Big Initiative Winners

Class of 2018

  • Amanda Moss is currently a senior business major at Kalamazoo College.
    Amanda is very active at her college. She holds a number of leadership positions, including co- founder and President of the Kalamazoo College Sport Business Club, Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team, and Financial Officer of the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). This past summer, Amanda was an intern at the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the Global Partnerships department. In this role she analyzed emerging markets in retail and merchandising, and created an internal podcast series to support leadership development. During the summer of 2017, she was the Fan Development Intern at the Detroit Pistons, where she created and organized the “Lady Pistons: Coaches and Careers” event. This event educated young girls about the many academic and athletic opportunities in their future; it thereby empowered them to push boundaries and create their own path. In addition, Amanda studied abroad in Beijing, China, where she interned at a non-profit sports organization and completed a study on the intersection of e-sports, Chinese nationalism and the hukou system. Most recently, Amanda traveled to Shanghai to collect data for her undergraduate thesis, which compares American and Chinese consumer perceptions of professional sports leagues.
  • About Kalee Smith

    Villanova University

  • About Scott Symons

    Cornell University

  • About Zahid Khan

    Virginia Tech University

    Zahid is currently a senior Marketing Management major at Virginia Tech. Zahid initially gained an interest in the sports industry after joining the Sports Business Club at Virginia Tech, a club that he is now President of. This past summer Zahid was a Student Associate at Madison Square Garden in New York, working directly for theCOO of their WNBA Team. This wasn’t Zahid’s first stint in the WNBA, previously working for Monumental Sports and Entertainment where he worked for four of their five owned teams –Washington Wizards, Mystics, Valor, and Baltimore Brigade. Aside from Basketball and Arena League Football, Zahid diversified his background in sports working in the MLS for D.C. United as well as in Baseball interning for the Washington Nationals farm team, the Potomac Nationals. At Virginia Tech, Zahid has worked for four departments with Athletics including Marketing, HokieVision, Strategic Communication, and the Hokie Club. He continues to make an impactwith the Athletic department by holding an executive role in the Student Hokie Club as well asCassell Guard (Basketball Student Section). Looking ahead, Zahid is excited to get involved in the growing trends of the sports industry such as the JBA and NBA 2K League.

  • About Caroline Rice

    The Ohio State University

    Caroline Rice is a Junior at The Ohio State University acquiring two degrees; one in Sport Industry and the other in Public Affairs Journalism with a Spanish minor. She is in her fourth year as a sports journalist and reporter covering Ohio State Football and Basketball for, a career she started while interning in high school. In 2017, Caroline joined the Big Ten Network’s Student U program as a sideline reporter on BTNPlus and BTN2Go. In addition, she is the sideline reporter for Gameday Broadcasting Sports Network covering Upper Arlington High School football. With iHeartMedia, Caroline is a member of the Real Estate, Stocks, and Jocks weekly radio show on 105.7 The Zone. She is also a sports segment host on 106.7 The Beat. Working with WPKO-98.3 FM/WBLL-1390AM, Caroline covers home games for the Cincinnati Bengals. Caroline has a passion for working with former Ohio State players by covering their youth football camps and working with their brands and products. She also volunteers her time at her former middle and high schools mentoring young journalists and aspiring reporters. Caroline is excited to grow and continue her career in the sport industry.

  • About Robert Greenberg

    Tufts University

    I am a senior at Tufts University majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. I grew up in Edgemont, NY and I have been interested in sports and technology my entire life. On campus, I am a co-founder of the Tufts Blockchain Club, a member of Delta Tau Delta, and a developer for the Tufts Computer Science Exchange. I got my first taste in the sports industry this past summer interning at the NBA on their IT team. Through this experience I gained knowledge on sports business, data analytics, and IT operations. My specific interests in the sports industry are data science as well as Blockchain technology and its potential impact on the future of professional contracts. In my free time I like to work on sports analysis projects with NBA and MLB data, play pickup basketball, and produce EDM music. I am very excited to be here at the MSBC and I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with the future leaders of the sports industry!

