Company We Keep

RockandSock’Em founder John Eckel has represented and created award-winning programming for many of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, leading brands, sports organizations and governing bodies.  Our team has created and managed sports and entertainment marketing, media relations, media training and crisis management, created StarBranding programing, secured endorsement deals for, created and managed events and developed multi-platform branded entertainment, sports and lifestyle marketing programming for a virtual “Who’s Who” of sports, music, film, TV, fashion talent.  We are proud to have served:

  • adidas
    Managed global sponsorships of World Cup 1994 and 1998
  • Allstate
  • Animal Care Sanctuary
  • Athens 2004 Olympic Bid Committee
    Global PR; managed successful bid and PR program that secured the 2004 games for Athens
  • Brown-Forman
  • Canon
  • Cirrus Aircraft
  • Diageo
  • DirecTV
  • E*Trade
  • Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)  Global PR AOR, major events, wrote class curriculum and taught 12 global educations seminars for FIVB presidents and CMO’s over 4 years
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Frito-Lay
  • Gatorade
  • G. Heileman Brewing
  • Goodyear
  • Herbalife
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC)
    Global PR AOR and crisis management
  • Jenny Craig
  • Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission
  • Marquette University                 Entertainment alumni mentor program
  • Mazda
  • NHRA
    Created, executed 3-5 year branding/marketing/
    PR plan
  • NFL
  • Tournament of Roses Association
    PR AOR for 8 consecutive Rose Bowls and Parades, secured grand marshals
  • Western Union
  • Wilson Sporting Goods Numerous new product launches and endorsement deals
  • XBand Sports
  • Zegna Sport
    Launched the brand; opened Beverly Hills retail store

We have provided strategic counsel and crisis management services for many of the world’s elite sports organizations and companies, including:

  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) bribery allegations crisis, and corresponding sponsorship and media outreach efforts
  • Athens 2004 Olympic Bid Committee
  • Seattle Seahawks in their initial bid to relocate the team to Los Angeles and subsequent sale to current owner Paul Allen
  • Eli Broad’s and Ed Roski’s bid to secure an NFL franchise for Los Angeles
  • Indiana University and then-President Myles Brand (eventual NCAA President) in its separation agreement with head basketball coach Bobby Knight
  • Northwestern University and deceased football star Rashidi Wheeler

  • University of Nebraska, Coach Tom Osborne and Frito-Lay regarding the media cry for suspension of  Nebraska star tailback Lawrence Phillips due to girlfriend assault allegations just prior to the 1995 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
  • IndyCar Racing League in its historic split in open wheel racing
  • Easton Aluminum in its successful effort to prevent the NCAA from banning aluminum bats
  • Various Ford & Mazda vehicle recalls, dealer and union issues, dozens of new product launches, auto shows, etc. as global PR AOR account leader 
  • Developed crisis plan for the 2012 successful re-launch of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (“AVP”) and AVP Tour