Speaker Series

Sport and Recreation Business


Speaker Series

The Sport and Recreation Business program hosts virtual several Speaker Series featuring sport industry professionals from across the country and covering a wide variety of topics.

Click on the arrows below to watch the events in each series. The sections contain a video recording of each event in the series, as well as a list of feature speakers for each event.

Ticket Sales and Service in Professional Sports

Panelist for this session:
  • Aaron Lampkin, vice president of ticket sales and service for the soccer team Seattle Sounders FC

Entrepreneurship in Outdoor Recreation

Panelists for this session:
  • Sally Andersen, owner and business manager of Arctic Wild
  • Annie Hopper, owner of Lodge at Black Rapids
  • Danielle Tirrell, owner of Coyote Air Taxi


Rookie Chalk Talk: Early Career Panel

Panelists for this session:

  • Shannon Flaherty — Senior Account Coordinator, Sportfive

  • Will Quinn — Manager, Business Development, Baylor Bear Sports Properties

  • Brenden Zarrinnam — Field Market Solutions Specialist, Learfield IMG College

Business of College Athletics Fundraising

Panelists for this session:

  • Andrew Bauschelt — associate director of athletic development, major gifts, Rutgers University
  • Immanuel Kerr-Brown — associate director of development, Penn State University
  • Nick Smith — assistant athletic director for major gifts, associate director of development, Miami University

Tokyo Olympics 2021

Panelists for this session:

  • Tim Ambruso — Associate director, events and logistics, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee
  • Carol Callan — Women’s national team director, USA Basketball
  • Paul Florence — Senior vice president, strategy and operations, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee


Business and Careers in Esports

Panelists for this session:

  • Jennifer Estipona —Manager of Talent Sourcing, Activision Blizzard

  • Manny Lorras — Senior Director, Team Marketing and Business Operations, National Basketball Association

  • John Spiher — Vice President of Partnerships, Dignitas

Alaska Esports Scene

Panelists for this session:
  • Heath Day –  education program manager, GCI

  • Mike Juell – esports coordinator, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tackling Stigmas, Stereotypes, and Myths

Panelists for this session:
  • Cricket Carlson – head of community, social, public and influencer relations at Kindly Beast
  • Brian “Nacho” Traynor – manager of marketing and team operations for Hornets Venom GT

Coaching Esports

Panelists for this session:
  • Steven “Flubby” Coronel – head coach, Vancouver Titans
  • Ali “Pew” Anwar – assistant coach, Vancouver Titans
  • Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo – head coach, Seattle Surge


First Impressions and Building a Meaningful Network

Panelists for this session:

  • Brett Baur, Vice President, Global Partnerships, Monumental Sports and Entertainment
  • Solly Fulp Executive Vice President, Learfield IMG College
  • Michelle Gulino, Manager of Corporate Sponsorship, Dallas Cowboys
  • Mark Koski, Chief Marketing Officer, National Federation of State High School Associations
  • Chris Parker, President and CEO, NJCAA

Sport for Social Change

Panelists for this session:

  • Jordan Budget, Associate Manager, Media Partnerships, National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Lauren Dwyer, Basketball Administration Lead, Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
  • Mike Metcalf, co-founder of DECK Leadership, author of “12 Second Culture,” and NASCAR pit crew coach for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Shaun Peet, co-founder of DECK Leadership, author of “12 Second Culture,” and NASCAR pit crew coach for Chip Ganassi Racing

Storytelling Using Data and Analytics

Panelists for this session:

  • Melissa Koop, Senior Analyst, Business Intelligence, Phoenix Suns (NBA)
  • Josh Schayer, Corporate Sales Business Analyst, Oilers Entertainment Group (NHL)
  • Chris Thompson, Director, CRM and Analytics, Portland Timbers (MLS) 
  • Dr. Cait Wilson, Senior Research Manager, YouGov

The Landscape of Esports

Panelists for this session:

  • Justin Baldwin, Senior Manager of Partnerships, 4FRONT
  • Ashley Chalk, Vice President of Partnerships, Complexity
  • John Spiher, Vice President of Partnerships, Dignitas




Jared Lees
The Sport and Recreation Business Speaker Series is an outstanding opportunity to learn about the career paths of professionals inside the Sport and Entertainment industry. My favorite part is receiving networking tips, while also being in an active networking environment with the chance to get to know the excellent panelists who participate in the series.

Jared Lees, Class of 2020
BBA in Business Administration
concentration in Sport management