Founder and Visionary of Navigate.
Leading the Navigate team and propelling the sports & entertainment industry forward.
AJ has pioneered the use of valuation and market research to assess sponsorships. Since the company’s inception, he has grown Navigate’s client portfolio to more than 120 brands, properties, and agencies throughout the organization’s history. Known as an expert in the collegiate space, Maestas has worked with Ohio State University, Arizona State University, University of Washington, Indiana University, University of Arkansas, and the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association, among other major universities in directly increasing revenue in the athletic department and across campus.
As a proponent of giving back to the next generation of sports business leaders, he is routinely a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at a number of esteemed graduate programs. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including the National Sports Forum and SportsBusiness Journal events, on the topic of research and measurement in sports and entertainment.
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Hometown: Fairbanks, AK
College: University of Washington; Arizona State University
Fun Fact: I enjoy the outdoors and find myself hiking, biking, camping and playing any kind of outdoor sport available at any opportunity. Travel is a passion and odds are that I have been there and would love to return again. The rest of my free time is invested into personal growth and giving back. I am here to help if you share any of these interests!
Hobby: Global Travel
Where would you choose to live if you had to leave the country?
Antibes, France or Cape Town, South Africa. Those are my special places outside of the U.S.