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Rich Lenkov | Founder/CEO

As a Capital Member of Downey & Lenkov LLC, Rich has been representing professional sports organizations and multiple entities in the entertainment industry for 25 years. Rich is also the co-founder of Triopolis, a production company with credits including ‘85: The Greatest Team in Football History (starring Barack Obama, Bill Murray, Mike Ditka) and John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster. Rich was also the lead producer for the very successful Las Vegas production Renegades, starring Jim McMahon, Terrell Owens and Jose Canseco and is involved in other productions including Rock of Ages and Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel In Concert.

Joe Alvare 
Claims Manager
University of Southern California

Scott Bermack
Partner, General Liability Co-chair
Weber Gallagher

Jason Bernstein
VP, Assistant General Counsel 
AEG Presents

Anshell Boggs
SVP, Chief Risk Management &
Insurance Officer
National Basketball Association

Brian Cafritz

Christian Deputy
Chief Sales Officer
The Buckner Company

David Dwortz
President/Chief Executive Officer
Helmsman Management

David Dwortz
President/Chief Executive Officer
Helmsman Management

Peter Hecht
Founder & EVP
Magna Legal Services

Zebrah Jahnke
VP of Business Development
EK Health Services Inc.

Simon Keshishian
Vice President, Risk Management
Red Bull

Laurie Kleinman
Vice President Legal & Risk Management
Comcast Spectacor

Laurie KleinmanVice President Legal & Risk Management
Comcast Spectacor

Carlos Kuri
General Counsel

Faith Mason
Director, Global Claims Management
Comcast NBCUniversal Sky

Jessica Mechtly
Associate Director, Risk Management
US Olympic and Paralympic Committee

Shep Messing
Major Arena Soccer League

Peggi Miller
Vice President, Risk Management
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Cristen Nixon
Risk Consultant
Fairly Group

John Petrone
Senior Managing Director
Petrone Risk

Sydney Posner
Chief Executive Officer

Brian Rosenblatt
General Counsel, SERMA
Income Member,
Downey & Lenkov LLC

Shalom Suniula
Client Executive, Property & Casualty
USI Insurance Services

Barrie C. Wexler
Executive Vice President - Risk Management
Paramount Global


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