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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 on 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.

    Main Speakers

    Zach JamisonZach Jamison:

    Senior Manager of Education Programs, Washington Nationals

    Zack Jamison serves as the senior manager of Education Programs for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In this role, Zack oversees the Youth Baseball Academy’s various educational initiatives and programs designed to support the academic and social-emotional development of its 150 scholar-athletes. Zack also provides strategic leadership to over 130 staff and volunteers who support and facilitate the Youth Baseball Academy’s academic programming throughout the year. Before joining the Nationals, Zack worked as an nonprofit program director, elementary school teacher, and is a Google certified educator. Zack is a proud graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied elementary education, and from the University of Virginia, where he received his master’s degree in special education.

    Brian LockmanBrian Lockman:

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Cable Network

    Brian Lockman was named president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cable Network in February 1999. He joined PCN in November 1994 after more than 15 years with C-SPAN. One of C-SPAN’s original four employees, he served more than 10 years as that network’s vice president of Operations. At the time he joined PCN it was a struggling instructional network, which he quickly developed into the nation’s pre-eminent state cable network built on the C-SPAN model. 

    In addition, Lockman he served two years on the board of U.S. Capitol Radio-Television Correspondents Association, the organization comprised of the Capitol Hill radio and television press corps, serving one year as its chairman. Lockman is a founding board member of the Pennsylvania Press Club and served for three years as its first president. He is also a founding board member of NAPAN, the National Association of Public Affairs Networks, and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Bar/Press Committee.  

    Since 1996 he has been on-air host of the weekly interview series PA Books, and he is a frequent host of the PCN Call-in program. He is author/editor of five books: PCN Tours, released in 2003; World War II: In Their Own Words and Pioneers of Cable Television, both released in 2005; World War II Reflections, released in 2009; and Arlen Specter: An Oral History, to be released in 2017. Lockman is a native of Norwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. He plays banjo and fiddle with the Buc Hill Aces, a band that specializes in old-time Southern Appalachian music. He has been married for 42 years to Nancy Karvois Lockman, and they have two daughters.

    Rick NedleyRick Nedley:

    Resource Director, Region 1 Northeast, YMCA

    Rick is the resource director for Western and North Central Pennsylvania with YMCA of the USA. In this role, Rick is charged with building the capacity of his assigned Ys (currently 27) through the use of performance consulting methodology to assess highest business needs and the delivery of relevant services in collaboration with specialists and other Y-USA resources so as to positively impact the lives of the people served by the local YMCAs in their service area.

    Rick joined the national staff in April 2012, leaving the Greensburg YMCA in Pennsylvania, where he was the CEO for 15 years. Rick actually began his Y career at the Greensburg YMCA (first tour of duty there) working as the physical director for more than two years. He then took another physical director position at the Butler County Family YMCA (Pa.), was promoted to senior director, then associate executive director. After nearly 10 years at the Butler YMCA, Rick was hired as the branch executive director of the West Branch YMCA in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He continued to serve in that capacity for five years until the Greensburg YMCA hired him into the “Big Chair,” the CEO position, for Rick’s second tour of duty for that Y. Rick served as CEO at the Greensburg YMCA for 15 years until he accepted the Y-USA position as RD for Western and North Central Pennsylvania.

    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. 

    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.

    Scott KitnerScott Kitner:

    Contractor, ESPN/ABC/Disney, Big Ten Network, FOX Sports

    Scott graduated with his bachelor of science degree from IUP in 2010 majoring in sport administration with a minor in business. During undergrad studies, Scott completed an internship with the Williamsport Crosscutters as a Client Relations intern. Scott was also involved with IUP’s chapter of the Phi Epsilon Kappa National Honor Fraternity as the group’s historian. Upon graduation, Scott took a year off of academics before deciding to come back to IUP to acquire his master of science degree in sports science. During his time at IUP for his master’s, Scott worked as an intern in Corporate Sales with Global Spectrum/Front Row Marketing at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Scott has been a local utility/skilled utility for ESPN/ABC/Disney, Big Ten Network, and FOX Sports since 2010. Scott’s role includes set day preparations and game day media operations. The majority of Scott’s work is at the Division I level of college football, basketball, and lacrosse. In professional sports, Scott has worked with the NFL and IndyCar. 

    Brittney KruegerBrittney 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 MillerAndrea 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:

    Manager of 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 WalkerBen Walker:

    Operations Manager, Landmark Event Staffing Services, Inc.

    In 2014 Ben graduated from IUP with his bachelor’s degree in sports management and a minor in business. He worked in the Athletic Department and the Facilities and Recreation Department during that time. During his summers away from IUP he worked part-time for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Upon graduation he secured an internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates, beginning his career in sports management.

    Ben went on to take a position with Landmark Event Staffing as a manager in training. Within the first year he became the operations manager and groups coordinator. Today, Ben is the head of Event Day Security for multiple venues in the Pittsburgh area, including, but not limited to, the Petersen Events Center, Stage AE, and being assistant manager for all Heinz Field events as well.

    Internship Luncheon

    Kelly Anthony - Manager, James G. Mill Fitness Center

    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

    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