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SGMA Board Member Jim Baugh Ready for Hall of Fame Induction

Date: 4/29/11

SILVER SPRING, MD – April 29, 2011 -- The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Committee is ready to induct two manufacturers and one retailer into the Hall of Fame next week.  One of those inductees is longtime SGMA Board Member Jim Baugh.  Jim’s career in the sporting goods industry started in 1974 when he worked for Converse as a sales representative.  He then accepted an opportunity with Prince in 1976.  In 1984, he joined Wilson Sporting Goods where he stayed until 2003.  He eventually rose to become president of Wilson in 1996.  Since 2003, he has worked on behalf of the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Tennis Association, PE4life, and the SGMA as he realized he must “give back to the industry that has been so good to me.”
During his career in the sporting goods industry, he has been bestowed many honors.  In 1996, The Sporting Life named him as “The Most Powerful Person in Tennis in the Past 25 Years.”  In 1997, Sportstyle rated Baugh as the 7th most influential person in the sporting goods industry.  In 2002, his alma mater (Rider University) presented him with the institution’s highest honor – Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Baugh currently lives in Jupiter, Florida and has his own consulting business working with various companies and associations in the sporting goods and leisure industry.

The other inductees are Tom Raynor (Fleet Feet, Inc.); and Ted Stahl (GroupeStahl).  All three will be honored at induction ceremonies on Tuesday evening, May 3, during the 47th Annual NSGA Management Conference & 13th Annual Team Dealer Summit (May 1-4; Loews Ventana Canyon; Tucson, Arizona).

“Election to the Hall of Fame is the highest honor one can achieve in the sporting goods industry, and these inductees are worthy of that distinction,” said NSGA Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Bob Dickman.

Since 1956, the sporting goods industry has honored its pioneers, innovators and leaders, and the election of the 2011 inductees brings the total number of Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Famers to 150.

The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame was created in 1955 to honor the pioneers, innovators, and leaders who built the sporting goods industry and to help recognize and encourage excellence within the sporting goods industry.  Among the criteria for manufacturers to be elected to the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame are: (1) The development and successful production of products, which significantly improve sports performance, and (2) the introduction of significant safety factors for sporting goods products. All innovations must be substantiated. Retailers/dealers must demonstrate innovation and leadership, as well as participation in industry-wide activities. Monetary success is not a determining factor.

The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony is co-sponsored by GE Money; Messe München GmbH (ISPO); Mizuno USA; New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.; and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry.  SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fostering participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy.  More information about SGMA membership and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com.

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