Within the College of Business, the Sport 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.

Sport Management Advisory Board

Chris Bartels, MS ‘15, Assistant Account Executive at United Entertainment Group, a DJE Company

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

Chris Brown, BS’ 99,  Vice President, Guest Experience & Venue Services

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

Chris Canetti, President, Houston Dynamo, MLS

Erin E. Conrod , MBA ‘13, Associate Manager for SportsCenter and News & Information Marketing, ESPN

Evan Dabby, Executive Director at New Jersey Youth Soccer

Tony DiPaolo , MBA ‘04, Regional Vice President, Laz Parking

Brent Fisher, MS ’03, Vice President, Distribution - Affiliate Sales & Marketing, MLB Network

Brian Jennings. Senior Vice President, Marketing,  National Hockey League 

Craig Mortali,. ’84 BS, former producer, ESPN

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

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

Frank Russo, Jr., ’76 BS, Senior Vice President, Spectra

Lindsay Salt ’10 BS, Senior Account Executive, Octagon

Nick Sakiewicz ’83 BS, Commissioner, National Lacrosse League

Jef Thiffault, ’99 BS, Managing Director, National Premier Soccer League

Anna (Vashurina) Nakapkina, MS ’09, Head of Sponsorship and Special Projects, SOGAZ (Russia)

Kenneth Waja, Vice President Finance, Spectra

Ralph Willis — Partner, EFA Partners

Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue Officer, WWE, Inc.