October 10th: A Skype call with Chris Cappella, the In-Game Social Media Coordinator the New York Mets
During Wednesday's meeting, we were able to have Chris Cappella, the In-Game Social Media Coordinator for the New York Mets, join us via Skype call! Chris started his position with the Mets in February this year. He posts all of the content on the Mets social media accounts. During the call, Chris told us how he landed his current position, and the path he took to get there. He put an emphasis on the fact that it's all about "who you know" and if it wasn't for his connections, he would never have had the opportunity to work for his favorite Major League Baseball team. He then went on to open the floor to questions and our members got to ask Chris more specific questions about his job. As a club, we'd like to thank Chris for taking the time out of his day to speak to us last week!
Last Friday, SBA hosted their annual charity flag football tournament. The tournament hosted six teams, consisting of players from various Pitt student organizations, in a double elimination style tournament. After ten exciting football games, the victorious team was DECA. Pitt DECA is a student organization that focuses on leadership and entrepreneurship across business disciplines. We'd like to congratulate them on their victory and also thank everyone who came out on Friday to contribute to a great cause!
At last Wednesday's meeting, we had some very special guests. Tina Nellis, Erinn McGuire, and Katie Shockley of the Pittsburgh Pirates front office, as well as SBA alumni Angela Manton and Mark Strine, came in to help our members strengthen their resumes. We kicked off the meeting by providing dos and don'ts to consider when creating or revising your resume. Then we put our members into smaller groups to get one-on-one feedback from each of our special guests. As a club we'd like to thank Tina, Erinn, Katie, Angela, and Katie for joining us at last week's meeting.
September 19th: Rebecca Burkhardt, Ticket Sales & Retention Account Executive for the Pittsburgh Steelers
At last Wednesday's meeting our guest speaker was Rebecca Burkhardt! Rebecca currently works for the Pittsburgh Steelers as their Ticket Sales and Retention Account Executive. She opened up the meeting by talking about the path she took to her current position and then followed up by explaining what she does in her current role. She also talked about the daily tasks of her interns and noting that internships with the Steelers would be available in the spring and the summer. Rebecca wrapped up the meeting by opening the floor to questions and telling us all of the useful tips she had for getting started in the sports business industry. As a club we'd like to give a huge thank you to Rebecca for speaking at Wednesday's meeting!
At Wednesday's meeting, our special guest was Ali Hoesly. Ali is the new Director of Basketball Operations for the women's basketball team at Pitt. She is in charge of everything from facilitating team travel to making sure that every player has a pair of sneakers to play in. She strives to make a positive impact on players lives and to assist them in succeeding off and on the court. Not only did Ali speak on behalf of her position, she also offered many great tips on how to work your way up in the sports business field. Our members gained a lot of useful knowledge from Ali through the stories of her experiences, and as a club we'd like to send her a huge thank you for speaking at our meeting!
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!