Super Bowl LIV team here looks for business players
Written by Katya Maruri on April 17, 2018
As Miami prepares to host Super Bowl LIV in 2020, the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is looking to curate a list of 300-plus event-ready businesses in 35 business lines to work with Super Bowl event producers as part of Business Connect, the NFL’s special event supplier diversity and inclusion program.
By agreeing to work with the committee, according to the host committee’s website, these businesses will be designated ‘approved’ vendors and will be added to the NFL Super Bowl Business Connect Resource Guide of certified businesses ready to compete for contracting opportunities.
“Several businesses have reached out to work with us,” said Rodney Barreto, founding partner of Floridian Partners LLC and head of the committee. “Holland & Knight has donated their legal services, Cherry Bekaert, a CPA firm in Coral Gables, has donated their services to us, as well as several other companies.”
One company in particular that has extensively worked with the committee, Mr. Barreto said, is the Sumitomo Corp.
“Right now we are working out of the Miami Tower located in downtown Miami, where the Sumitomo Corp. recently unveiled a sky lobby and lounge,” he said. “The management of the building provided us with free office space, putting us close to Bayfront Park, which is where a lot of Super Bowl parties and activities will be taking place.”
The goal moving forward, he said, is to include more local companies in the mix.
“We are looking towards working with a lot of local companies from different industries,” he said. “There is a wide variety of opportunities for businesses to get involved and work with us.”
In addition to looking for local companies to work with, he said, “we are also looking for sponsors and volunteers.”
“We are looking for sponsors at all levels,” Mr. Barreto told Miami Today, “and are looking to add up to 10,000 volunteers.”
“Our intent,” he said, “is to let people know that we are up and running and are actively searching for companies to work with, along with sponsors and volunteers.”
“Hopefully,” he said, “more people will get involved.”