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ICLA Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

March 29, 2016

CLEVELAND – The International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) has announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. Lewis Hardy, retired chairman of Learfield Licensing Partners, and Cory Moss, senior vice president and managing director at the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), were selected into the ICLA Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the Association’s Annual Convention, Monday-Wednesday, June 13-15 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

"ICLA is proud to recognize Lewis Hardy and Cory Moss with induction into the Association’s Hall of Fame,” stated ICLA President Robin Cooper, assistant director of licensing and trademarks at Indiana University. “Both of these men are pioneers in the licensing industry, having built impressive careers as impactful leaders who delivered results and dedicated their time and energy to bettering the community and those around them.”

Hall of Fame – Lewis Hardy, Learfield Licensing Partners
Lewis Hardy retired from Learfield Licensing Partners in September 2015. During the course of his career, he was instrumental in Champion Products, as a key executive for more than 18 years, allowing the company to become one of the first licensees in the collegiate space. In fact, Hardy is acknowledged for developing Champion’s logo “C.” Additionally, he assisted teams affiliated with the NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLB, USOC, NHL and other recreational organizations in developing uniforms and marketing programs.

Hardy was also a co-founder of the Licensing Resource Group (LRG). He quickly made an impact on the industry by establishing LRG as a viable alternative licensing agency for colleges. Since its inception, and prior to selling the business, LRG had over 250 colleges, universities and athletic conferences as part of its client base. Hardy was an integral part of growing the licensing revenue for each of these institutions. The net effect was to improve the college licensing industry for all stakeholders involved.

 

 

Over the years, Hardy established himself as a deeply caring and devoted friend to his employees and clients, which remains to be true even after his retirement. He is recognized in the field for his genuine personality, his competitive passion for helping grow college brands, and his ability to lead, develop and mentor people professionally and personally.

Hall of Fame – Cory Moss, CLC
Cory Moss has enjoyed a 20-year career in collegiate licensing, impacting the highest levels of the industry and delivering results. Moss currently serves as the senior vice president and managing director of CLC. During his two decades in collegiate licensing, Moss has served in a variety of capacities that have directly impacted client service, growth and operations. He has had the opportunity to have a direct influence on a number of collegiate licensing programs representing a variety of institutions.

Moss is well-known and respected throughout the collegiate licensing and marketing industry. He routinely serves as a spokesperson on collegiate industry-related issues and has been quoted on a range of licensing topics in many media outlets. In addition to his accomplishments at CLC, Moss also served as a member of the NCAA Football Marketing Committee and the NCAA Youth Football Committee, and has been a guest speaker at numerous seminars.

An industry veteran who has had a major impact on the collegiate licensing business and the partner institutions he has served, Moss continues to fight daily to expand the reach of college brands in the retail marketplace and works side-by-side with CLC’s partner institutions to develop customized approaches to their business.

About ICLA: ICLA provides educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of collegiate licensing. For more information on ICLA, please visit www.iclanet.com. ICLA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 51st year. For more information on NACDA and the 15 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.