Sponsorship Services

Contact:

Matt Macaluso
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Wesley Zirkle
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KM attorney Wes Zirkle is experienced in the field of sports sponsorship and has negotiated and drafted more than $1 billion in deals during his career. Having served as General Counsel of the world’s largest motorsports marketing agency, JMI, Wes was not only the trusted advisor to its executive team, but many of JMI’s largest clients relied on him for his counsel. Wes personally advised and led the UPS sponsorship team during its negotiations with Ferrari, advised Unilever’s head of marketing and General Counsel during its negotiations with Lotus Renault, advised Verizon and its four regional General Counsels on Verizon’s motorsports programs, and advised Advanced Auto Parts on its sponsorship of a tour for country music duo Florida Georgia Line.

Wes seeks to leverage his extensive background in sponsorship to advise sponsors and sports properties in this new sponsorship market, defined by a culture of careful ROI modeling against the backdrop of marketing opportunity not seen since the early 2000’s.

Wes’ clients, consisting of sports properties, sports sponsors, and their respective agencies, benefit from his global experience of more than 15 years exclusively doing commercial deals in sports and entertainment.

 

Representative Sponsorship Credentials:

 

UPS
  • Primary sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing.
  • Sponsorship of Scuderia Ferrari which also included extensive non-racing commercial rights. 
Subway
  • Primary Sponsorship of Paul Tracy.
  • Sponsorship of Joe Gibbs Racing and personal endorsement of Tony Stewart.
CrownRoyal
  • Primary sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing.
  • Official Whiskey Status of Nascar and various track properties (ISC,SMI, IMS).
  • “Hero” entitlements at Richmond International Raceway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Verizon
  • Primary Sponsorship of Penske Racing.
  • Advised on Sponsorship of NASCAR following Verison’s acquisition of Alltell.
  • “Official Wireless Sponsor” of INDYCAR.
JohnnieWalker
  • Sponsorship of Team McLaren Mercedes.
  • Trackside agreements with the commercial rights holders of Formula 1, the Monaco GP, and the Brazil GP.
FarmersInsurance
  • Primary Sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports.
LG
  • Global Partner of Formula 1 which included various television on-screen rights.
UBS
  • Global Partner of Formula 1.
  • Various trackside agreements with the commercial rights holder of Formula 1.
GlaxoSmithKline
  • Sponsorship of Team McLaren Mercedes
Lenovo
  • Extensive trackside advertising program with the commercial rights holders of Formula1.
DirectTV
  • NASCAR Contingency Program.
  • NASCAR Hot Pass broadcast format.
Hilton
  • Sponsorship of Team McLaren Mercedes.
Aerosmith
  • Aerosmith “Just Push Play” album sponsorship of Heritage Motorsports’ Indy 500 entry.
AdvanceAutoParts
  • Presenting Sponsorship of Florida Georgia Line’s 2017 Tour.
Unilever
  • Clear and Rexona brands’ sponsorship of Lotus Renault F1 team.
JacksonHewitt
  • Associate sponsorship of Roush Racing and Greg Biffle endorsement.
MartiniRacing
  • Primary sponsorship of Williams F1.
ApexBrasil
  • Official Ethanol of INDYCAR.