SBA is very lucky to have had a speaker such as Tim Williams. At first, Tim started off the night by explaining his twenty-two- year background in the FBI. Yes, the sports business association unknowingly brought in a speaker from the FBI. Joking aside, Tim is the head of security for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tim has been with the Steelers since 2013 and his responsibilities go beyond Sundays. Tim explained to our organization how he is in charge for the security at all sporting events ranging from Pitt football games to the infamous Kenney Chesney concerts held at Heinz Field. With over one million visitors a year Tim’s job can be very challenging at certain points during the year when trying to balance fun and safety. Fortunately, with the help of the state and local police as well as Landmark Event staffing he has the resources he needs to protect fans and provide a great experience for fans.
In this meeting, we representatives from GNC to host a professional development event. They began first with discussing GNC and then their individual positions within the company. A first for SBA, J. Hobby and Sarah spent most their time speaking on the topic of Why Retail? The two discussed how easy it is to transfer from one segment to another in retail and why it is even an advantage. J. Hobby even explained how he has been in a variety of retail segments and consider each one a great opportunity to learn and grow as an individual. Afterwards, they discussed with us the best way to promote ourselves: what to include in resumes and cover letters, and how to be prepared in interviews. They explained how important it is to be authentic and to make you are adequately prepared for every interview.
Thanks to our tremendous relationship with the Pittsburgh Pirates B.U.C.S Academy, we were once again able to bring in a speaker from their team for the fourth straight semester. Jon Ketzlach, a Duquesne alumnus, is entering his fourth year working for the Pirates. As an account executive in the season ticket and retention department Jon gave our members his unique perspective on sales and why sales are a great career path in the sport industry. Jon in typical B.U.C.S Academy tradition stressed the importance of LinkedIn and growing your professional network and brand.
SBA hosted the third annual dodgeball tournament on Friday, February 24th at the Bellefield Hall Gym. Pitt AMA won the double elimination tournament against other organizations and groups of friends. Teams consisted of six to seven players per team. Each player donated $5 to the Urban Impact Foundation, a Pittsburgh non-profit who helps underprivileged kids play sports and other activities. Overall, $250 was raised from the dodgeball tournament. SBA added the additional $200 raised from December’s basketball tournament and a total of $450 was donated to Urban Impact.
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Since SBA already has numerous members interning with Pitt Athletics, they have been asking us to promote their Academy for Sports Marketing Internship. We decided to invite SBA alumnus Joe Lassi, a Marketing Coordinator with Pitt Athletics, to come and speak about the internship and the opportunities that the internship experience offers. Joe discussed what an average day as an intern looks like and what the job entails. He then had the three current SBA members with Sports Marketing internships discuss personal experiences on the job.
We also invited our former SBA president Lexi Bovalino to come in and do a professional workshop. Lexi is a Professional Development Consultant for Pitt Business. In the Tafel Center she holds appointments with students to edit resumes or cover letters, practice for interviews, or work online on LinkedIn or CBA Connect. With us, Lexi had an informational presentation on resumes – what to include and what to avoid. She had many useful tips, including the idea of an extended resume on hand, which makes it easier to customize a resume for a certain employer. Having Lexi join us was a fantastic opportunity for our members to think about and improve upon their resumes for future applications.
Bear Davis is the Vice President and Head Coach of the Ohio Machine, a professional lacrosse team in the MLL. We were fortunate enough to have Bear Skype in with us since the Machine’s MLL season was already under way. Hearing Bear’s humble roots was truly incredible. A football player at a small Division II school, Bear wanted to pursue a career in sports but struggled to find the resources at his school. So, Bear took it upon himself and did an independent study where he started a lacrosse program at a local high school. From there he went on to start Wheeling Jesuit University’s lacrosse program and then onto a successful stint at Robert Morris’s. Bear’s perspective on the sports industry is one of a kind since he is not only a head coach but also in the front office of a small market sports franchise. Bear attributes much of his current success to the humble lessons and skills he learned at the beginner level of the sports industry. His message to SBA was one of dedication and hard work. Take your opportunities in sports and make the most of it with a positive attitude. Having a speaker such as Bear was one our members will never forget and we hope one day SBA can make it out to a Machine game at their brand-new lacrosse only facility and stadium.
SBA was extremely excited to partner with AMA to host DICK’S Sporting Goods for a movie night for our two organizations. Nick Rivers (University Relations), Frank Igrec (Director of Creative, Marketing), and Rebecca Covington (Senior Manager, Brand Producer) came from DSG to explain a little of what they do and to play Keepers of the Game, a movie produced by their company.
DSG’s recent “Sports Matter” initiative focuses on the alarming decline in high school sport team funding and existence across the country. Keepers of the Game follows the story of an all-Native girl’s lacrosse team in New York facing a struggle to gain community support for their team in a sport that was typically reserved for men.
The end of the movie shows the team receiving a surprise from DSG of all new equipment as well as a generous financial donation to the team.
As a group that values sports and the lessons learned from playing, this movie left a lasting impact on SBA members. It was interesting to discuss the movie afterward and to realize how prevalent this problem is in the country. We hope to continue using our great relationships with these organizations to hold more joint events in the future.
Hillary Koller is the Study Abroad Internship Manager for Pitt Business and was gracious enough to come in to discuss the study abroad process. Since multiple members were interested in applying for the “SBA in Sydney” experience, it was very useful for them to have the ability to ask any questions they had in an informal setting. Hillary also explained how to earn scholarships as well as tips and tricks for when members are there.
Amy Badorf is the Director of Eligibility and Compliance for Pitt Athletics and was another unique speaker for SBA this semester, as we had never heard from a speaker in this area of work before. Members really enjoyed asking questions about eligibility because many of them have friends on athletic scholarships either here at Pitt or a different school. Amy has had experience as an athlete at the DIII level, an employee in the eligibility department at a DIII school, and now experience with a DI institution here at Pitt. It was extremely interesting to hear about the processes that schools and athletes have to go through each year and how the requirements differ across levels of competition (DI, DII, DIII).
As an organization we strive to provide our students with realistic perspectives of life after college. For this meeting, we brought back some of our most recent alumni of SBA who have started the next chapter of their lives. Joe Lassi (Pitt Athletics), Rachael Magerer (DICK’S Sporting Goods), Jared Quinn (Pitt Law School), and Sophia Yanik (Heinz Field) joined us for a panel discussion with break out roundtable sessions afterward.
The panel served as a time for our guests to describe what they do and the break out sessions allowed them to dive further into their story. Members seemed to really enjoy this intimate setting. During the break out session, they were comfortable to ask any questions they had regarding full-time work or the companies represented without feeling put on the spot. Due to the success of this meeting, we plan to host similar panels more often so our members are able to connect with professionals that were in the same position of looking for internships, jobs and what to do after undergraduate school not too long ago.