Rallis Pappas is president of SMT’s Jacksonville, Fla.-based division, which provides in-stadium scoring, statistics and display products for the sports industry worldwide.
Rallis has played an integral part of building SMT into the powerhouse it is today, having created systems that have been used for event management, web publishing, media, broadcast and fan enhancements at many world-class events around the globe.
In 1984, Pappas founded IDS (Information and Display Systems), which pioneered the first electronic graphic display boards used at the Nabisco Grand Prix men's professional tennis tour. IDS was acquired by SMT (SportsMEDIA Technology) in 2012, expanding SMT's product portfolio and geographic footprint, cementing the company's position as the leading provider of technology solutions to the sports industry. Pappas remains at the helm of SMT-Jacksonville, working with clients such as Wimbledon, USGA, U.S. Open, the Olympic Games and the Australian Open.
In his 35 years in the sports industry, Pappas has worked closely with several major sports organizations such as the PGA TOUR, NBA, NHL, USTA and the USGA, designing, building and implementing systems used for data collection, such as NBA GameStats, NHL HITS, PGA TOUR SHOTLink, and GOLFX. SMT-Jacksonville also created the official scoring systems for the PGA Tour, NHL, NBA and U.S. Tennis Association.
Prior to 1984, Pappas spent several years with the PGA TOUR initially managing the operation of the first computerized mobile scoring and display system, and later as director of sales and marketing for The Players Championship.
A longtime resident of Atlantic Beach, Fla., and a native of Charleston, S.C., Pappas is a 1978 graduate of the College of Charleston where he earned a degree in history and played four years of tennis. He continues to serve his alma mater, previously on the President’s Advisory Council and on the college’s Alumni Board.
Rallis and his wife, Dendy, live in Atlantic Beach, Fla. They have two sons, Lucas and Michael.