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!
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!
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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