Hall of famer (National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame), Jerry Solomon has been one of America's top sports marketing executives for more than 20 years. Following his graduation from Columbia University in 1978 with a Master's degree in International Business, Solomon was recruited by the Colgate-Palmolive Company to serve as its liaison to the men's and women's professional tennis tours. In 1980, he moved to Washington D.C. and joined ProServ, the second largest sports marketing and management company in the world. Mr. Solomon was named Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ProServ in 1987 and was elected President in 1990. He left ProServ in 1994 and moved to Boston to launch StarGames, a sports and entertainment marketing, management and production agency.
As founder and CEO at StarGames, Solomon is responsible for bringing back tennis to Madison Square Garden with the now annual BNP Paribas Showdown, which now has a sister event in Hong Kong in 2013. This one night tennis event is now a headline attraction and has featured the top names in both men and women’s tennis. In late 2012, Jerry Solomon introduced World Tennis day; it has developed out of the success of the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York and Tennis Nigh in America. Since its announcement, World Tennis Day has garnered tremendous support around the world.
Mr. Solomon has been named one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports" by The Sporting News and one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People in Figure Skating" by Figure Skating International magazine. He is responsible for for helping to found the Karch Kiraly Scholarship Fund, the KidSport Foundation and the Nancy Kerrigan Foundation. He also taught sports marketing at the University of New Hampshire and is the author of "An Insider's Guide to Managing Sports Events," which was published in 2001 by Human Kinetics.