  • About Brigid Daly

    Syracuse University

    Brigid Daly is a senior sport management major at Syracuse University, originally from Ellicott City, Maryland. As a true Marylander, she began her career in sports working in lacrosse as an events intern for Inside Lacrosse. Following that, she spent school breaks shadowing the Washington Wizards staff where she found her passion for sports marketing and communications.This past summer, Brigid worked as a community relations intern at the National Football League. During her time there, she was able to contribute to all NFL initiatives including PLAY60, Crucial Catch and Salute to Service. She was thrilled to be a part of the league’s new sun safety initiative with the American Cancer Society which provided free sunscreen to fans, coaches and players at 2018 training camps. It was a rewarding experience to help the league continue to impact the early detection and prevention of cancers. Brigid is spending this fall in NYC interning at Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment before heading upstate to Syracuse to finish her senior year. She is looking forward to one last season of Orange basketball in her favorite place, the Carrier Dome, before graduation in May.

  • Sean is a senior from Taipei, Taiwan studying Business Administration with a minor in Applied Analytics at the University of Southern California. Currently, he is the Co-President for USC’s Sports Business Association, which he has been a member of since freshman year. Regarding prior experiences, Sean worked with the public relations team at EAG Sports Management and helped with sponsorship activations at the Los Angeles Clippers. Recently, he took data science courses in Portugal to expand his skillset, in hopes of applying them in basketball analytics. Looking forward, he aspires to work alongside Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets organization, the industry leaders in all things analytics.

  • About Babak Eghbali

    University of Southern California

    Bobby is a senior at the University of Southern California, studying Business Administration with a minor in Sports Media. He’s from San Diego, California and in his free time enjoys playing basketball, running long-distance and hiking. Mostly recently, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Evercore. In the past, he interned with Clearlake Capital Group, The Drew League, Overtime and The Sports Quotient. He is a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys fan and awaiting the day one of his team’s returns to the winning days.

  • About Matthew Simon

    University of Southern California

    Matt Simon is a senior at the University of Southern California, studying communication and political science. Matt spent this past summer interning for the National Football League in their Events department, helping to plan the League’s tentpole events including Super Bowl, Draft, Pro Bowl, and Kickoff.

    Prior to the NFL, Matt spent the spring interning for the Washington Redskins and working as a Runner for NBC at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, assisting with all of NBC’s figure skating andshort track speed skating coverage. He has also interned at Wasserman, the L.A. Clippers, the USC Athletic Department, and Bleacher Report, and spent a summer working for the Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

    Originally from Boston, MA, Matt is a diehard fan of all things Boston sports, and his earliest childhood memory is of Tom Brady and the Patriots winning Super Bowl XXXVI. On campus, he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and is looking forward to pursuing a career in sports business after graduating from USC in May 2019.

Class of 2017

  • About Christopher Henderson, Valedictorian 2017

    Syracuse University

    Chris Henderson is a Senior Sport Management Major at Syracuse University, originally from Los Angeles, CA. Chris began his career in sports at an early age, working at sport agencies Wasserman Media Group and Relativity Sports in Business Development and Finance before his freshman year at SU. In 2016, Chris interned at the 2016 Rio Olympics with NBC in its Sport Communications department. This past summer Chris interned in the Global Sales department at Legends, where he prospected international companies as sponsors for different NFL and MLS properties. In addition, Chris is a Team Manager for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team.
    Chris contributed to creating the Professional Basketball Combine as Assistant Director. The inaugural event in May consisted of 23 draft eligible players with 25 NBA scouts and executives representing 16 NBA teams. Since the event, 6 of the players in attendance have agreed to NBA contracts for the upcoming season. Going forward, Chris is excited to grow the PBC while pursuing a full- time career in sports business where he can make a lasting impact on the industry.
  • About Alex Sheinman

