Thayer Lavielle Speaker
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Thayer Lavielle
Executive Vice President
The Collecive

Thayer Lavielle joined Wasserman in 2011and recently launched and leads the company’s women’s division, The Collective. Prior to the launch of The Collective in 2019, Lavielle also led Talent Marketing and Operations across the company’s Team Sports, Broadcast, Coaching and Women’s divisions as well as the sales and marketing team who are responsible for creating marketing platforms and singular ideas which support our agents in their ability to monetize their talent clients. A brand strategist at heart, she is responsible for creating and launching the processes for analyzing and evaluating talent’s marketability and harnesses the internal eco-system to move from strategy to execution.

Leading up to her current role, Lavielle held the role of EVP, Corporate Growth and Development. Working across divisions to identify emerging trends and opportunities in the global sports and entertainment industries, Lavielle was responsible for the creation of new areas of innovation and growth. From regional growth in China, broad-based business development across brands, properties and talent, and the creation of master brand events, Lavielle’s main goal was growing Wasserman’s network and business.

Prior to that role, Lavielle managed the staff and business around Wasserman’s brand retainer accounts(11). Her client work has spanned the globe across both sports and entertainment for key international clients such as PepsiCo, Microsoft, Diageo and American Express. During her tenure in that position, she managed a staff of 45and revenue over $15million, growing her accounts 10% year over year. Today, she reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer of Wasserman.

Throughout her career, Lavielle has negotiated over $250 million worth of talent, brand, property and venue deals in sports and entertainment. Well-versed in brand and talent strategy, partnerships, events, and hospitality, she has been at the forefront of innovations in consumer engagement, including app development and integration, personalized experiences, retail integration, ticketing and delivering thought leadership. She understands the ever-changing needs of a consumer and how a brand must answer that call.

Lavielle came to Wasserman from Brand think, a full service agency in Charlotte, NC, where, as a partner, she developed a number of projects for sports-related clients. Prior to Brand think, Lavielle led the business initiatives of JR Motorsports where she played the lead role in developing the Dale Earnhardt Jr. brand. Including securing Dale Jr. lifestyle partnerships, creating and managing his charitable foundation, growing and maximizing his fan activities and fan base, and building his production company and bar business from the ground up.

She began her career in journalism as a producer on at ABC News on World News Tonight and Good Morning America and transitioned into the marketing world, working on both the agency side and directly for brands. Her longest tenure was at L'Oreal where she had roles in PR and Marketing, eventually running Lancome’s $400 million promotional marketing business.

Lavielle is a graduate of Colgate University and lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and three children.


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