Timothy J. Minard
Founder, Chairman and CEO
With more than 24 years of global expertise in business leadership and innovation, Timothy J. Minard is the founder, chairman and CEO of Sports Challenge Network (SCN). An entrepreneur and technology visionary, he founded SCN out of the realization that while many sports-related applications and offerings exist, none were created as an integrated platform to increase the participation in and connection with the actual sport or game represented. With a proven track record for scaling high-growth, technology-driven ventures and achieving fundamental business milestones, Minard is responsible for establishing SCN’s strategic vision and business goals, as well as providing operational guidance. Minard has focused SCN’s first products on the bowling industry, one of the oldest, most participated sports in the world. He has installed his technology platform in 47 states and 9 countries. Minard’s vision and impact on the bowling industry has been astounding. It has awarded him with Bowling Center Management’s “Business Person of the Year”, an award that had not been given to any individual outside the bowling industry in over 100 years, as well as elected him to the industry’s Hall Of Fame prestigious Board of Trustees and a member of the elite proprietors MUBIG group.
Prior to SCN, as one of the individuals that recognized the impact technology would play in the gaming industry, Minard held several senior executive and management positions at GameTech International, a leading global manufacturer, designer, developer and marketer of interactive gaming equipment, systems and terminals; and Cadillac Jack, a global manufacturer of electronic games and gaming systems. At GameTech International, he served as President of the Video Lottery Terminal and Gaming division and was responsible for guiding the company’s growth as a leader in that sector. Serving as CFO and assistant secretary at Cadillac Jack, he led the finance, accounting, legal, administrative, information systems, human resources, sales and marketing functions on a global level.
Regarded as a trend spotter for his vision and success in the workstation and PC markets, Minard recognized the need to rapidly upgrade legacy computing systems. He served as CEO of TradeUps, Minard pioneered new asset management practices that helped companies use existing computing assets to finance new equipment purchases. He was also one of the early leaders in developing new business models that helped companies streamline corporate growth structures to outsource human resources and other management functions, and served as the executive vice president of product development and marketing at Staffing Concepts International (SCI). SCI grew to become one of the largest privately-held human resources outsourcing firms of its kind. Earlier in his career, Minard served as vice president of Information Solutions, whose software solutions, systems integrations and top VAR status contributed to the success of many of the leading CAD/CAM firms.
An established business leader, Minard has an award-winning background with many honors to his name, in 2017, Minard was named as one of the top “game changers” in sports and technology in the state of Georgia by Hub magazine. In 2013, Minard was selected as one of three Business Person’s of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and nominated for the Atlanta Technology Person of the Year. In addition, Minard was recognized by the worldwide bowling industry as BCM’s “Businessman of the Year” 2012, also was named one of the top 20 technology executives to know in Atlanta, GA, and top 40 executives under 40 in Milwaukee, WI.
Minard is an active member of the elite peer-to-peer networking group Tiger 21. He is also an active participant of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce and Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Minard serves as an honorary member of the board of directors for the Make A Wish Foundation Georgia Chapter and active advisor to the East Lake Foundation. He also served as an executive volunteer for the Executive Volunteer Committee for the 2013 NCAA Final Four, Tour Championship by Coca Cola and US Olympic Committee.