Speaker Biographies

Stoke G. Caldwell
Received his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College and graduated summa cum laude from law school at Washington and Lee University.  Currently, Caldwell is a partner and member of the Board of Directors of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stoke's practice includes various aspects of sport and corporate law. From a sports law perspective, he represents a variety of NASCAR and other series teams, drivers, sponsors, agents, crew members, licensors and licensees in contract negotiations and disputes, licensing, sponsorships, personal services and endorsements. Clients include Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, and a host of others.  Stoke has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association.

Doreen Lumpkin
A native of Long Island, New York, Ms. Lumpkin received her degree from Howard University.  She is also a graduate of the Public Assembly Facility Management School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Lumpkin is the Manager of the new Guest Services Division of the Greensboro Coliseum complex.  Prior to her current position, Lumpkin started her career in Madison Square Garden in New York City.  She then went on to work in Winston-Salem at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum as an Event Coordinator.  Doreen is an active member of the International Association of Assembly Managers.

Joan LeMahieu
Serves as President of The Parade Company and Executive Director for the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation.  Ms. LeMahieu has 18 years of experience in the event and public venue management industry.  Prior to accepting the position as President of The Parade Company, she served as General Manager of Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, where she was responsible for overseeing the stadium opening and the management of the various entities and operations that comprise the complex.  In 2002, Ms. LeMahieu was recognized by The Detroit News as one of the city's “Business Women of the Year”.  She also was named by Madison Magazine as one of “Madison’s All Time Top 125” in 2003.

Larry Perkins
Has served as the Assistant General Manager of the RBC Center, home of the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion, Carolina Hurricanes, since 2000.  Previously, he served as Vice President of Guest Services & Facility Operations for Giants Stadium and Continental Airlines Arena. During his tenure, he was responsible for diversified management, including analyzing markets, developing quality assurance programs that focus on guest retention and experience, employee moral and management objectives through labor relations, contract negotiations and benchmarking.  Perkins is a published author and has been featured frequently on national Television.

Michael Beale
Serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Beale is a proud 1993 graduate of Elon University.  He furthered his education at Ohio University where he earned a Master of Sports Administration degree.  Beale is responsible for developing and directing the implementation of marketing and promotional campaigns for football, men’s basketball, baseball, and golf.  Beale creates and coordinates the football and men’s basketball ticket programs.  He organizes and coordinates events associated with bowl games, tournaments, and fan rallies.  Beale is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA).

 Dave Cagianello.
Vice President and Regional Managing Director for GM R*Works in the South Central Region located in Irving, TX.  He is responsible for leading the agency’s efforts in the negotiation, planning and management of sponsorships, promotions and events.  Cagianello received his BA in Marketing/Management from Siena College and earned a Master’s degree in Communication Arts from Iona College.  Cagianello is an expert on a number of experiential marketing platforms, including Major League Baseball.  He has led the negotiation and management of five MLB Teams.