Journal of Leadership and the Law

Local Attorney Spotlight: Ben Tario

By Mia Chamberlain L'Dec.'17

Ben Tario is the Associate Commissioner of Multimedia, Business Development, and Legal Affairs for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in Greensboro, NC. As an athletic administrator with more than 15 years of diverse experience in collegiate and professional sports, Tario is recognized for his innovation and excellence as a leader in the legal profession and Greensboro community.

Tario’s love for sports began at a very young age, and his passion has translated into years of success in the industry. He received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Florida State University in 2002, Master’s in Sports Administration from Florida State University in 2003, Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2006, and Master’s in Business Administration from Elon University in 2012.

Tario leads the management, drafting, and negotiation of conference-wide contracts and assists with overall fiscal management, budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and insurance programs of the ACC. His leadership over financial saving initiatives has stimulated goal-surpassing organizational and financial performance. In addition, Tario is the primary liaison to multimedia rights partners and sustains a proven record for the successful management and integration of television, digital, and radio rights agreements. With an analytical mind, Tario is solution-oriented and excels in deal structuring and negotiation.

Tario is a visionary leader with proficiencies that consistently drive the ACC on a linear path towards completed objectives. Spearheading the efforts to digitize all Conference-wide contracts, Tario integrated organizational templates, spreadsheets, and algorithms to ensure efficient navigation for key terms and briefings of all conference contracts. His strengths of organization, tenacity, and communication make him an ideal supervisor within the office and across the ACC member institutions.

Tario’s leadership extends beyond the Conference office. At large, he serves as a Council Member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is an Advisory Board Member at the Center for Research in Collegiate Athletics. Tario values the importance of being an active volunteer. Tario volunteers with several organizations, including “Big Brothers, Big Sisters” and Habitat for Humanity, and actively serves on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Cerebral Palsy Association.

Tario’s contagious energy, wealth of knowledge, dedication and perseverance has earned him great respect among his colleagues. The Leadership Fellows applaud Tario for his achievements and for his positive, enthusiastic approach to gaining success in the legal profession.