We asked you to tell us on Facebook who you thought was destined for greatness in the Business of Sports heading into 2013.
The responses we received varied from current students to young professionals currently working in sports.
And, even though we know that this is not an exhaustive list, these are some of the proactive, passionate few that are doing what it takes to rise above the competition to excel in sports.
Here is a list of some of the up and coming stars in sports business:
The 2013 Rising Stars In #Sportsbiz
In addition to her work as an Account Executive with the Minnesot Vikings, Laura has held part time and seasonal positions with the Minnesota Twins since 2010. Being in the ticket sales team for the Vikings since 2009, she went through the ups and downs of Favre, no Favre, a stadium roof collapse, the NFL lockout, possible relocation to LA, and a new stadium.
Austin draws his inspiration and expertise from experiences working for the Washington Redskins, Nationals, and multiple online sports publications.
Recently, he has become an expert in social media and has worked on behalf of the XFINITY sports brand at some of the biggest sporting events of the year. In addition, he has introduced the online sports community to virtual and on site interviews with big name sports stars and professionals.
When talking about someone with a well-rounded sports business background, you have to think of Doron. He’s had experience working on the professional and collegiate level, as well as the domestic and international stage. Doron has a wide range of experience with different types of professional leagues. While he spent time working with the Brooklyn (then New Jersey) Nets, he helped prepare the brand for their eventual move to Atlantic Avenue and a return to the NBA stage of top teams.
Doron also has experience with start-up leagues, spending a summer working with the up-and-coming Sky Blue FC of the WPS. On the collegiate level, Doron has been an integral part of sports marketing initiatives for both the University of Maryland and Ohio State University.
Kasia is a recent graduate of the London Metropolitan University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations; she’s currently pursuing a Masters of Science in International Sport Management.
Kasia was recently the Deputy Venue Logitstics Manger at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. where she was second-in-charge for all logistics operations at an assigned venue. Additionally, she had to successfully implement and adhere to venue specific logistics operating plans. During her sports business career, she’s also volunteered with Arsenal, where she worked on various football projects within the community.
Richard exhibits the true meaning of the word entrepreneur as an American sports marketing executive, professional extreme athlete, and global brand ambassador. He is the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Extremus, a premier full-service sports marketing and management company devoted to maximizing brand performance for global extreme sports and active lifestyle industry leaders.
By heightening brand awareness and developing sound marketing strategies, Extremus creates innovative business solutions for today’s distinctive extreme sports leaders.
Besides being multi-faceted and brokering deals on both the athlete and property side, Keith provides guidance to tons of students seeking to break into the industry.
As someone who has been interviewed by Trevor as a rising star in sports business, I (Lucas Biebelberg) can say with certainly that the short success I have had has been under the guidance of Keith’s steady hand and supervision.
Chris is a junior at William Jewell College in Missouri, and in addition to maintaining a 3.98 GPA, has already worked for four professional sports franchises. Spanning three leagues (NFL, MLB, and the MLS), Chris has worked for the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, and Sporting Kansas City in a variety of roles.
In addition to his professional career, Chris takes an active role in helping his peers take their careers to the next level. He has been a major player in helping to create a Sports Management major at William Jewel and actively utilizes his extensive experience to mentor his peers.
Mike has been working in radio and television broadcasting for approximately 15 years now and in that time, has built up a vast knowledge of broadcasting experience and techniques.
For the past four years, Mike was the play by play voice and Interactive Communications Director of the Lima Warriors Semi-Pro Football team. In addition to his duties with the Warriors, Mike also calls various high school games for internet broadcast in Northwestern Ohio and helps feature student athletes as they head to college.
One of the things Mike is most proud of so far in his career is that for the past year, he has been the Sports Director at WWRD-RTV32 in Dayton, Ohio. All of these opportunities have helped build Mike into the broadcaster that he is today, and he hopes that it will continue to propel him even further in the industry as one of the rising stars of broadcasting.
Michael Sansarran is a true inspiration, leader and sports business professional who is quickly rising to the top in the industry. He is the co-founder and current President of the Business Sports Society at Fordham Univerity. The organization is Fordham’s premier student-geared sports business society, serving as the door of opportunity for aspiring sports business professionals at Fordham. Through Michael’s thorough planning and design, the club provides students with real-world experiences such as company visits, guest speaker panels, and internship opportunity postings.
Michael is majoring in Business Administration, minoring in Communications and Media Studies, while dually concentrating in Marketing and Management Systems. He is also pursuing a Co-Curricular Certificate in the Business Side of Sports.
