April 20, 2021 – US Lacrosse has launched the search for a new chief executive officer and is partnering with Prodigy Search to conduct a nationwide leadership hunt. The position represents an opportunity for an individual with extensive organizational leadership experience to further develop and expand a national best-practice sports organization.
The non-profit is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience, and thinking that makes a community strong and empowers individuals to engage across differences.
The leader is responsible for the overall management of US Lacrosse operations, said Prodigy Search. The CEO provides strategic and operational leadership for the organization and works with the board of directors and the senior management team to implement board policies and directives, as well as develop and execute mission priorities. Additionally, the CEO will be expected to provide leadership to the staff management team, oversee and evolve staff structure, assure the board of directors is well informed of strategies and challenges, and direct the organization’s financial function, including the development and management of the annual operations budget. The CEO will directly manage and provide effective direction to the senior management team, comprised of the vice president and chief financial officer; vice president and chief relationship officer; vice president of lacrosse operations and vice president of marketing and communications; the director of diversity, equity and inclusion; and an executive assistant.
With nearly 400,000 members nationwide, US Lacrosse is a member and donor-driven non-profit organization that serves as the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse in the U.S. Founded in 1998 and located in Sparks, MD, US Lacrosse provides national leadership, structure, and resources to fuel the sport’s growth and enrich the experience of participants. Since the organization’s founding, it has committed more than $275 million to advance the sport. In that time, national participation has more than tripled.
Prodigy Search, which has been involved with the sports and entertainment business for 60 years, is one of the sector’s boutiques. The firm has placed hundreds of candidates into a variety of functions and roles. It represents all disciplines, including senior management, sales, marketing, operations and administration.
Prodigy’s client roster reads like a Who’s Who of the sports world. It includes: the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, PGA Tour, Boston Bruins, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Dolphins, City Football Group, Miami Heat, Churchill Downs, Nitro Circus, AEG, Los Angeles Kings, UFC, Roc Nation, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers and the United States Olympic Committee.
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The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) has announced its new board of directors, which includes seven new appointees. Prodigy Search helped to lead the search process for the board member positions. The at-large board directors are chair Mark Ackermann; vice chair Dr. Skye Arthur-Banning; treasurer Gary Remensnyder; secretary Amy Wasson and David Cohen. Two independent directors, who are both new to the USABA board, are Eve Wright Taylor and Brian Eaton.
An industry veteran with nearly 40 years experience in wide array of disciplines within the sports and entertainment business, Scott Carmichael founded Prodigy Search in 2007. Prior to founding the firm, he served as head of the National Hockey League’s club marketing department for nearly ten years.
Prodigy Search was recently enlisted to find a chief executive officer for the United States Sailing Association, the national governing body for sailing, based in Bristol, RI. The U.S. Sailing CEO reports to the board president and board of directors and works closely with the directors, staff and volunteers to ensure the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and advancement of the fundraising competencies, said the Freehold, NJ-based search firm. The CEO has primary responsibility to manage U.S. Sailing’s multi-faceted business lines. “At U.S. Sailing, employee performance expectations are high, position responsibilities diverse and rewards satisfying,” said the search firm. “U.S. Sailing provides a creative team environment that allows talented employees to work with respected, longstanding and visionary sailing leaders committed to exceptional performance and membership service.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media