    Penn State University

    Alex is currently a senior student at Penn State University. Alex started his sports career at Source Communications where he worked closely with clients such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway, Wise Chips and Amtrak. From there, Alex became a brand ambassador for NFL Sunday Ticket selling their football package to all Penn State students. Alex’s team ranks second in sales across the country.
     In his junior year, Alex interned with Major League Baseball Advanced Media in the strategic planning sponsorship department. It was there; he worked closely with and the new client NHL Network. This past summer, Alex interned with the National Football League working with NFL Fantasy and NFL Mobile in the digital media market department.
    Aside from sports, Alex is involved in a startup company called ID Entertainment. ID Entertainment hosts’ music festivals at colleges around the country, the first show with Post Malone had 3,000 students in attendance. Alex loves the grind when it comes to sports & entrepreneurship. You can find him running a Tough Mudder, traveling, or playing Madden.
    Alex is leading the efforts of building a sports business conference at Penn State, coming this March!
  • About Alexis Rizzo

    Fordham University

    Alexis is a senior at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY majoring in Digital Technology & Emerging Media, with a minor in Computer Science. Growing up in Ridgewood, NJ Alexis learned at an early age that her love of sports would lead her to a career in the industry. She is
    currently the Vice-President of the Business of Sports Society at Fordham University, and an Operations Assistant for the Fordham Football team.
    Alexis had an extremely fulfilling summer as an intern for the MLB Commissioner’s Office in the Information Security department, which solidified her desire to pursue a career in the sports industry. She is fascinated by the technological tools and innovations that shape the sports world today. Her ultimate goal is to combine her passion for
    digital media with her love of sports to enhance the experiences of organizations, athletes, and fans.
    Outside of sports, Alexis enjoys Irish Dancing, photography, and exploring NYC.
  • Currently a USC junior, Kaylie’s focus is the business of sports in the country’s most active sports market.
    She served the Special Olympics World Games as a Media Operations Specialist by day, working evenings as a Workforce Manager on scheduling of 30,000 staffers and volunteers. She interned at Mandalay Sports Media, working on an ESPN “30 for 30” production called Hardwood Dreams.
    Kaylie coordinated efforts for the USC Athletics charity Swim With Mike, which provides scholarships for physically challenged athletes. One recipient is currently an undergraduate student at U of M.
    She is in her second season with the Los Angeles Clippers, working on the team’s MVP sales platforms. She also works in USC Football as a Recruiting and Operations Intern. One of 14 sorority members elected to the prestigious Panhellenic Council, as Vice President of Campus Wellness & Athletics she coordinates activities for 3,000 Greek women at USC.
    The first female on the Executive Board of USC’s Sports Business Association, she directed the organization’s Planning Committee. Her aggressive dive into the LA sports environment has shown Kaylie’s interest in utilizing learnings from both in and out of the classroom to jump start her chosen career.
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  • Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Madeline Heaps is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley double majoring in Media Studies and Political Science. Throughout her undergraduate career, Madeline has sought out opportunities in collegiate athletic media relations. For the past three years, she has served as a Media Relations Student Assistant at UC Berkeley Department of Athletics, most recently acting as the primary contact for men’s and women’s cross country and supporting public relations operations for most of California’s 30 intercollegiate sports. Madeline also serves as a Campus Director and Manager for University Tees, Vice President of Communications for the UC Berkeley Panhellenic Executive Council, and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After completing her Bachelor degrees in May of 2018, she hopes to continue her career and education in the sports information industry, with a focus in marketing, branding and communications.
  • About Melanie Yu

    University of Toronto

    Melanie Yu is a senior at the University of Toronto studying for her Bachelor’s of Commerce. She has been involved in sports business for several years, most notably as the first female president of the University of Toronto Sports and Business Association which hosts the largest student run sports conference in Canada. Additionally, she was the Executive Assistant for the Development League at the University of Toronto, managing 12 teams with over 250 players in four sports.
    She is currently one of two Communications Interns at PrimeTime Sports and Entertainment, running their Twitter and Facebook account as well as creating half of the promotional graphics.
  • About Noah Klayman

