LEARFIELD Leadership

 

 

LEARFIELD’s leadership team is privileged to serve our employees, stakeholders, communities, and investors.  Building a trust-driven culture rooted in integrity and innovation requires a commitment to diversity and a passion in everything we do. 

Cole Gahagan

Cole Gahagan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kim Damron

Kim Damron

President & CEO,
Paciolan

Jennifer-Davis

Jennifer Davis

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (CMO)

Mike Hamilton

Mike Hamilton

Executive VP, University Partnership Group

Cory Moss

Cory Moss

Chief Executive Officer,
CLC

John Raleigh

John Raleigh

Chief Legal Officer

Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider

Chief Content, Development and Strategy Officer

Kristine Schroeder

Kristine Schroeder

Chief People and Culture Officer

Temple Weiss

Temple Weiss

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

COLE GAHAGAN

President and Chief Executive Officer


  • Named President & CEO on April 3, 2020
  • Joined the company as President of Content, Revenue & Enterprise Solutions on Jan. 6, 2020
  • Oversees all aspects of the multi-faceted company; focused on high innovation in media & tech
  • Integral senior leader dedicated to creating compelling content for the collegiate market
  • Former Chief Commercial Officer for Fanatics, Inc.; Chief Revenue Officer for Ticketmaster; and Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy for Live Nation
  • Industry honors include a “Top 25 Digital Power Players” recognition by Billboard Magazine; the prestigious “Forty Under 40” award by SportsBusiness Journal; and “Leaders Under 40 Award” by Leaders in Sports

JENNIFER DAVIS

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer


  • Bringing nearly three decades of strategic expertise to Learfield IMG College; joined the company in March 2021 from Amazon Web Services
  • Oversees comprehensive corporate marketing function at the enterprise level, including internal/external communications, conferences/events, and targeted marketing efforts of the various, respective business divisions
  • Former CMO for Honeywell’s smart buildings and homes business, and former CMO for Leyard International and Planar Systems, leaders in digital signage innovation
  • Previously held key marketing roles for Intel Corporation and Runco International
  • Experienced speaker and author, and a mentor for Pathbuilders and Built by Girls
  • Organizational memberships include Women in Sports Tech, Women in Sports and Events, Women in Technology International and AMA

KIM DAMRON

President and CEO, Paciolan


  • Manages all aspects of the company’s direction and vision
  • Known for cultivating an inclusive and supportive corporate culture, encouraging employee growth and development
  • Previously served as the company’s COO developing many of the internal teams that exist today
  • Prior to joining Paciolan in 2005, served in leadership positions at Tickets.com, Buy.com and Paramount Studios.
  • Named one of 50 VenuesNow All-Stars in 2019, a group of extraordinary people and places changing the face of the venues business
  • In 2019, named to SportsBusiness Journal’s first-ever Power Player Leaders Behind the Scenes in College Sports list and awarded as an SBJ Game Changer honoring women in sports
  • Recognized as a 2017 Woman of Influence by VenuesNow, honoring female leaders in the sports and entertainment industry.

MIKE HAMILTON

Executive VP, University Partnership Group


  • Assumes this EVP role for Learfield IMG College, directing the company’s university and conference business. Initially joined Learfield’s University Partnership Group in November 2018
  • Industry veteran, having served nearly 19 years with the University of Tennessee, in addition to stints with Wake Forest and alma mater Clemson
  • Served as Athletic Director for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2003-2011. Under his leadership, the Vols consistently finished in the top 16 of the Learfield Directors’ Cup annual competition
  • Since then, devoted to the non-profit community as President of Blood:Water, which partners with African grassroots organizations to address the water and HIV/AIDS crises; and more recently as Executive Director of Show Hope, an organization dedicated to caring for orphans and reducing barriers to adoption

Cory Moss

Chief Executive Officer, CLC


  • Joined CLC in 1995 and been instrumental in growing the company’s licensing business, but more importantly, led its re-engineering over the last several years to better align with the changing retail marketplace
  • CLC represents more than 700 colleges and universities, conferences, bowls, the NCAA, the Heisman Trophy and the College Football Playoff
  • Previous member of NCAA Football Marketing Committee, NCAA Youth Football Committee, and Board of Directors of Hampton University’s Center for Sport Leadership. Currently serves on the Board of Directors for the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation, and Board Chair for the Atlanta-area March of Dimes
  • Named to Sports Business Journal’s first-ever Power Player Leaders Behind the Scenes in College Sports list in 2019
  • Recipient of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Up and Comers 40 Under 40 Award in 2009

John Raleigh

Chief Legal Officer


  • Resumes the role of Chief Legal Counsel for Learfield IMG College, following the completed merger of the two companies on Dec. 31, 2018
  • Oversees legal and risk management for the entire corporate structure
  • Joined Learfield in February 2015 as Chief Legal Counsel to provide comprehensive oversight and management of the company’s legal affairs
  • Previously spent 16 years as Senior VP, General Counsel for IMG Worldwide
  • Professional career start was serving as associate with Cleveland, Ohio-based law practice Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

Rob Scheider

Chief Content, Development and Strategy Officer


  • Leads corporate development for Learfield IMG College and drives innovation across content, data, and digital marketing teams
  • Member of SportsBusiness Journal‘s prestigious 2019 “Forty Under 40” class
  • Joined Learfield in September 2018 as Chief Strategy and Development Officer role to lead the company’s development strategy; guide its activities in mergers and acquisitions and provide executive leadership to the company’s service businesses in tickets and marketing, venue technology and licensing
  • Former Global Head of Corporate Development for GroupM in NYC
  • Served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Captain; held numerous strategy and corporate development roles at 24/7 Media, Xaxis and GroupM

Kristine Schroeder

Chief People and Culture Officer


  • Responsible for human capital needs and culture for all Learfield IMG College areas across the entire company and its more than 2,000 employees
  • Strategic leader of the company’s Diversity, Inclusion & Equality initiatives and a member of the leadership team responsible for all recruiting, career development, performance management, employee retention, reward and recognition, leadership development, and organizational development enterprise wide
  • Prior to the merger of Learfield and IMG College, served six years as Vice President, Human Resources for IMG College
  • Prior to that, held leading HR positions for companies including NCR and Avado Brands
  • Holds numerous certifications including PHR since 2003

Temple Weiss

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer


  • Oversees Accounting, Finance, HR, IT and Communications & Marketing areas for Learfield IMG College following the Dec. 31, 2018 completed merger of the two companies
  • Joined Learfield in October 2017 with 20 years of experience to serve in newly created role of Chief Administrative Officer
  • Former Senior Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for Centennial Real Estate Company, and former CFO for other corporations with DFW headquarters: CEC Entertainment (operating or franchising Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza); Pegasus Solutions, Inc.; ACE Cash Express, Inc.; and La Quinta Corporation/LQ Management, LLC
  • Named to Dallas Business Journal’s “CFO of the Year for Large Private Companies” (2010) and its “40 Under 40” List (2008)