Alumni Spotlight: Alex Land

Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 2.32.38 PMCurrent role: Camp Sales Manager for ProCamps

Graduation: May 2015

When did you graduate from Xavier and what did you study?

A:  I graduated from Xavier in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in business.

Q: Explain what Procamps is and your role.

A:  ProCamps is a best-in-class event management and sports marketing company specializing in developing, managing, and operating camps, appearances, brand activations, and related experiences for professional athletes and coaches in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA, ATP, NCAA, NASCAR, WPSL, MLL, AND NFHL. ProCamps helps Fortune 500 brands activate & execute more than 200 events across the country to effectively deliver brand messaging to thousands of parents, kids, and coaches via retail promotions, TV/radio/print, social media, and on-site activations.

My title at ProCamps is Camp Sales Manager. My basic duties include generating camp revenue, creating a strong camper experience, and managing partner relationships. I am directly responsible for each events revenue growth and registration success.  

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Alumni Spotlight: Tylor Hull

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.24.51 PMCurrent Role: University of Illinois – Business and Financial Analyst

Graduation: BS Sport Management; BA Economics, 2013

Hometown: Chester, Montana

Email: hullt@illinois.edu

Q: What did you study at Xavier and when did you graduate?

A: I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor of science in sport management and bachelor of arts in economics.

Q: You held a number of different positions as an undergrad at Xavier, what were they and how did they help you.

A: I worked and volunteered in a variety of positions within the Xavier Athletic Department.  I started as a student worker answering phone calls, sorting mail and delivering documents to other departments on campus.  This position allowed me the opportunity to start relationships with other employees in the athletic department and throughout campus.  Through these newly formed relationships, I was able to take on an additional role with the women’s basketball team as a student manager.  As a women’s basketball manager, I assisted setting up for practice and games while also travelling to away contests.  During my junior year, I volunteered for the marketing department at Xavier Athletics.  As a volunteer, I assisted in game day promotions for men’s and women’s basketball.  Each of these  positions allowed me to experience and observe a unique aspect of college athletics.  As I progressed as a student, I was able to put together the big picture of how athletic events are constructed and how they comply with the mission of the university.  The most influential position I had was interning for the Xavier Athletic Business Office.  As a business intern, I mostly processed invoices, purchase orders, cash advances and expense reports.  As the internship progressed, I began to prepare financial reports and analysis under the supervision of the Associate AD for Business.  Working in the athletic business office allowed me to pull back the curtain and learn how athletic finance functioned in a college setting.  I was also able to gain experience in the financial structure of a university.  Most importantly, Greg Park, the Associate AD for Business and my supervisor, was a remarkable mentor.  Greg frequently took time out of his day to teach me about various aspects of athletic finance.  His most famous words were, “You will not read that in a textbook.”  He was right.  I was learning the basic skills of an athletic business manager that could not be easily transcribed into a textbook.

Q: What classes or experiences at Xavier best prepared you for your job today?

A: I am not sure if there was any one particular class that prepared me for my current position at Illinois.  Xavier challenges their students to think critically and analytically in every situation.  This is evident through Xavier’s implementation of a diverse and rigorous core curriculum.  Constantly, I was challenged to collaborate with my peers over texts and topics I was unfamiliar with.  Through these cooperative discussions, I developed critical and analytical skills that are desirable to future employers.  My economic courses enhanced these skills by using quantitative analysis and theoretical discussions to tackle practical issues.  The two most important experiences I had at Xavier were traveling abroad my entire junior year and interning for the Xavier Athletic Business Office.  While abroad, I backpacked through Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  Traveling opened my eyes to new cultures and theories I was unaccustomed to.  I took the time to meet other travelers in buses, coffee shops and hostels to discuss their culture, lifestyles and values.  It was equally as interesting to listen to other people’s observations about American culture(s), values and influence.  I gained a remarkable amount of personal growth while traveling abroad.  Interning for the Xavier Athletic Business Office gave me firsthand experience in athletic finance.  I was largely responsible for business processing which eventually led into some financial reporting and analysis under the supervision of the Associate AD for Business.  Interning allowed me to learn about athletic finance and the university structure outside of the borders of a classroom or textbook.  When I interviewed for athletic finance positions, I was able to focus on my critical thinking, analytical and collaborative skills which were supported from my successful internship. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight: Tylor Hull”

