Stephen M. Woods serves as President and CEO of TideSmart Global.
Headquartered on a 6-acre eco-friendly campus in Falmouth, Maine, TideSmart Global comprises an industry-leading group of six companies primarily focused on experiential marketing. TideSmart Global’s flagship agency, emg3, is widely recognized as one of the most successful marketing agencies in the United States, earning national awards and industry accolades for exceptional strategy, creative delivery and operational expertise.
Throughout his career, Woods has represented a variety of companies and more than 100 professional athletes as a former NBA and MLB player-agent. In addition, he has served as the Tournament Director for many major ATP, AVP and other professional sporting events. In a career that spans three decades, Woods has negotiated and managed athlete/client contracts totaling more than $350 million.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Woods has demonstrated a passion for experiential marketing and sport/entertainment business. Woods spent a decade serving as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Business with academic affiliations at three major universities. Woods has also appeared frequently as a commentator/industry expert/guest for various media outlets (USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN, HBO, MSNBC) on the subject.
In 2012, Woods ran as an Independent for an open Maine U.S. Senate seat to inspire change in Washington partisan politics and increased civic participation among the electorate. A June agreement made with former Maine Governor Angus King said that if either candidate were trailing the other by 10 points or more the week prior to the election, that the trailing candidate would drop his bid and endorse the other. The agreement was honored when Woods formally withdrew his candidacy and endorsed fellow Independent King. Woods later announced in a Bangor Daily News Op-Ed that he would rejoin the Democratic Party citing Democratic policies that are consistent with his personal beliefs.
In November 2013, Woods announced his candidacy for the 2014 gubernatorial race.
The Yarmouth Town Council Chairman has supported numerous charities and civic groups in Maine, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, where he is a current board member.
Woods is also a co-owner of the NBA D-League team, the Maine Red Claws – the NBA affiliate of the Boston Celtics. In addition, Woods is a partner in The Forefront, Thompson Point project, a projected $100+ million multi-use commercial development in Portland, Maine.
Woods hosts “TideSmart Talk with Stevoe,” a national weekly radio talk show. Featured on WLOB (1310 AM) in Portland, TideSmart Talk with Stevoe can be heard each Saturday, from 11:00am-1:00pm – and is available by podcast around the world.
Together with his wife Katie and their three children, Woods lives in Yarmouth, Maine, where he has served his town’s government in a number of leadership roles and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council.