    University of Pennsylvania

    Noah Klayman is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Psychology and minoring in French. On campus, Noah is the Outreach Chair for the Wharton Undergraduate Sports Business Club— a role that involves organizing career fairs and bringing well-established sports industry professionals to campus. He has interned at Scout Sports and Entertainment, Turner Sports, Overtime, and Bloomberg Sports. This past summer at Scout, Noah evaluated sports sponsorship proposals and generated innovative activation strategies for the agency’s clients. He is working remotely this semester for the rapidly growing startup Overtime where he has held various positions since a summer internship in 2015.
  • About Elena Kyriakos

    Elon University

    My name is Elena Kyriakos, I am a senior at Elon University studying Strategic Communications with minors in Sport Management and Digital Art. During the past four years, I have had the opportunity to work among many industry professionals both inside and outside the classroom.
    Last year I was immersed in the industry with an internship as a Logger during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics for NBC Sports. My responsibilities were to work along side associate directors, logging live feeds from the Olympics.
    This summer, I interned at the National Football League in NYC, working on digital media sales. At the NFL, I was exposed to junior account executive work such as creating marketing decks with custom media opportunities, met with advertising agency personnel, researched competitive marketplace data and constructed recap packages for past sponsorships.
    This coming February, while continuing my studies at Elon, I will be working as a shot selector on the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics for NBC Sports.
    Winning this award is a tremendous honor and humbling experience. I look forward to continuing my career in sports communication and hope to one day shape the sports industry.
  • About Savannah McVoy

    Adrian College

    Savannah is from Lexington, Kentucky. This year, she will be a junior at Adrian College studying Sports Management with a minor in Leadership Ethics. Working in the sports industry is definitely a
    primarily passion of Savanah’s, as she is proud to severe as the Vice
    President of the Society of Sports Management. Although this is only her third year as a member of Adrian’s Varsity Synchronized Skating Team, skating has been apart of her life since she was five years old. After she graduates in 2019, she hopes to purse a master’s degree in Sports’ Administration.
  • About Will Bubenik

    Temple University

    Will Bubenik is a senior Sport & Recreation Management major at Temple University with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Born and raised in St. Louis, Will is the youngest of four, and all three of his older siblings have disabilities. Seeing the massive impact that programs like the Special Olympics had on his siblings inspired Will to set out on a mission to change the world through sport.
    Will has gathered a variety of unique experiences in the industry. He is set to begin his 4th season with the Philadelphia 76ers as a Talent Manager for the mascot, Franklin the Dog. In 2016, he was selected as 1 of 25 members of the Manhattan Sports Business Academy, an experience that has had a profound impact on his life and career aspirations. As part of the program, he interned at Krossover in Business Development. Finally, he spent the past summer interning at Leverage Agency managing corporate social responsibility campaigns.
    Will credits his mom, Amy, as the driving influence in his life. After these experiences, Will has started The Amy Carol Project (TACP), a community named after his mom and Maw Maw dedicated to enhancing the disability experience through sports, entrepreneurship, and employment.

Class of 2016

  • About Jake Asman

    Ithaca College

    Jake Asman is a nationally syndicated sports talk radio host on SB Nation Radio. Jake comes to SB Nation Radio after hosting the morning show on Long Island’s SportsOnTheGo1 Radio. Asman has broadcasted live from Radio Row at both Super Bowl LI in Houston and Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. In addition to the daily radio show, Jake was an Associate Producer at WFAN Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio in New York City and worked as a Production Assistant at NBC Sports during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In the summer of 2016, Asman interned with NBC Sports on site at the Rio Olympic games and interned at Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles. 

    A native of Long Island, New York, Asman is a passionate fan of the Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and Islanders. Asman graduated with a degree in communications from Ithaca College in 2017.

