MBA in Sport Management (MBA SPORT) News

Tampa Bay Lightning hires 2012 Graduate

Justin Andrews has accepted a position as Ticket Office Coordinator with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Justin will be overseeing ticketing for all hockey and non-hockey events at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

MBA Sport Alumni promoted to Group Sales Manager

Erin Killian was promoted to Group Sales Manager at the end of the 2012 baseball season. Erin currently works for the Daytona Cubs.

Ryan McDannold accepts position with UMKC Kangaroos

Ryan McDannold, 2008 MBASport graduate, has accepted a job with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Athletics Department as the Development Specialist for Athletics.

2012 graduate to work for Miami Dolphins

Molly Venters, a recent MBASport graduate, has accepted a full-time position with the Miami Dolphins in the Finance Department. Venters previously worked for the Dolphins as a staff assistant.

Chris LaRoy accepts Manager position

2005 graduate, Chris LaRoy, has accepted the position of Manager, Business Leadership with Momentum Worldwide managing the IMG College relationship for UPS. This stems from the new college sports platform pursued by UPS through relationships with 68 IMG College properties as well as the NCAA, Big Ten, PAC-12, and SEC. The main focus is football and basketball.

Columbus Blue Jackets hire 2011 graduate

Recent graduate, Molly Taylor, has accepted a position with the Columbus Blue Jackets as a Partnership Account Specialist. Molly will be working with corporate sponsors and serve as the contact person for 25-30 accounts, and work with clients to develop and execute sponsorship agreements that are tailored to their individual objectives.

Alumni accepts position as Senior Associate Athletic Director

Ryan Peck has recently been promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Denver. In this role, he manages all fundraising efforts for the Division of Athletics & Recreation annual fund, while also working to obtain major and principal gifts that will propel the strategic plan of the Division forward. He is in the process of building and implementing a best-practice, model Division I-AAA athletics development organization that will propel the championship-caliber athletics program forward.

George Aiello accepts position at Marketing and Sponsorship Manager

2007 MBASport graduate, George Aiello, has accepted a job with Global Spectrum at the Miami Beach Convention Center as the Marketing and Sponsorship Manager. Aiello will be responsible for building on the visibility of the venue nationally and internationally through advertising in and providing editorial content for national convention/meeting/trade show industry publications and websites. In addition, he will be creating effective PR campaigns surrounding the upcoming and completed events, gaining coverage and managing those media relationships both locally and nationally. He will also work with incoming events as an internal Ad Agency, providing services to include Media Buying, PR, Social, Viral and Grassroots marketing, sponsorship development and procurement and graphic design.

Alumni receives position with the Daytona Cubs

Erin Killian accepted a job with the Daytona Cubs baseball team as an Account Executive in January 2012.

2004 alumni accepts position with ESPN as Associate Manager of Programming

2004 MBASport graduate, Lindsey Ross, has recently accepted a position with ESPN as Associate Manager of Programming. She will be working specifically for men's and women's college basketball. Lindsey previously worked for the ACC as Director of Communications as well as Associate Director of Media Relations for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2008 graduate takes position in Denver

Ryan Peck, 2008 MBASport graduate, recently accepted a position with the University of Denver Athletic Department. Peck will serve as the Associate Director of Ahletics for Development. Prior to taking the position, Peck worked in the Athletic Department for the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where his marketing and promotions campaigns drew national recognition.

First-year student awarded scholarship

Jeffrey Jackson, a first-year MBASport student, recently received a scholarship from the Jupiter Hammerheads, through his work at Roger Dean Stadium. The Florida State League awards one annual educational scholarship to employees of each team. The program, sponsored by the Florida Marlins, is in its 12 th year.

Alumni begins new job with racing company

2007 MBASport graduate, Mike Boseak recently began a new job with PCG Campbell, a PR and integrated marketing firm in Dearborn, Michigan, representing Ford Racing. He will primarily handle all aspects of social media for the company.

Spring 2011 graduate continues work with Florida Panthers

May 2011 graduate, Stuart Halberg, accepted a position with the Florida Panthers, as Hockey Operations Assistant. Halberg, who interned with the Panthers during his time in the program, will be adding to his previous responsibilities in a full-time capacity. Halberg joins fellow MBASport alumni, Mike Dixon, in the Hockey Operations department.

Alumni accepts position with Northern Arizona University

Andrew Kempe, a 2010 MBASport graduate, recently accepted a position with the Northern Arizona University Athletic Department as the Director of Giving. His main job responsibilities include: overseeing the Lumberjack Athletic Association Board of Directors, expanding membership in the LAA, raising money for athletic scholarships, and running the NAU Athletics Letterwinners Club.

Current student accepts job offer with USA Track and Field

Kevin Quadrozzi, second year MBA - Sport Management student, was recently hired by the USA Track and Field Association as Tour Operator. He will be traveling throughout the country to different events, promoting the organization’s goals and objectives, selling merchandise, securing new and retaining current memberships, and building the overall brand. Kevin will graduate in May 2011, and will finish his last month of classes via Distance Learning, while beginning his new position in Indianapolis, IN.

