Steve Brener, President
Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc. (BZA) president Steve Brener is recognized as one of the top sports publicists in the country.
Brener's professional career actually began while attending Los Angeles Valley College. He took on the roles of Sports Information Director for the college as well as sports editor of the college newspaper, the Valley Star.
During this time, his career in public relations and Major League Baseball began as he worked for the then California Angels in 1969. He joined the Los Angeles Dodgers' public relations/publicity staff in 1970 and the Dodgers named him to the position of LA Dodgers Publicity Director at age 24, making him the youngest publicity director in major league baseball history. Brener spent 18 years with the Dodgers as the Dodgers became the first team in MLB history to reach the 3 million mark in attendance. The Dodgers attracted more than 3 million fans seven times and passed the two million mark 16 times during his 18-years with the club.
After spending the majority of his professional life with the Dodgers, Brener moved on to the sport of Thoroughbred racing when he was named vice-president of marketing and public relations for the famed Hollywood Park racetrack in 1987.
In 1988, he launched his own public relations firm and two years later merged his business with that of his partner, Toby Zwikel, forming Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.
Brener had been introduced to the sport of boxing by his mentor, the late Pete Kokon. Kokon used to take Brener to Las Vegas as well as the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood for many big fights in the 70’s. Kokon, who was the sports editor of the Valley Times-Citizen News, also took on the role of boxing promoter in the San Fernando Valley at the Valley Music Theatre, where Ken Norton and Ray “Windmill” White and others fought.
After leaving the Dodgers and while working at Hollywood Park, boxing promoter Bob Arum called Brener and asked him to work with Sugar Ray Leonard. One fight turned into four fights including Leonard’s bouts with Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran.
Brener’s work in boxing also resulted in his relationship with SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, and staging many of the top pay-per-view fights in history featuring Mike Tyson. Brener and his firm has represented and worked with SHOWTIME for the past 22 plus years.
Brener serves on numerous foundations and boards including the Jim Murray Foundation board and the advisory board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.
Brener earned an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism at Los Angeles Valley College in 1971. He was sports editor of the college newspaper for two years and also served as the Sports Information Director for the college and the Metropolitan Conference. He went on to California State University, Northridge, where he graduated in 1974 with the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Business Administration.
Brener has been inducted into the Grant High School Hall of Fame in 1987; the Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010; named California State University, Northridge Journalism Alumnus of the Year in 1983 and inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.
Brener earned the Baseball Writers of America Journalism Scholarship in 1969 and during his career with the Dodgers also was honored with the Baseball Writers of America Good Guy Award in 1981.
Brener resides in Northridge with his wife, Lynne. They have three young adults—Kimberly who is married to Chris Cratty , Danny and Staci.