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Jimmy Lynn is the managing partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused on sports-related media, marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses.
Prior to founding JLynn Associates, Lynn served as Vice-President, Strategic Development and Partnerships at AOL, where he and his team were responsible for the strategic development and account management of AOL Sports’ strategic partnerships and organizations including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, WNBA, NHL, PGA Tour, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, NFL Players Association, WWF, The Sporting News, STATS, SportsTicker, etc. During his 14-year career at AOL, he was also instrumental in developing AOL Sports into one of the leading global sports destination internet sites.
Previously, Lynn was the Advertising Manager for Home Team Sports, the CBS-owned regional sports network serving the Mid-Atlantic Region (TV partner of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals) and the Promotion Manager for WLTT-FM, the CBS-owned and operated station in Washington, D.C. Lynn also was a member of the Time Warner Sports Forum, which included executives from Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, Turner Sports, AOL Sports, Time Warner Cable, Time 4 Media and Warner Brothers Licensing. The group focused on cross-company sports initiatives for Time Warner.
Lynn currently serves on the Board of Directors of Asian-American LEAD, Super Leaders, Batter Up / DC RBI, United for DC, NFTE and the Giving Back Fund. He was a charter board member of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and the Fantasy Sports Association and a past board member of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Foundation. He is on the Advisory Council of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Capitol Movement Project and the Leadership Council of George Washington University’s Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management. He is a past member of the Advisory Board of San Diego State University’s Sports MBA Program and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
Lynn was one of the 2006 recipients of Time Warner’s most prestigious public-service prize, the “Andrew Heiskell Community Service” award. This award is given to employees who exhibit outstanding leadership and accomplishment in voluntary public service, human rights and/or equal opportunity efforts. Lynn also was recognized in 2008 by Greater DC Cares as one of Washington DC's top 10 rising leaders in philanthropy; as one of City Year's "Idealists of the Year"; and by Year Up as an "Urban Empowerment" award winner.
Lynn is part of the Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University. He teaches “Sports Marketing Strategy” in the McDonough School of Business and is also the “Assistant Professor in the Practice of Sports Industry Management” for Georgetown University's Sports Industry Management graduate program. He has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University.