Sport & Entertainment Management

Student Profiles

Class of 2016 Profiles

Ashley Ainbinder

Ashley Ainbinder
Residency: IMG College – USF Athletics

Ashley Ainbinder grew up in Baldwin (Long Island), N.Y. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business management and administration. She previously worked for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission for the NCAA Women's Final Four, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Hofstra University's Athletic Marketing and Event Management Department. Currently she is the IMG College corporate partnerships resident. Upon graduation she wants to work in corporate partnerships and activation for a professional sports team.

Reece Anderson

Reece Anderson
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – Partnership Development

Reece Anderson grew up in Hancock, Mich. He graduated from Finlandia University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He previously worked for the Austin Bruins in the NAHL, Michigan Tech University Athletics and USF Athletics. Currently he is a partnership development resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work for a professional franchise in corporate partnership sales and eventually become a sales director for an NHL team.

Jordan Bellar

Jordan Bellar
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning ¬– Customer Retention Services

Jordan Bellar grew up in Lakeland, Fla. He graduated from Samford University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and entrepreneurship. He previously worked for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management program, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, All Pro Dad and Talladega Superspeedway. Currently he is the customer retention services resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation Jordan wants to work in corporate partnerships for a professional team or start a sport marketing consulting firm to use his passion for technology and improving fan experiences.

Jason Berlatt

Jason Berlatt
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – CRM/Analytics

Jay Berlatt grew up in Smithtown, N.Y. He graduated from James Madison University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked for the Ecolab, Cintas, Tampa Bay Club Sport and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Currently he is the CRM/analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work as a business analyst for any professional sports team.

Alessandra Bonte

Alessandra Bonte
Residency: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Marketing/Public Relations

Alessandra Bonte grew up in Paris, France. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Previously, she was an undergraduate student-athlete and a University of South Florida's Communications and Marketing intern. Currently, she is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino marketing/public relations resident. Upon graduation she wants to work for the Women's Tennis Association in player development and eventually become a representative for an international sport company.

Andrew Busot

Andrew Busot
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – Sponsorship Activation

Andrew Busot grew up in Land O' Lakes, Fla. He graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with bachelor's degrees in marketing and sports management. He previously worked for the University of South Florida Athletic Department, Florida State Athletic Department and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Currently he is the Tampa Bay Lightning sponsorship activation resident. Upon graduation he wants to work for a professional sports team in their marketing and game operations department.

Krista Bye-Nagel

Krista Bye-Nagel
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – Business Strategy/Analytics

Krista Bye-Nagel grew up in Heidelberg, Germany. She graduated from Elon University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport and event management. She previously worked for the University of South Florida Athletics Department and Elon University Athletics Department. Currently, she is the Tampa Bay Lightning business strategy/analytics resident. Upon graduation she wants to work for a professional sports team in analytics and marketing to develop a stronger game experience and connection for fans.

Kyle Clise

Kyle Clise

Kyle Clise grew up in Queenstown, Md. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. Previously he worked for USF Athletics and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Currently he is the Tampa Bay Storm resident. Upon graduation he wants to work for an NFL or college football team in player personnel and scouting.

Sean Daley

Sean Daley
Residency: Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Sean Daley grew up in Miramar, Fla. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with two bachelor's degrees in economics and finance. He previously worked for USF Football, USF Athletics, Tampa Bay Club Sports and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Currently he is working as the Tampa Bay Sports Commission resident. Upon graduation he wants to work for the MLS in league expansion and eventually become an executive consultant.

Connor Glenn

Connor Glenn
Residency: WTA

Connor Glenn grew up in Alexandria, Va. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in public relations. He previously worked for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Capital Concerts, Inc. Currently he is the creative strategy and development resident for the WTA. Upon graduation he wants to work for an NBA team in financial analytics and development.

Chase Hirschauer

Chase Hirschauer
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – Ticket Sales

Chase Hirschauer grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Wartburg College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a sport management concentration. He previously worked for the Wartburg College baseball team and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Currently, he is a ticket sales resident with the Tampa Bay Lightning and an associate scout with the Milwaukee Brewers in the central Florida region. Upon graduation, he wants to work for an MLB front office in scouting or player development.

