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Ep. 50 - Bob Bryant


Bob Bryant has had a number of different titles in his career regardless of his role, he feels his job has always been to be a promoter. From working with the circus to connecting Cartoon Network with NASCAR to his current work as President & CEO of the 500 Festival, he feels drawing on all his past experiences has always served him well. In this episode, Bob shares all that goes into planning the 500 Festival, a mission-driven series of community events throughout May leading up to the Indianapolis 500. He also describes how he works with numerous stakeholders – from corporate partners to government officials to volunteers – to put on the events. Bob also describes how his roots as a promoter has helped him every step of the way, from selling minor league hockey tickets to bringing Scooby Doo to Wimbledon and shares advice about the importance of the right attitude when working in sports and how fulfilling it is to see creative ideas fully executed.


Hear the episode here and find show notes below.

Bob Bryant

500 Festival | Indianapolis 500 | Indianpolis Motor Speedway

500 Festival volunteers

One America 500 Festival Mini-marathon

Frank Shorter

Bill Rodgers

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Festival

Salesforce JP Morgan Chase 500 Festival Kids Day and Rookie Run

Delta Dental 500 Festival 5k

500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard presented by Midwestern Engineers

American Legion 500 Festival Memorial Service

AES 500 Festival Parade

Off the Grid Presented by Key Bank

Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light

500 festival board

500 Festival Princess Program

500 Festival history

James Hinchcliffe

Hinchcliffe Misses Field (2018)

500 Festival Open (PGA Tour)

Gary Player

Jack Nicklaus

Arnold Palmer

Brickyard Crossing Golf Course

Indy 500 Traditions (Indianpolis Star)

Indianapolis Final Fours

Super Bowl XLVI

IMS vaccination site (Indianapolis Star)

Ringling Brothers

Disney on Ice

Feld Entertainment

Universal Studios

Cartoon Network

NASCAR Wacky Racing promo

Scooby Doo paint job in 2002, 2009

International Hockey League

Arizona Coyotes

Chicago Bears

Smash Tennis

Tennis Industry Association

ATP Tour

Nickelodeon

French Open

Wimbledon

Butch Buchholz

Vijay Armritraj

Racing Champions

Action Performance

Mattel

Warner Media (formerly Turner Broadcasting)

WWE

Powerpuff Girls

Dale Earnhardt

Jeff Gordon

Rusty Wallace

Stone Mountain tennis

Truist Atlanta Open

Atlantic Station

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Hawks

Cincinnati Reds

Western & Southern Open

Lebron James

PGA Tour Championship

Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson

Tom Brady

Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal

SET PIECES

NY Times The Morning

Yahoo Sports App

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

500 Festival Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube

Indy 500 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Snapchat

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Dave Ramsey

Meb Keflezighi

26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi

Tax Caddy

Hoopla Digital

Miami Dolphins 1972 season

Jim Kiick

Larry Czonka

Wristband by Paul Simon

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