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Navigate’s Kevin Kane Named “Front Office Sports’ Rising 25”

Navigate Research - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Navigate’s Kevin Kane Named “Front Office Sports’ Rising 25”

Kevin Kane was recently named as one of the Front Office Sports’ Rising 25 in his role as Senior Manager, Data Strategy at Navigate Research. The Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award, established in 2017, was created to honor up and comers in the sports industry.

Before joining Navigate full-time, Kevin graduated from Miami of Ohio with a degree in Marketing and completed internships for the Columbus Crew and Navigate. He joined the team upon graduation and just celebrated his 3rd anniversary.

In Kevin’s years with Navigate he has executed over 25 consultative and valuation projects with MLS teams, making him a leader in the soccer sponsorship realm. He has valued over $650M in sponsorships, created proprietary jersey patch insights reports for most major leagues, and played a key role for clients including the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Rockets, Saatchi & Saatchi, Big 10 Network, and many others. 

“Kevin’s resume of high-impact work, especially in the soccer space, speaks for itself. Beyond that, what sets Kevin apart is his blend of ambition and humility. He always wants to learn more and deliver more for clients,” said Jeff Nelson, President of Navigate Research. “He seeks feedback to improve and he doesn’t hesitate to leverage the experience and expertise of teammates to ensure we’re collectively producing A+ work. It’s exactly the approach you want from every member of the team.”

Kevin values his experience and wants to continue to help facilitate the growth of Soccer and other sports through impactful partnerships and meaningful connections to the fans & community.

 “This award is an honor for me and a tribute to Navigate Research,” said Kevin Kane.  “I never thought that before I was 25 I would be traveling the U.S. and internationally consulting teams on their current and future partnerships. I feel incredibly fortunate that the work I do at Navigate is so closely aligned with my passions. I am very grateful to be working with leaders like AJ Maestas and Jeff Nelson who put our team’s personal growth and wellbeing above all else. I can’t wait to get to know the rest of the 2020 class better, and see this network grow together for years to come.”

Kevin will be recognized at the FOS Rising 25 Award & Gala this fall (date TBA).