Kait Jones

Kait Jones
Residency: Florida Hospital

Kait Jones grew up in Lake Helen, Fla. She graduated from Stetson University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. She previously worked for the Ladies Professional Golf Association, USF Athletics and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Currently, she is the sports partnerships resident for the Florida Hospital western Florida region. Upon graduation, she wants to work for a professional sports team, league or brand in corporate partnerships.

Stephanie Juergens

Stephanie Juergens
Residency: University of South Florida Athletics – Softball Operations

Stephanie Juergens grew up in Clearwater, Fla. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. Previously, she worked for USF Athletics in the marketing department, IMG at USF as a game day activation marketing assistant, and she is a former USF softball player. Currently, she is the softball operations resident for USF Athletics. Upon graduation she wants to work for ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney in the marketing department.

Bodi Karsono

Bodi Karsono
Residency: Fox Sports Florida

Bodi Karsono grew up in Gainesville, Fla. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and minor in finance. He previously was a USF golf team student-athlete, and he worked as an event management graduate assistant for the USF athletics department. Currently he is the digital content and promotions resident for Fox Sports Florida. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing and promotions for a regional or national sports network.

Jessica Kitzmiller

Jessica Kitzmiller
Residency: Tampa Bay Rays – Marketing

Jessica Kitzmiller grew up in Mine Hill, N.J. She graduated from The University of Dayton in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She previously worked for the USF Men's Basketball team, University of Dayton Men's Basketball team, NCAA March Madness First Four, University of Dayton Arena and Ripken Baseball- Aberdeen IronBirds. Currently she is the marketing and analytics resident for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation she wants to work for an MLB team in marketing and social media.

Sam Lane

Sam Lane
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – Ticket Sales

Sam Lane grew up in Tampa, Fla. He graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in communication. He previously worked as a sports anchor for WCTV in Tallahassee, Fla., as a digital content producer in the Office of University Communication at Florida State University, and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers creative services department. Currently, he is a ticket sales resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work for a sports television network or league media group.

Zack Lee

Zack Lee
Residency: Tampa Bay Rays – Membership Services, Ticketing

Zack Lee grew up in Springfield, Mo. He graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in finance and a certificate in sport administration. He previously worked for the University of Tulsa, the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, The Patriot Golf Club and Golden Hurricane Sports Properties. Currently he is the membership services, ticketing resident for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation, he wants to work for a professional sports organization or golf equipment & apparel company in business development or brand management.

Taylor Leffler

Taylor Leffler
Residency: University of South Florida Athletics – Administration

Taylor Leffler grew up in Apopka, Fla. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. She previously worked for USF Athletics, Carr Sports Consulting, LLC, USLacrosse, West Florida Lacrosse Club, Lake Highland Prep Gainesville Sports Commission, Windemere Prep Athletic Department and Design Enterprises, Inc. Currently she is a graduate assistant for the USF Athletic Department in administration. Upon graduation she wants to work for a collegiate athletic department in administration.

Chelsea Oglevie

Chelsea Oglevie
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – Event Marketing

Chelsea Oglevie grew up in Tampa, Fla. She graduated from Florida Southern College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a concentration in sport management. She previously worked for Feld Entertainment, Florida Southern College Athletic Department, Berkeley Preparatory Softball Administration and Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing. Currently she is the event marketing resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation she wants to work for an entertainment organization in marketing and brand development.

Eric Peters

Eric Peters
Residency: University of South Florida – Communications and Marketing

Eric Peters grew up in Palm Harbor, Fla. He graduated from the University of Tampa in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He previously worked for Ironman, the New York Yankees, the Philadelphia Phillies and their single A affiliate the Clearwater Threshers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Currently he is the USF Communications and Marketing resident. Upon graduation he wants to work for an MLB team in analytics.

Beau Schmitz

Beau Schmitz
Residency: VF Licensed Sports Group and Majestic – Marketing

Beau Schmitz grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Loras College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and business administration. He previously worked for USF Communications and Marketing, Aspen Athletic Clubs, Loras College Athletic Department, Global Spectrum and Perfect Game USA. Currently he is the marketing resident for VF Licensed Sports Group and Majestic. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing or brand development for a professional sport league office or sport retail brand.

