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Jeremy O'Grady
Editor
THE WEEK
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Scott O'Neil
CEO
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, NJ DEVILS & PRUDENTIAL CENTER
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Scott O’Neil is a dynamic leader who inspires teamwork and drives business results.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), New Jersey Devils (NHL) and Prudential Center, the state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena located in Newark, N.J., O’Neil oversees the business operations of three of the top brands in sports and entertainment.

O’Neil had a measurable impact on the culture of all three businesses when he assumed the CEO position in August 2013. With the belief that talent wins, he recruited an enviable roster of the top people in the industry, and he continues to invest in creating the most energizing, challenging and inspiring workplace in the world. O’Neil’s annual “Go Forward” leadership retreat brings together senior staff members from all three business units to strengthen company values, build relationships, share ideas and boost business efficiencies. He also spearheaded significant changes to customer service by partnering with Ritz-Carlton (Devils/PruCenter) and Disney (Sixers) for fan engagement training.

The dramatic culture shift and O’Neil’s steadfast focus on sales has resulted in unprecedented success across all three brands. The Devils and Sixers are among the leaders in key metrics in their respective leagues, including new season ticket holder growth and season ticket renewal rate. In 2014, Prudential Center had its most successful season in its seven-year history, including an attendance record set by George Strait and a move into the top-10 ranking of national arenas by Billboard, Pollstar and Venues Today. The critically acclaimed arena, together with the Devils, was named NJBiz’s 2014 Business of the Year and gained national attention as the host of NFL Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII and the Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony.

O’Neil believes that sports and entertainment offer a platform to change the world, and he recognizes the important role that each organization plays within their communities. His implementation of the internal service programs “76 Hours” (Sixers) and “82 Hours” (Devils/PruCenter) offer company time to each employee to give back to the community and are the foundation of the hundreds of hours staff members spend helping the cities of Philadelphia and Newark.

O’Neil creates innovative partnerships and connects with today’s influencers.

His success over more than 20 years in the industry has been cultivated through matching powerful brands, including Madison Square Garden, the NBA and the Philadelphia Eagles, with unique, trendsetting opportunities.

By leveraging the attraction of live sports and entertainment across two markets – Northern New Jersey and Philadelphia – O’Neil has transformed the way national companies and area business market their products and services in the region. He has pioneered groundbreaking deals with a focus on creating original platforms to grow a partner’s business using one-of-a-kind access to legendary sport franchises and the top touring acts in the world.

Featuring marquee events at Prudential Center as the background, including Stevie Wonder and The Eagles, O’Neil initiated the NJ100 program, designed to bring together C-suite executives from New Jersey’s top businesses. These exclusive events, which have featured A-list guest speakers, including music mogul Irving Azoff, have set the standard for business entertainment in the state.

A member of Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame, O’Neil is a sought-after speaker who has delivered keynote addresses at the largest sports industry conferences in the world, including Leaders in Sport, Beyond Sport and World Congress of Sport. He has made numerous appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg television, and has nearly 11,000 followers on Twitter, where he interacts daily with fans, media and partners. O’Neil published two cases for the Harvard Business School in 1998, Success Factors in Minor League Baseball and Balancing Work and Family. He also published a book in 2000 titled Fantasy Land to the Rat Race, a guide for young executives in the workplace.

O’Neil is a board member of the regional chapters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Big Brothers Big Sister of America. He serves as an Alternate Governor for the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, and is actively involved in the Sixers and Devils’ foundations, which are dedicated to improving the lives of youth in the Philadelphia area and across the state of New Jersey. O’Neil holds a degree in marketing from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Lisa, have three daughters.

Chris O'Reilly
ECD and Co-Founder
NEXUS
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Chris O’Reilly is the co-founder and Executive Creative Director of Nexus, which he started with fellow producer Charlotte Bavasso in 1997.

Chris was educated at Reigate Grammar School and Oxford University (1989-92) where he read English Literature. After a year in Japan teaching English, and a year in London advertising agency J Walter Thompson, he worked his way into film through working freelance on Japanese film and photographic productions. He started the animation division of a Japanese company in 1997 and then affected a management buyout of the company in 2000. It is Chris’s love of technology, design and creativity, that forms the cornerstone of Nexus Interactive Arts, Nexus’s sister company.
Kenny Ochoa
Co-Founder
QUIVER
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MJ Olaore
Chief Operational Officer
FIREFISH
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MJ trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, working in both the London and Singapore offices. Her first foray into the media and entertainment sector came when she worked at Independent Television News (ITN), and this began a career-long love affair with the sector. Roles at LBC, Virgin Radio (which then became Absolute Radio) followed, with her responsibilities over time expanding from Finance to include Operations (legal, HR, IT, facilities). She has been Chief Operating Officer at Firefish since 2011, and in this time she has been instrumental in managing its growth from a single UK entity to an eight-company group, with businesses in the USA, Singapore and the Netherlands to add to the growing UK base.
Anton Oliver
Former Captain
ALL BLACKS
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Shaul Olmert
Co-Founder & CEO
PLAYBUZZ
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Shaul Olmert is the co-founder and CEO of Playbuzz, the leading global audience-engagement platform for publishers, brands and agencies to create content people love. A native of Israel, Shaul spent most of his professional career in the United States where he held several senior executive positions in digital media ventures, with an emphasis on games and entertainment content products. Prior to starting Playbuzz, he was vice president of digital products at MTV Networks, responsible for the network’s online gaming content. He also spent time as president of SundaySky, a video marketing company, and was chief marketing officer of the online and mobile marketing company Conduit. Shaul is a director and adviser to many digital media ventures. He holds a master’s degree in interactive telecommunications from New York University.
Milly Olykan
Festival & Events Director
AEG
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As Director of Festivals and Events AEG, Milly Olykan produces festivals and develops new live event content specifically for The O2. These include Country to Country, the UK’s largest country music festival, now in its fourth year, Stone Free Festival, an annual South Asian Music event, Empire Live and BRITs Week. Past events also include independent film festival Sundance London.

Prior to joining AEG her role at IMG Artists and Universal Music included touring and promoting the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, producer of the classical music festival Tuscan Sun Festival, and booking a variety of world music artists. Earlier in her career she worked as an independent concert promoter and managed and tour managed artists throughout US, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association of America.
Jody Orsborn
Co-founder
BACKSCRATCHERS
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Jody Orsborn is co-founder of The Backscratchers, the website that connects brands and companies with the best industry-approved freelance and agency talent for projects. The company is a graduate of Springboard and BBC Worldwide Labs.

She is also a judge for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition and an active DJ.

She was previously Head of Marketing and Promotions for Squeak E. Clean Productions, the music production company owned by Anti- Records artist Sam Spiegel (of DJ duo NASA) and the official blogger/ social media gal for the Railroad Revival Tour featuring Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Jane Ostler
Sector MD, Media, Digital and BrandZ
MILLWARD BROWN
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Jane Ostler joined Millward Brown in 2015 as Managing Director of Media, Digital and BrandZ leading the UK team’s work on digital evaluation with publishers, agencies and clients.

Prior to this, Jane led digital units at Ogilvy, Mindshare and JWT before working in early-stage venture capital. She was then a director at Digital UK, leading on marketing strategy and audience support for the UK’s successful switchover to digital TV. She has also held the role of Communications Director at Digital Radio UK.

Jane is a qualified architect, runs, cycles and swims, and has two sons.