Pittsburgh -- The Sport Management Program at Robert Morris University will celebrate its 35th anniversary with its annual Sport Management Conference on Friday, Oct. 15, followed by a banquet on Saturday, Oct. 16. Both events will take place at the Sewall Center on RMU’s Moon Township campus over Homecoming weekend.
This is the seventh annual conference hosted by the Sport Management Program. The conference offers an opportunity for students to meet and seek career advice from top executives in the sports industry, many of whom will interview students for internships and entry-level positions. Executives from some of the nation’s most successful professional sports franchises and athletic facilities network with students from RMU and other local universities.
The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Bill Schmidt. Schmidt is president of Pegasus Sports Marketing, whose clients include Under Armour and NASCAR. Schmidt will speak at 9 a.m. Two roundtable sessions are scheduled for the afternoon, one moderated by RMU alumnus Murray Cohn, NBA vice president of team ticket sales at 1:15 p.m., and the other session moderated by alumnus Harry Leckemby, director of athletic sales at Bookmygroup, at 3:30 p.m.
Other events at the conference include 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. Some of the topics to be discussed include:
• Careers in Sports Sales
• Careers in Professional Sports
• Careers in Sport Marketing and Sponsorship
• Diversifying Your Sport Career Opportunities
The conference also will include inductions into the RMU Sport Management Hall of Fame. At lunch Friday, the program will induct new members Steve Swetoha, president and Chief Resource Officer of Tulsa Shock; Harry Leckemby; and Michael Doherty, principal at Sherpa Resources, LLC. At the banquet on Saturday, Albert “Skip” Applin, the founding department head of Sport Management and former director of athletics at RMU as well as David Synowka, director/professor of Sport Management will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as well.
Previous Hall of Fame inductees include Vic Gregovits, RMU alumnus, trustee and senior vice president of sales and marketing with the Cleveland Indians; Murray Cohn; and RMU alumnus Kevin Colbert, director of football operations for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The lunch on Friday begins at 12 p.m. in the International Suite. The banquet, which will feature a roast of Synowka, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in the International Suite. The conference and banquet are being held over Homecoming weekend at RMU.
Early-bird registration for the conference costs $50 by Oct. 5. After that, registration costs $60. For a complete schedule and to register, click here. Check out the Facebook page here. Click here to register for the Sport Management 35th Anniversary banquet, which costs $50 or $35 for RMU students.