by By Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2008
Mark BavaroWhen the New York Giants won two Super Bowls in 1986 and 1990, tight end Mark Bavaro played a pivotal role. Now he's just as important a sales team member for DesignCentrix, a design-and-build firm for the trade show industry. Many exhibit elements such as booths and elaborate displays are built by hand in the company's 60,000-square-foot facility in Elmhurst, Ill. DesignCentrix also rents furniture and handles lighting production for shows and technology for digital signs and kiosks.

"I was looking for a fresh start," Bavaro says of his switch from the financial world, where he spent many post-NFL years, to the convention world. When one of his Wall Street colleagues, Jerry Fitzgerald, went to work for his father, DesignCentrix owner Dennis Fitzgerald, Bavaro followed. "I enjoy representing a product you can touch and see and feel," Bavaro says.