by Kirk Wakefield – October 2015
The 2015 Sports Sponsorship & Sales (S3) Board Meeting was held October 20-21 along the banks of the Brazos in beautiful Waco, Texas. With over 80 executives and managers attending and over 40 managers interviewing S3 juniors and seniors for internships and positions, it marked the 12th year of continuous growth for the program. The S3 program admits up to 38 highly qualified students into its junior class each year to focus on sports sales, CRM & sales analytics. In 2015, 97% of graduating seniors were placed in industry positions.
2015 S3 Board Meeting Attendees
|Alan||Aldwell||Pittsburgh Pirates||George||Killebrew||Dallas Mavs||Bryan||Apgar||Website Alive|
|Spencer||Ambrosius||LA FC||Kenny||Koperda||Minnesota Timberwolves||Jody||Bell||Pizza Hut|
|Deno||Anagnost||Tampa Bay Bucs||Andre||Luck||Houston Astros||Derek||Blake||La Quinta Inns & Suites|
|Lindsay||Beale||San Antonio Spurs||Clark||McCormack||Dallas Mavericks||Larry||Brantley||The Company of Others|
|Derek||Beeman||Houston Texans||Matt||McInnis||FC Dallas||John||Burnett||Consulting|
|Brandon||Bittel||AEG/LA Kings||Shawn||McIntosh||Houston Dynamo||Brooks||Byers||Sports Desk Media|
|Joe||Clark||San Antonio Spurs||Eric||McKenzie||San Diego Padres||Laura||Cade||La Quinta Inns & Suites|
|Matt||Clark||San Diego Padres||Nick||McNeil||Pittsburgh Pirates||Lynda||Carrier-Metz||Pizza Hut|
|Murray||Cohn||NBA||Drew||Mitchell||Texas Legends||Tory||Castillo||Jack Morton Agency|
|Elliott||Crichfield||Denver Nuggets||Jayson||Morgan||Dallas Cowboys||Travis||Dillon||The Marketing Arm|
|Hayley||DiNaso||Minnesota Timberwolves||Brian||Norman||Philadelphia 76ers||Eric||Fernandez||Sports Desk Media|
|Justin||Dunn||Columbus Blue Jackets||Pat||O’Connor||MiLB||Tom||Fletcher||IMG|
|Jeff||Eldersveld||Columbus Blue Jackets||Sean||O’Connor||Charlotte Hornets||Bill||Guertin||800 Pound Gorilla|
|Rob||Erwin||Dallas Mavs||Sarah||Proctor||Philadelphia 76ers||Jon||Heidtke||Fox Sports Southwest|
|Chelsea||Fenstermacher||Philadelphis 76ers||Mitch||Ried||Cleveland Cavs||Hunter||Klop||General Motors|
|Shannon||Fischer||Houston Rockets||Jay||Riola||Orlando Magic||Jose||Lozano||The Company of Others|
|Makinzie||Foos||Memphis Grizzlies||Joe||Schiavi||Detroit Pistons||Ryan||Luckey||AT&T|
|Sean||Foster||Houston Dynamo||Andrew||Sidney||Houston Rockets||Dan||Migala||PCG|
|Travis||Gafford||Dallas Stars||Steve||Timms||Houston Golf Assoc.||Bill||Moseley||AT&T|
|Mitch||Gall||Air Force Academy||Jake||Vernon||Minnesota Timberwolves||Jay||Ory||IMG|
|Brian||George||IMG-Baylor||Andrew||Vitale||Memphis Grizzlies||Tom||Parsons||Time Warner Cable Business|
|Stephen||Gray||Austin Spurs||Adam||Vogel||NY Mets||David||Peart||Root Sports|
|Greg||Grissom||Houston Texans||Wil||Walters||Minnesota Timberwolves||Katie||Scallan||Gulf States Toyota|
|Flavil||Hampsten||San Jose Sharks||Lauren||Ward||Houston Rockets||Jake||Shockley||State Farm|
|Leslie||Horn||Dallas Stars||Heidi||Weingartner||Dallas Cowboys||Bill||Spicer||Consulting|
|Anthony||Horton||San Antonio Spurs||Jake||Winowich||Houston Astros||Tami||Walker||Phillips 66|
|Tyler||Howell||Portland Trail Blazers||Tommy||Wright||Houston Golf Assoc.|
|Chase||Jolesch||Baylor Athletics Tickets||Justin||Wynter||Austin Spurs|
|Chase||Kanaly||Houston Astros||Rob||Zuer||Denver Nuggets|
2015 S3 Awards
Hunter Klop, District Sales Manager, presented the Chevrolet 2015 awards for outstanding service to the S3 program. Heidi Weingartner, Chief HR Officer of the Dallas Cowboys, received the Chevrolet Award for Outstanding Team Board Member. Kelly Roddy, President of Schlotzsky’s, was recognized as the Chevrolet Outstanding Corporate Board Member. The Chevrolet Award for Outstanding S3 Alumnus went to Brian George (S3 ’07), General Manager of IMG/Baylor. The Chevrolet Outstanding S3 Report Writer Award went to Andre Luck, Manager of Inside Sales at the Houston Astros, for his article, “5 Characteristics of the Best Salespeople.”
S3 Board in Pictures
The Phillips 66 S3 Banquet was held at the Hilton in Waco, Texas. Special thanks to Tami T. Walker, Phillips 66, for helping us enjoy the evening with fine food & festivities! Pat O’Conner, President & CEO of MiLB, was guest speaker, hosted by Dan Migala (see cover photo).
The board meeting was held at the new Paul L. Foster Campus for Innovation and Business on the Baylor campus. Drew Mitchell (S3 ’06), CRO of the Texas Legends, led a panel discussion on “Branding you: Making yourself stand out in the business of sports,” with Tami T. Walker (BU ’86), Phillips 66; Derek Blake (BU ’86), La Quinta Inns & Suites and Greg Grissom (BU ’94), Houston Texans. Murray Cohn, the NBA’s Vice President Team Ticket Sales, led a group of All-Star Managers to guide S3 majors to position themselves with positivity, work ethic, coachability, honesty & integrity and remembering that good is the enemy of great.
Dan Migala led a panel discussion on “The Art of the Deal: Emerging Trends in Structuring Partnerships,” with panelists Jose Lozano (BU ’93), The Company, Brian George (S3 ’07), and Ryan Luckey, AT&T. Bryan Apgar (S3 ’08), Website Alive, moderated a panel on “Selling in the Social Space,” with Joe Schaivi, Palace Sports, Mitch Ried, Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Vitale (S3 ’14), Memphis Grizzlies, and Brooks Byers (S3 ’14), Sports Desk Media. You can find these and many more in the slideshow below!
We look forward to next year’s board meeting on October 11 & 12, 2016. For more information, contact Dr. Darryl Lehnus or Dr. Kirk Wakefield.