Glenn Sugiyama

Managing Partner

Glenn Sugiyama serves as managing partner and global Sports Practice leader in the firm’s Chicago office. Described by Forbes magazine as “…one of the most influential men in college athletics”, Glenn is credited with building one of the largest and most renowned sports practice groups in the world.

For over 10 years, he has been placing talent in professional sports organizations and for the top academic institutions in the United States and around the world, including senior sports executives and head coaches. Glenn is considered a human capital expert in the sports industry and is frequently asked to share his opinions and insights in the media, and speak about his experiences internationally.

At age 27, Glenn became one of the youngest directors of a major U.S. pro sports team when he was named to the board of directors of the former world champion Chicago Bulls. Prior to the Bulls, he was a Division I college basketball coach.

Before joining DHR International, Glenn was vice president and account director for Leo Burnett USA, and a former director of North American business development at iLeo, Leo Burnett’s Marketing Services group.

Glenn began his career as director of marketing, advertising and sales for a regional restaurant company. He made the successful transition from marketing to finance & operations when he ran a nine unit / 700-employee chain as president and CEO. Since then, Glenn has served as EVP of a 5,000-employee service company and President of a real estate development company.

In addition, he has served on the Advisory Council of the University of Illinois – College of Business and the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Service Committee. Recently, Glenn was named one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” in the U.S. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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