AYN Management Team
The Active Youth Network management team is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurs and well-seasoned and experienced internet and media executives. Combined, the AYN team has over 70 years of business leadership, advertising sales, media operations and design.
The Company was co-founded by Nick Cavarra who serves as President in 2012. Mr. Cavarra has more than 25 years of experience in the media and internet advertising arena and was the co-founder (1998) of a venture capital-backed operation, Zapotec Software which sold in 2002. Zapotec provided software services to retailers and wholesalers to properly track and manage the $33B co-op and trade allowance process. Before AYN, Nick worked at KUSA-TV (Gannett Broadcasting, Inc.) as a Sr. Account Manager and was one of the top Internet Advertising sales executives in the Company. In 2010, he was nominated as a Gannett Finalist for account manager of the year.
Nick realized there was a need in the market and that thousands of clubs and millions of families need help, “This niche market is under served and in need of consolidation (strength in numbers). By doing so we can help overcome a major problem in youth sports – the rising costs to participate. Through our network, we will assist clubs and schools maintain viability and we will help families maximize their fundraising efforts through affinity or cause-related marketing programs provided by our advertising partners.”
As a youth coach and father of youth athletes, Nick is well versed in the struggles and financial burdens placed on youth clubs, schools and families to have our kids participate in youth sports in this country. Nick has been coaching and is on the communications advisory board at Real Colorado SC. In 2011, he helped take the Real National U19s to the FINALS of U.S. Soccer National Championships. “In all of my coaching years, I have never been more honored and impressed with such an outstanding group of young ladies. It was truly the greatest coaching experience of my life.”
Ms. Leslie Buttorff will serve as Chairwoman of the Board and will provide overall strategy and guidance to the Company. Ms. Buttorff is currently the Founder and CEO of Quintel-MC. Formed in 2002, Quintel has focused on delivering business process improvements using SAP as a tool at a fixed cost to remove the customer from financial implementation risks. Quintel is able to do this and consistently deliver superior implementations for its customers. Quintel has achieved revenues of over $350M over the last nine years.
In addition, Leslie’s experience includes over 20 years in management, marketing, consulting, technical evaluations, and financial analyses in the utilities industry. Her ability to strategically implement successful solutions for clients on a global scale will provide tremendous benefits and experience to the Company.
Chief Marketing Officer
Steve Ruggieri is a seasoned design and marketing executive having created brand concepts for a wide variety of companies. His work includes product and brand designs, communication strategies and for the last ten years websites and applications. He understands the role, design and function play in engaging the end user: The customer.
Steve’s talents are an integral part to AYN being able to provide exciting, easy to use and easy to manage youth sports websites for our members.
Recently, Steve was the Design Director for Creative Circle Media Consulting – designing websites and marketing materials for print and broadcast publishers including platforms for community journalism and special apps. In addition, he is an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Client Services Director
Julie has been with Active Youth Network since November 2014. She came to AYN from the over-the-phone customer support field.
Her goal is to make sure that each client is treated with the same amount of support, and that their needs are addressed as soon as possible. She is constantly learning new ways to make the websites she brings to life reflect the company or group that she is building to for. “Every single one of them (the websites) has its own personality. I want to help you see your vision come true.”
In her spare time, Julie enjoys knitting, watching Netflix and spending time with her son.