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!
During last night's meeting, Greg Smith was our special guest. He currently serves as Account Executive for Pitt Athletics through IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions. Greg began the discussion by talking about his life and the journey he went through to acquire the position he holds today. As Account Executive his main objective is to sell tickets for Pitt's sporting events. His team's mission is to, "Provide high-value expertise, world class solutions, services, and experiences to our partners and their fans, building the largest, most engaged fan bases in sports." He offered us a few useful tips for closing out a sale and even got some of our club members involved when he invited two participants to perform a mock sales scenario. As a club we'd like to give Greg Smith a huge thanks for speaking at our meeting!
Tonight, Pitt Athletics Marketing's Cayla Morgan came in and spoke about her career path towards being a marketing coordinator for Pitt Athletics. She was involved with clubs and wound up with a graduate assistantship. From there, she has been with Pitt Athletics for about a year and markets the Volleyball, Gymnastics, and Softball teams. She then went into detail about professional tips for students who want a career in sports. She provided wonderful steps for everyone. As a club, we would like to thank her for her time!
At tonight's meeting, we had the opportunity to welcome a very credible figure within the sports industry. Julie Klausner was tonight's special guest. Before opening the table for questions, Julie gave us a brief rundown of her life and career. Once a student at the University of Wisconsin, Julie moved on to hold many different positions within the business industry. She had the opportunity to work at various events, including the Olympics and the Indy 500 just to name a few. Julie spent the bulk of her career with Rahal Letterman Racing as the Director of Marketing Services, as well as a shorter tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins. She currently holds the position of Director of Sales & Corporate Sponsorships for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, which she claims is her most difficult job yet. It was a huge honor to be able to listen to the illustrious journey that is Julie Klausner's career. Being able to hear from a seasoned professional like her was an amazing opportunity for a club. With that being said, Pitt SBA would like to give a huge thanks to Julie Klausner for speaking at tonight's meeting!