Alumni Spotlight: Monika Goldschmidt

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.15.23 PMCurrent Role: Texas Marketing Service & Sales Representative

Graduation: Sport Marketing and minor in Business, 2014

Hometown: Westport, CT

Current Residence: Austin, TX

Email: Monika.Goldschmidt@athletics.utexas.edu

Q: What did you study at Xavier and when did you graduate?

A: I graduated from Xavier University in 2014 with a degree in Sport Marketing and a minor in business.

Q: Students always hear that ticket sales are a way into sports. How did you get into ticket sales and what do you like about it?

A: As a senior at Xavier, I saw an internship opportunity with Ohio University doing ticket sales for all of their sports. I never  considered going into sales, but applied and was offered the internship, and decided to see what it was all about. When I first arrived at Ohio, I was extremely intimidated that sales wouldn’t be for me. I left Ohio bringing in the most revenue that year, and decided to not count sales positions out. After Ohio, I found an opportunity with TCU Athletics focusing on group ticket sales. Once again, I had exceeded my own expectations for selling. I had the opportunity to do a lot of cool stuff with TCU; last summer, I took student-athletes to volleyball and basketball camps around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The coaches were more than willing to have their student-athletes help in the effort to sell tickets. We even had the women’s basketball coach play water volleyball at a nursing home. It was quite the experience! What I love about ticket sales is that with the right administration, you’re given the opportunity to do fun and unique experiences. As long as the ROI pays off, supervisors are always open to new ideas.

Q: Can you give us a brief overview of your career so far from Ohio University to TCU to Texas? What does it mean to be a Marketing Service and Sales Representative at Texas?

A: In my experience, many ticket sales departments now fall under marketing, as opposed to ticket operations. We communicate more with marketing on the outbound efforts (both phone and emails), theme nights and group nights, as well as what games need to sell out. It seems to make more sense to report to the marketing department, but we are in close communication with the ticket operations department as well. Ohio, TCU, and Texas have all had a similar set up, where I fell under the marketing department.

The biggest difference with Texas compared to any school I’ve been with previously is I have one main sport I take ownership of, but at all times need to be educated on what is going on for all sports. I work mostly with women’s basketball, and even helped organize an away game bus trip for one of our games.

Q: How did your internship with the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office prepare you for your current job?

A: Interning with the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office was a really awesome experience. It gave me experience in the office, on game days, and even working events that the Cintas Center hosted. I’ve talked with colleagues who interned in ticket offices where students weren’t on the phones. During my senior year, Patrick Dillon even had me doing some outbound calls for women’s basketball groups to prepare me for my internship with Ohio. I felt like everyone in the athletic department truly wanted the student interns to succeed and get the best opportunities out there.

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Alumni Spotlight: Justin Rogers

 

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 11.14.53 AMCurrent Role:  Sun Devil Athletics Marketing Coordinator

Graduation: Sport Administration, 2015

Current Residence: Phoenix, AZ

Email: JustinRogers@asu.edu

Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree and what did you major in?

A: I received my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. I was a double major in Multimedia Journalism and Sports Media.

Q: What attracted you to Xavier’s grad program?

A: I’d been knocking on the door of college athletics for some time but with no direct experience, no one was willing to give me a chance. I needed something that was going to help me stand out. Something that was going to help guide me in the right direction and potentially open a door. I viewed the grad program as that something. If nothing else, I knew it would be a great learning experience and a chance to network.

Q: How did you balance working full time with the Boys and Girls club while doing grad school?

