Join us for the inaugural event of the Gabelli School Speaker Series, the business school’s monthly lecture series that welcomes visionaries, thought leaders, and executives from many corners of the business world to campus.
Our February speaker will be Mark Nerenberg, vice president of game operations and development for DraftKings, the leading daily fantasy sports company, and co-founder of DraftStreet, acquired by DraftKings in 2014. Moderated by Professor Mark Conrad, this conversation will focus on the entrepreneurial journey, building a daily fantasy sports company, and the future of the industry.
For information on Mark Nerenberg or Professor Mark Conrad, please see their bios below.
Mark Nerenberg, Vice President, Game Operations and Development
Mark Nerenberg joined DraftKings in July 2014 as the vice president of game operations and development. As DraftKings’ official “game master,” Mark continuously reinforces how DraftKings is the game within the game. In his role, Mark oversees all game design and development, game analytics, and game operations.
Mark’s name and passion for fantasy sports are well-known within the industry. After a two-year stint as a derivatives trader at Citigroup, Mark followed his dream and co-founded DraftStreet in June 2009. As their chief product officer, Mark led a world-class product development team and built high-impact, cross-platform innovations that helped drive the user experience and industry forward. In July 2014, DraftStreet was acquired by DraftKings and Mark was brought on to take over all game operations and design for the then-existing seven sports. Since joining DraftKings, Mark has launched five new sports and built a global team of twelve product managers and analysts.
Mark graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in finance. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife.
Mark Conrad, Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at the Gabelli School of Business
Mark Conrad is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Gabelli School of Business. Professor Conrad joined the Fordham faculty in 1987 and, in addition to teaching sports law at the Gabelli School, has also taught courses covering contracts, business organizations, and media law.
Professor Conrad‘s work has appeared in academic, legal, and general-circulation publications. His most recent book, The Business of Sports – A Primer for Journalists (Routledge, 2011), has been cited in leading journals. He is a frequent blogger for Sports Law Blog. He has been interviewed on CNN and for local television stations in New York, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today(online).
In addition to his work at Fordham, Professor Conrad has lectured at Columbia University’s Sports Management Program, New York Law School, St. John’s University/Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE) LL.M program in International and Comparative Sports, and the University of Pittsburgh. He has appeared in numerous panels and symposia. Professor Conrad is also a director at the Sport and Recreation Law Association, a leading academic organization.
Professor Conrad received his BA from City College of New York and his JD from New York Law School. He also holds an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He resides in New York City.
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