Each year, SMA hosts its annual “Presidents Luncheon,” which honors a sport marketing professional who has in many ways become recognized a leader in the field. The Presidents Speaker is personally invited by the President of SMA and, as such, is one of the SMA's time honored and prestigious awards. Past Presidents Speakers include some of the industry’s most accomplished professionals.


2016 Presidents Speaker

Todd Fischer
Senior Vice President
Global Sports & Entertainment Consulting at GMR Marketing

Todd Fischer is the Senior Vice President, Global Sports & Entertainment Consulting at GMR Marketing, based out of GMR's global headquarters in Milwaukee. Todd has a solid background in sports and entertainment marketing as well as partnership management, an expertise that serves him well supporting GMR's experiential marketing campaigns for an international roster of clients. His reputation in the industry is impressive, and he has touched nearly every facet of the sports and entertainment worlds, and worked hand-in-hand with the most respected properties within both. 

Todd previously worked at State Farm, where he held leadership roles across advertising, media, and integrated marketing. He earned special attention for directing the brand’s sports and entertainment partnership and marketing portfolio, as well as evolving the brand's consumer engagement approach. Some of his most involved integrated marketing platforms included "Discount Double Check" with Aaron Rodgers and "Born to Assist" with Chris and Cliff Paul.

In addition, his marketing experience includes partnerships with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, Disney/Pixar, LPGA, ESPN, FOX, LeBron James, Cal Ripken, Live Nation, AEG, OK Go, Soccer United Marketing, USA Basketball and more than 150+ pro and college sports teams.