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Meet the 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers

Aaron Flaker and Jim Haddaway Recognized as “Game Changers” by Connect Sports

Aaron Flaker, co-owner and chief business development officer at Athletx Sports Group, and Jim Haddaway, co-founder and CEO of Athletx Sports Group, have been recognized as industry leaders in Connect Sports magazine’s “Game Changers” feature in the fall 2018 issue. Connect Sports is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the sports tourism industry.

Peers in the sports events world nominated Flaker and Haddaway. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect Sports staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources. An annual feature in Connect Sports magazine, “Game Changers” honors innovative leaders who have earned respect from industry professionals and media.

These leaders will be recognized in front of their peers at Connect Sports in Salt Lake City, Aug. 23-25, 2018.

The story detailing Flaker’s accomplishments can be found here.

The story detailing Haddaway’s accomplishments can be found here.

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Connect is a leader in the meetings, events, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. Connect, formerly known as Collinson Media & Events, introduced the popular Marketplace format to the meetings industry and now produces national shows for meeting planners in the Corporate, Expo, Sports, Diversity, Association and Faith sectors as well as other state- and region-specific meetings- and hospitality-focused events. More information about the company's brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com.

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Kyle Cornett

Assistant Director of Operations & Senior Event Director

Started playing the game of baseball at the age of 4 and the game has been apart of my life ever since. I graduated from Eastern High School and hold various offensive records while being 1st team All-State my junior and senior years.I now coach Eastern High School’s JV team. After graduating, I attended Murray State University and played for 4 years.When I’m not at a baseball field, you can find me cheering on the Louisville Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Ravens (Lamar Jackson), deer hunting, playing slow-pitch softball, hanging with friends.

What sport(s) did you play growing up?
Baseball and Basketball

Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Nicknamed “The Kid”, my favorite athlete, along with the majority of other 90’s kids, is Ken Griffey Jr. He changed the game of baseball with his backwards hat, swing, and athleticism in centerfield.