Michael Kraner

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Michael is an avid sports participant and fan and believes many of the greatest lessons in life are learned ‘On the Court and Between the Lines.’ Most of these courts were in Brooklyn, NY, his hometown and Bergen County, NJ where he resides with his family.  

Why I’m In This Business

Michael has learned many of life lessons through his involvement in sports. He started out as Pee Wee and Little League Players, turned into competitive High School Athletes and beyond. As he got older, he continued the love of sports through coaching and is still involved sharing Sports with his families and is involved in his community.

As a parent, he realized that while he grew up playing Sports, his children were spending more time on technology and behind many assorted screens. He wanted to make sure to get his kids outside and into healthy positive life habits via sports.

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Michael Kraner has worked in Finance and Technology, helping companies leverage technology to be more successful from both a services and financial perspective. My Backyard Sports is able to apply these benefits and efficiencies into a field that has not yet adopted these key benchmarks successfully to date. 

A Passion For Winning

Michael has a passion for Win-Win Entrepreneurship and providing his clients with a quality product and great value! He has been recognized as a Successful Technology Entrepreneur and past member of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies as well as numerous similar industry lists. Michael started his first company as a college student at Cornell University and then took the company national upon graduation.

Michael’s Favorites

Favorite Sports Quote – It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get. – Arnold Palmer

Favorite Team – Likes all the NY Teams, all under dogs and teams that play the right way.

First Sports Experience -Yankee game with his Dad

Favorite Sports Experience – Youth basketball with his friends.

Matthew Bunis

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Matthew Bunis has a passion for design, healthy living, and all things sports. His connection to sports has taken him all over the world and helped shaped both his personal and professional life. When he’s not in the court or training, Matt heads our quality control department and leads our design studio.

Why I’m In This Business

Matthew Bunis simply would not be the person he is today without the lessons he has learned through sport. Be it the strength of teamwork, the ability to overcome adversity or a strong work ethic, sports continue to play a major role in his personal and professional development. My Backyard Sports provides a great platform for Matt to combine his background in sports architecture and passion for experiential learning,

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Matthew Bunis holds a degree from Syracuse University’s “perennial powerhouse” School of Architecture. During his final undergraduate year Matt combined his passion for sport and design through his thesis, “The State of Stadia, A Critical Analysis of the Modern Stadium”. He has since worked professionally on numerous stadium projects around the world. He also has experience working in the world of high end residential design and resort planning. The common thread throughout his career has been an emphasis of experiential place making.

A passion for healthy living and giving back

Growing up playing sports year round Matt never really thought twice about healthy living. After a debilitating knee injury in college put him on the sideline for 6 months he fell in love with cycling as a low impact way to rehab. Cycling quickly transformed from a rehabilitation exercise into an opportunity to give back. In the past year Matthew has biked over 800 miles and raised thousands of dollars in support of charities such as Bike MS and Cycle for Survival. He is currently training for his first Ironman 70.3 and attributes much of his healthy lifestyle to his involvement in sports from a young age.

Matt’s Favorites

Favorite Sports Quote – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. – Tony Dungy

Favorite Team –
Soccer – Manchester City FC, Matt has become a huge soccer fan, since watching his first premier league game while living abroad in London.
NCAA – Syracuse, Go Orange

First Sports Experience – New Jersey Nets game with his dad and grandpa, still has the t-shirt that the mascot shot up into the crowds, still boxes out the rest of his row for the t-shirt cannon at every game to this day.

Favorite Sports Experience – Going to the Little League World Series.

Scott Stricof

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Scott is a passionate sports enthusiast. He grew up in New York City where he played multiple sports and also attended numerous professional games as an avid fan. His love of sports include baseball, basketball, hockey, football and tennis. Scott currently resides with his wife and two children in Westchester County, NY. In his free time Scott loves to coach and play sports with his twin boys.

Why I’m In This Business

Sports has been an integral part of Scott’s life from early childhood through current day. As a kid, Scott’s greatest memories include being on the little league field which led him to play varsity athletics in high school. Scott started out his career interning for the New York Yankees and ever since has incorporated sports into his professional life at every turn. Scott’s active involvement with community athletic initiatives has reinforced for him the power that sports play in the lives of children and families. My Backyard Sports blends Scott’s passion of creating memorable experiences with the love of sports.

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Scott is an experienced business professional, visionary thought leader and seasoned entrepreneur with a 22+ year career in the sports and the events industry. As a prior owner of Events Unlimited, an experiential events company, Scott produced and facilitated once-in-a-lifetime experiences for both corporate and individual clients. Subsequently, Scott worked with the world renowned Creative Artists Agency, specializing in sports and entertainment. He has extensive experience in sales, business operations, business development and business strategy.

A Passion For Service Excellence

Scott learned the power of sales and customer relationships beginning at ten years old selling holiday cards to local families. His current success is tied to his life-long passion to provide service excellence and his ability to build quality relationships. His core values include integrity, strong communication, attention to detail and customer satisfaction. Scott takes great pride in being recognized as someone to trust and be counted on. Scott enjoys serving as a mentor to others both on a personal and professional level.

Scott’s Favorites

Favorite Sports Quote “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”– Ronnie Lott

Favorite Team – New York Yankees

First Sports Experience – Celebrating his 7th birthday at Yankee Stadium

Favorite Sports Experience – Attending the 1977 New York Yankees World Series clinching game where Reggie Jackson hit 3 home runs

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