Mimi Sabates Joins Legacy Talent and Entertainment, LLC

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picture%20msCharlotte, NC, October 25, 2011 – Former NASCAR team owner Mimi Sabates has been named Business Development Director at Legacy Talent and Entertainment. Ms. Sabates will lead Legacy Talent’s expansion of its existing talent management division, as well as look to increase the company’s footprint in the sports and entertainment industry. The announcement was made by the founder and CEO of Legacy Talent, Melinda Morris Zanoni.

A native Charlottean and graduate of Furman University, Ms. Sabates has been involved with the NASCAR community since the 1980s when her father, Felix Sabates, formed Team SABCO. Ms. Sabates became a NASCAR team owner when she co-founded HighLine Performance, which fielded a car in the Busch Series for 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, Ms. Sabates worked for the Charlotte Hornets as the local Marketing Director and for the Charlotte Checkers as the Promotions and Merchandising Manager.  Ms. Sabates 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, Chairman of the Ambassador’s Ball for Allegro, and Victory Junction.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to add Ms. Sabates to the Legacy Talent team.  Her experience with the NBA and as a NASCAR team owner makes her a perfect addition as we continue to build Legacy Talent as the region’s premiere Talent Management Company.  I have known Mimi on a personal level for years and am consistently impressed with her ability to bring together productive relationships in our industry”, said Legacy Talent’s CEO.

“I’m very excited to be joining Legacy Talent,” commented Ms. Sabates. “Melinda and her team have uniquely positioned Legacy Talent as the region’s industry leader. My role now as Business Development Director is to build upon that momentum and continue establishing relationships.  I am honored to be a part of such a successful and exciting company.”

Legacy Talent and Entertainment is the most established and recognized full service Talent Management and Entertainment Development Company in the Southeast, and also maintains a presence in Malibu, CA.  Legacy Talent provides professional talent management services to select celebrities, athletes, personalities, comedians, filmmakers, television professionals, actors, hosts, models, artists, announcers, motivational speakers, screenwriters, and authors, including representing exclusive talent and the region’s highest profile celebrities.  The company also develops and represents very select film and television projects.  In addition to entertainment industry experience, the management team has NASCAR, NBA, AHL, legal, marketing, publicity, and operating experience, has participated in transactions valued in excess of $21 billion, and has an extensive network of relationships, including studios, television networks, sponsors, and Fortune 500 Companies, with whom it has closed many high profile corporate endorsements.