For the Love of Sport
Sports are life-changing activities that instill important qualities into athletes and build lasting friendships and memories. Participating in sports teaches teamwork, leadership, and social skills, as well as respect, humility, and discipline—many of us were taught these qualities by coaches and volunteers of sports organizations that we were a part of growing up. We are forever grateful for their impact on our lives—they were, and often still are, our heroes.
At SportsEngine, Inc., we build applications and services to help the heroes of today spend less time on the administrative activities of their organization and more time teaching the qualities of Sport to their athletes. They inspire every one of us every single day. Everything we do, we do for the Love of Sport.
Sport Relationship Management (SRM)
Sport Relationship Management (SRM) is a strategy for connecting and managing relationships between people and organizations through all levels of sport. An SRM system helps governing bodies, leagues, clubs, and teams connect with members, families, and fans to share data, streamline reporting and approvals, and manage programs with intuitive software.
The home of youth sports & leading provider of team, league, and tournament management software.
SportsEngine was founded in 2004 by college roommates Justin Kaufenberg and Carson Kipfer. Both grew up as youth athletes, playing multiple sports with parents that served as coaches and team volunteers.
Over the years, the pair witnessed firsthand the frustrations that youth sport coaches and administrators faced—long nights of shuffling through paperwork, countless hours spent collecting payments, and last-minute phone calls to families about schedule changes. Simply put, their parents were spending far too much time working and not enough time doing what they loved.
Knowing there had to be a better way to manage a sports organization, the duo dreamed up a solution, and the vision for SportsEngine was born.
Since then, we’ve evolved from being a tenacious startup to a leading corporation with nearly 500 employees stationed across the United States. We’ve grown to be “The Home of Youth Sports” by bringing many youth sports-related apps and services into the fold and joining forces with NBCUniversal in 2016—becoming part of the NBC Sports Group family.
While the company has grown, our vision, culture, and values have remained the same. We continue to serve the needs of youth athletes and parents, coaches and team administrators, leagues, associations and national governing bodies with the mission of enhancing the youth sports experience for all and furthering the Love of Sport.
Justin Kaufenberg is Chief Executive Officer at SportsEngine, which he co-founded in 2008. Justin is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company, as well as new growth initiatives. Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated with honors and served as a captain of the UWEC Varsity Hockey Team.
Carson Kipfer is Principal Designer at SportsEngine, which he co-founded in 2008. Carson leads the product design vision and inspires holistic design alignment across the organization. He is a passionate advocate of user-centered design. He evangelizes the SportsEngine cause and core values through communication, events, and experiences and works tirelessly to preserve and enhance SportsEngine culture. Carson holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated with honors. He is a board member of Positive Coaching Alliance—Minnesota.
Greg Blasko is Chief Technology Officer at SportsEngine and oversees product management, infrastructure, hardware, software and IT. Prior to SportsEngine, Greg founded Peak Timing Systems, a national leader in the event and active sports timing industry. Greg holds a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated with honors.
Jason Cuthbertson is Chief Financial Officer at SportsEngine and is responsible for finance, accounting, and various operations functions. Prior to SportsEngine, Jason held leadership roles in accounting, finance, and treasury at NBCUniversal Media, LLC and IBM. Jason is a CPA and holds an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland College Park.
Brian Bell is President at SportsEngine and is responsible for all customer support, inside, enterprise, and network sales activities. Prior to SportsEngine, Brian has held several executive positions at technology companies including President/COO at Code42, Executive Director, Americas Sales at Dell, and VP of Worldwide Sales at Compellent Technologies. Brian holds a BS, Human Factors from the United States Air Force Academy, and an MS, Human Factors from the University of Illinois.
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Anna Klombies is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at SportsEngine and is responsible for leading human resource practices and objectives and focuses on an employee-oriented culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, goal attainment and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce. Prior to SportsEngine, Anna helped build Marketwatch.com, which was acquired by Dow Jones. Anna has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Concordia University, St. Paul, where she graduated with honors.
SVP, PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING
Lee Zukor is Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering at SportsEngine and is responsible for creating products our customers love. Before joining SportsEngine, Lee held executive positions at both large companies and startups, including VP of Product and UX at Bluestem Brands, Founder/CEO at Simplegoodandtasty.com, and Chief Experience Officer at Wize.com. Lee earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University.