Earlier today, a group of our members went on a site visit to Heinz Field. Taylor Goodman from the Club Events Department and Mary Malanos from the Guest Experience Department were our hosts for the tour. Our visit began with a short Q and A where our members were able to introduce themselves and then ask Taylor and Mary questions about their jobs. Afterwards, they took us around the facility, allowing us to see both the Steelers and Pitt's locker rooms. We also got to see the press box, and even got to go out on the field. We'd like to give a huge thanks to Taylor, Mary, and the rest of the crew at Heinz Field for hosting us!
Our club had the opportunity to take a tour of the Dick's Sporting Goods Head Quarters. Eighteen of our members were at the site visit, and we're able to learn a lot about the culture of the Dick's Sporting Goods work environment. Nick Rivers, University Relations Recruiter and former Pitt basketball player, was our host for the tour. We'd like to thank Nick and the rest of the cast at DSG for allowing us into their head quarters today!
At last night's meeting, our special guest was Brian Batko! Batko currently works for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as a Sports Copy Editor. He's a University of Pittsburgh alumni, whose career began to take shape when he started writing for Pitt News. This opportunity led him into the field of journalism, where he currently writes about Pitt sports among other things. He shared a lot of his career experiences with us, and then opened the floor to questions. As a club, we'd like to give Brian Batko a huge thanks for speaking at our GBM last night!
At Wednesday night's GBM, our special guest was Johnathan Ketzlach from BUCS Academy. Jonathan currently works for the Pittsburgh Pirates as an Account Executive for Season Ticket Service and Retention. He came to talk about what led him to his current position, and more specifically, BUCS Academy. Jonathan's been working in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for six years now, and is tasked with the responsibility of getting fans to purchase season tickets, as well as maintaining the fans who already have them. He also talked about BUCS Academy, a program the Pirates created to give people interested in sports business a chance to get training and experience in the area of sales. As a club, we'd like to give a Jonathan a huge thanks for speaking at Wednesday's meeting!
A visit from Kelly Hanna, owner and creator of Field of Play Marketing and President of WISE Pittsburgh.
Last night, Kelly Hanna joined us for our weekly GBM! She is the owner and creator of Field of Play Marketing and President of WISE Pittsburgh. Not only did she tell us about her journey to the position she's in today, she also offered our members very helpful tips for the sports business industry. Kelly mentioned that the industry is very tight knit, so you have to be mindful about every word you speak and all action you take. Following those two pieces of information has allowed her to earn the trust of the many former athletes she works with each and every day. As a club we'd like to give Kelly Hanna a huge thanks for speaking at last night's GBM!
At tonight's meeting we had the pleasure of hearing from two special guests! The first to speak was our very own Mark Strine. Mark has been heavily involved as a member and an officer of SBA for the past few years. He is currently interning for Pitt Athletics. During the meeting Mark talked about Pitt Athletics' marketing internship. The internship comes with responsibilities such as conducting marketing research, assisting in the development of a season marketing plan, and executing an event timeline. The second guest speaker of the night was Debbie Good. Debbie talked about Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and the different sports business classes offered at Pitt. WISE's mission is to enhance the growth and success of women in the business of sports and events. She also talked about the course she teaches here at Pitt, Sports Management. The class is chock-full of useful information and experiences that can help you in the sports business industry. It's a must-take class for anyone interested in a career in sports. As a club we'd love to give a huge thanks to Mark and Debbie for speaking at our GBM tonight!
At last night's meeting we had the pleasure to hear from Derek Moos of Pitt Athletics. His current position is the Assistant Director of Equipment Services and he works with the soccer, swimming and diving, baseball, gymnastics, and tennis team. Derek had a lot of work experience that led up to the position he holds today. He began working with the Detroit Tigers at the age of sixteen and then became a graduate assistant equipment manger at Eastern Michigan University. During the meeting, Derek gave us career advice, talked about the ins and outs of being an equipment manager, and then opened the floor to questions. As a club we'd like to give Derek a huge thanks for speaking at our meeting!
Last night's meeting consisted of two groups of special guests. Our first guests spoke about the Sports Business study abroad program in Sydney, Australia. The program's manager as well as a student that took part in the program explained all of the perks that the trip has to offer. Our second visitor of the night was an intern from Safety Tag. Safety Tag is a revolutionary tool that is used to keep track of medical information of youth sports league participants. We first heard from one of the company's intern and then the CEO himself, Michael Buono, FaceTime called to talk to our members. Together they informed our club of all the great things Safety Tag has to offer. As a club we'd like to thank all of our guests for speaking at our meeting!
Last night, SBA was honored with the opportunity to hear from former Major League Baseball pitcher, Kevin Slowey. Kevin spent seven years in the MLB, playing for the Minnesota Twins and the Miami Marlins. Now that he has retired from the sport, he currently works for the Major League Baseball Player's Association. His postion within the union is special assistant. Kevin explained everything that the player's association deals with including minimum wages, salaries, player's rights, etc. It was a great opportunity to hear from someone like Kevin, and as a club we'd like to thank him for speaking at our meeting!
During tonight's meeting our special guest was John Algie from Reed Smith. He began the discussion by talking about his career path. John began his career after graduating from Pitt in 2003 with a degree in finance. He then went on to land his first position with Major League Lacrosse as the Director of League Operations. After three years with MLL he returned to the Pittsburgh School of Law for his MBA. After graduate school he spent some time as an attorney. He then returned to the MLL as the President and General Manager of the Ohio Machine. Today, at Reed Smith, a global law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, his area of focus is with mergers and acquisitions of professional sports organizations. After explaining his career he opened up the discussion for questions. As a club, we'd like to thank John for speaking at tonight's meeting!