Owner and Founding Member
Brian Nilsen has been deeply involved in the motorsports industry for more than 40 years. A native of Washington and Kitsap County, Brian’s first motorcycle was a Honda Z50. He dreamed of following in his dad’s footsteps by learning to ride as well as him on a Bultaco, an iconic Spanish motorcycle, and pursuing a career in the motorsports industry. Circuit of the Northwest has been a labor of love and he's proud to partner with best-in-class designers, engineers and experienced operators and marketing professionals for the facility.
Joel and The Joel Cohen Group LLC., are long-standing contributors to the world of motorsports. Joel and his team have opened countless new racing facilities and attracted numerous best-in-class racing events in IndyCar, IMSA and MOTOGP, among others. Joel serves as co-owner, founding member and ownership representative for the Circuit of the Northwest.
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Motorsports
Andy has been involved in Motorsports most of his life. From 1979, he has been involved in ownership and consulting for many historic tracks, adding his flair and eye to the success of every project he is involved with. Through decades of management experience, a winning formula has been developed. It is now the core methodology: helping clients and friends in business achieve successful, sustainable and measurable results. The process is called, “The Management Master Plan”.
Chief Information Officer
Tim has worked with technology since his teenage years. He is a Bachelor of Science Graduate from Purdue University. He has utilized his technology skills in many jobs over the years from a Systems Engineer at Apple to Technology Director for Disney's Town of Celebration. Having been born into a KFC family franchise, he views every new project with an eye to his hospitality and customer service heritage.
Director of Motorsports Design
Andy has more than a lifetime of experience in the Motorsports industry. Holding two Bachelors of Science from Purdue University in Land Survey and Structural Engineering, and a Masters of Science in Business Administration, Andy has a unique resumé for the motorsports industry. He has led the development of design, motorsport and entertainment projects like Iowa, Jukasa, Mansfield, Lawrenceburg, Monroe, Pacific Northwest Motorsport Park, Bluegrass Motorsport Park, Prairie Hills Motorsport Park, and Canadian Motor Speedway. Andy makes a great addition to Circuit of the Northwest process.
Director of Sales
Todd is an experienced marketing and sales professional in the world of motorsports. During his career he has opened and secured sponsorships for racing venues in Pennsylvania and Iowa, among other destinations. Todd serves the Circuit of the Northwest in Corporate Team Memberships, as well as facilitating brands to secure sponsorship rights within the venue.
Social Media Director
Caroline has worked in the Social Media Arena for several years and has an eye for detail and design that set her apart from your normal Social Media expert. She has worked creatively with many forms and formats of media files creating movies, tutorials and press copy for clients past and present.
Chief Executive Officer
Steve oversees the growth and all aspects of both KemperSports and KemperLesnik as CEO. He has led the organizations for more than a decade and has influenced the establishment and growth of the company’s sports properties, golf destinations and the agency’s work with leading brands and sports leagues. Steve is known as a forward-looking business leader with an eye to new events and sports marketing initiatives. He is consistently named one of Golf Inc.’s top 10 Influencers in the industry and has been part of the production of USGA and PGA of America championship events, including the U.S. Open and the Senior PGA Championship. Steve is a graduate of University of Chicago Law School and Lawrence University, was a founder of The First Tee of Chicago and currently serves on the executive committee of the Chicago Sports Commission and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President for KemperSports, Ben Blake is responsible for the company’s business development efforts which include acquisitions and leases throughout the United States. He is also responsible for sourcing and the acquisition of third party management contracts in the western US. Mr. Blake is a 38-year industry veteran who has held various senior executive positions at both KemperSports and LinksCorp. Prior to joining KemperSports in 2008, Mr. Blake was CEO of LinksCorp, owner of 30 golf properties in the Midwest and Southeast. Mr. Blake is a graduate of Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Chief Operating Officer
As Executive Vice President, Managed Leasing Services Group for KemperSports, Jim Stegall is the senior operations executive for 76 of the KemperSports third party management properties. He is an 18-year industry veteran who has held various senior operations, sales and marketing positions at American Golf, Troon Golf and KemperSports. Prior to entering the golf industry, he was a senior project director for Xerox Learning Systems and Learning International, which provided training and consulting services for Fortune 500 companies in sales, management and service strategies. Jim is a 10-year veteran of the US Navy and Army National Guard.
Architecture and Engineers
Some of our great groups of architects and engineers who have worked on this project.