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SportsEngine Adds Four Vice Presidents to Its Lineup

SportsEngine pulled off an impressive “Quad VP Addition” play today, announcing four new vice presidents to the Minneapolis company’s roster. A release outline the new teammates.

  • Shawn Burk (Saint Cloud University): The new IT leader, Burk will head up “IT operations and data and business intelligence.” Burk previously served in regional and global leadership roles for Cargill.
  • Valerie Just (Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Concordia University, St. Paul): Just, the vice president of human resources, is a 12-year veteran of Comcast and has a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications and a Master’s in Human Resource Management.
  • Dave Micko (University of Minnesota, University of Illinois): Previously of Bluestem Brands, Fingerhut, Green Tree Financial, and Best Buy, Micko will serve as the vice president of engineering.
  • Sarah Barber (Marshall University, University of Virginia, Columbia University): Armed with a Bachelor’s in Economics, a Master’s in Statistics, and an executive education in organizational leadership, Barber (who is in fact not the sister of Ronde and Tiki) will be joining the ranks as the vice president of finance.

Brian Bell, SportsEngine head coach CEO, had nothing but positive things to say about the new additions.

“Every day I am inspired by the team we have built, the mission we serve, and the opportunities ahead of us,” Bell said in the release. “I’m thankful to have these leaders join us as we continue to introduce products that will make our customers’ lives easier and enhance the youth sports experience for parents, coaches and athletes.”

SportsEngine provides Sport Relationship Management (SRM) systems for hundreds of thousands of youth, amateur, and professional organizations. Before being acquired by NBC in 2016 for an undisclosed amount, the company was known as Sport Ngin. While Brian Bell was appointed to succeed original founder Justin Kaufenberg (who later joined Rally Ventures) late last year, replacements have not yet been announced for the other two founders, CTO Greg Blasko and principal designer Carson Kipfer, who also departed in 2019.

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