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Former Spirit CEO Mullin still in the action with the Aspire Group

April 19, 2010

By David Markiewicz The Atlanta Journal-Constitution It’s been about 26 months since he left his job as president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Spirit, but Bernie Mullin, it turns out, is never really far from the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers or Philips Arena. He oversaw the two teams and their general managers…

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Tech averaged 4,095 more fans than last season

February 23, 2010

by Doug Roberson We had a short in Tuesday’s paper that Georgia Tech averaged 51,584 fans last season, which was 40th in the NCAA among Division I-A schools. The entire report can be read here. The Yellow Jackets, though, were 12th in Division I-A in increased attendance year-overyear, averaging 4,095 more fans in 2009 than…

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Tech will outsource its sales of tickets

May 28, 2009

Marketing agency deal may be worth up to $2.2 million for Jackets. By Chip Towers, Doug Roberson The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday, May 28, 2009 Georgia Tech has turned over its ticket sales operation to an outside agency in a deal projected to be worth as much as $2.2 million to the athletics department. The Aspire…

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Bobcats CFO resigns

July 10, 2009

Bobcats Sports & Entertainment Chief Financial Officer Michael Behrman has resigned. Industry consultant Bill Duffy from Atlanta-based Aspire Group Inc. will serve as interim CFO. Duffy has been working with the organization in an advisory role for the past five months. Behrman spent four years with the NBA team was responsible for all financial operations…

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Former Atlanta Spirit chief Bernie Mullin forms Aspire Group

March 4, 2008

Atlanta Business Chronicle – by John Manasso Staff Writer After his mutual parting from the Atlanta Spirit LLC, owner of the NBA’s Hawks and NHL’s Thrashers, former CEO Bernie Mullin said he had about 27 different job prospects. He inquired about two CEO positions, one involving baseball and another involving multiple sports. In the end,…

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GA Tech hands ticket sales to Aspire Group

May 25, 2009

By JOHN LOMBARDO & MICHAEL SMITH Staff writers Georgia Tech has hired The Aspire Group to handle ticket sales for football and men’s basketball in what is believed to be the first case of a university outsourcing its ticket operations, a move that could start a significant trend as schools look to outsource more athletic…

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Mullin launches consulting firm, signs NHL, Tribe

March 3, 2008

By JOHN LOMBARDO Staff writer Former Atlanta Spirit CEO Bernie Mullin has formed a sports consulting company, the Aspire Group, and has signed the National Hockey League and the Cleveland Indians as clients. Mullin, who resigned in January from Atlanta Spirit, which owns the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena, created…

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The Aspire Group Partners With Ottawa 67’s to Service and Sell Tickets

February 9, 2010

Atlanta-based The Aspire Group announced today that they are partnering with the Ottawa 67’s of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) to service and sell tickets for the major junior hockey club that plays in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The Aspire Group will handle all inbound and outbound sales efforts at the Ottawa Fan Relationship…

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Hearts, minds & wallets

May 1, 2008

by Tim Darnell Bernie Mullin … Years ago, the manager of a Denver, Colo., Jiffy Lube learned, first hand, why companies such as his spend millions of sports marketing dollars. Bernie Mullin was president and GM of the Denver Grizzlies at the time, “and Jiffy Lube gave us several thousand dollars worth of advertising tags,”…

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Rising Stars

October 1, 2009

Which individuals will emerge as the next generation of leaders in the sports marketplace? Partnership Activation, Inc. is excited to recognize the October recipients of the “Rising Stars Program”, an initiative that honors four (4) young professionals each month who are making an impact in the sports industry early in their career. The individuals nominated…

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