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Speakers

 
Each year the National Sports Forum features 80+ speakers from a variety of leagues, organizations, agencies and top spokespeople within the sports industry.
 
Below are the speakers for the 2017 National Sports Forum.

Jay Parker

Vice President, Live Events & Spectaculars
Daktronics



Jay Parker is Vice President for the live events sales organization  at Daktronics. 
 
Parker is based in Brookings, S.D. and directs Daktronics’ sales organization for the United States and Canada for customers in professional sports, colleges and universities, city-owned stadiums and arenas, and rental and staging markets. 
 
Parker originally joined Daktronics as a Purchasing intern in 1987, and after graduation, he joined Daktronics full time in the purchasing department for three years. He then left Daktronics to work for eight years as the athletic Business/Ticket/Facilities manager with the South Dakota State University athletic department. 
 
in 1997 Parker rejoined Daktronics in the major league Sports market, which later evolved into the large Sports Venues Department(lSV)/live events sales organization. in 2007, he became the National Sales manager for the lSV sales organization. in 2011, Parker took over responsibility for the mobile and modular sales division. 
 
Parker has been actively involved in iaVm (international association of Venue managers) and is a past chair of the organization’s Foundation. He currently serves on the Sma (Stadium managers association) Foundation Board.  
 
Parker holds a masters’ degree in business administration (mBa) from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor’s degree in commercial economics from South Dakota State University.

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