Dean Smith

About Us

About Us

“Athletics is to the university like the front porch is to a home. It is the most visible part, yet certainly not the most important.”

David Siroty

mixes Fortune 500 corporate learnings 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 was highly regarded within Realogy, Coldwell Banker's parent firm.

David started Imagine Productions, a marketing and communications consulting firm, in 2016.

 

David is the author of the 2002 baseball book, The Hit Men and the Kid Who Batted Ninth, and founded the Chris Carrino & Tim Capstraw Sports Broadcasting Camp. 

 

He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

David Siroty brings a unique perspective to college sports, a 30-plus year career that

Dave Popkin

Athletics and has a deep understanding of college sports. 

 

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.

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

 

Linda Bruno

Linda M. 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 Conference 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 in the role from 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 variety of 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 leadership 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.

Jay Williams

Jay Williams has carved a long career in and around college athletics. 

He spent 17 years as a collegiate athletic administrator and then the next 21 years in business development and marketing, mostly around athletics and higher education.

He was the first full-time Sports Information Director for both Marist College and Fairfield University and then  11 years as the Associate Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, where he ran the highly successful MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, was in charge of scheduling for men’s basketball, football, and baseball, and wrote the proposals to bring NCAA Championship events to Albany and Buffalo.

 

Jay then spent five years running business development at Phoenix Design Works, where he brought in over 100 new clients, increased revenue by $1 million-plus and helped the firm become the  branding and advertising leader in the collegiate space. 

 

He also spent five years at Eclaro Sports, consulting with smaller schools and conferences with their marketing efforts. 

 

Jay then joined Group LJR and spent four years as a project manager, working on the development and marketing of mobile games, including one targeting college athletics, along with an app for fitness wearables.  

 

Inducted into the MAAC Hall of Fame in 2019, Jay is one of the most well-connected people in all of college athletics. 

 

He is a graduate of Lafayette College.   

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