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steve Handwerker

Award-Winning Sports Marketing and Communications Professional
Lindenhurst, Illinois USA


Bilingual / multilingual sports marketing, communications and operations directorPublicity Club of Chicago Gold Trumpet Award & Silver Trumpet Award WinnerInternational Association of Business Communicators/Chicago Bronze Quill Award Winner. Stick-and-ball, endurance, outdoors, or otherwise, you've found your new MVP!


Managing Director

Mar 2013 - Jan 2014
Staff, volunteer recruiting, training; sponsorship valuation, sales, activation; event operations, medical, crisis management; course design, look of venue; strategic direction; budget; registration; customer, government, vendor relations; multicultural marketing communications, advertising, PR, social media; photography; large-scale half-marathons

Director of Account Services

Jan 2010 - Dec 2011
Managed $31k/month in retainers, staff, teams; presentations; strategy; public relations, media relations; branding; corporate, crisis, internal communications; market research; trade shows, special events; social media; newsletters, website, webinars.

Director of Public Relations

Aug 2008 - Apr 2009
Hispanic, bilingual, multicultural PR. Managed $24k/mo in retainers, staff, budget, strategy; media relations, corporate, crisis, internal communications; mobile apps, social media, webinars; special events; market research; CSR; expanded service, profitability.

Director of Marketing and Brand Communications

Mar 2008 - Aug 2008
National governing body & Olympic team brand building, marketing, management; expo marketing, merchandise, partnerships, sponsorship management, sales; look-of-venue; fundraising strategy; budget, staff, communications management.

Marketing Communications and Operations Director

Sep 2001 - Feb 2021
Athlete, event, asset management, operations; sponsorship valuation, licensing, negotiation, contracts; media planning, buying; public relations, media relations, crisis communications; anti-doping consulting; look-of-venue; social media, website, e-blasts, webinars; trade shows; travel marketing; database marketing; hospitality; photography.


Kinesiology; Communications - Bachelor's
- Present

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