Sport Business Conference Speakers and Internship Luncheon Attendees

  • The following is a list of the professionals who will speak about the future of sport business at the 2017 Pennsylvania Sports Business Conference held April 21, 2017, at the Hadley Union Building (HUB). 

    Keynote Speaker

    Mark TurleyMark 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 and graduated from South Park High School and IUP in 1983.

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

    Mini Session Speakers

    AJ Anderson A.J. Anderson:

    Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations, Saint Francis University

    A.J. Anderson was named the assistant director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations in 2014 after serving two seasons as the university’s first director of Operations for Athletics. He enters his 14th season at Saint Francis U in 2016–17. Anderson’s responsibilities include coordinating or assisting in all event operations, including basketball and football game day events. He also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Maurice Stokes Athletic Center and all other athletic facilities on campus.  Additionally, Anderson monitors facility projects and maintenance activities by the SFU Physical Plant staff. Also, he is responsible for maintaining a schedule of practices, games, and events incorporating all 23 Division I intercollegiate athletic programs, intramurals and club related groups, and non-athletic university events, along with outside groups in Saint Francis University athletic venues.

    Prior to Anderson’s position in athletic administration, he was an assistant football coach at Saint Francis for nine seasons, including associate head coach for two seasons. Before coming to Saint Francis University, Anderson served as running backs coach and admissions counselor at Albright College. 

    Amy Badorf Amy Badorf:

    Director of Eligibility and Compliance, University of Pittsburgh

    Amy Badorf earned her bachelor’s degree in sport administration in May 2006 and master’s degree in sport management in July 2007 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). During her time at IUP, Amy was on the IUP varsity volleyball team. Amy is currently the director of Eligibility and Compliance at the University of Pittsburgh and is responsible for initial and continuing eligibility of prospective and continuing student-athletes. Prior to being at the University of Pittsburgh, Amy worked in a similar capacity at the Ohio State University and Slippery Rock University.

    Tony BucilliTony Buccilli:

    Director of Team Operations, Washington Wild Things

    Sports Management master’s degree, Indiana University of Pennsylvania: 2012
    Director of Baseball Operations, Washington Wild Things: 2012–14
    Baseball Operations, Texas Rangers: 2014–15
    Director of Team Operations, Washington Wild Things: 2015–present

    Greg ColemanGreg Coleman:

    President, Erie SeaWolves

    In 2011, Greg was named president of the Erie SeaWolves, Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. During Coleman’s tenure, the SeaWolves organization has achieved team-high sponsorship totals for four straight years, doubled annual merchandise sales, secured UPMC as a stadium naming rights partner, and earned a Commitment to Erie Award for Community Service. He also assisted in the 2015 sale of the franchise to current owner Fernando Aguirre.    

    In his 20-year Minor League Baseball career, Greg has held senior leadership positions with the Modesto A’s (Oakland A’s), Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees), and Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays). As general manager of Modesto, Greg led a staff which set a franchise record for single-season attendance and earned Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Award for Franchise Excellence (2003). In Bowling Green, Greg developed “What Could’ve Been Night”—a promotion that earned Promotion of the Year (2009) and has been subsequently adopted by many minor league teams. 

    Coleman is a native of Hamilton, New Jersey, and a graduate of the College of New Jersey. Greg and his wife, Shanda, have two children, Kevin and Maggie.

    Buffy Filippell Buffy Filippell:

    Founder and President, TeamWork Online

    A graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington) with a 1976 bachelor of science degree in health, physical education, and recreation, Filippell is one of the most honored and respected leaders and women in the sports world, having not only created TeamWork Online as a first-of-its-kind mobile talent recruiting system focused on connecting the right candidate with the right employer on the business in sports and live events, but also having been the first female agent at IMG and one of the very first recruiters to focus on sports while at Korn/Ferry. She currently serves on the Dean’s Associates Board for Indiana University’s School of Public Health. TeamWork has also established regular, live networking, career fairs, and educational events for aspiring professionals. 

