Take a closer look at what makes GameDay Sports tick. Our passion, our experience and our team are the backbone of the organization.
Fifteen years ago we took our life-long love of sports and combined it with years of marketing and sales experience to create this unique organization. We are founded on values of honesty and integrity, with a strong focus on family and quality of life. We bring these values to every client, every partnership and every project.
GameDay Sports was founded in 2001 as our CEO, Galen Beenken, capitalized on years of road-warrior experience in the professional and collegiate sports industries. He set an agenda for growth and profitability and over the years GameDay has achieved that and much more. In the beginning, publishing was at the core of the GameDay business. With clients like the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers, Galen and his team developed key long-term relationships within the NFL and beyond.
Over time, as our clients’ trust and confidence grew, so did the depth and breadth of our business. In addition to seeing continued growth in our publishing division, GameDay has become a full-service sports marketing agency with local and national clients. We are also proud to work with minor league and collegiate sports teams as their multi-media rights holder.
One key to the growth of GameDay Sports has been Galen’s vision to partner with like-minded companies and pursue non-traditional relationships and streams of revenue. As a result, GameDay Sports is positioned to be a leader in the sports media and marketing business for many years to come.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN with offices in Portland, OR and Kansas City, MO, the GameDay Sports team covers our clients from coast-to-coast.
At GameDay Sports we work hard to build strong, long-term relationships with our partners and clients. We’d like for you to get to know our team.
Meet Our Team
As founder and CEO, Galen has taken his passion for sports, combined it with his vast knowledge of the industry and his desire to help companies reach their maximum revenue potential. The result is a national media and marketing organization. If Galen’s not in a meeting or at a game, he’s likely on a beach in a sunny locale or floating along on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes with his son Noah.
Eric is the GameDay Sports go-to guy. As COO, he is at the helm of the organization handling all the operational details. While he may seem like he’s all business, get to know Eric and you will tap into his dry sense of humor and his uncanny ability to remember song lyrics. When he’s not busy holding down the fort at GameDay, Eric spends his free time with the loves of his life, his wife Kim and his daughter Jordan.
GameDay Sports is thrilled to welcome Derrick to the team as Director – Corporate Consulting Division. Originally from Michigan, Derrick came to Minnesota nine years ago with Miller Coors. With extensive sales and marketing experience, Derrick is an expert at growing volume, profit and share. Derrick will be developing partnerships and marketing initiatives that will allow GameDay’s corporate clients to exceed their goals. Derrick and his wife Tish live in Victoria, Minnesota and have two grown daughters, Kristin and Lauren. He enjoys hitting the links and boating on Lake Minnetonka in the summer months, but to keep his sanity during the long Minnesota winters, Derrick does his fair share of travel to warmer climates.
With a background in marketing and advertising, Megan joined the GameDay Sports team in 2014. Her creativity and attention to detail come in handy as she is responsible for a myriad of marketing and publishing projects for GameDay. On the home front, Megan has three active boys, Ryan, Matthew and Nicholas, who play sports year-round and a husband, J.P., who is also in the sports industry. It works out well for Megan to be able to blend her career with her family’s love of sports.
Kylie joined the GameDay team in 2015, bringing her solution oriented approach and strong work ethic to the area of Corporate Development. As a true “people person” Kylie knows that business and relationship building go hand-in-hand and her focus on client satisfaction is unmatched. A life-long athlete, Kylie loves to run and likely logs more steps on her Fitbit in a day than most of us log in a week!