The Team

TPGF is managed by a Board of Directors assisted by an Advisory Council of well respected people from the sports and private sector

Board of Directors

Del Wilber Jr., president

Del is a senior executive with experience in marketing, brand building and sales management with both major multinational corporations and smaller entrepreneurial organizations.  Most recently, he created Celeritas Management in August 2008 with private equity funding and served as its President as Celeritas acquired the Spanish Beisbol Network and ANC Sports.

Robert Kaplan

Bob is a Partner at Kaplan, Voekler, Cunningham and Frank and  has extensive experience in buying, selling and recapitalizing operating companies as a lawyer, investment banker and principal.

Sandra Haidinger

Sandra K. Haidinger, president and founder of FMA has actively worked in the financial services industry since 1982. Prior to establishing her own registered investment advisory firm in 1991, Mrs. Haidinger spent 7 years at The National Bank of Washington serving as vice-president and co-manager of the private banking department. Mrs. Haidinger was solely responsible for the development and implementation of a financial planning services division for the bank. She also assisted in the development and implementation of the private banking department.

 

Advisory Council

Bert Blyleven

Bert Blyleven’s career baseball accomplishments were acknowledged in the greatest possible way in early 2011, when he was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Drafted straight from high school by the Minnesota Twins in 1969, he made his major league debut with the Twins the following season. Twenty-two years later, he had accumulated 287 wins while pitching for a number of major league clubs, including the Twins, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and California Angels. While he ended up only 13 victories short of the exclusive “300 Win Club”, Bert was known for his devastating curveball, and his 3,701 career strikeouts still rank 5th in the all- time Major League record book.

Betsy Nagelsen McCormack

Betsy was an internationally ranked player on the WTA Tour for more than 20 years, and a two-time Grand Slam tournament champion in doubles. She achieved a career high ranking of world No. 25 in singles and No. 11 in doubles, and won more than 30 career titles in singles and doubles. She won the Australian Open doubles title in 1978 and 1980, and was a finalist at the 1978 Australian Open. She was a four-time member of the U.S. Wightman Cup Team.

Bob Costas

Bob has been with NBC Sports since 1979. He has covered nearly every major sport, though he is perhaps most identified with the Olympics and baseball. He has anchored NBC’s primetime coverage of the last five summer Olympics – Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney, Australia, 2000, Athens, Greece, 2004, and Beijing, China, 2008. He also hosted the winter games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino, Italy 2006, and Vancouver Canada 2010. He is schedule to host 2012 London Summer Games.

Bob Wilber, founding member

Bob Wilber is the youngest of Del and Taffy Wilber’s five children. After spending seven years in professional baseball, as a player, coach, and scout, he began a sports marketing and management career that now spans more than 25 years. He has been involved in NHRA Drag Racing since 1992, and has been a manager and public relations rep for some of the sports top professional Funny Car teams since 1997.  He has held the position of Team Manager for Wilkerson Racing since 2009, representing popular Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson on the NHRA Mello Yello tour.

Corrine Vitolo

As founder of one of the nation’s first sports management firms, Corrine Vitolo has played key roles in various areas in the now multi-billion dollar industry. Now Chief Executive Officer of SmartSports, Inc., she is leading the development of quantitative technology systems to measure athletic performance for the professional, collegiate and amateur sports
markets. As co-founder in 2003, Ms. Vitolo has led the company’s growth from concept to capital markets.

Cynthia J. Wilber, founding member

Cynthia J. Wilber works for Stanford University as the Education Coordinator at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and is the founder and executive director of Proyecto Itzaes a 501(c) 3 organization that provides education and resources to poor rural Maya villages in Yucatán, México http://wp.proyectoitzaesusa.org. She also serves on the executive board of Centro de Educación Ambiental de la Peninsula Yucateca (CEAPY) and co-directs Reserva San Nicolás in the Yucatán Peninsula. Of baseball note, she is the author of For the Love of the Game, published in 1998 by William Morrow.