    You can follow Asman on twitter at @JakeAsman

  • About Josh Klein

    Cornell University

    Josh is a senior in the ILR School at Cornell University, pursuing minors in business and law. On campus, he is the Co-President of the Big Red Sports Network (Cornell’s only exclusively student-run sports media organization on campus) and Vice President of Events for the Cornell ILR Sports Business Society.  Josh has interned for NBC Sports at the Rio Olympics as well as Horizon Media in the Scout Sports and Entertainment Marketing division.  This past summer, he worked at Deloitte in Strategy & Operations Consulting and was staffed on an international expansion project, formulating new market entry strategy for a real estate client.

  • About Bradley Wolff

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Brad won the BIG Initiative Award in 2016 for his success with The King of Sports Blog, where he interviewed 100+ athletes from ages 10 to 17, as well as his efforts at The University of Texas at Austin. In his time at UT, Brad developed the first financial literacy program for the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation and served as the Assistant Director of the Longhorn Athletics Agency, a division of Student Government that Brad helped develop a new student seating system with the Athletics Department while at the helm. After graduating with a Business Honors and Finance degree in May 2018, Brad began working as the Partner Strategy Analyst at the Barclays Center for E15 Group. In this role, Brad oversees data analysis and new technology for the food, beverage, and retail operations at the home of the Brooklyn Nets.

  • About Kevin Socolow

    University of Southern California

    Kevin Socolow is currently a senior at University of Southern California studying Business Administration with a minor in Sports Media Studies. On campus he is a Co-President of the USC Sports Business Association where he helps educate and connect fellow students in the fields of the sports industry they are passionate about. He has had several unique internships with Premier Partnerships, Wasserman, Lagardere Sports & Entertainment, and United World Sports. Kevin’s passion for sports business has also taken him across the world. He participated in the 2012 Doha G.O.A.L.S. Forum in Doha, Qatar and spent part of the 2016 summer working for a Chinese sports marketing company in Shanghai, China.

  • About Daniel Oh

    University of Toronto

    Currently at Bell Canada in Sales Strategy, Daniel’s career in sports began with internships at Wasserman and IMG – in both consulting and business development capacities. He is also the former President of the University of Toronto Sports and Business Association: organizing the largest student-run sports industry conference in the country.

  • Haiya Kofler is a senior pursuing a major in Rhetoric with Honors, a concentration in Contemporary American Political and Legal Discourse, and a minor in Dance Performance, at UC Berkeley. She moved by herself at 13 to pursue ski racing in an effort to find a healthy outlet for domestic abuse, and has been an adrenaline junkie and physical education advocate ever since. After becoming close with Janet Evans through coaching her kids in skiing, Haiya interned with the Los Angeles Bid for the 2024 (now 2028) Olympic and Paralympic Games, and can currently be seen at every Cal football and basketball game as the second woman ever to take over the Cal Spirit program’s “Mic Men,” and every volleyball game and gymnastics meet as Athletics’ in-arena emcee.
  • Yash Gupta is a senior at USC, studying Business Administration with a minor in Sports Media Studies. At USC, Yash has served as Student Body President of the Marshall School of Business and co-President of the Sports Business Association. Yash has held a variety of internship roles at Wasserman, Under Armour, Fox Sports, and the NBA and hopes to have a long-term career in the sports industry revolving around strategy and growth.

  • About Anita Nham


    Anita Nham is currently a communications intern at the NCAA in its postgraduate internship program. Nham graduated from Penn State University in May 2017 with a degree in Public Relations and minors in Spanish and International Studies. In her senior year, she was the president of Penn State’s chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media, a student staff writer for’s All-Sports blog and an intern for Penn State Athletics’ creative services and brand management department.

