Staff Management

With over 20 years of hiring executives and administrative support help, Ken is a good judge of executive talent having placed some key hires at the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Enforcers (XFL) and Chicago Rush (AFL) who have gone on to succeed in other sports management positions. In addition to hiring key front office sports executives, Ken has also been responsible for hiring head coaches, assistant coaches, head athletic trainers and equipment managers.

Rob Lefko, Senior marketeering partnership VP for Priority Sports Management was hired as Ken’s first full – time Assistant Marketing Director at the Chicago Bears in 1991. Rob has gone on to enjoy success with sports agent Mark Bartelstein’s company and is involved in all key management decisions at Priority Sports. Amongst a number of responsibilities, Rob’s primary role is matching corporate endorsement opportunities with many of the 150 professional athletes represented by Priority Sports Management.

Tom Thayer, the former Chicago Bears starting left guard who played 9 years with the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins including 1985 Super Bowl championship team was hired by Ken to be the color analyst alongside play by play man, Jeff Joniak, on Bears radio broadcasts. Thayer enjoyed a stellar career at both Notre Dame and the Bears and has been part of the Bears media team for over 10 years.

Bryan Harlan, President of Harlan Sports Agency was hired by Ken to be the assistant public relations director in 1984, a position he held until being promoted to Public Relations Director in 1989 following Ken‘s being appointed to be the Chicago Bears’ first full-time marketing director position in the team’s 75-year history. Harlan currently is the acting sports agent for head coaches John Harbaugh/Baltimore Ravens, Greg Schiano, head coach at Rutgers University, Dave Wannstedt, assistant head coach and linebackers mentor at the Buffalo Bills. Bryan also represents a number of ‘on air’ broadcast talent in the sports industry including WSCR’s Dan McNeil, ESPN Radio’s John Jurkovich and his brother, the high profile Kevin Harlan, who broadcasts television / radio play by play commentary for CBS Sports, the Turner Network (TBS) and Westwood One. Pro Football Weekly‘s editor Hub Arkush, the well respected journalist and media commentator on WSCR and Westwood One is also represented by Harlan.

Other hires Ken made during his sports management career include Dan Evans, who enjoyed a 18 year career with the Chicago White Sox as the team’s VP of Player Personnel who later went on to become the General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and later served in a VP / Personnel role with the Seattle Mariners.

In addition, Vernon Cheek, currently working for CBS Television in Los Angeles served in public relations roles with the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, where he spent 8 years including Super Bowl participating teams in 2006 when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears and in 2010 when the Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints.

Jack Trompeter was Ken’s second full-time assistant marketing director at the Bears and went on to become VP/Marketing & Sales for the Chicago Enforcers (XFL), the Los Angeles Avengers (AFL) and is currently the Director of Sponsorship Sales at Pac 10 Properties in Los Angeles, California.

With a vast data base of resumes and contacts Ken has kept over the years with concentrations in the media business, sports organizations, leagues and the corporate world, Ken has come in contact with some ‘dynamic’ people who are both business savvy and successful in their fields of expertise. Ken can advise companies on recommended executive talent he has come in contact with, as well as how to construct internal structure of executives/personnel/administrators, and how to implement sales accountability systems in both corporate sponsorship sales, ticketing and consumer products.