    Tina GreczekTina Greczek: 

    Human Resource Specialist, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Tina graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in Sports Administration. During her final semester at IUP, Tina completed an internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ballpark Operations Department while working closely with the Guest Relations manager. In 2011, Tina was hired as a customer service representative with the Pirates and remained in that role through 2012. In February 2012, Tina obtained the full-time position of Cleaning Operations coordinator in Ballpark Operations. In her current role as the human resource specialist, obtained in August 2016, Tina’s primary role is staff level recruitment and execution of various strategic initiatives within the Pirates organization.

    Kyle Heckelman:

    Manager, Regional Sales, Monumental Sports and Entertainment

    Zach HendersonZach Henderson:

    Account Executive, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Zach is an account executive with the Pittsburgh Pirates who has been with the organization since June 2013. He decided to continue his education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in sport administration and a minor in business and economics. 

    Zach was the first intern for the Sports Business Conference at IUP, assisting with getting the conference off the ground and with sponsorship. While attending the conference his junior year, Zach made a connection that led him into a Pittsburgh Steelers marketing internship his senior year. Upon graduation, Zach started with the Pittsburgh Pirates Inside Sales department, where he stayed for nine months. At the end of nine months, Zach was officially promoted into his current role of account executive with the New Business Development staff in March 2014.

    Brittney Krueger:

    Manager, Camping and Ticketing Services, Pocono Raceway

    Brittney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management in 2014 from Penn State University. While at Penn State, Brittney enjoyed being in the Blue Band. Brittney completed her internship with Pocono Raceway at the end of the summer in 2014 when she was hired full time. Brittney is responsible for all things camping related at Pocono as well as assisting with their ticket services.  

    Amos LeakAmos Leak:

    Marketing Representative for Adidas, Maryland

    Amos Leak earned his bachelor of science degree in Sports Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2009, went on to earn a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Delaware State University in 2011, and is currently continuing his education at Towson University to receive his second master’s in marketing intelligence. Amos is currently the marketing representative in Maryland for Adidas. His background also includes sports marketing and management work with Nike, Converse, Reebok, Comcast-Spectacor, Brooklyn Nets, IUP men’s basketball, and Temple University Athletics. He continues to work with several community nonprofit programs and manages/consults for professional athletes.

    Eric McDowellEric McDowell:

    Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information, Union College (NY), Past President of CoSIDA; "CoSIDA U" Committee Chair

    Eric McDowell joined the Union staff in March 2005 and became the assistant athletic director for Sports Information in 2008. A veteran of nearly 35 years in collegiate and professional sports information and media relations, he began his career as the SID at the University of New Haven in 1980.

    He served a three-year term as the first chair of CoSIDA’s College Division Management Advisory Committee (2008–11), representing NCAA II, III, NAIA, and CIS, and served as president of the 3,000-member organization in the 2014–15 academic year. He was the first president in CoSIDA’s 59-year history to represent an NCAA Division III institution. During his term he implemented CoSIDA U, a program to introduce the sports communications profession to sport management majors at schools throughout North America. He also became the first president of CoSIDA to visit the headquarters of the NCAA (Indianapolis), NAIA (Kansas City), and CIS (Ottawa). McDowell is serving as past president on the CoSIDA board for 2015–16. In June 2016 in Dallas, he received the Warren Berg Award from CoSIDA, presented to a college division member who has made outstanding contributions to the profession.

    McDowell was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame during ceremonies in San Antonio, Texas, in 2009. He resides in Colonie, New York, with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Sara.

    Andrea Miller:

    Associate Director of Compliance, the Ohio State University

    Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University in 2012 and later received her Master of Science in Sport Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Andrea currently serves as an associate director of Compliance at the Ohio State University and is responsible for continuing, initial, and transfer eligibility, as well as monitoring all aspects of the men’s and women’s track and field, cross country, and field hockey programs. Andrea previously served as the compliance coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University from 2013 to 2015. Prior to working at FGCU, Andrea interned with the Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania) compliance office while she completed her master’s degree.

