SVG Chairman Tom Sahara on the State of SVG
The Future Sport event held yesterday in New York City was highlighted by many lively discussions but it was the official passing of the torch from former SVG Chairman Steve Hellmuth to new SVG Chairman Tom Sahara that provided the highlight.
Sahara, who is also Turner Sports, Vice President of Operations & Technology, has been closely involved with SVG since its early days and has led by example both within the organization and with those he works with on a daily basis. Within SVG he has had key leadership roles in education initiatives and outreach programs and also helped make the DTV Audio Group and the Sports Production Safety Group two beacons of how industry associations can change the industry for the better. But in his new role he will not only continue to play a role in those important industry offerings but guide the direction of future SVG events and the organization as a whole.
Following the event Sahara wished to share the following statement with SVG members and sponsors.
“Today was my first event as SVG Chairman and I thank all of you for your enthusiastic support of SVG and my appointment. Ken Aagaard and Steve Hellmuth leave an extensive legacy and I am honored and humbled to be selected to carry the mission forward.
“There are two programs that stand out from the impressive array of initiatives; the Hall of Fame and the Broadcast Fund. The Hall of Fame brings recognition to those who have grown and guided our industry through their inventions, leadership, and creativity.
“At the other end of the spectrum, the Broadcast Fund enables SVG members to give back to those whom we work with everyday but have been toppled by unforeseen hardships. In the year since the fund’s inception 18 broadcast professionals and their families have been helped in their greatest time of need.
“The future holds many challenges for the industry and I am proud to be a part of an organization dedicated in meeting them.”
The Sports Broadcasting Fund was established in 2013 as a way to help industry professionals, whether freelance or staff at sports networks, leagues, teams, or related manufacturers and service providers, find financial assistance in times of need. The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, held each December in New York City, serves as the primary fund raiser for that event as all table sales for that event are donated to assist those in need.