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Advisory Boards

Within the College of Business, the Sports Management Department supports two premier centers of excellence.

Both centers are directed by faculty members and are supported by professional men and women making up advisory boards and councils.

UNH Management of Sport Industries Advisory Board                       (A)= alumni

David Beckerman (A), Founder and former CEO of the Starter Corporation; currently chairman of the Acorn Group in New Haven.

Nancy Lazenby-Blaser, Commissioner, Central Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation

Chris Brown (A), Executive Director, Guest Experience at New York Mets (Exec. Board)

Jon Butler, Executive Director, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.

Chris Canetti, President, Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Robert Canton, CFO, Tampa Bay Lightening

Charlie Dowd, Esq. Vice President of Arena Operations, Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment, L.L.C.

Rosa Gatti , Senior Vice President for Communications, ESPN.

Aaron Haviland (A), Senior Director Facilities, Miami Dolphins (Exec. Board)

ChrisAnn Hayes (A), Operations Managers, Ace Tickets, Inc.

Mark Jacobson, President, Silverman Group

Brian Jennings, Senior Vice President, Marketing,  National Hockey League  (Exec. Board)

Sally Johnson, Executive Director, National Council of Youth Sports

Dean Lombardi (A), President/General Managers, Los Angeles Kings

Joel Maturi, Former Director of Athletics, University of Minnesota

Craig Mortali (A),  Five-time Emmy Award-winning producer at ESPN.

Brian O'Gara, Senior Director of Special Events, Major League Baseball

The Honorable Alan C. Page, Associate Justice Minnesota Supreme Court, NFL Hall of Famer

Linda Pantell, Former Senior Manager of Facility Operations, Security and Facility Management Dept., Major League Baseball.

Frank Russo, Jr., Senior Vice President, Global-Specturm

Nick Sakiewicz (A), CEO and Operating Partner, Philadelphia Union, MLS.

Jason Scheets (A), Director Marketing, Dreams Retail.

David Schreff , Former President, Worldwide Market and Media Group for the National Basketball Association Properties; currently President of Bedare, LLC.

Bob Schwartz, Vice President Marketing, Comcast-Spectacor  

Jef Thifault (A), Owner, Contigo Event Management (Exec. Board)

Sonny Vaccaro, Former basketball marketing pioneer who helped connect Nike and Michael Jordan.

David Wilkenson, President, Wilkonson Management Group

Ralph Willis, Partner, EFA Partners; Former Director, GE Capital, Sports/Entertainment.

Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue Officer, WWE, Inc.   

Anne Worcester, Tournament Director, New Haven Open

 

Online Sport Management Degree Advisory Board

Avner Appelbaum, VP Finance, Ametek

Shane Beardsley, Director of Events & Operations, Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment

Kim B. Blair, Ph.D., Vice President, Cooper Perkins, Inc.

Mike Boissonneault, ESPN - Sr. Director, HR Staffing & Recruiting

Tracelyn N. Charles, Senior Financial Analyst at ESPN

Dan Crumb, CFO, Kansas City Chiefs

Evan Dabby, former Senior Director, Supporter Relations & Safety, MLS: now Executive Director at New Jersey Youth Soccer

Michael J. Davis, Vice President – Taxes, Nestle USA

James Du (A),  Doctoral candidate in Sport Management, Fox School of Business, Temple University (China)

Brent Fisher (A), Vice President, Distribution - Affiliate Sales & Marketing, MLB Network

Jerry Gepner, Broadcast, Media and Business Development Consultant

Avi Goldberg, Principal, GreatPoint Ventures

Randy Istre, CEO and Owner, Inside Edge

Miklos Kozma, PhD, Manager, Sports Advisory Services, KPMG Advisory Ltd. Hungary

George Levine, Director, KPMG Advisor

Lina Li, Information Architect, Cigna

Joe Loomis, Senior Director, Team Finance, NBA

Andrew D. Opatkiewicz, VP, Strategic Development, STATS LLC

Brian Phelps (A), Owner, Toad’s Place

John Ponzio, Former President, Autotote current Town Treasurer, Town of Trumbull

Denise Taylor, Chief Information Officer, AEG

Jef Thiffault (A), Owner, Contigo Sports Management

Nick Turchan, Finance Director, The Collegiate Licensing Co. (IMG College)

Anna Vashurina (A),  Account Manager at IMG, Olympic Consulting (Russia)

Claude Vincent, School of Sports Administration, Laurentian University (CA)

Kenneth Waja, Vice President Finance, Comcast’s Global-Spectrum

Ralph Willis, Principal, EFA Partners LLC