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Stan Smith of Stan Smith Events IncSTAN SMITH

Chairman

Ranked # 1 in the world in 1971 and 1972, Stan received international acclaim as a world-class tennis player known for his sportsmanship and courtesy. Winner of the US Open in 1971, Wimbledon in 1972, 4-time US Open Doubles Champion, and a member of 7 winning Davis Cup Teams, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and became its President in 2011. He was a founding member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the USA Men’s Tennis Coach for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Stan’s worldwide fame extends to the fashion world with the legendary Adidas Stan Smith shoe (Sports Illustrated Podcast, New York Magazine Article). As Chairman of Stan Smith Events, Stan leads in setting the philosophy of the company and is the primary host of all events. Through his international reputation and affiliations he enables clients to experience exclusive opportunities.

 

Presently Stan is the Touring Professional for Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC, home of the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club. He is a Trustee of Hilton Head’s Heritage Foundation which has raised more than $35 million for local charities. He and his wife, Margie, have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

 

 

Gary Niebur of Stan Smith Events IncGARY NIEBUR

President

Gary's background has encompassed many aspects of sports which include being a world ranked touring tennis professional, Wimbledon competitor, Georgia Tech Assistant Men's Tennis Coach, and motivational speaker.  As President of Stan Smith Events, Gary runs the day-to-day operations. He oversees the creation, sales, marketing, management, and hosting of corporate entertainment based around major sporting, partnership and business events. From Gary's relationships and travel worldwide, he is able to locate and acquire access to unique venues which bring an unparalleled experience to the attendees.

 

One of Gary's dreams since childhood has been to build a children's home. Over the past few years this has become a reality through La Casa de mi Padre in El Salvador. Gary and his wife, Teresa, enjoy investing their time mentoring engaged and newly married couples. Gary and Teresa live in Alpharetta, Georgia, with their daughters Sarah Gail, Lily and Sophia.

 

Molly Kelly of Stan Smith Events IncMOLLY KELLY

Manager of Events

& Client Services

Molly began her career as Special Events Manager at a 5-star resort where she planned and collaborated on hundreds of events which included corporate groups, weddings, and visits by Presidents and dignitaries. She was also part of the team that coordinated the 2004 G8 Summit. In 2007 Molly joined Stan Smith Events and has enjoyed being surrounded by two of her passions – sports and event planning. A former tennis player and team captain for Hollins University, Molly continues to enjoy playing tennis along with traveling, cooking, and supporting the arts. She is involved with various Atlanta charities and non-profit organizations. In addition, she devotes time to her alma mater, Darlington School, through fundraising, and serving as a member of the Alumni Council and Leadership Darlington.

Chris White of Stan Smith Events IncCHRIS WHITE

Marketing &

Event Manager

Chris formerly worked at the American Junior Golf Association for 7 years prior to starting at Stan Smith Events in June 2014. While there, Chris honed his event management skills by directing premier national junior golf tournaments of the highest caliber. His position at Stan Smith Events gives him the opportunity to continue working amidst his passion, sporting events. He loves traveling the world and interacting with new clients at some of the world’s finest venues. A graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, Chris now lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kelli, and their dog, Coosa. When not at events, Chris stays active by playing in recreational soccer leagues and running with his wife.

 

Derrick Thomas of Stan Smith Events IncDERRICK THOMAS

Event Manager

Derrick began his career in the non-profit industry, working with college students on leadership and life development prior to joining an Atlanta start-up company under the mentorship of former and current executives from Chick-Fil-A and Hilton Hotels. Here, he realized his love for building relationships with clients and creating environments where they can have success. Derrick joined Stan Smith Events in 2016, where he has the opportunity to see his two passions, sports and hospitality, collide.  Derrick played baseball for the University of Memphis and graduated with a degree in Marketing.  Derrick was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2009.  Derrick lives in Alpharetta, GA and enjoys traveling, playing soccer and tennis with his wife, Christie and daughter, Ella Kate.

 

Donna Miller of Stan Smith Events IncDONNA MILLER

Office Manager,

Executive Assistant,

Event Administration

Donna began her career in technology, ultimately working as a Systems Development Manager in the IT department of the Coca Cola Company. There she managed the design, development and implementation of many systems for the Fountain, Finance and Marketing departments.  After 14+ years with the company, Donna left Coca Cola to become a stay-at-home Mom.  During this time she worked part-time in the Healthcare industry, managing claims and billing processes for a variety of doctors.  In 2013, with their only daughter in college, she decided to rejoin the work force full-time.  Donna’s project and business management experience brings organizational talents to the company.  She is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she majored in Applied Computer Science.  Donna has been married for 25+ years and lives in Marietta with her husband.  She enjoys home decorating and spending time with family.

Emily Zapata of Stan Smith Events IncEmily Zapata

Book Keeper

Emily began her career as the Business Manager at the non-profit group Christian Youth Theater in Fredericksburg, VA. There she realized how she could blend her degrees and her love for people. Emily moved to Atlanta in August of 2016 and quickly found a home at Stan Smith Events. Emily graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Math and Computer Science from Mars Hill University. Emily lives in Roswell, Ga., with her husband of 15 years and 3 children.  Having played soccer on the college level, she enjoys all sports, especially watching her kids play!  She has also enjoyed training others as a certified Spinning instructor for over 10 years. Additionally, she enjoys being involved with live theater and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Laura Cunningham of Stan Smith Events IncLaura Cunningham

Marketing and Events Administrator

Laura began her career in the Advancement Office at Berry College, working with fundraising and donor stewardship. She then moved to Atlanta to join ATi Tennis Academy, where she coaches some of the top juniors in the South and manages the academy’s marketing, finance, travel, and events. Laura joined the Stan Smith Events team in March 2014, where she thoroughly enjoys bringing her passion for sports, hospitality, and relationship-building together.

 

Laura was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and came to the U.S. to play tennis for Berry College. She enjoys traveling, playing with her dog, Luigi, and playing spikeball with her friends.

Special Projects Team

Lindsay Ernst of Stan Smith Events Inc

LINDSAY ERNST

Event Manager

 

Wimbledon

US Open

Partnership Events

 

Jeff DeJarnett of Stan Smith Events Inc

JEFF DEJARNETT

Event Manager

 

French Open

 

Rob Castorri of Stan Smith Events Inc

ROB CASTORRI

Event Manager

 

Wimbledon

 

Andrea Bolton of Stan Smith Events Inc

ANDREA BOLTON

Event Manager

 

Australian Open

 

 
Stan Smith Events - Exclusive Sports Outings

Meet the Team

World Class Experiences

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Our Events Calendar

Get In Touch

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Our mission is to create and manage events that provide environments which develop quality relationships, resulting in business growth.

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