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RMU Sport Management Conference Set for November 6 

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University will hold its sixth annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Nov. 6, 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 Ernie Accorsi, general manager of the New York Giants from 1998 to 2007. His talk gets underway at 9:05 a.m. The afternoon speaker will be NBA senior director of team ticket sales and RMU alumnus Murray Cohn. He will speak at 1 p.m.

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:
• Victor Gregovits, senior vice president of marketing and sales for the Cleveland Indians and a member of the RMU Board of Trustees
• Dave Perricone, senior director of merchandise for the New Jersey Devils
• Jaima Schiffer, new stadium sales consultant for the Dallas Cowboys
• Haley Volzer, coordinator of advertising for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

During lunch, the Sport Management Program will induct members into its Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are George Babish, resource director of YMCA of the USA; Bill Nielson, director of sales for Scarborough Sports Marketing; and Dave Perricone. (Click here for bios of inductees.)

The lunch and Hall of Fame induction begins at 12:10 p.m. in the International Suite. Previous Hall of Fame inductees include Vic Gregovits, Murray Cohn, and Kevin Colbert, RMU alumnus and director of football operations for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early-bird registration for the conference costs $50 by Oct. 20. After Oct. 21, registration costs $60. For a complete schedule and to register, click here. There is also a Facebook page here.

With its roots in the business school, RMU’s Sport Management program gives students a solid base for a career in many areas of this growing industry, which includes professional sports, communications and sports marketing, sporting goods and sport travel and tourism and resorts.

Bachelor graduates of RMU have landed careers with organizations such as the Baltimore Ravens; Carolina Hurricanes; Cleveland Indians; Dick's Sporting Goods; Indianapolis Colts; Nationwide Arena; Nemacolin Woodlands Resort; New Jersey Devils; New Orleans Hornets; NBA; NFL Japan; NHL; Philadelphia Flyers; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Penguins; Pittsburgh Pirates; Pittsburgh Steelers; San Diego Padres; Special Olympics; and the Washington Capitals.