OUR HISTORY 

Blake Sports Group was founded in 2007 by Dennis Blake as a full-service sports marketing agency specializing in athlete representation, corporate consulting, event management, and global concierge.

 

The company began by recruiting some of the top golfers on the PGA Tour and working with some of the best brands in the world on their sports marketing ventures. Blake Sports Group also was able to create and launch a brand new event on the Web.com Tour in 2008, the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic.

 

In the years since its inception, Blake Sports Group’s portfolio has grown to include some of the greatest athletes in sports–past and present–and partnerships with some of the most respected and recognized corporate brands throughout the world. Blake Sports Group hosts a wide-range of events for our corporate and charitable partners that are second-to-none and excels at providing experiences money can’t buy.

 

From conceptualizing ideas, to securing and contracting with venues and staffing, Blake Sports Group has the expertise to develop, manage and measure extraordinary and unforgettable events from big to small, customized to fulfill a company’s specific marketing and sales objectives.

Meet The Executive Team

Dennis Blake
Darren Blake
Todd Rickenbach
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Dennis founded and currently serves as CEO of Blake Sports Group, overseeing all Athlete Representation, Corporate Consulting and Event Management. Before launching Blake Sports Group in 2006, Dennis was an instrumental leader in the marketing and public relations departments for the Callaway, Top-Flite and Ben Hogan Golf Companies.

 

In 2009 Dennis was chosen to speak at the prestigious Babson Business School Entrepreneurial Forum and was featured in the best- selling book “50 Places to Golf before You Die.”

Dennis serves on the board of the New Jersey Coalition of Inclusive Education (NJCIE) and is a Co-Founder of the Gail Blake Foundation. Dennis is a 1998 graduate of the University of Maryland where he was a 4 year member of the Golf Team.

Darren has a diverse background in all areas of the sports business having served as Vice President of Operations for both the NY Rangers and NY Knicks before starting his career as a sports agent by joining WDG Enterprises as Wayne Gretzky’s agent in 2005.

 

In his role with WDG Enterprises, Blake has fostered relationships with some of the biggest names in business, sports, and entertainment, closing millions of dollars in business for the firm. Blake has brought many of those relationships to the BSG Team as he focuses on player representation and corporate consulting.

Darren is a 1995 graduate of the University of Vermont, where he earned a BA Degree in Business and served as captain of the baseball team.

 

Todd joined Blake Sports Group in May of 2017 as the company’s Director of Golf and Event Management. Prior to joining the Blake Sports team, Todd worked as a PGA Golf Professional at many of the top facilities nationwide and served as the Head Golf Professional at The Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

 

Todd earned his Class “A” status for the PGA of America in 2000. Todd has an extensive background in event management, tournament operations and teaching. Todd played one season on the Golden Bear Tour, and has competed in two National Club Professional Championships. Todd attended Rutgers University where he was a member of the golf team.

Social Responsibility

 

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The Gail Blake Foundation

 

The Gail Blake Foundation was founded in 2013 with one goal in mind, to continue the job that Gail set out to do 30 years ago. Gail spent the last 30 years of her life caring for and educating children with special needs day in and day out. Together with great people like Gail, her foundation will continue her tireless efforts to help the kids that she loved so much reach their dreams and goals.

 

The Gail Blake Foundation is an IRS 5O1 (C) 3 set up to help and support children with special needs. All proceeds from the foundation will be used to fund and support the continued education of these children within the Somerset Hills School district and surrounding areas.