Multi-Year Relationship Broadens Chicago-Area Sports Reach for Local Company


EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 26, 2017) – Northwestern University and its athletics multimedia rights holder, Learfield’s Northwestern Sports Properties, announced this week a brand-new, multi-year relationship with Tinley Park-based Proven IT.

             Helping businesses manage and move information more effectively, efficiently and securely, Proven IT immediately assumes the exclusive designation as “Official Document Solutions Provider of Northwestern Athletics”. For the next three years, the company will support Northwestern football and basketball with prominent signage throughout its primary competition venues, including Ryan Field.

            A centerpiece of the partnership calls for a Proven IT fleet of office technology for Northwestern Athletics concurrent with this collegiate athletic season. These state-of-the-art multifunction devices (copiers/printers/scanners) represent a portion of the various solutions (software and professional services) Proven IT promotes for a more efficient workplace.

            For Proven IT, this marks its third notable sports partnership launched in 2017 as similar agreements with the Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox rolled out seven months ago. 

            “We're excited for this valuable opportunity to align our brand with Northwestern Athletics, not to mention gain incredible exposure within the campus community and their passionate fans,” said Proven IT CEO John Cosich. “It’s an honor to have a great organization turn to us for their business needs. Northwestern is a big staple of Chicago’s sports landscape, and we will proudly cheer on the ‘Cats.”

            Proven IT employs more than 200 employees at 10 locations throughout the Chicagoland area. The family-owned business was founded in 2003, is headquartered in Tinley Park and was named to Crain’s Fast Fifty each of the past four years. 

            According to Northwestern Deputy Director of Athletics (External Affairs), Mike Polisky, “We are thrilled to add another thriving, local company like ProvenIT to our corporate partner family. This integrated partnership and overall marketing commitment will have a tremendous impact on our department, and more importantly, will help our staff continue to efficiently deliver in support of our nearly 500 Wildcats student-athletes.”

            An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. In addition to Northwestern, it manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for nearly 130 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.    


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