    Ashley RobbinsAshley Robbins:

    Director of Communications, University of Massachusetts Lowell “CoSIDA U” Committee member

    Robbins enters her third year with the River Hawk communications department, as she joined the staff as associate director of Athletic Communications in May 2014. She was then promoted to director of Communications at UMass Lowell in July 2016. Her duties include assisting in the oversight of the athletic communications office for the River Hawks’ 17 Division I intercollegiate sports. She serves as the primary communications contact for the men’s basketball program, in addition to the field hockey and softball teams. Robbins came to UMass Lowell after spending two years as assistant director of Media Relations at Longwood University, where she was the primary contact for several Division I sports.

    She has been an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) since 2012, and a member of the organization’s CoSIDA U Committee and mentorship program since 2016. She has had the opportunity to work on the media coordination team for a pair of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regionals. Other stops for Robbins have included the Boston Bruins (2010), the Bay State Games (2010–11), and the New England Revolution (2009).

    The Leominster, Massachusetts, native graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in sport management from Syracuse in 2011. She and her husband, Travis, currently reside in Leominster.

    Don SheldonDon Sheldon:

    Account Services, Buffalo Bills

    Don Sheldon is currently the manager of Account Services for the Buffalo Bills. This upcoming season is Sheldon’s eighth with the Bills. In his position, Sheldon works with all season ticket holders, including managing ticket accounts, their representatives, and all other inquiries on a daily basis. He previously worked with the Columbus Blue Jackets as a ticket services coordinator for two seasons. He is also an adjunct professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he teaches sports management classes. Sheldon was a graduate of Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. 

    John SimpsonJohn Simpson:

    Marketing Manager/Events, Pittsburgh Steelers

    John graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a degree in business management and a minor in economics. From 1979 to 1998, John worked in Hills Department Stores, Koenig Sporting Goods, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Champs Sports in various store-level and home office retail management positions. Since 1998, he has worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Marketing Department as the marketing manager/events. Some of his responsibilities include organizing and executing all Steelers marketing events, promoting, implementing, and executing the Marketing Internship Program, and planning all aspects of the Steelers Training Camp VIP Hospitality Program. His advice to students is to develop their own mission statement regarding their career goals and while taking classes, obtain as many internships, volunteer opportunities, and/or part-time jobs as they can which satisfy their mission statement.  

    Ben Walker:

    Manager, Landmark Events Staffing Services, Inc.

    Chad Westerburg Chad Westerburg:

    Director of Ticket Sales, Reading Royals

    Chad earned his bachelor’s degree in sport administration and minor in business in May 2013. He continued his education by earning his master’s degree in sport administration in 2014 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While obtaining his master’s degree, he was a full-time grad assistant where he was responsible for coordinating the IUP Sports Business Conference and helped manage the James G. Mill Fitness Center.

    After graduating IUP, he spent about two years with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL Affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers) where he was a part of their inaugural season at the PPL Center. Chad started in their inside sales program and was promoted within five months to retention specialist to assist in their season ticket holder retention efforts. In February 2016, he joined the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, which is administered by IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions, where he was repeatedly recognized for excellence in sales performance as an account executive. In January 2017, Chad was presented with the opportunity to get back into minor league hockey, where he currently serves as the director of ticket sales for the Reading Royals (ECHL Affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers) and is responsible for overseeing the Royals sales department.

    Internship Luncheon

    Kelly Anthony - Manager, James G. Mill Fitness Center

    Jordan Cannon - Manager, Organizational Business Development, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Adam Katchmarchi - President, National Drowning Prevention Alliance

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

    Shawn Sebring - Senior Program Director, YMCA of Indiana County

    Josh Young - Director, Group and Inside Sales, Cleveland Browns