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2006 June -- Top Executives Talk About Sports Business

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Maria Jannace, Lime Rock Park

Rosa Gatti, ESPN

Ann Karrick, moderator

Christine Wypy, WWE




Sports Industry Leaders from

ESPN, LRP, WWE Speak – Bring Your Questions


Westport, Conn -- May 2, 2006 – Senior executives from ESPN, Lime Rock Park, and World Wrestling Entertainment tell it like it is! The panel of three will speak in Westport on June 8th from 6-9pm about sports industry trends, changes, challenges, and careers. Time will be provided for questions and networking. The event is sponsored by Lime Rock Park, and organized by the local WISC Network.

The panel:

Rosa Gatti, ESPN Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Outreach. Gatti has been part of the ESPN team since its first year of operation in 1980 and has moved up in the ranks from Director of Communications to Senior Vice President. Gatti oversees communications and corporate outreach strategies for ESPN, Inc., which includes 50 business entities, and is the liaison to Disney Communications and Investor Relations.

Maria Jannace, Lime Rock Park Chief Marketing Officer, owner Maxim Creative Group, Maxim Sports Management, creator of the Red Bull Driver Search. Jannace was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of Lime Rock Park (in Connecticut) to initiate the Renaissance of this historic racetrack as it enters its 50th anniversary year in 2007. Jannace has worked with a broad scope of clients, with Motorsports being a continual thread in her company’s history -- from managing all of the marketing and advertising for Skip Barber Racing Organization in the early 1990’s to undertaking, initiating and managing the massive program of finding the next American Formula 1 Champion.

Christine Wypy, WWE International Marketing Manager. Wypy began her career with World Wrestling Entertainment 14 years ago in the company’s television production studio. Shortly thereafter, she developed the Fan Services area and then moved onto public relations before taking on International Marketing for WWE. She is responsible for marketing and promoting the WWE brand worldwide.


Ann Karrick, Television and Radio Host/Producer, On-Air Talent, News, with i Independent Television, WEBE108-FM, WICC600-AM, and WFAS FM&AM. Karrick also has an extensive business background, blue chip to; employers and clients include IBM, AT&T, and Golf Digest. She has experience in marketing, public relations, sports, promotions, organizing, and information technology.

Location & Details:

Westport, Connecticut – The Peppermill, 1700 Post Rd E

Thursday, June 8th – 6:00-9:00pm

Members $30 -- Public $40 -- At The Door $50

Hot Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar

Register online: or

“This is an excellent opportunity to hear from three senior managers working in the competitive sports industry and to network with other sports industry professionals. The experience and diversity of the speakers is outstanding” says Mary Lou Youngblood, co-founder of the WISC Network. "If you are interested in hearing from inspiring women or networking with other sports professionals, you won't want to miss this exciting night."

About Lime Rock Park

Situated in the picturesque Berkshire Hills of Northwestern Connecticut in the town of Lakeville, Lime Rock Park is recognized and revered for its beautiful scenery and its place in motorsports history. As one of the oldest continuously operated road courses in the country, Lime Rock has become synonymous with the history of sports car racing in North America, establishing a rich tradition as the center of road racing on the East Coast.

Lime Rock rests on 325 acres and is truly a park. Fans are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs and view the racing action from grassy spectator hillsides or take advantage of the complete access to the paddock area and get an up-close look at the cars and stars of the racing world.

As Lime Rock heads into its 50th Anniversary season in 2007, the track is in the midst of a Renaissance that will restore the glory days at this historic motorsports venue. For more information about Lime Rock Park and the 2006 schedule, visit

About the WISC Network

The WISC Network is a sports career networking organization aimed at managers; it offers a job bank to members looking to advance their career. Headquartered in California, WISC has local networks in 23 major cities in the United States, including the New York Tri-State area (NY/NJ/CT). For more information, visit

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