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Steve Raab Elected to the Board of Directors for KemperSports, KemperLesnik



Steve Raab Elected to the Board of Directors for KemperSports, KemperLesnik


NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS, August 5, 2019 – Steve Raab, president of SportsNet New York (SNY), has been elected to the Board of Directors for KemperSports and KemperLesnik. As a member of the board, Mr. Raab will share in responsibility for the governance and oversight of financial and management policies, strategic direction, and long-range planning and succession matters.

In his role with SNY – the official television home of the New York Mets, New York Jets, and all things New York sports, Mr. Raab oversees the strategic management as well as development and operation of the multiplatform regional sports network. Over his 14 years at SNY, Mr. Raab established and has continued to grow the brand through Emmy Award-winning original programming as well as enhanced offerings via digital platforms and live game streaming. He has also spearheaded key partnerships including making SNY the official television home of the New York Jets and national champion UConn Huskies men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“Mr. Raab is a respected veteran in the sports industry and leads one of the most important and highly-regarded sports media outlets in our nation’s largest metropolitan area,” said Steven H. Lesnik, founder and chairman of KemperSports and KemperLesnik. “He will bring a wealth of experience to our board and company; we are pleased that he is joining us.”

Prior to working at SNY, Mr. Raab was senior vice president of marketing for ESPN Videogames where he led the re-branding effort from Sega Sports. He also served as senior vice president of marketing and programming for Turner Broadcasting. In this role, he was responsible for acquiring, managing, and marketing TBS and TNT sports programming. Mr. Raab is a leader in the sports media industry, receiving recognition such as CableFAX’s 100 Top Regional Player and being named a Sports Business Journal Power Player. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in political science from Brown University.

Mr. Raab joins Mady and Steve Lesnik and Allan J. Reich, chairman of the board of the Oakmark family of domestic and international mutual funds and a prominent Chicago attorney, on the Board of Directors. An additional outside director is expected to be named to the board at the end of this year.


About KemperSports

Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns, leases and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S. and Caribbean. The company’s award-winning portfolio includes nationally-ranked courses, private clubs, municipal courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF MagazineStreamsong ResortThe Glen ClubDesert Willow Golf Resort; and Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit http://www.kempersports.com.

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About KemperLesnik

KemperLesnik is a leading public relations, event marketing, sports marketing and content marketing agency serving Fortune 500 clients. Ranked among Chicago’s top PR agencies, KemperLesnik produces award-winning campaigns that connect people to brands in innovative ways. With content generation at its core, the agency specializes in delivering integrated communications for leading brands in consumer, corporate, sports and travel and tourism industries. KemperLesnik has managed major national and international events, including the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and numerous PGA TOUR affiliated events, for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.kemperlesnik.com or follow on Twitter @KemperLesnik.



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