Frank Gelb. A Philadelphia native, Gelb made his promotional debut in Atlantic City in 1973 - 5 years before the first casino-hotel opened - with a show headlined by a fight between Richie Kates and Roger Russell that ended the town's 10-year boxing drought. For the next 20 years, Gelb either staged his own events or served as the knowledgeable middleman for various promoters, using his array of contacts at Resorts, Harrah's Marina, Bally's Park Place, Trump Plaza and TropWorld to get deals done. He currently is the North American producer for renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli.

- Bernard Fernandez