USA City Games’ Team Members
Home Office Team
Billy Frank, Executive Chairman & CEO
Billy Frank is driven to deliver excellence and his work ethic and iron-willed tenaciousness is evident in everything he does. He is a 2016 Fast Pitch Olympian and Gold Medalist at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. As a CEO and Executive Producer of entertainment content, he has created visionary work for major brands, studios and corporations. In partnership with Bank of America, Billy produced a travel program for the 2000 Olympic Games that received high acclaim and was recognized with multiple awards. The experience inspired him to spur a company-wide objective to focus on and deliver transformational content — “projects with heart.” The evolution at Make It Happen Productions led to the decision to acquire the USA City Games, formerly known as the L.A. Watts Summer Games. The dual endeavors allow Billy to merge his personal values with his executive expertise, passion for sports and commitment to give back to the community.
Reggie Turner, Chief Operating Officer
Educated at Stanford and trained as a lawyer at Georgetown, Reggie Turner started his professional career at the sports management firm, IMG, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. He began as an Assistant General Counsel before being tapped to lead the Team Sports Division. Warm weather and new opportunities drew him to California where he joined a firm in Beverly Hills to practice entertainment law. Reggie eventually started his own company, Momentum Management, where he has represented top flight entertainers and athletes for 30 years. In 2008, Turner turned his sights on filmmaking and produced “Before They Die,” a documentary about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. The highly acclaimed film was honored in 2016 with a permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Through it all, Turner has never wavered in his dedication as a coach for youth programs run by the City of Los Angeles. Turner’s commitment to sports, social justice and youth development makes him a natural fit with the values and goals of the USA City Games. As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for USA City Games, Reggie’s focus areas are Capital Development, Strategy Planning and Business and Legal Affairs.
Don Janklow, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Don Janklow is an unstoppable force in creating and executing corporate marketing strategies and developing sponsorship activation programs. Janklow’s eponymous company spearheaded marketing and sales for the L.A. Marathon for 20 years. Additionally, he has created successful marketing programs for events such as the Indy 500 and NASCAR. Making quality corporate level opportunities available to any sized business has become his signature, as is his knack for motivating decision makers, driving sales and elevating project potentials. Out-of-the-box thinking is how he got his start. He is also known for discovering and managing the legendary comedian Andy Kaufman, worked with and promoted Joe Namath, the Bee Gees, Vera Wang and other high profile celebrities and companies). Don’s latest quest is to empower youth through the USA City Games and the competition and ongoing programs it will provide.
Patti Lee, Director of Marketing Communications
Patti Lee’s experience as an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, media expert, and multi-platform storyteller make her uniquely qualified to lead USACG’s marketing communications division. As a reporter, Lee covered some of the country’s most significant news stories, her live coverage of events airing on CNN, FOX, NBC, and CBS. As founder of Leeway Media, she works on developing authentic brand stories with CEO’s at startups and accelerators in L.A., San Francisco and Telluride. She is also a professional public speaker who coaches organizations on effective communications. Patti has a long-standing commitment to empowering kids in underserved communities through sports and education. She served five years on the Board of Managers at the YMCA Bayview-Hunters Point in San Francisco where she facilitated a major grant from Yahoo to fund after-school programs. Patti graduated from Columbia College in New York where she competed on the Varsity tennis and Varsity cross country teams.
Steven Dietch, EVP, Strategy & Business Development
Nick Davidson, USACG Sports Co-Chair
Nick has a rich history of working with youth in sports. He reunites with The Games to share the benefits of his wisdom, direction and love of sports and his desire to develop strength of character, leadership qualities and integrity among youth. He previously performed as Chair of the L.A. Watts Summer Games for two years, including the last year of The Games in 2013. He has more than 23 years experience tutoring, teaching, and coaching youth. Nick is Athletic Director for Locke High School, which was the first site of The Games. Two mottoes have influenced his development as a leader: “Play hard, play smart, stay focused and have fun!”, John Wooden; and The Games Credo, “I will play fair, respect my opponent, win with integrity, lose with dignity, above all, pursue the game with honor.”
Ryland Huyghue, USACG Sports Co-Chair
Ryland is a pioneer in the exciting game of lacrosse. He has been influential in the notable development of America’s fastest-growing sport, and he joins The Games with a vast amount of knowledge and experience as a long-time lacrosse player. From 2011 forward, Ryland served as Lacrosse Chair in the LA Watts Summer Games. Additionally, he has been Head Coach of Lacrosse at UC Irvine, Pepperdine University, Cal State Fullerton, USC and numerous high schools. His knowledge of high school sports competitions adds tremendous value to the logistics of executing all sports in The Games. Ryland has been honored by President Obama for his excellence and exceptional contributions to the sport, and he’s been inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse 2016 Hall of Fame. Ryland is committed to the expansion and development of lacrosse and youth sports nationwide.
