Name: Bill Bant
Position: Marketing and communications coordinator
Background: Bant grew up in Philadelphia, left for college when I was 17 and hasn’t returned – to live full-time, anyway – to cold-weather climates since. He went to college at the University of Miami and, after graduation, spent 10 years as the special events coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. He moved to the Los Angeles area about 10 years ago and has been working for the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation for the past seven years. Bant, working with a group of friends from college, moonlights as a screenwriter. He has written screenplays for multiple short films under the Waterwell Pictures banner.
What he does: The Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation, established in 1949, is a governing body for park and recreation sports. SCMAF partners with 161 cities in California’s 10 southernmost counties, providing rule books, training for coaches and officials and regional postseason championships for sports such as basketball, track and field, swimming, softball and cross country. He edits the federation’s rule books and its directory and manages its mobile responsive website, among other duties. Under Bant’s direction, SCMAF transitioned onto the Sport Ngin platform in June. Bant said the organization’s old website had a limited amount of space, which meant anytime he posted something new he had to take something off the site. “That was tough,” he said. “We couldn’t keep records from previous years, that type of thing.” Bant, taking advantage of the new site's unlimited bandwidth, created a History page that outlines SCMAF’s origins and includes photos of founders and past presidents and a retrospective video. He used a mix of links, text, photos and other elements to create attractive landing pages throughout the site, most notably the Sports page.
Making his mark: Bant, in an effort to help member organizations manage background screenings, partnered with Sport Ngin as its official risk management partner. “It’s a service to our agencies,” Bant said. “We can say, ‘Here you go, you can do this and it is going to be a lot quicker.’ Before it would sometimes take three weeks to get the results.”
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