The Big Z Challenge is an annual charity event hosted by Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer, the official reconstructive and cosmetic dentist to the Boston Bruins. PACE is a proud Sponsor for the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation designated to benefit Elliot Heath System Pediatrics
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara participates in the event, giving local fans a chance to meet “The Big Z” and have a once in a lifetime experience. Funds raised at the event are donated to the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation and designated to benefit Elliot Heath System Pediatrics. Each year, over $10,000 has been raised and donated to provide new equipment, along with necessary funds to continue to provide the best care for children in need.The Big Z Challenge features an actual “challenge” where younger fans face off against Chara, in a hockey related activity, such as a street hockey shooting competition or a one-on-one air-hockey game. Participants are awarded with exclusive prizes including tickets to Boston Bruins home games, autographed memorabilia, and more.
10TH ANNUAL SPORTS BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
NEW YORK —
“The 2016 Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame marks our 10th anniversary as an organization that shines a light on the people who have helped elevate the sports-broadcasting industry week after week and year after year with visionary leadership, first-class creative talent, and technical-skill sets,” says Ken Aagaard, chairman, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. “This year’s class continues that tradition, and their induction later this year promises to be an event to never forget.”
All ticket sales from the ceremony will be donated to the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund, a charity that helps sports-production professionals during times of financial crisis due to illness, injury, or disaster.
This year’s Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees:
Sean McManus: Twenty years ago, McManus was named president of CBS Sports, beginning a run of leadership that included not only bringing the NFL back to the network in 1998 but also inking long-term contracts for top sports properties, such as the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship, the PGA, The Masters, SEC College football, and much more. He also spent five years as president of both CBS Sports and CBS News, only the second person ever (Roone Arledge was the first) to do so. Named chairman, CBS Sports, in 2011, McManus oversees operations across all sports properties.
Verne Lundquist: Lundquist’s warm style, laughter, and knowledge have made him a well-loved announcer among his fellow professionals and millions of sports fans. He has been on the national sports stage since 1974, and, although he soon begins his final season calling SEC football games for CBS Sports (something he has done since 2000), he will continue to delight fans of golf and college hoops on CBS Sports into the future.
Tim McCarver: McCarver spent three decades as baseball’s premier television analyst, the only MLB analyst to have worked for all four major broadcast networks. He also served as an analyst for 28 consecutive MLB postseasons, including 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games. During his career, he became known for prescient insights into the game and was a role model for ex-players looking to fold into a broadcast telecast.
Robin Roberts: Roberts began her career on the national broadcasting stage in 1990 when she joined ESPN, quickly becoming a mainstay on SportsCenter. But her skills and depth as a reporter and anchor soon led her to a role as a cross-network star. Appearing on both ESPN ‘s SportsCenter and ABC ‘s Good Morning America, she was hired as a full-time co-anchor of the latter In 2005 and has been steady presence as the show climbed to the top of the national morning-news ratings.
Craig Sager: Sager’s presence has become synonymous with big-time NBA basketball (not to mention with unique style). As a sideline reporter for the NBA on TNT for nearly two decades, he has earned the respect of players, coaches, and viewers. He previously hosted Atlanta Hawks telecasts for TBS Superstation and was a reporter on TNT’s NFL pregame, halftime, and postgame from 1990 to ’97.
Andrea Berry: Berry blazed a trail as the first female field tech manager at CBS in the mid ’80s. She has been at Fox Sports for 20 years, having joined the company in 1996 as VP, field operations, overseeing operations for NFL, NASCAR, MLB, boxing, NCAA, and much more. As SVP, broadcast operations, she was responsible for all Fox broadcast operations and transmission that support the Fox network, as well as all its cable entities.
Joe Cohen: Cohen’s career highlights include serving as president of MSG Network from 1979 to ’85 (and driving its launch of an HD service); being a co-founder of the USA Network, Sports Channel L.A., and Sports Time Ohio; developing a means to secure a pay-TV signal from piracy while CEO of HTN in the late ’70s; serving as chairman of the L.A. Kings from 1993 to ’95; and today serving as president of sports at The Switch. He also oversaw MSG Network operations when it absorbed Fox Sports New York in 1989, making MSGN the home of all New York-based MLB, NHL, and NBA teams.
Bob Mikkelson: Mikkelson singlehandedly changed the way golf is covered, with the use of one blimp shot. He has the uncanny and not-to-be-duplicated ability to follow a golf ball from a moving platform, operating a pan, tilt, and zoom camera while telling the pilot where to fly so that his shadow isn’t in the shot. As a result, he captures a shot no one else can, giving the viewer the perspective of where the ball is relative to the hole. But capturing golf is not his only primary skill; he has provided a template for covering college and NFL football from above.
Dan Rooney: Rooney, now chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has spent a lifetime making the franchise one of the most successful in all of sports. But he is also a key architect of the current NFL, including helping define the salary cap and the collective-bargaining agreement of 1982. By early 1969, he was managing the day-to-day operations of the team and personally hired coach Chuck Noll. During his time overseeing the franchise, it has won six Super Bowls.
