Feb 5, 2013

“Business of Sports” Panel for 3rd B&P Industry Icons Event

Entrepreneurs and professionals from throughout the area will have a great opportunity to hear from true sports authorities with a panel on “The Business of Sports,” on February 5, 2013. The cocktail hour event is the third in this season’s Industry Icons series offered by the new Business & Professional (B&P) Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Among the panelists will be Cliff Viner, Florida Panthers General Partner & CEO and Adam Zissman, Miami Dolphins General Counsel. Joe Girvan, ESPN 760 Sports Anchor, will moderate. Premium networking with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (dietary laws observed) will begin at 6:00 pm in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. The speakers will start promptly at 6:30. All are invited to share a terrific evening with a low couvert of $36.

“We’re extremely proud and excited to continue our Industry Icon series with this terrific opportunity to get an insider view of the business of sports with remarkable speakers,” said Robert Marton, who co-chairs B&P with Gary Lesser. “The entrepreneurial vision, skills and stories that our speakers will generously share will be of high interest and value far beyond sports fans, throughout the broad range of industries and professions represented in our new Business & Professional Division.”

“Our new B&P Division is redefining business networking by connecting a diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs from Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach,” added Lesser. “We’re making meaningful professional and personal connections through high-level networking, programs with experts, and philanthropic activities that help us build our businesses as well as our community.”

Registration for the Business of Sports event is available online at www.jewishboca.org/icon. For more information, contact sonnis@bocafed.org or 561-852-3128.

The Industry Icon series will continue on March 20 with Larry Feldman, CEO of Subway Development Corp.

The B&P Industry Icon Event is generously sponsored by BIBBY Financial Services. Commercial Printers is the Federation’s In-kind Printing Sponsor.



Clifford Viner has been involved in B’nai Torah Congregation since 1986 as a Board Member, Chair of Budget and Finance, President of the B’nai Torah Foundation and President of B’nai Torah Congregation.

Cliff has established the Compassionate Care Program at Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service in Palm Beach County. The program provides financial aid and social services to families undergoing crisis. In addition, the program created Camp BreakAway, where over 110 children are sent to camp in Pennsylvania each summer.

Cliff is also very active at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has established ten financial aid scholarships in perpetuity for students unable to afford tuition. At Boston University they have endowed financial aid scholarships in athletics for students unable to afford tuition.

Cliff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.B.A from the Wharton Graduate Business School. He is currently the general partner of AVM, LP a fixed income broker/dealer, and III Associates, a fixed income derivatives money management firm. In addition, Cliff is the General Partner, Chairman and Governor of the Florida Panthers Hockey Franchise.

Cliff has two daughters Elyse, 28, and Amanda, 25.


Adam Zissman joined the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium as General Counsel in August 2012 and oversees all legal matters for the franchise and stadium. In this role, Adam handles a wide variety of transactional, litigation and strategic matters, including team sponsorships, stadium events and NFL matters. He also advises on issues concerning the team’s Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Prior to starting with the Dolphins, Adam served as Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs for NBCUniversal, supporting NBC Sports and the Comcast Sports Group. Based in Philadelphia, Adam managed a wide variety of legal and business issues, including team and league rights negotiations, talent agreements, operational matters and sponsorship and advertising. Previously, Adam was Assistant General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the Washington Redskins and their affiliated companies, where he handled legal and employment matters across all aspects of the team’s business operations.

A graduate of the George Washington University Law School, Adam served as President of the school’s Entertainment and Sports Law Association and earned the school’s Ogden W. Fields Labor Law Award. Adam earned undergraduate degrees in History and Media Studies from the University of Virginia, where he wrote his thesis on The Role of Statistics in Making Baseball America’s National Pastime.

Adam and his wife Sandy currently reside in Cooper City, Florida with their two children, Cooper and Emmett.


All Joe Girvan ever wanted to do was play for the Red Sox. He grew up 45 minutes from Fenway Park, and started every morning by reading the Boston Globe sports page. At some point during his senior year of high school however, (probably about the time he was hitting .263), Joe realized he would have to find another outlet for his passion. After 18 years of snow and cold, he decided to leave New England to study sports broadcasting at the University of Florida.

Joe is now WPTV's Weekday Sports Anchor. You can also hear him on ESPN 760. Since graduating from UF, Joe has remained in the Southeast, primarily in the Sunshine State. Most recently, he was Sports Director for the Gainesville Television Network, and hosted a daily talk show on WRUF Sports Radio 850. He went back to Gainesville after three years working for Bay News 9 and Bright House Sports Network in Tampa. Joe has also worked for WTOC-TV in Savannah, GA, WPMI-TV in Mobile, AL and WCJB-TV in Gainesville, FL. He is proud to have won AP and Emmy awards, along with having a vote for the Heisman Trophy.

Joe is single and lives in Boynton Beach. He is extremely grateful for his loving family and a wonderful group of friends. Joe loves traveling, especially to tropical destinations. He will play any kind of sport, but really lives for wiffleball...because he knows it's as close as he's ever going to get to playing for the Red Sox.