MLC CONNECT 2015 | Minute Maid Park
Home of the Houston Astros


MLC CONNECT 2015| Houston

An exclusive gathering of major league creative minds & artist in the graphic design field from around the nation. The objective is to “connect” these professionals in one city for an annual two-day conference. To learn, teach, share new techniques, ideas, concepts, philosophies, software & best practices - to inspire and challenge one another. To nationally network with graphic artists within your specific field of work and gather industry-leading knowledge that can be applied to your individual markets.

The MLC mission is short, sweet & to the point: Gather, learn, return, apply and share.


Todd Radom //

Ricardo Crespo //

Torch Creative //




THU  Evening Event // Welcome Mixer @ Lucky's Pub

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FRI  Full Breakfast, Coffee & Juice //  Pancakes  & sausage @ Union Station, Minute Maid Park

FRI  MLCConnect Sessions // Day 1.1 @ Union Station, Minute Maid Park 

FRI  Network Lunch // @ Phoenicia Food Market

FRI  MLCConnect Sessions / Day 1.2 Union Station, Minute Maid Park

FRI  Rangers vs Astros // Suite Experience @ Minute Maid Park

FRI  Evening Event // After Party + Logo vs Logo Speed Design Tournament @ Bovine & Barley

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SAT  Full Breakfast, Coffee & Juice // French Toast & bacon @ Union StationMinute Maid Park

SAT  MLCConnect  Sessions // Day 2.1 @ Union Station, Minute Maid Park

SAT  Network Lunch @ Tout Suite

SAT  MLCConnect Sessions // Day 2.2 @ Union Station, Minute Maid Park

SAT  Evening Event // Farewell Party @ Hughes Hanger

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SUN  Farewell Breakfast @ Westin Hotel


Opening Remarks // Reid Ryan | Houston Astros, Team President

Speaker // Todd Radom |

Speaker // Torch Creative | Torch Creative

Speaker // Ricardo Crespo |

Speaker // Rob Munz // inMotionNow // Chief Product Officer, Founder

Speaker // Anita Sehgal | Houston Astros, SVP Marketing & Communications

Speaker // Alex Mount // NFL, Art Director

peaker // Mike Zulla | New York Mets, Director, Creative Services

Speaker // Ross Yoshida | Los Angeles Dodgers, Director, Graphic Design

Speaker // Gareth Breunlin // White Sox, Director of Advertising & Design Services

Speaker // Chris David Garcia // Houston Astros, Creative Director

Speaker // Jose Lopez // Houston Rockets, Creative Director

Speaker // Eric Davila | FC Dallas, Creative Director

Speaker // Chris Eric Garcia // Houston Astros, Astros Productions

Speaker // Ryan Smith // Houston Astros, Marketing Strategy

Moderator // Adam Martin // Makers of Sport // Creative Director, Creator


Topics will vary from inspirational/design (guest speakers) to tactical/branding (industry leaders). A unique 50/50 blend to both re-inspire and learn best practices. Essentially everything a sports designer would want to get out of a design conference. Relevant targeted sports specific topics. The tactical topics will range from logo design, uniform design, apparel design website design, stadium destination design, scoreboard design, creative process, creative value, design presentation, creative sustainability, creative collaboration, stadium rebrand, clubhouse/locker room rebrand, campaign development, social media design, fan engagement and more. The inspirational topics will range from shared career success stories, art lifestyle, unique design approaches, career learnings, design inspirations, what are we not doing as major league designers, design trends, how do we stay relevant, design work life balance, the impact of visual communication, creativity sustainability and more.


As a helpful resource, use this budget & email assistant to give your team the CONNECT essentials 



  • Gareth Breunlin // WHITE SOX

  • Toby Ramos // WHITE SOX

  • Danny Harms // WHITE SOX

  • Dave Myslinski //DBACKS

  • Zack Alvarez // DBACKS

  • Sara Bielski // DBACKS

  • Hayden Renning // DBACKS

  • Jeff Harding // BREWERS

  • Molly Arndt // BREWERS

  • Jeff Lee // ANGELS

  • Brian Bisio // GIANTS

  • Aaron Masik // PADRES

  • Justin Gaspar // PADRES

  • Chris David Garcia // ASTROS

  • Alex Grigas // ASTROS

  • Lauren Rubin // ASTROS

  • Larry Provitt // ASTROS

  • Ross Yoshida // DODGERS

  • Sadie Thomas // DODGERS

  • Mike Zulla // METS

  • Graphic Designer // METS

  • Graphic Designer // METS

  • Jose Lopez // ROCKETS

  • Joe Gonzalez // ROCKETS

  • Terrance Daniels // ROCKETS

  • Eric Davila // FC DALLAS

  • Kayser dos Reis // FIRE

  • Dan Bogacz // PIRATES

  • Bree Main // PIRATES

  • Kaitlin Lusty // PIRATES

  • Alex Haloszka // PIRATES

  • Amy Calo // REDS

  • Alex Mount // NFL

  • Jaun Loya // DYNAMO

  • Graphic Designer // DYANMO

  • Walmer Madina // BULLS

  • Blaire Grady // TEXANS

  • Drew Schlosser // COUGARS

  • Matthew Wolf // NYCFC

  • Michelle Cruz // RED BULL

  • Art Director // RED BULL

  • More...

I think everyone had a great time and left feeling energized and inspired (and challenged!) heading into the second half of the season. I came back and raved about the event... we have already decided to come back next year and I am bringing two more of my designers.
— Mike | Mets

MLC Connect was an invaluable experience. Perfect blend of creative inspiration & sharing of practical knowledge, as well as a great opportunity to meet other creatives in our industry. Everything was first-class. Will definitely be bringing my creative staff next year.
— Ross | Dodgers

Absolutely amazing (MLC Connect). It was just plain awesome. I think that’s enough said.
— Tyler | Cardinals

I found it very beneficial and can’t wait to present and share what I gathered from the weekend...
— Jeff | Angels

I’m registering this week for next year. It was fantastic...
— Jose | Rockets

It was truly awesome. Can’t wait for 2015...
— Daniel | Pirates

Was definitely a unique experience. The panels, guests, and one-on-one interactions exceeded my already high expectations, and I can’t wait to attend again next year!
— Juan | Dynamo

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