A: Initially, the time commitment wasn’t an issue. I kept it manageable by only taking two classes per semester. I’d work until 5 p.m. and then head to class two nights per week. I’d use my remaining weeknights for studying and homework, and I’d have my weekends to myself. Not having a wife or kids certainly helped. It was probably pretty similar to being a full-time undergrad student and having a part-time job. What worked in my favor, however, is that I had an employer who understood what I was looking to accomplish and allowed me to flex my schedule if needed. They supported the pursuit of my degree and encouraged me to do what I needed to do as long as it didn’t affect my job performance. When the internship was added to the equation, that was a different ball game. We’re talking about a full-time job, part-time grad school and a part-time internship. As you could imagine, the time commitment was intense. And in any situation like that, sacrifices must be made. That’s when I said goodbye to my social life. I just didn’t have time for it. I needed to make a living, and I wanted to do well in my courses and internship to ensure that I could make a living in the future. I tightened my circle and hoped that people would understand. I just kept telling myself that it’s temporary and kept what I was working toward at the forefront of my mind. At the end of it all, it was one of the most gratifying feelings I will ever know in that I was able to maintain everything at a high level and set myself up for something that would soon pay off.

Q: Tell us about your process of getting the job at ASU.

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Alumni Spotlight: Hayley Schletker

image_handlerCurrent Role:  Athletics Communications Messaging Assistant

Graduated: Sport Admin, Summer 2014

Hometown: Union, Kentucky

Email: schletkerh@xavier.edu

Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree and what did you major in?

A: University of Kentucky – B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Sociology

Q: Why Xavier? What attracted you to their grad program?

A: I looked into Xavier because a number of people who I worked with during an internship with the Cincinnati Reds had gone through the Masters of Sport Administration program here. Two selling factors were also that it was local (for me) and it was fairly inexpensive as far as Masters programs go.

Q: What does it mean to be an Athletics Communications Messaging Assistant / what is your role at Xavier?

A: Athletics Communications Messaging Assistant is a bit of a confusing title, but the bulk of what I do is what is generally considered “sports information.” Our department disseminates information that people might be interested in before, during and after sporting events. This includes everything from writing previews, keeping stats, recapping events, creating photo galleries and post/game highlights (all, of course, as a team effort) and making sure all of that is distributed through our website, our social media channels and to local media. We also maintain the website and general information for reference, such as athlete’s biographies, media guides and record books.

 

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Alumni Spotlight: Joe Palmer

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Current role: Fundraising and Operations Coordinator for Cincinnati Reds Community Fund (RCF)

Graduated: Spring 2015

When did you graduate from Xavier and what did you study?

I graduated Xavier in 2015 with a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies. When I arrived at Xavier I was a Sports Marketing major but switched my first day to Marketing.  I picked up Entrepreneurial Studies as a second major my junior year.

Discuss your role with the Reds organization.

The RCF seeks to improve the lives of youth by using the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball as the tool. Working with a small group of people, you are expected to hold a lot of responsibility. In my position I am in charge of the following:

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Alumni Spotlight: Becky Griesmer

beckyCurrent Role: Programming & Event Coordinator, Cleveland Sports Commission

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Email: rgriesmer@clevelandsports.org

Q: When did you graduate from Xavier and what did you study?

A: I graduated in May of 2015 with a major in Sport Management, with minors in Business, Communication Arts, and Gender and Diversity Studies.

Q: What internships did you have while at Xavier that helped prepare you for your first job after college?

A: My first internship in college was the Fall of my Junior year and with the Anthony Munoz Foundation, where I helped to develop and manage school outreach and coordination for their annual Youth Leadership Seminar. I then accepted a position with the Cincinnati Sports Corporation, where I managed their social media sites and public relations during a sixth month unpaid internship, which actually led to part time employment for a year until I left Cincinnati. During my Senior year, I interned for both the Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance and Xavier Athletics as a Game Day Marketing Intern.

Q: You now work for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission – what is that and what do they do?

A: We are a non-profit organization that works to enhance the economy, image, and quality of life in the Greater Cleveland community by attracting and creating sporting events. We are a full service sports commission that offers services like sponsorship activation, event management, marketing, public relations, volunteer recruitment and management, community programming, and more. We work very closely with local community partners, the NCAA, National Governing Bodies, and other event rights holders, to ensure that their events are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities.

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