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STATE CHAMPS! adds three new experts to staff as part of continuing expansion

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, September 6, 2019, 1:43 pm

SOUTHFIELD — As part of its continuing evolution into a regional sports network, STATE CHAMPS! Network has added a trio of new employees — Chris Landis, Chuck Pellerito and David Bodine — to its already deep bench of experts just in time for start of the 2019-20 school year.

Landis is the general manager for the Indiana branch of STATE CHAMPS!, Bodine is the new social media manager for the company, while Pellerito goes from freelance contributions as a videographer to a full-time multimedia producer.

Born and raised in Indiana’s Blackford County, where he’s made networking with people from all over the Hoosier State a daily part of his life, Landis has been involved with sports since he could say ‘Cincinnati Reds,’ playing, coaching, officiating, writing, photography, booster club president and as an athletic director. Landis has worked with radio and internet broadcasting groups, run social media and websites for a school, and gained sales experience with insurance, newspaper ads and sporting goods.

Pellerito has been a freelance videographer for three years, after graduating with a degree in Digital Media Arts from Specs Howard in 2014. He played baseball and football at his alma mater, Clintondale, and submits entries for the local Horror Film Roulette short film competition.

Bodine comes to STATE CHAMPS! from world of advertising agencies in Detroit, where he managed the digital reputations of clients in a variety of industries. He also has gained experience in marketing and advertising since his graduation from Detroit Catholic Central and Central Michigan University.

STATE CHAMPS! Network is a full-service media company that has been producing professional high school highlights and features, promoting academic and athletic achievement and highlighting the events, lives and accomplishments of high school athletes since 2002. In that span, the talented professionals in front of and behind the cameras have earned 18 Emmy nominations, and won eight, producing content that covers the burgeoning world of eSports, with www.STATECHAMSPeSports.net and robotics, with www.RoboZoneTV.com.

Utilizing cutting-edge technology — including a video streaming application for Roku, Amazon, Chrome and Apple TV to be rolled out in January, 2020 — STATE CHAMPS! Network continues its digital growth. Through its partnership with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Hungry Howie’s and Lawrence Technological University, STATE CHAMPS! Network is on pace this year to double its digital views from 2018.