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SGMA’s VJ Mayor Tabbed for Association Executive Leadership Program

Date: 5/15/12

SILVER SPRING, MD -- May 15, 2012 – The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) is pleased to announce that VJ Mayor, SGMA’s business operations manager & director of SGMA’s Soccer Industry Council of America (SICA), has been chosen as one of 12 scholars to the class of 2012-2014 American Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE’s) Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). Scholarship recipients will be provided educational programs, career mentorship, and will contribute volunteer services in order to accelerate their careers in the association profession.

"I am delighted to have one of our exceptional young leaders accepted to ASAE's Diversity Education Leadership Program,” said SGMA President Tom Cove.  “VJ is a talented professional who is committed to teamwork in the office.  He is passionate about the sporting goods industry and we are fortunate to have him as part of the SGMA staff.  He will emerge from this educational experience with invaluable educational resources and enhanced leadership skills.  I am proud to have SGMA represented by VJ in this impressive program."

VJ Mayor has been on staff at the SGMA since 2007. In his work with SGMA, Mayor oversees the organization’s Product Integrity Program, manages SGMA’s social media campaign, helps manage the day-to-day operations of the association as its Business Operations Manager, and serves as director for SGMA’s Soccer Industry Council of America.

The DELP scholarship is a two-year program -- sponsored by the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The goal is to prepare participants for future leadership roles and to provide a robust learning experience for its scholars. For more information, visit www.asaecenter.org/DELP.

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, SGMA's Sports Research Partnership, and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com

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