It’s CMAA Game Day at the Opening Business Session!
Football season may be over, but the gridiron pastime is taking over the Opening Business Session, as Emmy-Award Winning Analyst Kirk Herbstreit will join Cooper Manning, sports personality and host of “The Manning Hour” from the first family of football, as one of our featured speakers.
Kirk Herbstreit is the face of ESPN’s College GameDay program and one of the most respected voices in all of college football. Herbstreit gained his extensive knowledge of the game while playing at The Ohio State University in college, where he threw for 2,437 career passing yards and served as a co-captain for the Buckeyes during his senior year. Herbstreit graduated from Ohio State in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration and got his start in broadcasting with ESPN. Eventually he became a member of the popular College GameDay broadcast and it was all downhill from there. In 1997 he was nominated for the Sports Emmy Award as TV’s top studio analyst and began writing a weekly-in-season column for The Sporting News. Since that time, he has been a household name, traveling the country with the GameDay team to broadcast at the week’s biggest college football game. He also makes appearances on ABC Sports to provide analysis and color commentary and is a frequent visitor on several of ESPN’s most popular shows.
Cooper Manning is the host for the show “The Manning Hour” for Fox Sports, and Principal and Senior Managing Director of Investor Relations for AJ Capital Partners. He was one of the nation’s top wide receivers, signing with Ole Miss out of high school before a spinal stenosis diagnosis ended his playing career.
A 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show when she was five years old. She achieved that goal – and then some. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, an instructor, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams.
Scott Hamilton is an Olympic Champion, television broadcaster, philanthropist, motivational speaker, author, husband, father, cancer survivor, and eternal optimist. In 1984, Scott captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide with his incredible Olympic gold medal-winning performance in Sarajevo. Since then he has entertainment millions more with his exciting performances, complete with backflips, artistry, and humor. Considered one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time, and figure skating’s voice of authority in the US, Scott has spent the last 30-plus years providing his infectious analysis of national and global skating competitions.
Described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to “The Pied Piper of potential,” Sarah Robb O’Hagan is an executive, activist, entrepreneur, and now the founder and CEO of Extreme Living—a company designed to help individuals, teams, and organizations play to their highest potential. She is the former CEO of Flywheel Sports, the former president of luxury health club Equinox, the former global president of Gatorade, a former GM and marketing director at Nike, and a former marketing director at the Virgin Group. She is a rare blend of fierce businesswoman, cheer leading Mom, passionate women’s advocate, and high-energy innovator.