The Aspire Group Welcomes Back Bill Duffy as Chief Operating Officer

February 21, 2014

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The Aspire Group (“Aspire”), a global sports and entertainment firm, is proud to announce the return of one of its founding members, Bill Duffy, in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Duffy will oversee Aspire headquarters operations and several business functions including Sport and Entertainment Business Insights and Asset Investment. Duffy will also be responsible for expanding the menu of services The Aspire Group offers its new and existing client partners. Duffy assumed the COO position on January 1, 2014, and brings over 25 years of senior level sports and entertainment experience to the job.

Soon after Chairman and CEO, Bernie Mullin, established The Aspire Group in 2008, Duffy joined as a Principal. During his tenure at The Aspire Group, Duffy worked with several clients including the NBA/WNBA, the NHL, Georgia Tech, Schlegel Sports and Atlanta Sports and Entertainment. After retaining the Charlotte Bobcats as an Aspire client in 2009, and facilitating the sale of the team and related assets to Michael Jordan, Duffy was hired by the Bobcats as full-time Executive Vice President and CFO/CAO. In addition to his four years with the Bobcats, Duffy has held executive positions with the Miami Dolphins, the National Football League, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Spirit (the Hawks, the Thrashers and Philips Arena).

“We are excited to welcome back Bill Duffy and have his extensive sports industry expertise available to more than 100 iconic sports and entertainment industry partners globally. Bill has enjoyed unprecedented success in his areas of expertise – executive management; finance/ administration; marketing; legal; human resources; information technology, venue operations and administration for professional teams and world class facilities. I have enjoyed the privilege of working with Bill for the past 10 plus years where our friendship has led to a seamless professional working climate. I know he will be key in growing our business and supporting our staff in providing our current and future client partners with the highest standard of service and resources” stated Dr. Bernie Mullin, Chairman and CEO of The Aspire Group.

“I am thrilled to return home to The Aspire Group. Since its inception in 2008, Bernie has successfully positioned the company as a leader in “Next-Practices”, which has enabled The Aspire Group to become the industry leader in collegiate revenue enhancement. I have the utmost respect for how the team has achieved this position through working hard and intelligently with the highest integrity. I look forward to contributing to the future growth and expansion of services we offer” stated Bill Duffy, Chief Operating Officer for The Aspire Group.


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, organizational performance and opportunities. The Aspire Group’s more than 200 full time employees service over 120 iconic sports properties in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia, by providing ongoing strategic and implementation support in executing and maintaining highly innovative sales, marketing, management, and operational systems and programs. The Aspire Group has become the leader in revenue enhancement with over 38 collegiate and 39 professional properties partnering with Aspire. This is best embodied in The Aspire Group’s fastest growing division, Fan Relationship Management.

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