Global motorsports agency consolidates organization structure, names President, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary
INDIANAPOLIS: October 5, 2010 – Just Marketing International (JMI), the global leader in motorsports marketing, promoted several executives as part of its long-term plan for continued growth. Zak Brown, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of JMI, announced three key appointments today which reflect the continued growth of the agency and will increase efficiency across the organization.
At the same time, JMI’s corporate structure has been consolidated into three departments: Operations, Finance & Administration and Partnership Development.
Jon Flack has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of JMI. Flack, previously Executive Vice President of Client Services, now takes increased responsibility for the day-to-day business of the agency and the company’s Operations department.
Kevin Thimjon, Chief Financial Officer at JMI, has been confirmed additionally as Chief Administrative Officer and will lead the Finance & Administration department, which includes human resources, purchasing, travel, legal and IT services together with finance.
Wes Zirkle, the company’s General Counsel, has been announced as Corporate Secretary and sits with Brown, Flack and Thimjon on JMI’s Leadership Team with oversight of JMI’s corporate governance.
Partnership Development, JMI’s sales division, has been organized geographically into three regions: Americas; Europe; and Asia/Middle East under the global leadership of Brown.
“These appointments and structural changes provide JMI with an even stronger platform to deliver excellent client service, drive further efficiency and support the continued goal of sustained, profitable growth,” said Zak Brown. He continued: “Over the past 15 years JMI has developed into the global leader in its field and this is the right time to elevate key leaders in the business.”
“I’m personally spending more of my time doing what I do best: providing our clients with industry leadership and guidance, while bringing new brands into motorsports. Our new senior executive structure gives me the confidence to fully focus on doing just that,” said Brown.
ABOUT JUST MARKETING INTERNATIONAL (JMI)
Just Marketing International is the global leader in motorsports marketing. JMI leverages its insider knowledge, influence and relationships to deliver creative customized solutions to organizations that are looking for a differentiator through motorsports sponsorship to drive their business.
JMI is an independent, full-service agency representing corporations in all forms of motorsports worldwide. With more than 140 staff globally, JMI operates six offices in four countries and manages more than $300 million in annual motorsports investments.
JMI’s client list is comprised of leading corporations and brands, including Apex-Brasil, Crown Royal, DIRECTV, FXDD, Johnnie Walker, LG Electronics, UBS, SUBWAY® Restaurants, UPS and Verizon Wireless.
JMI’s clients participate in all major motorsports series, including NASCAR, Formula One World Championship, IZOD IndyCar Series, GRAND-AM, NHRA, FIA GT1 World Championship, and the American Le Mans Series.
For more information, visit JMI at www.justmarketing.com
ZAK BROWN, FOUNDER, CEO
Brown founded Just Marketing International in 1995. In addition to brokering major sponsorship deals within the most popular motorsports series around the world, he is credited with playing a key role in the historic movement that successfully lifted NASCAR’s 50+ year ban on spirits sponsorship in racing. His work and industry influence has been recognized with awards from BusinessF1 magazine, PROMO magazine and Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and his expert opinion has been sought by FOX, ESPN, USA Today and TIME magazine. A former professional race car driver, Brown has recently revived his driving career by founding a new FIA GT3 team, United Autosports.
JON FLACK, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Flack joined JMI in 2002 and has held overall responsibility for JMI’s client programs in both domestic and international arenas. His experience with corporations such as SBC and Conseco Corporation provided him a strong foundation to lead JMI’s largest division, with a current global team of 95 creating, managing and executing industry-leading programs that deliver against quantifiable benchmarks. Flack’s experience managing sponsorships involving the NCAA, NFL, Conseco Fieldhouse, IndyCar and NASCAR, have yielded insights into ways to maximize efficiency through a single-point-of-contact relationship structure.
KEVIN THIMJON, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Thimjon joined JMI in early 2010 with more than 20 years of financial management experience. He is a Certified Public Accountant who has held a number of senior executive positions, including President and CFO of Bell Industries, a technology solutions company, and CFO of the Systems Integration unit of Stanley Security Solutions, a division of The Stanley Works. Additionally, he has held a number of key roles with ISR Solutions, a high-tech security firm, including Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
WESLEY ZIRKLE, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL AND CORPORATE SECRETARY
Zirkle joined JMI in 2004, with his previous experience as an attorney including nearly five years at CMG Worldwide, where among other clients he represented dozens of celebrities, I [heart] NY® and Evernham Motorsports, a NASCAR team. Zirkle has negotiated some of the largest and most complex contracts in NASCAR, Formula One, Grand-Am, NHRA, ALMS, World Rally and other major series.
Link: JMI Press Release