Class of 2015

  • About Nick Laub

    Colgate University

    Nick is a senior at Colgate university, where he serves as the Captain of the Div. 1 men’s tennis team and President of the Student-Athlete-Advisory-Committee. Since starting his career as a US Open Ball Boy in 2008, he has interned for CAA Sports (New York), Octagon (London), ESPN (London), Tennis Channel (Paris), and the Connecticut open (Connecticut). He is currently working on co-founding a program to support former Patriot League student-athletes and current Paralympians on their road to the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio.

  • About Sydney Schneider

    University of Pennsylvania

    Sydney Schneider is a Senior at The University of Pennsylvania with a passion for furthering sports business initiatives. On campus, Sydney acts as the sales liaison between the Philadelphia 76ers and her dance team, The Quaker Girls. Her work experience allowed her to see how sports are portrayed on various platforms and how different types of fans interact with their favorite sports and athletes. At FOX29, Sydney interviewed a variety of notable individuals, including Philadelphia Flyers, and at the NBA, Sydney worked with the Merchandising and Marketing teams to identify and create products for a variety of fans
  • About Nikhil Oza

    Georgetown University

    Nik Oza is a senior math major at Georgetown University and a shortstop on the Georgetown club baseball team. As a freshman, he founded the Georgetown Sports Analysis, Business and Research Group. He has previously worked in basketball analytics for the Charlotte Hornets and in baseball analytics for the Tampa Bay Rays, and will be working in baseball analytics for the Los Angeles Dodgers after graduation.

  • About Matthew Provenzano

    Cornell University

  • About Kyle Kwaske

    Aquinas College

    Kyle Kwaske is a senior at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan finishing up his Business Administration/Sport Management dual major along with a Marketing minor. He is currently a Sales and Marketing Associate for the NBA D-League’s Grand Rapids Drive and has been with the team from its beginning. Kwaske has completed internships with the Houston Texans, Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame, Grand Rapids Drive and most recently, the NBA this past summer. Kyle has accepted an offer as an NBA Associate at their headquarters in New York City beginning this September.

  • About Matthew Frosoni

    Texas Tech University

    Matthew Frosoni is a senior at Texas Tech University pursuing degrees in Marketing and Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. He has spent the last two summers in Baltimore, MD interning at Under Armour, Inc., working in sports marketing and retail operations. He led the 2015 Summer League Sample Sale, an event that donated $275,000 to Living Classrooms Foundation. He has also interned for the Texas Tech Athletic Department, overseeing promotions and fan engagement for football and men’s basketball.

  • About Marcus Fuller

    Brown University

    Marcus Fuller is a senior at Brown University, where he will soon earn a degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations. He also plays quarterback for the Brown football team, and in 2015 became just the third player in school history to be named captain in two consecutive seasons. Marcus spent 11 months working with the Super Bowl XILX Champion New England Patriots, most recently in the role of Business Development Coordinator. He has accepted an offer to join data-driven sports consultancy Futures Sport + Entertainment upon graduation.

  • About David Goldstein

    Princeton University

    David Goldstein is a Junior at Princeton University. He is currently an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team. He is the founder of Countywide Concussion Care, a comprehensive concussion management and education program in Miami-Dade county, and helped pass Youth Concussion Legislation in Florida. In addition, he has worked for the professional soccer organization Atlético Nacional S.A. in Medellín, Colombia as a sports business and coaching intern, and he was the broadcaster for Princeton Varsity Baseball and Sprint Football.

  • About Daniel Abraham

    St. John's University

  • About Arco Recto

    University of Toronto

Class of 2014

  • About Alex Smith

    Cornell University

    Alex Smith is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is currently serving as a Co-Chair for the 2014 Ivy Sports Symposium and is the President of the ILR Cornell Sports Business Society. Additionally, he is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the blog Batting Leadoff, which aims to provide individuals interested in careers in baseball a space to showcase their work. He interned this past summer for the New York Mets in baseball operations and has also been a relief pitcher on Cornell’s varsity baseball team for the past three seasons.

