The Rugby Business Network Washington D.C. is pleased to announce it's Winter Networking Event to be held Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 5 pm to 8 pm in the Rotunda Room at the British Embassy in Washington D.C.
The event's focus will be on bringing together Washington, D.C. business executives with a passion for rugby, the sport's burgeoning domestic growth and a spotlight on USA Rugby's National Development Summit to be held January 13-15 at Baltimore's Renaissance Inner Harbor.
Headline speakers include:
Dan Payne, USA Rugby CEO
Dan Payne joined USA Rugby as its Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. Payne most recently served as the Athletics Director for rugby powerhouse Life University, where he added 10 varsity sports programs and spurred a growth to over 300 student athletes. In 2009, Payne joined Life University as Director of Rugby and reintroduced their Men's and Women's undergraduate programs as varsity sports where has seen both programs win a total of seven National Championships in both 15s and 7s.
He began his rugby playing career with Old Blue of New York before moving to San Diego, CA and joining Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. Payne would go on to play Flanker and Number 8 for the USA Rugby Eagles during the 2007 Rugby World Cup and later served as an Assistant Coach for the Eagles and Forwards Coach. He became the Head Coach of the San Diego State Men's Rugby program in 2006.
Dan Lyle, Director AEG Rugby AEG Worldwide, NBC Sports Rugby Analyst
Daniel Joseph "Dan" Lyle is the current Director of AEG Rugby and a Rugby Analyst for NBC Sports . Before joining AEG, the former Bath forward was the executive vice president of United World Sports and the tournament director of USA Sevens, the owner and operator of the country's annual rugby sevens tournament.
He took up rugby union aged 23 and debuted in 1994 for the U.S. national team. Lyle earned 45 caps for the US notional team, and captained his side in 24 matches, including 11 wins in those matches (at the time held a record for the most wins all-time by any U.S. captain).
Lyle's move to Bath in 1996 broke new ground, helping them to the Heineken Cup in 1998. A quick, powerful No.8, Lyle was rightly regarded as one of the finest No.8s in world rugby despite his lack of success at international level.Lyle used the curiosity surrounding him, the oddity, as fuel. "I knew that in training or a game I had to be better than Lawrence Dallaglio, Neil Back or Richard Hill," Lyle told ESPN
His quarterback-esque throws mid-match from one side of the Recreation Ground became a wonderfully refreshing aspect of the Premiership's early days. He used his American sports background to his advantage in the game. After leaving Bath he enjoyed a spell with Leicester Tigers, eventually retiring from the game following the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
He became heavily involved in US rugby as Executive Vice President of USA Sevens Rugby. At 45, he is the youngest person going into the US Rugby Hall of Fame, but is in his prime as a leader.
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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
* Because the event is being hosted at the British Embassy, each guest will be required to produce a valid photo ID to gain entrance. Guests must be logged on the Guest List by January 4th.
* NO WALK INS OR PERSONS SEEKING ENTRY NOT ON THE GUEST LIST OR WITHOUT PHOTO ID WILL BE ADMITTED.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
To contact The Rugby Business Network Washington, D.C.: firstname.lastname@example.org 703-966-5253