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Vanessa Abukusumo-Whitney, President VMedia – North Atlantic Volleyball Showcase, Known for creative flair, artistic expression and a hard-to-forget name, Vanessa is perhaps best celebrated for her innovative imaginative brand solutions. Her hand in hand relationships with journalists, stylists, producers, prop masters and writers allows her to create specific points of penetration to reach targeted demographics.
She has hosted international events for domestic and foreign media, managed executive media interface; and worked with celebrity endorsements; She is adept at creating solutions for brand integration, global marketing partnerships, sponsorship marketing, new business development and promotion strategies.
She owns a well-honed toolbox that has afforded her a vast track record of personal achievement, all of which she uses daily in the management of VMedia. VMedia is an event and brand management company committed to recognizing opportunities and implementing solutions for an array of clientele through various mediums.
In 2009 VMedia launched The North Atlantic Volleyball Showcase. With it, VMedia has taken on the mission to provide high school athletes with the opportunity to exhibit their skills in front of college coaches in the hopes of offsetting their educational costs.
“It is our aim to connect players with coaches who otherwise would not have the chance to see them play and coaches with recruits who will fit beautifully into their programs,” says Vanessa.
Having guided her own 2 daughters through the training and recruiting tracks she is quite comfortable in her new adventure.
Christopher Feliciano – North Atlantic Volleyball Showcase, Technical Director is the Head Volleyball Coach at University of New Hampshire, Prior to taking the helm at UNH he was the head women's volleyball coach at Rider University for the past eight seasons. Feliciano is the winningest coach in Rider history with 117 victories. The Broncs won 10-plus conference matches each of the last five years, and they have tallied at least 15 wins for six consecutive seasons.Coach Feliciano also served as an Assistant Coach for the Fordham Rams. He is a 2003 graduate of New Jersey City University where he served as the men’s and women’s program’s Head Coach until 2007.
Among his many accolades Feliciano was named the winningest coach in NJCU history with a 117-28 record in 145 matches for a .807 winning percentage and was the 2007 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Coach of the Year. Feliciano also served as head men’s volleyball coach at NJCU for four years from 2004-07, finishing with a mark of 72-54 (.571) and was named the 2005 North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Metro Division Coach of the Year.
Feliciano worked in the Newark Public Schools as a seventh grade Language Arts Instructor, technical director for the YMCA of Greater New York and spent three years as a 16s National Head Coach and mentor at the Atlantic Valley Volleyball Club in Westfield, New Jersey and also serves as Head Select Coach/ Assistant to the Director The World Volleyball Training Center.
Feliciano was a recipient of the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association ’30 under 30′ award.
PrepVolleyball Partners with the North Atlantic Volleyball Showcase (NAVS) to Provide Best in Class Collegiate Recruitment
Tri-State (July 2017) PrepVolleyball and NAVS will begin their partnership with the 10th Annual NAVS showcase in New York at the newly refurbished Queens College gymnasium on December 2, 2017. This alliance affords PrepVolleyball a larger footprint on the East Coast and NAVS the resources to reach more athletes. While NAVS has a proven track record of featuring athlete’s skills and talents, yielding major scholarship dollars; PrepVolleyball is one of the most recognized authorities in the junior volleyball space. “PrepVolleyball is excited to promote the quality teams, athletes and collegiate programs competing on the east coast and looks forward to being a part of the continued growth and prosperity of volleyball in the region,” says Seth Burleigh, COO, Advanced Sports Media/PrepVolleyball.
The collaboration between PrepVolleyball, the leading voice in junior, high school, and collegiate volleyball news, highlights, and player stats, and the NAVS’ formidable $32 million dollars in facilitated scholarships over the last 9 years, creates an opportunity for Tri-State athletes to be at the forefront of high school and collegiate media. PrepVolleyball will expand their brand and reach geographically, as it adds a key regional market presence while allowing the NAVS to increase its visibility. “We’re thrilled to see PrepVolleyball enter our space as we look to grow the game in our region. The addition of PrepVolleyball to the landscape gives our athletes a larger stage for information, exposure, and opportunity,” says Jim Fox, NY Metro Governor, AAU.
This partnership will reinforce the continuation of the NAVS mission statement to connect players to coaches, who otherwise may not see them play, and coaches with recruits who will fit beautifully into their programs, and to educate parents and players on the recruiting process. The showcase features a free recruiting seminar for parents to gain more insight and learn how to navigate the process, and to get some of their questions answered by actual college coaches and experts in the recruiting field. “It’s an absolute pleasure to partner with PrepVolleyball, in our 10th year of service. The ability to upgrade the level of exposure we can provide our participants is really a dream come true,” says NAVS Founder, Vanessa Whitney, a media executive and mother of two former collegiate athletes, the youngest, an All-American, Penn State Graduate and current professional athlete.
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