Mark Burns – Lead Writer
Mark is the Lead Writer Intern of Sports Networker. His responsibilities include producing daily content for the website that relates to the sports industry across a wide spectrum (sales, sponsorships, marketing, etc.). In addition, he conducts Q&A sessions with leading individuals within the sports business.
Sports Marketing Specialist at 97.1 The Fan Sports Radio in Columbus Ohio. Writer aka Blogger, Fitness Nut, Book Lover, B-Ball Coach and Enjoyer of L I F E. Find my blog (here) and the Tweets (here). My new book “Hot Dogs, A Little Marketing, and A Lot of Fun” will hit shelves in a few months.
Melissa Marchionna spends her days on Facebook and Twitter, handling the social media for the Pittsburgh Penguins. She is a lover of all ice sports, and actively plays hockey, curls and is a former competitive figure skater. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.S. Sport Management) and Boston College (B.A. Psychology).
Will is the Marketing Coordinator for FOX Soccer Plus and recently acquired his Master’s Degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco. He is a sports business and social media enthusiast and is focused on growing the sport of Soccer in America.
Steven Barnhart is a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida. . Steven has created his own sports blog called “Hardwood Hoops Central” covering boy’s Varsity High School basketball in the Central Florida area. Read it at: www.hardwoodhoopscentral.blogspot.com.
Neil Braslow is a law school graduate who was previously a Legal Extern at the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas, and is currently working as a Development Associate at Collegiate Sports Advisors. Neil was recently an Inaugural SportsLaunch.net “Thirty Under 30” Rising Stars in the Sports Industry Honoree. Please visit his website at http://www.dailyshootout.com/
Chris McKinney is completely obsessed with the sports career-launching process. His goal of helping college students and career-changers launch sports careers is what drives him. As president of SPORTS LAUNCH™, Chris is committed to developing the the most powerful career-launching tools ever created for the sports industry. His new book, How to Land Your First Job in Sports: 7 Simple Steps can be found on www.SportsLaunch.net.
Chris is a strategic programs analyst at the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) focusing on, amongst other things, sponsorship research, analytics and acquisition. He holds a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Business (AGSM). Chris took part in the school’s exchange program by completing a semester at Stern business school, NYU where he studied sports marketing and sports economics.
Matt Crevin provides a unique look into the careers of many sports industry executives, revealing their success stories, advice and techniques you can put to use as part of your search strategy. Collaborate with Matt and start listening, learning, creating and executing your own action plan!
Equipped with business background and sports insider’s knowledge, Matt is ready to share his passion and knowledge with you! He delivers to his individual clients a unique process and format which gives sports industry hopefuls a unique look into the numerous career opportunities available in the sports industry and more importantly how to position yourself to break in.
Michael Hurley is the President of Intangibles, a sports marketing and consulting firm in Cary, North Carolina. Previously, he was the Director of Broadcasting and Corporate Sales for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League, where he was responsible for all corporate sponsorships, suite sales and broadcasting. He has also managed sales organizations representing properties in the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, ACC, Big East and Minor League Baseball.
Sam Miller is the founder of SamsDreamBlog.com. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he worked with various teams in sports information and received the Freedom Forum – NCAA Sports Journalism Scholarship for his achievements. At the University of Illinois, Miller regularly wrote feature stories about the football team. He has also served as communications intern for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate. Prior to that, he worked as a communications intern for USA Basketball and as an associate reporter for MLB.com.
Pete Leibman was a 3-time #1 NBA Salesperson of The Year for the Washington Wizards, and he’s the Author of “I Got My Dream Job and So Can You.” His career advice has been featured on Fox, CBS, and CNN.
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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 in August 2012, 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 four biggest people involved in his sports endeavors: Lon Rosen, Jason Belzer, Dave Maryles and Ben Sturner. Feel free to connect with Lucas on his twitter, @LucasBiebelberg, or via Linkedin.
With a career background encompassing the many aspects of the National Football League, Mr. Pirucki offers a wealth of knowledge on the inner workings of a Club Front Office. His expertise in contract negotiation and salary cap management is supplemented with insight on other Club activities, including scouting, personnel decisions, workouts, injuries, cash flow, training camp, etc… His experience includes sports administration roles with the Detroit Lions, NFL League Office, The Detroit Group, Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mud Hens, and Bowling Green State University.