David Siroty

David Siroty founded Front Porch Athletics in 2018 to bring his passion for marketing and college sports together.

 

David brings a unique perspective to college sports, a 30-plus year career that mixes a Fortune 500 corporate background with a rich on-campus resume. He served as an administrator at the Big East Conference, Seton Hall University and the Northeast Conference before joining CN8, the Comcast Network, a regional network that placed a heavy emphasis on college sports, as its first public relations official. 

 

David then worked at DVC, a leader in the promotions industry, before becoming the Director of Public Affairs at Saint Peter’s College. He also taught undergraduate and graduate sports marketing, communication and public relations classes at St. John's University and Seton Hall University. 

 

David joined corporate America in 2004 and spent 13 years leading global communications for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. He was responsible for all internal and external communication, cause marketing, marketing communication, sponsorships and partnerships. He won numerous awards during his tenure and is highly regarded as a marketing communications innovator and consumer branding expert. 

 

David is the published author and sports business entrepreneur. and founded the Sports Broadcasting Camp in 2001. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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  Top Career Achievements:

  • New York Metro Basketball Writers Association “Good Guy Award”

  • Founder of The Sports Broadcasting Camp 

  • Author of The Hit Men and the Kid Who Batted Ninth 

  • PR News “Lemonade Maker” Award

  • Launched "Most Affordable College Town" Annual Ranking

  • PRSA Silver Anvil Winner for Smart Home Staging Kit

  • Created "Homes for Dogs" campaign leading to 20,000 adoptions

Dave Popkin

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Colton Hower

Dave Popkin brings 25 years of marketing and management experience to Front Porch Athletics. 

 

He has broadcast college sports on several major national platforms, including CBS Sports Network, ESPNU, ESPN3, NBCSports Network and SiriusXM.

 

He serves as the play-by-play voice of Northeast Conference basketball and the CIT on CBSSN.  He also calls games for Seton Hall University, the Big East and the Buffalo Bisons (AAA).

 

Dave also has years of event management, broadcasting consulting, ticket and sponsorship sales and activation, digital marketing, promotions and in-game entertainment. 

 

He also has a rich background in media planning and placement, video production, public relations, media relations and media training.

 

He founded Hilltop Management five years ago after a decade guiding sports marketing agency Positive Impact Partners. 

 

On the marketing side, Dave has worked with such collegiate clients as Seton Hall , American Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Army-West Point, NJIT, UMBC, College Insider Tournament, and others.

 

Dave taught graduate level classes in Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business.

 

Dave is an avid Bruce Springsteen enthusiast and also sings with his band, The Attic, at numerous area benefits.

 

He is a University of Miami (FL) grad.

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Linda  Bruno is one of the nation’s most established college athletic administrators who has held a wide variety of roles at the school and conference levels over her illustrious 35-year career. 

Linda is best known for her 14 years as the Commissioner of the Atlantic 10 where she was instrumental in the league’s growth in men’s and women’s basketball along with the establishment of the Atlantic 10 Network. She served from 1994-2008 becoming one of the most influential women in sports.

Prior to moving to the A-10, Linda spent more than a dozen years as an Associate Commissioner at the Big East Conference where she played a critical role in the league’s emergence working under the late icon Dave Gavitt.

Linda has served on a several NCAA Committees including working as Chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, NCAA Division I Championships Cabinet and NCAA Division I Management Council. Linda also had a leading role in the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association.

Linda founded Bruno Sports Enterprises in 2008 and then teamed with Eclaro Sports to create one of the nation’s top college search firms. She has also headed the Division III Skyline Conference since 2011.

Linda earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Iona where she served as an academic adviser and assistant to the late Jim Valvano.

 

She was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Colton Hower is a Digital Marketing Specialist with extensive experience crafting and executing paid and organic advertising campaigns for businesses across a wide range of industries.

He has deep experience with Facebook / Instagram advertising, Google Search& Display advertising, organic social media marketing, reputation monitoring/management, email marketing, reporting/analytics, leadership and business development.

His data-driven approach to digital marketing and advertising has allowed his clients in expanding their brand awareness, increasing their social followership, and dramatically enhancing their revenue by optimizing their respective sales funnels.

His clients include McDonalds, StretchLab, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance and Freedom Mortgage.

Colton has worked in the athletic departments at UMBC, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh. 

 

He also has extensive fundraising experience where he worked hand-in-hand with the teams at Baylor, SMU, Rice, Miami (OH), UTSA, North Texas, Chatanooga, and Western Kentucky.

 

Prior to his professional career, Colton pitched at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He graduated from UMBC with a B.A. in Media and Communication Studies.

 

He then earned a Sports Industry Professionals degree at Columbia University.

Danny Dahms

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Danny  Dahms is a recent graduate from Rutgers University, where he earned a degree in Communications with a concentration in public relations and strategic mass communication. 

 

He had interned for over a year with before transitioning into a full-time role after graduation.

 

He has assisted and developed a passion for content creation and marketing during his tenure. 

Mariruth Graham

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Mariruth Graham is an advisor to Front Porch Athletics as we utilize her background as a former University of Virginia softball player and work as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College.

After graduation from UVA, Mariruth joined Ferguson Enterprises where she served as a corporate recruiter with a focus on universities and colleges. She then transitioned back into softball at Dartmouth and later served as a high school coach before becoming the lead recruiter for a local real estate company.

David Marine

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David Marine is an advisor to Front Porch Athletics as we utilize his background as the Chief Marketing Officer for Coldwell Banker which has traditionally been a March Madness partner.

He has won numerous awards including creating the highest -rated ad in industry history. He is a member of the Association of National Advertising and currently manages a all aspects of marketing including advertising, promotions, public relations, cause marketing, social media and content.