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Photo: George Pyne
2015 Honoree
George Pyne 1988

George Pyne is the President of IMG Worldwide's global sports and entertainment business, which includes client management, college sports, consulting, IMG Performance (IMG Academy), licensing and U.S. business development.

Under Mr. Pyne's leadership, IMG entered the collegiate business in May of 2007 with the acquisition of the Collegiate Licensing Company and subsequent purchases of Host Communication (fall of 2007) and ISP (fall of 2010). He and his team have successfully integrated and continue to organically grow these businesses.

Mr. Pyne is also a member of IMG's Board of Directors, where he helps to shape the company's strategic initiatives. Additionally, he is on the Boards of 24 Hour Fitness, the National Football Foundation and the Brown Football Association.

Prior to IMG, Mr. Pyne was Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR and the second non-family member in 50 years to join its Board of Directors. During his 11-year tenure, NASCAR emerged as a dominant force in North American Sports. At the forefront of their explosive growth, Mr.Pyne's accomplishments included a $4.5 billion television rights deal in 2005, the $750 million sponsorship of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2004, investments by 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, the creation of a $2 billion licensing business and the recognition of the NASCAR brand as one of the most admired brands in North America.

Before NASCAR, Mr. Pyne worked at the Portman Companies where he helped develop a strategic plan for the company's $2 billion debt restructuring. He was later appointed Executive Director of AMC Events, a division of the Portman Companies that creates and manages marketing events for major sports properties.

Mr. Pyne has been named to the Sports Business Journal's "Forty Under Forty" list three times as well as to the Sports Business Journal's "Hall of Fame." He has also has been named one of Advertising Age's 'Top -100 Marketers' and has been regularly listed as one of the most influential people in professional sports by Business Week and The Sporting News. In 2013, Mr. Pyne was selected as one of the NCAA 2014 Silver Anniversary Award winners and was also the first inductee into the newly formed National Football Foundation's Leadership Hall of Fame.

Mr. Pyne attended Brown University where he served as captain of the football team and earned All-Ivy League and All-New England honors.

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Augustus A. White III, M.D., Ph.D., 1957
2009 Honoree
Steven R. Jordan, 1982
2007 Honoree
Hon. Donald L. Carcieri, 1965
2005 Honoree
Robert A. Seiple, 1965
2003 Honoree
Paul J. Choquette, Jr., 1960
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Joe Paterno, 1950