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Frank Nakano, MD Sports & Entertainment Marketing, JPMorgan Chase

Frank joined the Sports and Entertainment team at JP Morgan Chase in October 2011. This newly created group is responsible for aligning the Chase brand with sports and entertainment properties on behalf of multiple lines of business across the retail and wholesale businesses. The team maintains a particular focus on the business outcomes of sponsorship and ability to position Chase among culturally relevant brands. JPMorgan Chase was named Sponsor of the Year in 2017 by the Sports Business Journal.

Primary relationships include the US Open, the Madison Square Garden Company, JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, StartUp Week, Atom Ticketing, Chase Field, Amelie Arena / Tampa Bay Lightning and the newly announced Chase Center set to open in ’19 in San Francisco. The relationship with MSG includes a historic Marquee partnership with sports teams and venues owned by the MSG Company including Radio City Music Hall, Chicago Theater, Beacon Theatre and the Forum in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining JPMC, Frank was Vice President of Marketing Partnerships at the National Basketball Association managing development and relationships with national brands including Nike, HP, Cisco, Taco Bell, Southwest Airlines and others in addition to overseeing the League’s partnership strategy and sales of the US National Team program in lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He has also served as the Vice President at Momentum Worldwide working as agency partner for American Express and Verizon Wireless and 9 years with the National Hockey League in the International Business Development Group.

Frank graduated from Colgate University, currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters while dreaming about life teaching surfing in Hawaii and running a ramen truck.