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RMU Sport Management Conference Draws Top Sports Executives

Friday, September 30, 2011

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University will host its eighth annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Sewall Center at RMU’s Moon Township campus.

The Sport Management Conference is an opportunity for students to network and get career advice from some of the nation’s top sports executives – including graduates of RMU’s Sport Management Program, one of the top such programs in the United States.

This year’s keynote speaker is David Peart, senior vice president of sales and service partnerships for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He will speak at 12:50 p.m. Leading off the conference at 9 a.m. is RMU alumnus Murray Cohn, NBA senior director of team ticket sales, whose energetic and motivational talks have become a popular feature of the Sport Management Conference.

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. Among them:

• Steve Swetoha, president & chief revenue officer, Tulsa Shock (WNBA)
• Jaima Schiffer, senior sales associate, Legends CRM, and sales efficiency consultant for the Dallas Cowboys
• Alyssa Blumling, marketing coordinator at SMG World, Consol Energy Center
• Bill Snider, 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 John Fisher, senior vice president of ticket sales and marketing, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Scott Branvold, RMU professor of sport management. (Fisher, an RMU alumnus, will be unable to attend.)

Previous Hall of Fame inductees include RMU alumni Murray Cohn; Steve Swetoha; Vic Gregovits, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Cleveland Indians; and Kevin Colbert, general manager, Pittsburgh Steelers. Gregovits and Colbert are members of the RMU Board of Trustees.

Early-bird registration for the conference ends Sept. 30 and costs $60. Registration after that is $70. Registration and more information can be found here.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.