Dave St. Peter

Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins, precisely represents the mission of PGF, and his story is one of accomplishment born from opportunity. The Bismarck, N.D. native grew up in what is now widely known as Twins Territory, and after graduating from the University of North Dakota, he secured his first position in the Minnesota Twins organization in 1990, as an intern. After establishing his worth with the team, he quickly earned a full-time position and began to work his way up through the club’s front office. In 2002, St. Peter was named the fourth president in the history of the Minnesota Twins.

David Bell

As member of the prestigious Advertising Hall of Fame, David Bell has over 40 years of experience in the marketing communications sector. He is Chairman Emeritus and previously served as Chairman and CEO of The Interpublic Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest marketing communications service companies.

Francisco Arocha

Francisco Arocha is an avid entrepreneur with a prolific and well established career that for the past 12 years has been primarily focused on the creation of new opportunities in the hotel, entertainment and sports industries. Mr. Arocha is currently the managing director of HES Group, headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela with an office in Miami, Florida.

Hank Torbert

Mr. Torbert founded Avondale Ventures LLC in 2006 and has over 10 years of experience in private equity, advisory, investment banking, and the development of small and middle market media and communications companies.

Jay Dufty

Jay has over 20 years experience managing high-end golf facilities including 15 years with the TPC Network. He has been the Head PGA Professional at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for 12 years. His club has hosted many prestigious events including the Kemper Open, Chrysler Cup, FBR Capital Open, Booz Allen Classic, Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, Birdies for the Brave and the Web.Com Mid Atlantic Championship. As a Senior Head Professional for the TPC Network, Jay also oversees TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN and TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

W. Leo Kiely III

Mr. Kiely retired as Chief Executive Officer of MillerCoors LLC, a joint venture combining the US businesses of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company in July 2011, a position he had held since July 2009.  From February 2005 through July 2009, Mr. Kiely served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company.  From 1993 to 2005, he held a variety of executive positions at Coors Brewing Company, including Chief Executive Officer.  Before joining Coors Brewing Company, he held executive positions with Frito-Lay, Inc.  a subsidiary of PepsiCo Inc., and Ventura Coastal Corporation, a division of Seven Up Inc.

Marci Doyle Baker

Marci Doyle Baker is the COO of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard and has been in sports and event marketing her entire career. She grew up in a Major League Baseball family—Father Denny played with the Phillies, Angels, Red Sox while Uncle Brian was the second baseman for the Yankees and currently Uncle Blake is the hitting coach for the Rockies.

Mark Tudi

Mark Tudi is the Founder of SPORTS CAREERS and SPORTSEARCH, with its primary business activities completely focused on Human Capital needs for leading organizations in over 45 Sports, Recreation and Live-Event Industry segments. Founded in 1988, SPORTSEARCH specializes in sourcing the critical layer of management, customized search assignments and leadership development.

Martin Lee

Martin Lee is a senior executive with extensive experience in marketing, branding, and managing consumer products and services with major national and international companies. He has over 10 years of experience in consumer marketing. Currently, Mr. Lee is Chief Marketing Officer with Sears Holdings. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Marketing for SIRIUS XM Radio.

Mary Wilber Smith, founding member

Mary is the fourth of Del and Taffy Wilber’s five children, and is an obvious embodiment of both of them. Always an athlete and sports fan, Mary was also an honor roll student who forged new journalistic paths as early as high school, before studying abroad in England, living for a time in Scotland, and raising a family of her own. Her business career was launched as soon as the youngest of her five children hit their mid-teens, but she wasted no time in mastering the real estate field, establishing herself as one of the top agents on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Her greatest legacy, and the one of which her late parents were always most proud, is her family.

Sara Loarte

Sara Loarte is currently President of ANC Deportes. She began her career in the sports industry with Major League Baseball and served as MLB’s Director of Latin America. As MLB’s highest-ranking Hispanic female, Ms. Loarte developed the League’s Latin America business plan, collaborated in the World Baseball Classic tournament plan, and helped grow the television, sponsorship and licensing business.

Vince Gennaro

Vince Gennaro is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and a consultant to Major League Baseball Teams.

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