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RMU Hosts Ninth Annual Sport Management Conference

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pittsburgh -- On Friday, Sept. 28, Robert Morris University will host its ninth annual Sport Management Conference, at the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus.

Featuring notable alumni speakers from sports and sports-related organizations across the country, the Sport Management Conference gives students the opportunity to network and receive career advice from some of the nation’s top sports executives, including graduates of RMU’s Sport Management Program, which is considered one of the top such programs in the United States.

“This event provides an excellent professional and career development networking opportunity for students,” says David P. Synowka, professor and head of RMU’s sport management department. “It also allows for a positive exposure of Robert Morris University, the School of Business, and the Department of Sport Management. It is a great opportunity to engage and re-connect with our sport management alumni and sport industry colleagues.”

Leading off the conference at 9 a.m. is RMU alumnus Murray Cohn ’88, NBA senior director of team ticket sales, whose energetic and motivational talks have become a popular feature of the Sport Management Conference.

Speaking at 12:50 p.m. will be this year’s keynote speaker, Bernie Mullin, chairman and CEO of The Aspire Group, a global sports and entertainment firm. Mullin is a long-time friend and supporter of RMU’s Sport Management program and even served as a part-time instructor during the 1990s.

The conference also features panel discussions on issues confronting the sports industry as well as breakout sessions for students to learn the skills they need to launch their careers. Other speakers and panelists this year include several notable RMU alumni:

  • Kevin Colbert ’79, general manager, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Steve Swetoha ’86, president & chief revenue officer, Tulsa Shock (WNBA)
  • Jaima Schiffer ’04, senior sales associate, Legends CRM, and sales efficiency consultant for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Alyssa Blumling ’06, marketing coordinator at SMG World, Consol Energy Center
  • Bill Snider ’97, senior e-commerce analyst, Golf Galaxy/Dick’s Sporting Goods

Another annual feature of the conference is the induction of new members into the RMU Sport Management Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are Bernie Mullin, chairman and CEO of The Aspire Group; Rob Mattina ’92, vice president of marketing for the Detroit Red Wings; Lisa Quinn MBA’94, director of Event & Attractions Group for the National Basketball Association; and Tom Smith ’95, vice president of sales for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa.

Early-bird registration for the conference (before Sep. 14) ends Sept. 30 and costs $65. Registration after that (on or After Sept. 15) is $75.

Registration and more information can be found here: Sport Management Student Conference – Online Registration