Indiana Sports Corp. has named Conrad Piccirillo its first Difference Maker Award winner. The organization says the Innovative Inc. president has been “deeply involved' in several projects, including the 2012 Super Bowl bid effort.

November 18, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Conrad Piccirillo, President of Innovative, will receive the inaugural Difference Maker Award from Indiana Sports Corp at the Pathfinder Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 19 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

The Difference Maker Award recognizes an individual who has proven to be a reliable and inspirational leader through their ability to consistently make a meaningful impact in support of the Indiana Sports Corp mission.

“Conrad has been deeply involved in numerous successful Indiana Sports Corp projects, including the 2012 Super Bowl bid effort, but never seeks attention or accolades for his stellar work,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president. “He's the type of person you want on your project team. Our community has a tremendous asset in Conrad Piccirillo.”

As an integral member of numerous bid efforts by Indiana Sports Corp over the years that have secured premier events for Indiana, Piccirillo has orchestrated the visual elements that depict the city’s image, prestige and values.

From his first job with the National Playwright's Conference and the National Theater of the Deaf, to his involvement with the first nine years of ESPN's start-up, to his current position at the helm of Innovative, Piccirillo has earned six Emmy Awards for his direction and contributions to storytelling in sports, news, entertainment, and technology.

In addition to the presentation of the Difference Maker Award at this year’s Luncheon, Jeff and Karen Saturday will be recognized as the Pathfinder Award recipients and Lynn Rogers will receive the Rev. Charles Williams Award. The event is sold out. For more information on this year’s event or if interested in sponsoring the event in 2014, please contact Mike Karnuta at or (317) 237-5004.

Indiana Sports Corp's mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth. A not-for-profit organization, Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Our recent and upcoming schedule of events includes NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Big Ten Football Championship Games through 2015, Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, and much more. For more information, visit

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