Sports Leadership Team
Rod Dixon, VP Youth Development
Rod Dixon is a four times Olympian, Olympic medalist, Olympic Coach, World Champion and Record-holder, and winner of the 1983 New York City Marathon. Rod is The Olympian Coach and Advisor to the USA City Games, connecting with the sports coaches, educating athletes and students. As Director of Coaching and Training for the USA City Games 3K Family Run/Walk, Rod’s mission is for Students, friends and their Families to participate en masse bringing the message of Healthy Activity, Wellness and Nutrition. He is also the founder/creator of the Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON Foundation which is an advocacy program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, Michele Obama – Let’s Move, Let’s Go 5-2-1-0, (Eat Healthy – Get Active) and Partnership for a Healthier America.
Tracy Sundlun, Olympic Track & Field Chair
Tracy Sundlun is the Olympic Track & Field Chair of the USA City Games. He has decades of experience in the sport including involvement in nine Olympics. Tracy was Head Manager of the USA Men’s Track & Field Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. His work in track & field has consisted of everything from coaching to sports administration, leading to many advancements and innovations in the evolution of the sport. Tracy’s work with the USA City Games stems from his beliefs that track & field involves athletes of all ages and should impact all of society.
Tony Lawson, Soccer Chair
Tony has coached soccer since completing his playing days for the Men’s Soccer Team at UCLA in 2003. His time as a Bruin student-athlete, former team captain and member of the 2002 NCAA Champs inspired the dedication of his life to uplifting Los Angeles youth. Tony has 13 years of experience as a classroom educator and is currently a US History teacher and soccer coach at Locke High School, a coach for FRAM Soccer Club in South Bay and he serves on the board of directors for Juggle the World Soccer Club in Compton. He founded The Leysól Foundation to promote positive social change through providing top class athletic and academic services. Tony understands the mission of the LA Watts Summer Games due to their historic beginnings at Locke High School – his boys soccer team participated in the event during his tenure. The mission of the USA City Games to “foster aspiring athletes and students, while providing a health and athletic pathway for them to strive for excellence” speaks to the core of Tony’s being and is reflective of the work in which he has dedicated his life.
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, USA City Games Advisory Board Member
Yvonne was the first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress. She served in Congress from 1973 until the end of 1978. She was the Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the 2nd District (1992–2008). She has served as the Chair three times (1993–94, 1997–98, 2002–03). On March 29, 2012, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Amtrak Board of Directors.
David Simon, USA City Games Advisory Board Member
David has managed the agendas of high-profile government officials, Olympic organizers, and the Los Angeles Sports Council where he currently serves as the President.
Tom Hebert, USA City Games Advisory Board Member
Tom is the former President of The LA Junior Chamber of Commerce – who owned The LA Watts Summer Games until it was acquired by MIHP. Currently, Tom is Board Chair of LA Junior Charity Foundation.
Vicki Israel, USA City Games Advisory Board Member
Vicki is Assistant General Manager, Partnership and Revenue Branch, for the Los Angeles Recreation & Parks. She was instrumental in bringing in middle school athletes ages 12-15 (7th and 8th graders), and the LA Rec and Parks as a venue for the USA City Games qualifiers.
Scott Lange, Strategic Consultant – Marketing Partnerships & Event Production
Scott is accomplished at raising millions of dollars in marketing partnerships to fund and produce live televised events. His experience encompasses co-producing 9 New York City Marathons as EVP/CMO of the New York Road Runners, landing a 5-year Ford entitlement of the Ford New York City Triathlon on behalf of the NY Olympic Bid Committee, and securing partnerships for the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational and the American Century Championship as VP of SFX Sports. Scott has served in business development and executive leadership positions at New York Road Runners, SFX Sports, Havas Impact, Active Network and Moss Sports. Scott serves on board of directors of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts and Advisory Board of the USA City Games™. He resides in New York, NY.
Helen Sanchez, Arevalo Sanchez, PR
Arévalo Sanchez is a full-service public relations firm with public and private sector experience in both the Latin and general markets. The firm’s principals, Helen Sanchez and Jania Palacios have implemented highly successful communications efforts on behalf of Fortune 500 corporations, high profile government agencies, private foundations, community-based and civil rights organizations, and politicians. Helen Sanchez, a partner, has a unique blend of media, community relations/advocacy, corporate communications and social marketing experience in both the Latino and general markets. She has spearheaded a variety of general and Latino market strategic communications, which include management and implementation of media relations for the Los Angeles Mayor’s office (media training, message and press materials development, brand implementation, crisis communications), community relations/grant giving, government relations and collateral development.