Where are these 'Major' Alums?
Our alumni don't sit on the sidelines in the sport management industry. We keep hearing about more alumni excelling in the sports industry. Keep reading to find out who brushes shoulders with NBA big shots and who lives life in the fast lane. Do you work in the sports industry? We'd love to hear your stories, plus we're always looking for places for our outstanding students to intern.
Brandon Ringeisen (click name to connect through Linkedin) competed against nearly 2,000 applicants for a job with the Atlanta Hawks – and got it. He now works as a ticket sales representative for the NBA team.
Before graduating with a sport management degree in May, Brandon already knew he wanted to launch a career in the NBA that had opportunity for growth and was challenging.
Brandon encountered challenges before making it to Atlanta, but his time at Trine University helped him persevere. As a student, Brandon worked with career services and landed an internship with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants – an experience that stood out on his resume.
After reading the Hawks job description (and a story on ESPN.com that suggested Atlanta was "the worst sports town in America," Brandon knew Atlanta was where he wanted to be because of the challenge it presented.
After her first race, Amanda Day (click name to connect through Linkedin) fell in love with feeling she gets when she hears cars take laps around the track. The culture of auto racing – from the fans to the cars – fascinated her.
Amanda interned with the Michigan International Speedway in 2008 and accepted a job as the manager of marketing and communication after graduating with a marketing degree in 2009.
While at Trine, Amanda was involved with Kappa Sigma Alpha and The Triangle, which gave her the opportunity to showcase her writing skills before her first interview. Amanda says her classes at Trine also helped prepare her for the real world.
For alumni who would like to work in the professional sports industry Amanda says, "It takes a lot of time and dedication, so work within the sports industry you love."
Peter Wynn (click name to connect through Linkedin) combined his high school football officiating skills with 25 years of experience in the IT field and went to work in the professional sports industry.
A 1985 computer science graduate, Peter has worked part–time with the NFL (Jacksonville Jaguars) in the Player Participation Division since 2007 and the Jacksonville Sharks (AFL) as the lead statistician since March 2010. Wynn credits his information technology classes at Tri–State for helping him get the jobs, as both wanted applicants with computer experience.
While at Tri–State, Wynn was an active member of Kappa Sigma and was the advertising manager for The Triangle. Kappa Sigma taught him to work with others, and The Triangle taught him how to take initiative and how to deal with the pressure of a deadline – very important aspects of his jobs.
For alumni who want to work in the field of professional sports Peter recommends, "Get involved with any sport at any level. Once you are involved with the sports organization, you can network with other people, and you can find other opportunities."