Louis Frangella is an embodiment of hard work and proactive decision-making. He is bound to be an authoritative figure in sports business. His top accolade is being the co-founder and current Vice President of the Business Sports Society at Fordham University, the first implemented effort established at the University catered to helping students pursue a career in the business side of sports. His tenacious approach to work qualifies him as one of the elite up-and-coming stars in the business worthy of recognition. He has already built an impressive resume working in many different capacities within the industry.
This is a testament to his versatility and his ability to perform efficiently at any given position. Upon the conclusion with his current role as an intern for IMG Consulting, he will begin interning with Leverage Agency securing sponsorships at a high-profile level. There is no doubt Louis will, one day, be very high-profile himself in his line of work.
Joshua Lagan is a rising junior at the University of Connecticut, where he is a New England Scholar and a member of the Dean’s List. Joshua has already completed three internships and was a member of the inaugural class of the Manhattan Sports Business Academy. In January of 2012, Joshua accepted a position as a Statistics Analyst for ESPN, and he maintains his job there while attending classes full-time.
In addition, Joshua is a consultant for the UConn Sports Business Academy, and a founding member of the Collegiate Sports Business Network. Joshua credits his mentors, the people who invested in him, for his success – namely Mark Zampino, Meghan Hanrahan, Ben Sturner, and Rosalyn Durant.
Lucas Biebelberg is a contributing author to SportsNetworker.com, and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers University. While participating in the Manhattan Sports Business Academy, Lucas interned for 16W Marketing, a talent and event marketing company in Rutherford, NJ. At the conclusion of his internship, Lucas made the jump to the Leverage Agency in Manhattan as the Special Assistant to the CEO.
Lucas strongly believes that mentorship is the key to success in any industry, and credits his accomplishments thus far to the five biggest people who have helped and guided him in his sports endeavors: Lon Rosen, Jason Belzer, Dave Maryles, Lowell Taub, and Ben Sturner.
Alex is in his senior year at the University of Oregon working towards a degree in journalism. While his focus is in journalism, he has strong footing in sports business. With the completion of his degree from Oregon, Alex will also receive a minor in economics to complete his skillset as a writer.
His passion for athletics and writing/editing has led him to his current position as editorial producer with Sports Networker. Alex oversees the day-to-day content on the site as well as communicating with the site’s community contributors and guest authors. He hopes to continue building the site into the perfect resource for sports business professionals, like himself.
In addition to his work with Sports Networker, Alex has done work with Comcast SportsNet NW, ESPN Radio 1080 the Fan Portland, OR, Pac-12.org, Bleacher Report, and he is the current sports editor for a local website, Eugene Daily News, in Eugene, OR.
Mark recently graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Political Science in addition to another minor in Crime and Justice. He’s currently in his second year of law school at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has aspirations of breaking into the sports/entertainment industry and more specifically, to make a career either representing athletes/entertainers or work in the legal office of a professional franchise.
During his young career, Mark has already had the opportunity to intern with two sports organizations, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Nashville Predators. In addition, Mark has gained experience outside of the sports industry and in a similar competitive field: entertainment. This past summer, Mark completed a remote internship with with DDO Artists Agency (now Movement Talent Agency). In January, Mark will be obtaining additional experience in the entertainment industry, as he’ll be starting an internship with Elite Talent Agency on Music Row.
He’s truly passionate about sports, writing, and the law, and is in pursuit of meshing those three subjects together in one form or another. Mark’s internship experience, proactive nature, unmatched work ethic, and his writing and communication skills are what set him apart from his peers.
Nick recently graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the spring of 2012 with a double major in Business Marketing and Management. He currently is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Sport Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It is his goal to further understand more about business in the sports industry while developing valuable relationships.
He’s now on his third sports related internship with Sports Networker and previously has held sports marketing internships with a semi pro football team and Eastbay. In his spare time, Nick also coaches high school basketball.
Kiah Teunissen is currently in her fourth year of undergraduate schooling, as she pursues an advertising degree and public relations specialization from Michigan State University. She has agency aspirations of account management, but is open to a variety of postgraduate opportunities.
During the summer of 2011, she acquired her first internship through a full-service music management company in North Hollywood, Calif. — The DBHH Firm. The following fall semester, she obtained her position as a marketing intern for the MSU athletic department. She is currently still interning for MSU Athletics in addition to a market research position with Sports Networker.
Throughout her internship opportunities, she has spent time communicating with corporate sponsors, creating and implementing new marketing strategies, writing game-day scripts, maintaining social media and developing website content. With her music and sports experience, she is confident in establishing her career in the entertainment industry post graduation.