Current students participate in unique volunteer opportunities

MBA - Sport Management students Justin Andrews, Jonathan Keeney, Adam Schackmann, and Molly Taylor recently participated in two unique volunteer opportunities during the spring 2011 semester with the ACC and the World Congress of Sports. In early March, the group traveled to Greensboro, NC to assist MBA - Sport Management alumni, and ACC Associate Director of Media Relations, Lindsey Ross with the Women’s ACC Basketball Tournament. They helped the media relations department with pre-game, in-game, and post-game responsibilities. At the end of March, the group volunteered at the IMG World Congress of Sports in downtown Miami. They assisted the Sports Business Journal staff with all aspects of the conference throughout the two-day event.

Current student to travel to California for Stadium Managers Seminar

Jared Larson, a second year MBA - Sport Management student, recently received a unique opportunity through his current position at Roger Dean Stadium. He was one of eight students invited to participate in the 37th Annual Stadium Managers Association Seminar in Huntington Beach, CA. February 6th through 10th, Jared will travel west to hear industry presentations and network with sports business professionals. Seminars include representatives from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NCAA, BCS, and SportsBusiness Journal, among many others.

MBA - Sport Management alum's department honored with three awards

MBA - Sport Management alumni, Ryan Peck made news recently as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Marketing Department received three awards at the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) convention in Anaheim, CA. Peck, Director of Athletic Marketing, and his department took home three awards in the following categories: New Revenue Generating Idea, Season Ticket Sales Campaign, and Electronic Promotion.

MBA - Sport Management alumnus promoted to Executive Director

MBA - Sport Management alumnus George Linley '03, was promoted to the Executive Director position for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Linley first started out as an intern for the Commission while attending FAU's MBA - Sport Management program and was hired after graduation in 2003. His previous roles at the PBSC included Event Manager and Director of Operations.

MBA - Sport Management professor aids construction of new ballpark

Current MBA - Sport Management adjunct professor, David Abrams, along with his business associates at Merrill Lynch have contracted with Miami-Dade county to begin the construction process for the Florida Marlins' new ballpark. Currently the Marlins share Sun Life Stadium with the Miami Dolphins. The project, worth well over $300 million will provide additional jobs and substantial proceeds to the South Florida area. Abrams teaches the "Financial Aspects of Sports" at FAU in addition to his duties at Merrill Lynch.

May 2009 graduate, Jamie Quadrozzi, hired full-time by the Miami Dolphins

Spring 2009 graduate Jamie Quadrozzi has accepted a position with the Miami Dolphins as part of their special events team. Quadrozzi has worked for the Dolphins since she started the MBA - Sport Management program in the fall of 2007. She oversees pre-game and halftime entertainment as well as the grand plaza events for every home game.

May 2009 graduate, Spero Mehallis offered position with the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee

Recent FAU MBA - Sport Management graduate Spero Mehallis, was offered a full-time position with the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee. Mehallis, who has worked for the Committee since 2007, will be the marketing coordinator where his daily tasks include creating sponsorship packages, sponsor fulfillment documents, attracting new sponsors, maintaining and updating the sponsor page on the Host Committee website, and putting together sponsorship agreements.

Spring 2009 graduate, Shelby Ball, hired as an academic counselor at the University of Central Florida

Shelby Ball '09, has accepted a position as an academic advisor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Ball will use the two years of experience she gained at Florida Atlantic University's student-athlete advising department where she helped athletes maintain their eligibility status.

May 2008 MBA - Sport Management alum, Ryan Peck, accepts offer to become the director of marketing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Ryan Peck, a May 2008 MBA - Sport Management graduate has been offered the director of marketing position at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While at FAU, Peck worked for Nelligan Sports Marketing where he was responsible for all business operations, marketing proposals, and implementation of all contracted elements for over 110 FAU home athletic events.

Peck credits the MBA - Sport Management program for preparing him for this position and his success in the athletics industry. "Without the MBA - Sport Management program, I never would have had this opportunity. My knowledge of collegiate athletics increased from the sport classes and provided the necessary insight to help me be successful," Peck said.

Brett Huebner, current MBA - Sport Management student accepts position as Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics for Human Resources and Business Operations at USF

Brett Huebner, C.P.A., a May 2005 graduate student in the MBA in Sport Management program at FAU has been named assistant athletic director for human resources and business operations at the University of South Florida.

Huebner will be reporting to the chief financial officer for Intercollegiate Athletics. Listed below are some of his responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the all matters relating to personnel administration, budgeting and financial management
  • Serving as liaison between USF Human Resources, Payroll and Budget Office
  • Overseeing the certification of biweekly payroll, maintenance of personnel files and Equal Employment Opportunity reporting
  • Assisting in developing and monitoring the Athletic local fund and Foundation budgets
  • Preparing monthly financial statements and advises administrator and coaches as to their area's fiscal position
  • Assisting in the preparation of the Athletic Department budget and analyzes budget variances
  • Leading business operation including the procurement, travel, payroll, and cash management functions
  • Preparing the annual EADA Gender Equity survey, NCAA reports, and C-USA/Big East statements
  • Overseeing student athlete financial aid award process and serves as liaison with the Office of Financial Aid

Huebner earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and formerly worked at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Huebner served a nine-month internship in the Department of Athletics at FAU, working in game operations and business affairs. In September 2003, he interned in the business operations division at the University of Miami and was then hired as the assistant director for business operations in May of 2003.

