melindaMelinda is a Talent Representative and the CEO of Legacy Talent and Entertainment where she represents some of the highest profile celebrities, athletes, and media companies. Melinda has an extensive network of relationships with TV networks, sponsors, and Fortune 500 companies, with whom she has closed many high profile and lucrative corporate endorsements.  Melinda is also the Managing Member of Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group, one of very few firms in the extended region with a sports and entertainment law emphasis.  Prior to founding Legacy Talent in 2005, Melinda was an attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP concentrating in entertainment, and corporate law representing celebrities, Internet companies, satellite television providers, radio station consolidators, as well as other entertainment- related clients. Melinda has participated in a variety of transactions valued in excess of $21 billion. Prior to Nelson Mullins, she was an attorney with Fagel & Haber in Chicago, IL. Melinda earned her B.S. with Honors in Economics and Business from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her law degree Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. Melinda speaks on the topics of “Motorsports and Entertainment”, most recently at The Racing Conference and “Film Finance”, at “Behind the Scenes: Film & Music Law”. Melinda is a Director of Bouncing Brain Holdings, LLC, which produces the television show “Everyday Edisons,” and is a member of both the Film Board of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, and the NCBA Sports Entertainment Section Council.

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A native Charlottean and graduate of Furman University, Mimi Sabates has been involved with the NASCAR community since the 1980s when her father, Felix Sabates, formed Team SABCO. Mimi became a NASCAR team owner when she co-founded HighLine Performance, which fielded a car in the Busch Series and had a successful season. HighLine Performance partnered with NFL legend Terry Bradshaw to become FitzBradshaw Racing. FBR fielded several teams in the Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, and the Camping World East Series, remained successful through 2009, and was a featured team on the Speed Channel reality show NBS 24-7.

Prior to her NASCAR career, Mimi worked for the Charlotte Hornets as the local Marketing Director and for the Charlotte Checkers as the Promotions and Merchandising Manager. Mimi is well-known for her civic work in and around Charlotte and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of charitable organizations, including Foundation for the Carolinas, the Duke Cancer Institute Board of Overseers, St. Jude, Chair of the Ambassador’s Ball for Allegro, and Victory Junction.

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Samantha has been involved in the entertainment industry since her graduation from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Communication Studies/Public Relations. Prior to joining Legacy Talent and Entertainment, Samantha was a Producer and on-air talent for FOX Charlotte and FOX News Rising, where she was responsible for booking in-studio guests, including music artists, authors, and athletes. Samantha also handled guest relations, event planning, content sourcing, scripts and promo writing, promotion of FOX and viewer interaction through social networking websites. Samantha was an on-air personality at FOX where she hosted a weekly social networking segment focused on keeping up with sports as well as fill in hosting for FOX News Edge.


Mary earned her joint MBA/JD from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut with honors in 2010. Prior to MBA and Law school, Mary graduated from Clemson University with a BA in 2006, cum laude and was on the Dean’s List for all four years. Mary handles all the accounting, finance, and tax matters for Legacy Talent. She also oversees the e-commerce department. Before joining the Legacy Talent team, Mary worked in the trademark/intellectual property department for the parent company for Subway® and for Subway International, B.V. in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Alexis comes from a strong entertainment background, specializing in music/artist management and production. Prior to joining Legacy Talent and Entertainment, Alexis graduated from Clemson University with a concentration in Sport and Entertainment Management and has worked with Red Bull, US Soccer, & iHeart Media. At Legacy, Alexis will be acting as the Talent Coordinator, assisting the team with celebrity appearance requests and bookings, social media management and talent management.

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