boston marathon race director dave mcgillivray to speak at nsga management conference luncheon


Renowned Motivational Speaker Will Share Experiences which Include Run Across the Country


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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (February 6, 2014) – Dave McGillivray has spent most of his life going the extra mile to motivate and inspire others. He completed a fundraising run across the United States in 1978 and is the race director of one of the world’s most prestigious events, the Boston Marathon.

McGillivray will share these and other stories at the National Sporting Goods Association’s 50th Management Conference and 16th Team Dealer Summit in Indian Wells, Calif. McGillivray will speak during the All-Star Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 28.

“We are thrilled to include a highly sought-after speaker in Dave McGillivray to this year’s Management Conference lineup,” said NSGA President and CEO Matt Carlson. “Dave’s background and ability to provide a motivational message will have a tremendous impact on our attendees.”

McGillivray was 23 years old when he ran 3,452 miles in 80 days from Medford, Ore., to Medford, Mass., to raise thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has been in charge of the Boston Marathon the last 23 years and one Boston-area media account said McGillivray “Is at the epicenter of #BostonStrong,” the phrase that captured the spirit and resolve of the victims, first responders and other heroes who handled last year’s tragic bombings at the finish line of the race.

McGillivray also added an inspirational chapter to his story in the way he has battled the heart disease he was diagnosed with in the fall.

More about the Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit

The NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, the longest-running event of its kind and the premier educational and networking event in the sporting goods industry, will also provide plenty of formal and informal opportunities for networking with leaders and colleagues from all corners of the industry at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, which is located near Palm Springs. The event will include a tennis clinic, golf tournament, “Mr. Newsome’s Neighborhood Walk” with Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Famer Mickey Newsome and new opportunities to connect in a social setting.

On Tuesday night, the industry’s past will be embraced with the annual Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. Ira Silberman of Diversified Products and Bob Zide of Zide’s Sports Shop make up the Class of 2014 and will join more than 150 leaders, innovators and industry icons who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1956.

On Monday afternoon, the industry’s present and future will be recognized at the third annual NSGA All-Star Awards Luncheon. Awards will be presented to companies that have made significant contributions to the industry and the 2014 NSGA College Scholarship program recipients will be announced.

Also speaking at the Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit will be Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane on Tuesday, April 29, former NCAA Division I wrestling champion Anthony Robles on Wednesday, April 30 and President’s Council on Physical Fitness Executive Director Shellie Pfohl on April 28. The programs for the general education track and team dealer track are also set. To register for the 2014 Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, which will be held April 27-30, or to get more details, go to the conference site at