  • About Jesse Sherman

    Cornell University

    Jesse Sherman is a founder of the Big Red Sports Network, the first student-run multimedia organization devoted to Cornell athletics. In 2012, he broadcasted Cornell’s NCAA Regional baseball games. He was on Cornell’s winning team in the 2014 SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition. He was a baseball intern at The Legacy Agency in 2014 and a Citi account intern at GroupM ESP in 2013. He is Editor-in-Chief of the ILR Sports Business Society’s “Sports Inc.” magazine.

  • About Erika Mueller

    Brown Univeristy

    Erika Mueller is a dynamic changemaker with a passion for sport. Erika is working toward completing her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies at Brown University. Former captain of the Brown softball team and Royce Sport and Society Fellow, she recently gathered professional experience in the UK and South Africa at both the elite and grassroots levels of sport for development. Erika currently serves as the Executive Director of Sports Symposium Inc.

  • About Aaron Malave

    University of Central Flordia

    Aaron Malave is a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Marketing with a minor in the DeVos Undergraduate Sport Business Management Program. He currently serves as a Marketing Partnerships Assistant with Florida Citrus Sports. Also has also previously held internship positions with the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NCAA/Central Florida Sports Commission, UCF Athletics, Athlete Connections Foundation, and Catch-NYC as well as has been a Teaching & Research Assistant for DeVos program leadership.

  • About Scott Kevy

    Syracuse University

    Scott Kevy is a senior at Syracuse University, majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Information Management & Technology. Scott has held many leadership positions in the Sport Management Club at Syracuse University, as well as their Annual Charity Sports Auction, which to date has raised nearly $213,000 for non-profit organizations throughout the Central New York community. In the past two summers, he has interned with Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Turner Sports.

  • About Lauren Howe

    University of Toronto

    Lauren Howe is a third year Industrial Engineering Student at the University of Toronto and of the Vice President of their Sports and Business Association. Previously being the host of the university’s Varsity Sports Show, she is now the In-Arena Host for the Toronto Maple Leafs where she delivers in-game content to 20,000 individuals each home game as well as off-ice segments covering special Leafs events and promotions.

  • About Alex Feczko

    University of Kentucky

    Alex Feczko is a Junior at the University of Kentucky where he currently serves as the Corporate Coordinator for UK’s 24-hour Dance Marathon to support childhood cancer. His first opportunity within the sports industry was writing for The mentorship, experience and lessons learned from SBU helped lead him to future opportunities with Kentucky Athletics, the UK Sports Marketing Academy, Minor League Baseball, the Sports Executives Association and the Chicago Bears.

  • About Cindy Zhou

    University of Toronto

    Cindy Zhou is a senior at the University of Toronto studying commerce, and specializing in marketing management. As the VP of the University of Toronto Sports and Business Association, she oversees the execution of the largest sports industry conference in Canada. Cindy is also a sponsored longboarder, avid content creator, and MLSE scheduling administrator. Over the last 2 summers, she has interned for companies including Loaded Boards in Los Angeles and adidas in Portland.

  • Katie Donnewald is a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign pursuing degrees in Finance and Marketing. Donnewald has held multiple leadership roles in her sorority, Delta Gamma, as well as Illinois Business Council. She is also a teaching assistant for a business course focusing on professional responsibility, a member of the UIUC Sports Business Association, and has worked as a Student Recruiter for the University of Illinois Football Program. She has held internships at Radegen Sports Management and Octagon.

  • About Jake Wittkop

    Kansas State Univeristy

    Jake Wittkop, a senior in marketing at Kansas State University, is currently a graduate assistant for the K-State Athletics Fan Experience and Sales department, the first-ever undergraduate to hold the position. He is directly responsible for all marketing efforts and in-game experiences for the women’s basketball program, as well as overseeing 20 undergraduate interns and their Olympic sports plans. This summer, Jake served as a Marketing and Special Events intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, including managing a group of 28 training camp interns. His previous experience also includes interning with the K-State Football Coaching Video department.

