During tonight's meeting, our club had the honor of welcoming another special guest. Ryan Varley, Associate Athletic Director for Business Services, graciously joined us to speak about the journey to his current position within the University of Pittsburgh's Athletic Department. He began as an undergraduate student intern and has worked in various positions of the department for eight years. Ryan opened the table for discussion right away with a Q&A. He allowed us to ask questions to get a more thorough understanding of what it was like to work in Pitt Athletics' Finance Department. Varley is in charge of many different day-to-day operations, including anything from managing the finances and travel of student athletes, to making sure events run on schedule during Pitt's football games. Over the course of his career, Varley has also played a significant role in Pitt's transition to the Atlantic Coastal Conference, which is something he had a lot of fun being a part of. Overall, having Ryan at tonight's meeting was another valuable opportunity to hear from someone in the sports business industry. Pitt SBA would like to send a huge thanks to Ryan Varley for giving us the inside scoop of his job with Pitt's Athletic Department!
During last night's meeting, we had the pleasure of welcoming a few very special guests including Nick Rivers, University Relations Recruiter at Dick's Sporting Goods, as well as three of his fellow colleagues. Nick first introduced himself, noting that he was a Pitt graduate, and then went into details about his current position in the company. After explaining his role, he went on to inform our club members of internship opportunities available at Dick's. This began the Q&A/panel discussion part of our meeting. Our club members were given the opportunity to ask questions to four people who have experience within Dick's Sporting Goods, both through the internships they once had and the current positions they hold. Nick brought three Pitt graduates who had obtained internships during their college tenure, and now have moved their way through the ranks of the company. We also had the pleasure of hearing from our very own SBA President, Angela Manton, who finished her internship with Dick's over this past summer. This was an awesome opportunity to gain knowledge from people who have real job experience, and who have had internships that our club members would love to acquire. As a club, we would like to give a huge thanks to Nick Rivers, his three colleagues, and Angela, for allowing us to ask them questions, and for giving us the ins and outs of working for Dick's Sporting Goods!