MBA - Sport Management Graduate named Associate Athletic Director - External Operations

Eric Buskirk, a 2004 graduate of Florida Atlantic University's MBA in Sport Management Program has been named the associate athletic director, external relations at Louisiana Tech.

Buskirk will oversee corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, marketing, promotions, and licensing for the University. Previously, he served as coordinator for athletic marketing and development at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and as assistant director for marketing and community relations at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

During his tenure with FAU MBA - Sport Management, Buskirk served as an intern and management associate for the Miami Dolphins and the AVP Professional Volleyball event held on Fort Lauderdale Beach. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Buskirk also worked as a market research analyst for the NBA Miami Heat and as assistant director of tournament operations for the South Florida PGA while enrolled in MBA - Sport Management.

MBA Sport Student named Community Relations Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins

Daniel Lewin, a student in Florida Atlantic University's MBA in Sport Management program has been named Community Relations Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. Lewin, who graduated from MBA - Sport Management in 2004, has been serving as a community relations intern in the Dolphins organization for the past year.

A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and began his sport management career at River City Sports. In addition to his most recent internship with the Dolphins, he also worked in event and game operations for the NFL team. During his tenure in FAU MBA - Sport Management, Lewin also interned with the University of Miami Department of Athletics, the AVP Beach Volleyball event on Fort Lauderdale Beach and with the media relations department of the Baltimore Orioles spring training operations.

MBA Sport Alumni named Assistant Director of the Miami-Dade Sports Commissio

Heather Wasek, originally from Davie, Florida, received her Bachelors degree in Business Marketing from Florida State University. Prior to accepting this recent position, Wasek was Director of Buyer Relations and Marketing for The Super Show®, the sporting goods industry’s largest trade show.

Some of Wasek's responsibilities at the Miami-Dade Sports Commission include: providing administrative support to the executive director, creating and maintaining file systems, light bookkeeping, processing mail, preparing presentations, coordinating travel, and organizing commission meetings. Wasek also assists with the development and production of sales and marketing materials, and with the planning and implementation of sport events. Wasek is a 2004 graduate of the MBA - Sport Management program.

Stephanie Mansdorf accepted job at UM as Assistant Director for Special Events in the Hurricane Club

Mandsorf's role includes planning and coordinating all Hurricane Club special events including tailgate parties, golf tournaments, athletic team banquets, regional and national events, and other fundraising events. Her specific responsibilities include processing mailings, decorations, and other event details; invitation design/implementation, budgets, record keeping, event data management, and football pre-game general membership functions.

The Mission of the Hurricane Club is to strengthen the University of Miami ’s commitment to student-athlete excellence both academically and athletically. Through the Hurricane Club, local and national volunteers, alumni, and former student-athletes collectively seek to increase scholarship support, improve facilities, and provide the operation and maintenance funding vital for all 17 varsity sports.

FAU Advisory Board Member, Jim Ross, joins the New York Yankees as V.P. Business Development

Miami Dolphins Senior VP/Sales & Marketing and FAU MBA - Sport Management Advisory Board Member Jim Ross is leaving the NFL team to join the Yankees as VP/Business Development That puts Ross, a former Mets VP/Marketing, in charge of selling marketing assets at the new $1.2B, 1.3-million-square-foot Yankee Stadium, scheduled to open in '09 - clearly one of the most high-profile sales and marketing jobs in sports over the next several years. Ross, who had been with the Dolphins since '00, has also previously served as President of AFL Properties and Marlins VP/Sales & Marketing.

Paul Pugh Accepted Position as Marketing Partnerships Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins

Paul Pugh, recent graduate of the FAU MBA - Sport Management Program, accepted the position as Marketing Partnerships Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. He will be responsible for creating partner proposals, assisting in the servicing of current partners, running season-long promotions, and many other miscellaneous projects. He will also assist the department with all training camp and game day activities.

Pugh has worked in the marketing partnerships department assisting in the servicing of current partner accounts. He has run season-long promotions, such as the Dolphins Credit Card program, along with numerous game day promotions. He has also implemented two major partner events at LandShark Stadium and personally assisted the VP and director to conduct research and create new partnership proposals.

Mike Dixon Accepted Position as Manager of Team Services for NHL Panthers

Mike Dixon, a 2007 graduate of the FAU MBA - Sport Management Program, accepted the position as manager of team services and hockey research for the Florida Panthers. He will be responsible for organizing all team travel, the rookie development tournament, the preseason camp and all other functions that come under the team services realm. He will also continue to do some work on research and statistical analysis for the team.

Dixon was an assistant with the Florida Panthers for the past two years assisting the hockey operations department in various facets such as statistical research, coordinating scouts, contracts, and various other tasks. Dixon played a key part in the research and defense of the Panthers in their arbitration cases in the 2006 season. He has worked under two different General Manager’s and has assisted in all areas of the hockey operations department.