The Business of Sport
A conversation with Mike Kane and David Nilsson
What is the role of business in sports?
At this lunch, Mike Kane and David Nilsson will discuss the case for involvement by the business community in the sporting world, be it amateur or professional.
About Mike Kane
Mike Kane is CEO and Managing Director of Boral Limited, a position he has held since October 2012. Mike joined Boral in February 2010 as President of Boral USA. He has extensive experience in the building and construction industry, including 24 years in senior executive roles with US Gypsum, Pioneer/Hanson Building Materials, Johns-Manville Corp, and Holcim.
His experience spans a broad range of geographies across America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Boral, he was CEO and Board Member of Calstar Products Inc., a Silicon Valley Clean Technology start-up reinventing exterior building materials for sustainable construction.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Southern Illinois University, a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University's School of Law in Illinois, and a Masters in Science from Creighton University, School of Law in Nebraska.
In 2015, Boral entered into a new sponsorship, which was unique for Boral. Boral entered into a sports sponsorship agreement with the Australian Baseball League, which incorporated the ABL's two major events - the All-Star Game and Championships Series. In 2016, Boral extended its support to the Australian Women's National Team - the Australian Emeralds.
About David Nilsson
Australia’s most well-known baseballer and contributor to the game, David Nilsson signed his first American professional contract in 1987 at age 17, the same year he won the Helms Award for the best player in Australia. He would eventually go on to play eight seasons at the Major League level for the Milwaukee Brewers and became the first Australian to participate in the MLB All-Star Game.
Nilsson's impact on Australian baseball has been longstanding and tremendous. He has played and coached for the Gold Coast Clippers, Daikyo Dolphins, Brisbane Bandits, and Waverly Reds in the old ABL and holds the record for career batting average in the old ABL. Nilsson was also a key member of Team Australia's two most critical international successes, the 1999 Intercontinental Cup (World Cup), in which the team won its first ever Gold Medal, and the 2004 Athens Olympics, where Australia took the Silver Medal. He also appeared for the national team in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, batting for an astonishing .565 average.
In more recent times, Nilsson has led the on-field transformation as Manager of the Brisbane Bandits from cellar dwellers to three-time consecutive ABL champions, developing a formidable core of Australian players. His recent coaching contribution on a national level includes nine years as a Head Coach, Coordinator, and Instructor at Australia’s Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program, as well as coaching several national and state teams.
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