Ben C. Sutton, Jr. is the President of IMG College, the largest college sports sponsorship and media company in America. IMG College—named the top college or professional sports property sales organization in the sports industry—represents the television, radio, publishing and digital media rights, sponsorship marketing, as well as ticketing and stadium seating operations of over 100 major universities and conferences across the country. The company manages the largest radio network in the country, distributing more than 33,000 hours of programming to over 2,100 radio stations nationwide. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Collegiate Licensing Company, IMG serves as the exclusive licensing and trademark protection agency for more than 200 collegiate properties, including the BCS, The Rose Bowl, the Heisman Trophy and the NCAA.
Prior to his current role, Sutton spent 18 years as Chairman and CEO for ISP Sports. He founded the company in 1992 and grew the business from its first partner in Wake Forest to a market-leading position of over 60 NCAA colleges and conferences. In 2010, ISP was acquired by IMG.
Sutton, who is a graduate of both Wake Forest University (BA, 1980) and the Wake Forest University School of Law (JD, 1983), is on the Board of Directors of IMG Worldwide, Inc., the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, former Chair of the Board at Forsyth Country Day School, and the Board of Trustees at Wake Forest University. He has received numerous awards including the Wake Forest University Distinguished Alumni award and has been named one of the most powerful sports executives in America by numerous publications.
He also serves as Chairman of The Sutton Family Foundation which is invested in many national and local causes. In addition to underwriting of the construction of Sutton Softball Field at Forsyth Country Day School (one of the top college or high school venues on the East coast) and a family life and youth center in his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC, Sutton recently made the second-largest alumni gift in the history of Wake Forest University to develop the new Sutton Health & Wellness Center on the university campus.