Payne worked for the Atlanta hub of the Winston-Salem-based International Sports Properties (ISP) as regional sales/associate general manager for Auburn University from 2006-2010. He oversaw a list of corporate business partners that included key regional and national accounts.
Prior to ISP, Payne was the senior account executive for Cavalier Sports Marketing at the University of Virginia with CBS Sports Properties, handling new business partnerships from 2003-2005.
Payne has extensive experience in athletics from his previous positions as both director of corporate partnerships and director of marketing at the University of Richmond, and stints in marketing and operations at Georgia Tech and Stetson University.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Stetson University in 1998.
He and his wife Mandy have three daughters: Stephanie, Hutson and Kitner. He is originally from Mechanicsville, Pa.