SD Sport Innovators (SDSI), announced that John Sarkisian, CEO of SKLZ and SDSI Board Member since 2009, will serve as the Industry Chairman of the Board.
“John has been an invaluable member of the SDSI Advisory Board since the beginning.” said SDSI Executive Chairman Bill Walton. “His experience, knowledge, and true professionalism cannot be matched and we are honored/privileged to have him accept the Chairman of the Board position. He will continue to lead us to the Promised Land – let’s go!!”
San Diego, Calif. - February 6, 2013 - SD Sport Innovators, the business accelerator that connects and drives the growth of Southern California’s vibrant sports innovation economy, is now accepting applications for Springboard 2.0 through March 3.
Sitting still is just about the last thing you would expect from the CEO of a company that thrives on getting people to be more active. So it’s fitting that sitting still is just about the last thing on the mind of Steve Stoloff, CEO and co-owner of VAVi Sport and Social Club, which brings together young adults who want to have fun through sports leagues, social events and volunteer opportunities. Stoloff says that although VAVi’s profitability is at an all-time high, the 10-year-old company has some aggressive plans to ramp up its events department in the next few months.
SDSI continues to make headlines with the cover story feature in the August issue of SD Metro magazine. SDSI Executive Chairman Bill Walton explains the mission of the organization and the pleasure he finds in his role, “We spend all of our time with some of the most interesting and creative people in the world...and our job is to help them. What could be better than that?” John Sarkisian, SDSI board member and CEO of SKLZ, highlights SDSI’s Springboard program, the business mentoring program pairing start-up entrepreneurs with industry veterans to fine tune business plans and prepare for capital. Kevin Flanagan, 2011 SDSI Springboard Graduate and CEO of The People’s Movement - an eco friendly footwear company, stresses the importance of coachability as a key element in success in Springboard, “If you think you have all the answers the program is not for you. But if you think you can learn from people that know more than you, then the opportunities are endless.”
TransWorld Business, July 26, 2012. Creators of ROC Race and Del Mar Mud Runs, VAVi brings sports leagues, events and volunteer opportunities to young professionals in San Diego, offering more than 500 coed sports leagues and fitness classes. “Steve and VAVi are so much more than a perfect fit for our team at SDSI,” says Walton. “VAVi Sport & Social Club is a classic example of a San Diego success story – they connect and drive San Diego’s youth culture through social events and leagues, making sure everyone is having fun and staying active in the process. What could be better…Here we go!!!”.