At UpField Group, we’re all about innovative thinking. We connect brands
and companies across diverse industries, provide strategic and effective
marketing consultation, and utilize our network of industry professionals
and marketing expertise to help our clients grow.
Mark brings a wide range of sports and agriculture experience to UpField Group, both as an executive and as an athlete. After playing professional football as an NFL tight end, Mark held several roles at Dairy Management Inc. including Vice President of Business Development and Sports Marketing. Mark earned his MBA from Ohio Dominican University and serves as an officer of the NFL Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter.
Chad brings extensive business acumen and an immense financial skill set to UpField Group. His background in new business development, capital markets, and scaling new ventures provides the company with strategic direction and diverse leadership.
Key Accounts Manager
Originally from Indiana, Libby comes to UpField Group after spending time in Colorado working in event planning. She brings with her an eye for detail and knack for organizing that keeps things running smoothly at UpField. On any given day, you can find Libby at a local Chicago coffee shop addressing client needs, creating stellar marketing pieces, and managing our social presence.
Sara (Hessenflow) Harper
Vice President, Engagement & Sustainability
Sara brings to UpField deep knowledge and a broad strategic network that spans across agriculture, sustainability, food & beverage and government sectors. She helps clients build unlikely alliances, communicate their sustainability and authentically expand their social media presence using strategic engagement strategies. Prior to joining UpField, Sara served as the Director of Sustainability & Supply Chain Solutions for K·Coe Isom, a top 100 accounting and consulting firm. Her two decades of work experience include working as a top legislative staffer on agriculture, environment and energy in the U.S. Senate, reaching out to farmers on behalf of the national non-profit group Environmental Defense Fund and working as a consultant to numerous agricultural associations and food companies in the private sector. Sara received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. She grew up in Beloit, Kansas, and is the granddaughter of farmers on both sides of her family.
Nicole Bradley Kastning
Director of Sports Marketing
Nicole joins the UpField team with an incredible background as an Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Sports Marketing Professional. Since graduating from Gonzaga University, she has worked with a number of teams, leagues, organizations, corporations, athletes, events and foundations. She has been involved with some amazing projects from overall brand development, brand strategy, client engagement, events, consulting, management and operations. From developing comprehensive digital strategies for athletes and organizations, to creating and implementing an entire Athlete Player Development program for a Sports Agency, her expertise and experience have covered a wide range of challenging projects. Nicole brings her past experience together to help UpField focus on helping brands grow by creating a strategic business development plan and then executing it with engaging events that bring the brand forward. With Nicole’s extensive experience securing corporate sponsorships and running charity tournaments sponsored by various athletic organizations, we can build up brands using her significant athlete rolodex to connect brands to amazing spokespeople. Nicole also serves as the Tournament Director for the NFL Alumni Chicago Chapter.