The Aspire Group Honored at The StadiumBusiness Awards 2012

May 16, 2012

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Dr. Bernie Mullin wins the Outstanding Achievement Award and Michael Meitin nominated for Rising Star Award


The winners of TheStadiumBusiness Awards, in association with KPMG, were announced today, with Dr. Bernie Mullin, Chairman and CEO of The Aspire Group winning the Outstanding Achievement Award category. Now in its third year, TheStadiumBusiness Awards are the only awards to recognize a whole spectrum of achievements from across the global stadium industry.


Often called a “lifetime achievement” award, the Outstanding Achievement Award is given to an individual that has shown outstanding commitment, service and leadership to our industry over a sustained period of time. Dr. Bernie Mullin is highly recognized in the sport industry for his career success with the NBA, NHL, MLB and for the exponential global growth of The Aspire Group in just over four years of operation.


“I am humbled and honored to have been acknowledged with the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Bernie Mullin. “My career has been full of exciting endeavors but the constants are a love of sports and coaching: working with and developing the future leaders of the industry.”


The awards ceremony took place during TheStadiumBusiness Summit at the Museo dell’Automobile Turin, Italy, in front of an audience of over 400 senior industry figures. “New levels of innovation, professionalism and best practice were evident across all categories this year, helping to create world-class venues and thrilling events for fans,” commented one of the judges, Michael Bolingbroke, COO, Manchester United FC.


“Congratulations to everyone who reached the podium,” commented Ian Nuttall, founder of TheStadium Business Awards. “Winners included our industry’s leaders, achievers and stand-out venues, who should all be immensely proud of their achievements.”


The Aspire Group’s Mike Meitin, Managing Director, UK and Europe, was also nominated for the Rising Star Award for bringing to Europe the customer service, retention, engagement and relationship marketing techniques in the first Fan Relationship Management Centers in Europe located at Coventry City and Leicester City Football Clubs. Michael has since started operations at London Irish Rugby Club and ACF Fiorentina.


“It is an honor to be recognized by the Stadium Business Awards alongside so many outstanding individuals in the sport industry. The Aspire Group focuses on building the future sport industry leaders and this award is a true acknowledgement of those efforts,” said by Mike Meitin, The Aspire Group’s Managing Director, UK and Europe.


Hundreds of nominations were whittled down to create the shortlist, judged by an independent panel of industry figures including:


  • Ebru Köksal, General Secretary, Turkish Football Federation
  • David Manica, President, MANICA Architecture, USA
  • Pat Coyle, President, Coyle Media Inc, USA
  • Michael Bolingbroke, COO, Manchester United FC
  • Thierry Favre, Head of National Associations Development, UEFA
  • Ian Nuttall (Chair), Founder, TheStadiumBusiness, Italy


“KPMG is delighted to be supporting TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2012 and playing a role in recognizing best practice within the industry,” commented Andrea Sartori, Partner of KPMG Sports Advisory. “Many factors combine to create an outstanding venue and a successful business and this is what the awards bring to light – the people and places that have managed to stand out in a highly competitive field and achieve great things.”



About TheStadiumBusiness Awards

Now in their third year and held annually alongside TheStadiumBusiness Summit, TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. The awards are organised by Xperiology; creators of TheStadiumBusiness Summit conference and suppliers of stadium management training, consultancy and advisory services to the sports and entertainment sector.


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About The Aspire Group

The Aspire Group is a global sports and entertainment firm founded by Dr. Bernie Mullin that partners with its clients to maximize revenue, people and organizational performance. Aspire provides ongoing strategic and implementation support in executing and maintaining highly innovative sales, marketing, management, and operational systems and programs. This is best embodied in the Fan Relationship Management Center, the fastest growing arm of the company, operating in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.


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