Class of 2013

  • About Reed Longo

    Cornell University

    Reed Longo is a senior and a teaching assistant for a Sports Management course at Cornell University. He is Co-President of Cornell Sports Business Society and the Corporate Relations Director of the Ivy Sports Symposium. He arranges guest speaker events and connects Cornell’s alumni to the Sports Business Society. He also proposed for a Sports Business minor at Cornell, which resulted in the creation of Cornell’s first ever Sports Management course.

  • About Joshua Lagan

    University of Connecticut

    Joshua Lagan is a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Marketing. Lagan has worked with ESPN as a Statistics Analyst and this past summer worked with Mastercard as a Marketing Analyst. Lagan is the co-founder of SportsBusinessU, a website dedicated to creating a community for current and future sports business professionals. Sports Networker named Lagan one of their “Rising Stars in Sports Business.”

  • About Vicente Fernandez

    University of Chicago

    As a senior at the University of Chicago, Vicente Fer- nandez founded of the University of Chicago Sports Business Team, and Maroon TV. Fernandez launched in his freshman year and the site has grown to over 400,000 unique monthly visitors. Earlier this year, they developed an app for the site and it ranked No. 8 in the free sports app category. He is also a freelance stringer for Miami Herald and has interned at Lionsgate Productions.

  • About Jonathan Gordon

    University of Notre Dame

    Jonathan Gordon is a junior at the University of Notre Dame pursuing a double major in Finance and Applied Math and Statistics. He is the founder of the student organization ND Sports By Numbers, an organization that focuses on sports business, analytics and research while providing a platform for students and alumni to connect. Gordon is also the founder of Sportalytics Media, a company that manages three sports analytics websites, including Sports Analytics Blog.

  • About Chris Stathos


    Chris Stathos is a senior at William Jewell College, majoring in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership. He serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors for the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 1 of only 14 undergraduates in North America on the Student Advisory Committee. He has held internships with the Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting Kansas City and most recently the NFL.

  • About Rob Dearborn


    Rob Dearborn is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing degrees in Operations and Information Manage- ment, Legal Studies and Business Ethics. Dearborn serves as President of the Wharton Undergraduate Sports Busi- ness Club, as well as his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He has also been a Co-Chair of the planning committee for the Ivy Sports Symposium for the past two years and worked with the NFL this past summer.

  • About Avish Sood

    George Brown College

    Avish Sood is a senior at George Brown College. Sood is the co- founder of the University of Toronto Sports Business Association with over 960 active members. Being President from 2010-2013, he built successful corporate partnerships with over 33 organizations in both Canada and the U.S. He spent a summer volunteering at South Africa, teaching sports development and is now finishing his internship with the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • About Sam Rubinroit

    Brown University

    Sam Rubinroit is a senior at Brown University, majoring in Business. Rubinroit has been instrumental in the revival of the Brown Sports Business Club and has even founded two student-taught courses on sports business. He also serves as a Co-Chair for the Ivy Sports Symposium, interned with the Tournament of Roses and has spent the past two summers working for the NFL in user acquisition. Sam also serves as the Sports Editor for the Brown Daily Herald.

  • About Brian Rosen

    Indiana University

    Brain Rosen is a senior at Indiana University, Bloomington, INDIANA UNIVERSITY and the founder and Executive Director of SportsBusinessU. With the aim of uniting people with a similar mindset, he brought together a group of individuals with strong sports business interest and founded SBU. He is the current President of Sport Marketing Alliance at Indiana, the official club for Sports Marketing and Management majors. In the past two summers, he has interned with MLB Advanced Media and Fox Sports West and Primeticket.

  • Myles Robinson is a junior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is one of the founders of SportsBusinessU, as well as President of the Carolina Sport Business Club. Through SBU and CSBC, Robinson shares his passion and experiences with students across the country. He also consults young sports business professionals for SBU. He has previously held internships with Charlotte Bobcats Sports & Entertainment, the UNC Athletic Department and the NFL.