Bill Webb: Regarded as baseball’s top director, Webb calls the shots for Fox Sports’ biggest major-league events. Starting with the launch of Fox MLB in 1996, his credits include 17 World Series, 19 League Championship Series, and 18 All-Star Games. Fox MLB coverage has garnered 30 Sports Emmy Awards, 12 for production, with Webb in the director’s seat. In 2006, he was named lead director for New York Mets games on SportsNet New York, a position he still holds. He also served as lead director at ABC Sports from 1988 to ’96.
PACE CEO Christopher Guerrera has been invited to show the world how his Lean systems are Moving America Forward one company at a time and is Making America Great! Moving America Forward a national television series which celebrates the achievements and contributions of businesses and entrepreneurs across America. The show is hosted by William Shatner, an Entrepreneur himself, and stars Doug Llewelyn. Going beyond the typical news stories with custom created story lines, we create exceptional stories on unique individuals and businesses. Shot at our state-of-the-art facilities our team also travels the U.S and Canada to capture on-location footage to enhance our interviews. The mission of Moving America Forward is to deliver quality educational programming, which will inform, educate and enlighten our viewers both nationally and internationally. Each episode also features a special award presentation, honoring the entrepreneurs, doctors, scientists, inventors, business owners, philanthropists and newsmakers from a variety of industries that are moving our country forward. This is what we do. We’re experts at it.
Another Make48 competition is in the books! Our fourth Make48 event was held at the Kansas City Art Institute on October 28-30, 2016. There were 17 teams from all over the country in attendance and it couldn’t have been a better competition. The big difference between this event and ones in the past, is that the 3 winners’ products will be taken to market! This is unheard of in invention competitions and everyone is excited to showcase this for a television series that will air in the summer of 2017. The competition kicked off on Friday with the opening ceremony. It started off with three speakers, all industry experts who spoke about various topics. Mikal Belicove from Entrepreneur Magazine discussed why strategy is so important to understand. Next, Denise Sylvester from the United States Patent and Trademark Office spoke about how easy it is to obtain a patent.
Lastly, Aaron Deacon from KC Digital Drive spoke about his experience in the digital world and how it can relate to Make48. After all our speakers, the challenge theme was finally announced. The teams did not know the challenge beforehand, so they were excited for the announcement. The 17 teams had to create… an Innovative Household product! It had to be something that could be used inside the four walls of the home: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and garage. Something new we introduced this year was having team mentors! Our friends from Wet & ForgetandSquatty Potty mentored the teams throughout the entire process.
Their experience came in handy when the teams had questions regarding the type of product, creating their prototype, and how to market it. The teams were off brainstorming and even started to use the Ultimaker 3D printers, Epilog lasers, and ShopBot tools Friday night! Saturday morning came quick, and the teams got ready to go on a supply run at 7 am to Westlake Ace Hardware. They were given a $200 gift card to get anything they needed to create their product or showcase it during the pitches. Teams purchased anything from plastic pipes to wood for their product. A team even bought a toilet for their display! After the supply run, teams worked hard until the focus groups that afternoon. The focus groups were an important part of the competition because it marked hour 24 of the competition. Teams pitched their idea or product to a panel of industry experts and received feedback. Some chose to use that feedback and some did not. Saturday flew by, and the teams were hard at work all through the night. As Sunday approached, the teams were finalizing their pitches and product videos. Included in the pitch was a presentation of the product, a 1-minute video, and Q&A with the judges. They had to fit all of that into 8 minutes! When the 48-hour clock hit zero, the teams gathered around to present their products to the audience and panel of judges. Judges included QVC, Indiegogo, The Handy Camel, andPivot International.
All 17 inventions were amazing and could be used inside the home. The judges had a tough time deciding which three products would be taken to market. Here are the winners: First- G-Code Second- Hatch Innovations Third- Marquee Design Best Presentation– KC Space Pirates People’s Choice Award for best product- G-Code Overall, this event at the Kansas City Art Institute was a very special one and it went off without a hitch. You will be able to see the journey of the event and the innovative products being taken to market on the television series airing next year.
Mr. Guerrera has enjoyed National Media exposure. He has recently been nominated by LMJ as one of the top 25 Lean Experts in the world. He has been featured on Good Morning America Shark Tank and was the MC of the Shark Tank panel for the MAKE48 competition hosted by the Smithsonian Lemelson Center in Washington DC. He was featured with Christina Tosi of Fox’ TV hit series MasterChef. He participated in a Good Morning America National Commercial campaign featuring anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, Michael Strahan, Jessie Palmer and hip-hop singer Flo-Rida. Interviewed by Good Morning America’s meteorologist Ginger Zee as part of the GMA Sunshine moment, served as a key Shark Tank panelist for the MAKE48 moderated by Stephen Key, interviewed by Kathy Ireland for her Modern Living national syndicated television show, interviewed by Michael King of Home Talk, featured alongside Scott Phillips of The American Woodshop Show, interviewed by Amy Coveno ABC’s WMUR news anchor for NH Chronicle, featured alongside of Mike Otis for CNY @home, featured on the front page of the Syracuse NY Post Standard Business news, interviewed by Mike Morin as the featured spot light for New Hampshire Business Review and is engaged with the History Channels Operation build “game changers”. He has products displayed at recent trade shows alongside such household name products as Scrub Daddy®, Squatty Potty®, Paint Brush Cover®, Drop Stop®, and ReadeRest®, all products that have achieved mass distribution & sales after their appearance on the reality TV series ‘Shark Tank.