Longtime sports industry executives Rob Ponger and Rick Thurman take on the leadership of the perfect game

In making the announcement, Ponger and Thurman also shared that Perfect Game Founder, jerry fordwill remain as Perfect Game commissioner, while Brad Clementthe current CEO, will assume the newly created role of Executive Vice President/General Manager.

Going forward, Ponger and Thurman will take on more visible roles with Perfect Game, having spent time working behind the scenes to usher in a new era for the organization. Under the recent direction and leadership of Ponger and Thurman, Perfect Game has grown into a multi-level sports company that has added a proprietary technology platform (PG Tech), a media platform (PerfectGame.TV), launched a line clothing and has expanded internationally. . Additionally, Ponger and Thurman led Perfect Game’s recent growth nationally in amateur baseball and softball through the development, ownership and management of sports and multi-purpose facilities.

“I am delighted to officially announce that my partner, Rick Thurmanand assumed senior management control of Perfect Game,” Ponger said. “We see Perfect Game as the industry leader in youth sports and events, and as we’ve seen before, we see tremendous growth opportunities for the brand. . jerry fordthe Ford family and everyone involved with Perfect Game has done a tremendous job of establishing the organization as the best in the world at what it does, and I look forward to working with Rick and the entire Perfect Game family to help the organization to reach new heights.”

Thurman added: “I echo Rob’s sentiments. Perfect Game has the potential to further establish its leadership position as the premier multi-faceted amateur and youth sports organization offering the best in sports events, services, products and experiences. its class to athletes and their families. , industry leaders and fans globally. This is a great opportunity to build on the outstanding efforts of jerry ford and make Perfect Game a truly global brand.”

“I look forward to supporting Rob and Rick as they bring their sports industry expertise to the Perfect Game business model and make it bigger and better than I could have imagined when we began this journey at mid-1990s to provide playing opportunities for Iowa high school baseball players,” Ford said. “I know Perfect Game is in good hands and I look forward to doing everything I can to help Rob and Rick usher in this exciting new era for Perfect Game.

Ponger spent nearly 20 years at IMG where, as Chief Financial Officer of IMG Media, he provided financial and investment oversight, led mergers and acquisitions, led corporate restructuring, and led business development through creating and implementing strategic and tactical initiatives that helped position IMG. as one of the most successful entertainment and sports agencies in the world.

Thurman co-founded the prestigious athlete representation agency, Beverly Hills Sports Council (BHSC) in 1984. In less than two years, BHSC became the largest and one of the most influential baseball player representation companies in the world. country. Thurman has influenced the evolution of the contemporary sports agency over the past 40 years, providing BHSC clients with a range of full-service management services that has expanded beyond traditional contract negotiations and advice. external business management, personal marketing and promotion, legal advice and personal management all under one roof.

Perfect Game will host its 20th All-American Classic, with 61 of high school baseball’s best players competing for East vs. West supremacy, at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, August 28. The All-American Classic will air live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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