stefan (561-840-1150, or or Sharon Lincoln (561-840-1137 or


SGMA launches Fitness Committee for industry-specific focus

To hone in better on the needs and interests of the fitness industry, SGMA has formed a Fitness Committee as a sub-community of association members. The committee, which met for the first time in person at the IHRSA show in Las Vegas in late March, will act as a sounding board more

SGMA's Spring Market gone, morphs into team and licensing show: Fitness still vital on group's agenda

Six months after the bally-hoed launch of the first post-Super Show event, SGMA has realized its first Spring Market wasn't what it coulda/shoulda been, and it has announced a partnership that will transform the second Spring Market into a show focusing exclusively on team sports more

SGMA's future show strategy ousts The Super Show

In a not-truly-surprising announcement, the SGMA has said this month's 21st Super Show – an event on which the association had hung its hat for years but one that recently had lost its shine – will be its last. At the same time, the group revealed a post-Super Show plan more

SGMA hones new attitude, still figuring out The Super Show

A month after the latest SGMA board meeting and five months after Tom Cove took over the presidency, the association is moving ahead to determine who it is, what it should do best, and how it presents itself, while the question of the future of The Super Show still hangs in the more

SGMA digs deep to analyze future of The Super Show

After a special board meeting of SGMA directors earlier this month, association leadership is hopping around the country and burning up the phone lines to discuss still-undisclosed recommendations and deals as it hurries to figure out what The Super Show -- or any other event or more


Industry members promote fitness agenda in D.C. at SGMA annual event

Despite a slumping economy, more than 100 members of the fitness and sporting goods industry turned out to help the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association lobby for greater support of physical activity among congressional members on Capitol Hill. The 10th Annual National more

Changes ahead for the SGMA under incoming president Tom Cove

Although a month away from the retirement of longtime SGMA President John Riddle at The Super Show and the welcome of Tom Cove to lead the association, the wheels of change have been in full churn for months. Staff, events, offices, structure, committees, policy -- nothing has more

SGMA Adds Key Industry Leaders to Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 7, 2006 – The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) is making changes to its Board of Directors. Joining the SGMA Board of Directors are Richard Bourne (COO/President – ASICS America Corporation), Paul Ehrlich (general counsel – more

Ironman gains new licensee in Escalade for strength products

Escalade Inc. (NASDAQ: ESCA), through its wholly owned subsidiary Escalade Sports, will launch its new Ironman- and Irongear-branded products at The Super Show in Las Vegas in January. The company announced this week it has signed a multi-year North American licensing agreement more