In 1985, Charles Besser gave up a successful career in law to found Intersport, where he now acts as President and Chief Executive Officer. Based in Chicago, the award-winning company advances global brands through its Programming & Production and Sponsorship & Event Marketing divisions. Under Charles Besser’s leadership, the firm has produced thousands of sports-programming hours and garnered numerous accolades, including Webby, Hugo, and Emmy Awards; an NATPE Mobile++ Award of Excellence; and five Telly Awards. In addition, for five straight years, Intersport earned placement on the “It List” as one of Event Marketer’s top 100 event agencies.
With television programming including the College Home Run Derby, the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, and the Women’s College Basketball Tip-Off Classic, Charles Besser has placed Intersport shows on ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and the FOX television stations. He launched the company’s Sponsorship & Event Marketing division, which earned Best Mall Event Program honors from Event Marketer in 2011, and CelebTV.com, which creates multi-platform programming that has received online views in excess of 1 billion. In 2008, Charles Besser added 20 West Productions to the mix. The subsidiary develops and produces television programs for the A&E Television Networks, LLC; the History, Discovery, and National Geographic Channels; and other major networks.
Charles Besser earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University, where he played on the varsity golf team and earned the McCahill Award, which recognizes outstanding student athletes. He completed his law degree at Marquette University Law School. Devoted to his family and active in the community, Charles Besser supports a number of organizations, including the Joffrey Ballet, Special Olympics, New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled, and the Latin School of Chicago. He serves on the boards of directors of the YMCA of Metro Chicago and Teach For America Chicago Region.