FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ICLA is proud to announce the University of Montana as its 2019 Synergy Award recipient.

Guided by the leadership of Director of Trademarks and Licensing, Erika Palmer, University of Montana Licensing generated record-breaking royalties this past year. UM Licensing released the 1995 copper and gold throwback football jerseys to honor Dave Dickenson, recent National College Football Hall of Fame inductee, quarterback of the ’95 National Championship squad and Walter Payton award winner. Accompanied by the 125th Anniversary of the university, Palmer’s team also coordinated with Big Sky Brewing Co. to craft Griz Montana Lager, which generated over $250,000. Along with the millions of dollars generated, UM Licensing also continued their efforts to protect the UM Griz brand and strengthened UM’s trademark portfolio development.

“The results are in and the ICLA Board of Directors have selected the University of Montana as the 2019 ICLA Synergy Award winner,” exclaimed current ICLA President Adam Parker, associate director, licensing & trademarks at BYU. “Erika Palmer and her team at Montana were nothing short of amazing in 2018. From earning record-breaking royalties, to 125th Anniversary Griz Lager, plus numerous other programs both on and off campus, Montana ran a licensing program that is very deserving of the Synergy Award. Congratulations!”

More about the University of Montana’s Licensing Program

The University of Montana will be formally recognized as the 2019 Synergy Award recipient at the #ICLA19 Awards Luncheon, Monday, June 10 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

About the ICLA Synergy Award: The Synergy Award is given annually to an exceptional “team” on campus or from a conference that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to collegiate licensing over the course of the past year and directly contributed to the betterment of the industry and their institution or organization. The team must also have made significant contributions to the collegiate licensing industry through innovative or new ideas during the current academic year, played a vital role on campus and in the industry through their leadership, and demonstrated teamwork/involvement from multiple components in the licensing process.

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