The HUG E. Awards are presented by the Huddle Up Group to sports tourism industry leaders who made a significant contribution to their community, organization, or industry.

In the namesake of the Huddle Up Group mascot, HUG E. Bear, the HUG E. Awards were created in 2018 to recognize sports tourism leaders for their positive contributions to the industry.  Recognition categories vary and are given throughout the year at various industry gatherings.


2019

 
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KINDRA FRY

PRESIDENT/CEO, EXPERIENCE BRYAN COLLEGE STATION

Kindra successfully completed her term as chairman of the NASC, expertly leading the association in a time of expansion and change.

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JASON PARKER

CEO, EVENTCONNECT

Congratulations to Jason and his team at EventConnect for surpassing 4,000 events on their tournament management software platform.

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JENNIFER STOLL

PRINCIPAL, STOLL SPORTS STRATEGIES, LLC

Jen is using her unique experience in the sport tourism industry coupled with her educational background to provide a research-based approach to delivering success in the sports industry.

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MATT TEN HAKEN

DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MARKETING, FOX CITIES CVB

Matt has led the way on the development of the Fox Cities Champions Center opening in October of 2019.


2018

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Ashleigh BacherT

Executive Director, Durham Sports Commission

As the first Executive Director of the newly formed Durham Sports Commission, Ashleigh has galvanized the sports leaders in Durham to unite for the betterment of the community.

Josh Todd

Executive Director, Omaha Sports Commission

Josh’s award was preemptive.  We know he will be successful in Omaha and wanted to thank him for his long standing support of the sports tourism industry and as positive reinforcement to the successes that will come next for Josh and his family. 

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SPORTS FACILITY ADVISORY

SPORTS FACILITY MANAGEMENT

As the preeminent sports facility consulting and management company in the country, SFA and SFM leadership participate in the national discussion on youth obesity and how to create communities where our kids can be active and prosper. 


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About HUG E. Bear

HUG E. Bear has been a staple of the Huddle Up Group since he came on board in 2012 to help embody what the Huddle Up Group is all about.  While supporting the efforts of the award winning team, HUG E. Bear serves on the front lines as a popular face and reoccurring guest at events all across the country. 

A Cal Berkeley graduate and named after longtime actor Antonio Fargas, HUG E. Bear boasts a well-rounded background in operations, marketing, and public relations, all of which aid in his increasingly valuable role that grows with notoriety.