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2017 Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference

  • The annual Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be held April 21, 2017 in the Hadley Union Building (HUB).

    This year's conference will focus on “Forward Thinking with Innovation: The Future of Sport Business.” Speakers from professional sports, collegiate athletics, the sporting goods industry, the health and fitness industry, and other areas of sports management will be presenting during this conference.

    The conference will be held in the Hadley Union Building on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Individual and Group Registration Forms

    If you wish to attend the 2017 Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference, please fill out and return the registration form.

    Groups of five or more registering for the conference will receive $5 off the registration fee. Groups must be preregistered before their individual members begin registering. To preregister a group, please submit the registration form.

    Online Registration

    Attendees may also choose to register online. Register by March 24, 2017, and receive $5 off.

    Call for Papers

    All participants are invited to submit an abstract or an oral presentation before March 10, 2017, in which the details can be found in this description of the call for papers.

    Student Awards

    Students are encouraged to apply for the Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference Community Service, Outstanding Student, and  Research awards. Deadline to enter is March 10, 2017.

    Case Study

    Students are encouraged to form a team and compete in this year’s case study. The competition will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP. All interested teams should sign up before March 10, 2017.

    Sponsorship Information

    Want to help make this event a success? Become a sponsor! Check out the Sponsorship Brochure for more information about the 2017 Sports Business Conference.    

    A special thanks to our 2017 sponsors:

    Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP

    KHSS Puzzle Piece

    College of Health and Human Services     James G. Mill Fitness Center

    Six Star Pro Nutrition

      Six Star Pro Nutrition Scholarship

    Keynote Speaker

    Mark Turley

    Senior Director of Partnership Sales and Media, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Pittsburgh native Mark Turley is in his ninth season as senior director of Partnership Sales and Media for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He oversees all aspects of sales and programming for the 37-station Penguins Radio Network. Mark also oversees sales of Penguins new media, including monetization of social and digital media. He also is responsible for day to day relations with all Penguins Radio Network affiliates and radio broadcast rights holders, iHeart Media, and the regional TV sports network Root Sports Pittsburgh.

    He has overseen a 350 percent revenue growth for Penguins Radio, and the Penguins rank number one in the NHL among US teams in both radio and television ratings.

    Mark has spent more than 25 years in sports broadcast sales, including director of Sports Marketing for Clear Channel Pittsburgh (iHeart Media), which held the radio rights for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. 

    Prior to joining the Penguins, he was the director of Sports Marketing for CBS Radio in Baltimore, managing sales for the Baltimore Orioles Radio Network, Baltimore Ravens Radio Network, and the University of Maryland.

    Mark grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from South Park High School, and graduated from IUP in 1983.

    He currently lives in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Sandy, and two daughters, Nicole and Danielle.

    Conference Speakers

    Zach Henderson - Account Executive, Pittsburgh Pirates                                                     

    Buffy Filippell - Founder and President, TeamWork Online                                                           

    Greg Coleman - President, Erie SeaWolves                                                           

    Amy Badorf - Director of Compliance, University of Pittsburgh                                                

    John Simpson - Marketing Manager/Events, Pittsburgh Steelers               

    Tony Buccilli - Director of Team Operations, Washington Wild Things   

    Brittney Krueger - Manager, Camping and Ticketing Services, Pocono Raceway                        

    Tina Greczek - Human Resources, Pittsburgh Pirates 

    Amos Leak - Marketing Representative, Adidas                     

    A.J. Anderson - Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations, Saint Francis University 

    Don Sheldon - Manager of Account Services, Buffalo Bills

    Ben Walker - Operations Manager, Landmark Event Staffing Services, Inc.

    Andrea Miller - Assistant Director of Compliance, The Ohio State University

    Eric McDowell - Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information, Union College; CoSIDA

    Ashley Robbins - Director of Communications, University of Massachusetts Lowell; CoSIDA

    Scott Kitner - Contractor, ESPN/ABC/Disney, Big Ten Network, FOX Sports

    Rick Nedley - Resource Director, Region 1 Northeast, YMCA

    Brian Lockman - President and CEO, Pennsylvania Cable Network

    Zach Jamison - Senior Manager of Education Programs, Washington Nationals

    Internship Luncheon

    Kelly Anthony - Manager, James G. Mill Fitness Center

    Derek Partsch - Manager, Sponsorship & Group Ticket Accounts, Johnstown Tomahawks

    Shawn Sebring - Senior Program Director, YMCA of Indiana County

    Adam Katchmarchi - President, National Drowning Prevention Alliance

    Michael Kostick - Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers Coach, Indiana Area Senior High School

    Whitney Jones - Competitive and Recreational Sports Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh

    Plus all other conference speakers

    See the full list of our 2017 conference speakers.