TEAM & INDIVIDUAL BRAND BUILDER
Roy Kortmann is entering is 25th season as a division 1 college head softball coach where he has built a culture conducive to winning championships. His teams have played in 10 NCAA regional tournaments, won 11 conference championships, played in 17 of the last 21 conference championship games, and have defeated numerous top 20 nationally ranked teams along the way. Kortmann has directed his staff to 10 Conference Coaching Staff of the Year awards and 3 NFCA Regional Staff of the Year awards. He has built the program with a national recruiting base and has developed 4 Division 1 All-American players and numerous All Region, All Conference, and Academic All Americans. In addition his programs have been in the top 25% GPA for D1 softball schools every year.
Kortmann has used his career work experiences in sales, marketing, and business ownership and applied the principles of success learned to build a nationally recognized softball program. An integral part of the success has been the emphasis he has placed on building a positive brand for his student athletes and his team. The qualities of this strong personal and team brand have been key ingredients that have led to success on and off the field.
Off the field Kortmann has served on the NCAA D1 Softball National Championship Committee, including serving as the chair in the College World Series in 2004. He has served on the USA Today/NFCA D1 Top 25 poll committee, the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee, the NFCA Head Coaches Committee, and the Northeast Conference Sports Committee. He has served as a lead speaker in numerous camps and clinics with particular emphasis on life skills building through sports. Coach Roy is currently pioneering the development of a unique Diamond to Boardroom program for athletes to guide athletes to success across the spectrum of athletics, academics, careers and social dynamics. He has also been a partner for the last 12 years in RiseBall Camps, one of the most respected softball camp experiences in the country for players, coaches, and parents..
Kortmann graduated from Rider College in 1980 with Business Management degree and from Lehigh University in 1982 with an MBA in Business Administration.
TEAM & INDIVIDUAL BRAND BUILDER
Gerry Gribbon has spent more than 30 years in corporate leadership positions. He has served in Executive-level Marketing and Public Affairs roles in 3 health systems in NJ and PA. In these positions, he was responsible for building the brand awareness and reputation management of the institutions and related business entities. His role as Corporate Spokesperson had him representing the organization in all print and broadcast media, appearing regularly on television and radio, where he further strengthened the companies brand in the marketplace.
Most recently, he has served as a Sales and Marketing leader at Johnson & Johnson for the the past 22 years, working on some of the companies largest and most successful pharmaceutical brands. He has also served as a National Sales Director in the companies medical device sector, where, among his responsibilities, he had oversight for the Leadership and Management Development function, helping to grow and develop the companies future leaders. He has coached and mentored many, many individuals as they moved into new and emerging positions of leadership. He has won the prestigious Presidents Circle Award for Sales Excellence 5 times and is the recipient of four J & J Achievement Awards, one of the highest honors the company awards.
He has worked with many young professionals in developing their leadership readiness, with a particular focus in building and protecting their personal brand. He is a frequent presenter/lecturer/keynote speaker and has spoken to thousands of audience members. He has spoken to groups at schools and universities, athletic teams, young professionals, the Womens Leadership Initiative, Rise Ball Camps, and many others.
He has also done extensive work in the non-profit area, working with organizations like the United Way, Big Brothers and various Chambers of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, serving as Chairman for 4 years. During his term as Chairman, the chapter was among the Top 10 chapters nationally in the number of wishes granted to children with life threatening illnesses and embarked on their largest Capital Campaign in history, building a new Corporate HQ.
He received his BS in Marketing from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Monmouth University.