WASHINGTON, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Berndt joins Leading Authorities' Chicago office as senior vice president of Midwest operations. He has more than 12 years of sales and sales management experience. Berndt comes to LAI from Live Nation, where he was the regional vice president in charge of sponsorship sales in 15 markets. At Leading Authorities, Berndt will be working to expand Leading Authorities' presence in the Chicago area, while adding to the company's already large pool of event experts. LAI is very pleased to have him on board.
"Mike's experience and dedication to great customer service will be a great asset to our team in Chicago," said Mark French, the president of Leading Authorities, Inc. "LAI is committed to offering the best speakers, entertainment and meetings services to Chicago area companies and associations. The addition of Mike to our already great team will allow us to grow in this important market."
Prior to serving as regional vice president at Live Nation, Berndt was director of sales for premium seating. He also oversaw the business operations for the Chicago Wolves and spent time in the sales department selling premium seating for the Chicago White Sox. This sports and event experience will prove invaluable as he expands the Chicago market and offers unique event insights and speaker recommendations to his clients.
About Leading Authorities, Inc. (LAI)
Leading Authorities, Inc. is one of the nation's most progressive event design firms, a renowned speaker's bureau, and an award-winning production company. LAI represents thought leaders in business such as AG Lafley and Lee Scott, prominent political figures like Charlie Cook, and Governor Haley Barbour, legendary Americans like General Stanley McChrystal and Dakota Meyer, leaders in foreign affairs like Ambassador Nicholas Burns and General Michael Hayden, and nationally-recognized entertainment acts. Our award-winning video and production departments provide cutting-edge media products and professionally managed events.
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