Zak Brown named in 2011 Forty Under 40 awards; inducted into Hall of Fame

Zak Brown named in 2011 Forty Under 40 awards; inducted into Hall of Fame



INDIANAPOLIS (March 22, 2011) – Zak Brown, Founder & CEO of JMI (Just Marketing International), the global leader in motorsports marketing, has received the distinguished honor of induction into Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame, having been named for the third time as a recipient of the prestigious award.

Brown, 39, was previously featured on the Forty Under 40 list in 2006 and 2007 and has now been inducted into the Hall of Fame, reserved for those who have been honored by SportsBusiness Journal three times, joining other winners from across the North American sports business industry.

SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 Awards program began in 1999 to tribute flourishing executives under the age of 40 in sports business. Each year, upon nomination, 40 winners are selected based on innovation, entrepreneurialism, leadership and influence in the industry.

Under Brown’s leadership, JMI has grown since 1995 to become the premier motorsports marketing agency in the sport globally and is active in all primary series, including NASCAR, Formula 1™, IndyCar, the World Rally Championship, FIA GT Championship, NHRA and MotoGP.

“I’m extremely honored to be inducted into SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame,” said Brown. “It is a true privilege to become part of a group that includes so many people I respect.

“More importantly, this award is a reflection of the unrelenting commitment, professionalism and dedication of the entire team at JMI. They work hard every day of the year to continue delivering value to all our clients and keep JMI at the forefront of its industry. I dedicate this accolade to them, JMI’s partners and friends and of course our fantastic clients, who all make JMI what it is.”

“Our Forty Under 40 program recognizes the very best young talent from the different segments of the sports industry, from teams and leagues, to agencies and media, to sponsors and partners,” said SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Publisher Richard Weiss. 

“This year’s class is another outstanding group of young men and women who are at the top of their game and who wield enormous influence in sports.” 


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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 seek a differentiator through motorsports sponsorship to drive their business.

JMI is an independent, full-service agency representing corporations in all forms of motorsports worldwide. JMI operates eight offices in five countries and manages more than $300 million in annual motorsports investments.

JMI’s client list comprises leading corporations and brands including 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 1™, IZOD IndyCar Series, GRAND-AM, NHRA, FIA GT1 World Championship, and the American Le Mans Series.

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Zak Brown founded JMI in 1995, following a successful international career as a race car driver. He is known as an entrepreneur and as a leader, innovator, deal-maker and influencer of all things commercial in the global motorsports industry. Brown and his team have guided client engagements in all major motorsports series globally, including but not limited to the Formula 1™ World Championship, NASCAR and the IZOD Indycar Series.

Brown has been credited with playing endemic roles in the transformation of motorsports. In 2006, he was recognized with playing a key role in the historic movement that successfully lifted NASCAR’s 50-plus year ban on spirits sponsorship. More recently, he guided UBS in a watershed sponsorship of Formula 1™, including a creative application of branding on the track and trackside surface.

His list of personal awards includes being ranked on the Business Formula 1 magazine ‘Most Powerful in Formula 1’ list, PROMO magazine ‘Marketer of the Year’, and recognized three times in Street & Smiths’ Sport Business Journal Forty Under 40, being inducted into the awards’ Hall of Fame in the process.

Brown speaks at a number of the world’s leading sports business conferences and forums, including Motor Sport Business Forums, IEG Sponsorship Conferences and THE BUSINESS OF MOTORSPORTS IN ASIA summit in Singapore. He is a leading influencer and spokesperson on the industry in the media, including FOX, ESPN and USA Today.

He understands the thrill and commercial power inherent in the sport first hand as the co-founder, owner and driver for a leading sports car racing team, United Autosports. He is also a co-founder and owner of Legends of Motorsports, a historic car racing series.