Rachel Sloot

Rachel Sloot
Residency: Tampa Bay Rays – Partnership Development

Rachel Sloot grew up in Mundelein, Ill. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in advertising. She previously worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of South Florida Athletics Marketing Department, Illinois Men's Basketball Team, Gatorade Company, Inc, and coached figure skating at the University of Illinois. Currently, Rachel is the partnership development resident for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation she wants to work in corporate partnerships and activation for a professional sports team.

Mark Stutzman

Mark Stutzman
Residency: University of South Florida – Communications and Marketing

Mark Stutzman grew up in Brandon, Fla. He graduated from the University of South Florida in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. Currently, he is a resident with USF's University Communications and Marketing, as well as a promotions technician for Cox Media Group Tampa with the radio station 97x. Upon graduation, he hopes to work for a company like AEG Live or Live Nation in event management and eventually become a manager of a major concert venue.

Xiyu (Yolanda) Tan

Xiyu (Yolanda) Tan
Residency: Hard Rock Casino – International Marketing

Xiyu (Yolanda) Tan grew up in Guiyang, Guizhou, China. She graduated from Beijing Sport University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in sports industry management. She previously worked for the New Oriental Education and Technology Group as an English teacher, China Venue sport consulting company, and she assists Dr. Wells with Sport & Entertainment Management global outreach. Now she is the international marketing resident for Hard Rock Casino. Upon graduation she wants to work for a sports travel agency.

Rhyan Truett

Rhyan Truett
Residency: Tampa Bay Lightning – Business Operations & Special Projects

Rhyan Truett grew up in Pittsgrove, NJ. She graduated from Rowan University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in public relations. She previously worked for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management Program, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, NCAA Frozen Four, Philadelphia Sports Writers Association and The Public Relations Practitioner's Playbook. Currently she is the business operations and special projects resident for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation, Truett plans to pursue a career in NHL public relations and team services.

Jonathan Valcourt

Jonathan Valcourt
Residency: University of South Florida – Communications and Marketing

Jonathan Valcourt grew up in Miami, Fla. He graduated from Florida State University in 2013 with a dual degree in finance and sport management. He previously worked for USF's Athletic Department, the New York Jets, FSU's Athletic Department and FSU's Oglesby Union. Currently he is a resident for USF Communications and Marketing. Upon graduation he wants to work independently from the NFL as a contract adviser and marketing agent.

Class of 2017 Profiles

Ryan Atkinson

Ryan Atkinson

Ryan Atkinson grew up in Medina, Ohio. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He previously worked for CAE, USA in the finance and accounting department. Currently he is a database marketing intern for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Upon graduation he wants to work in analytics for a professional or collegiate sports organization.

Damon Boggs

Damon Boggs

Damon Boggs grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from The University of Louisville in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in entrepreneurship. He previously worked for The University of Louisville Academic Center for Student Athletes. Upon graduation he wants to work in collegiate athletics and pursue a career as an athletic director.

Sam Bridgman

Sam Bridgman

Sam Bridgman grew up in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the University of Portland in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He previously worked for the University of Portland Baseball Team, Nike, and WDC Properties. Currently he is an intern for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing and communications for a professional sports organization.

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Kate Burton grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. She previously worked for Florida State University Athletics focusing in ticket sales. Currently she is a part of the ticket sales staff for the Phillies Florida LLC. Upon graduation she wants to work in Marketing and Events for the NFL or Ticket Sales for a Division I College.

Jonathan Conde

Jonathan Conde

Jonathan Conde grew up in Ocala, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in business management and a minor in leadership studies. He previously worked for Pi Kappa Phi, Campus Advantage and Deloitte. Upon graduation he would like to remain in the Tampa Bay area to work in college athletics or in professional sports in player development and pursue a career as an athletic director or sports agent.

Kate Cremer

Kate Cremer

Kate Cremer grew up in Florence, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in finance and accounting with a minor in international business. She previously worked for Messier-Bugatti USA. Currently she is a finance intern for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon graduation she wants to work in accounting or analytics within Major League Baseball.

Tarek Dahdul

Tarek Dahdul

Tarek Dahdul grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and sport management. He previously worked for the Springfield Armor, the Western Mass Pioneers, and Peak Performance Soccer Academy. Currently he is an international sponsorship and strategic alliances intern with Feld Entertainment. Upon graduation he wants to work in an international department for a sport or entertainment organization.

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in managerial finance with a minor in business administration. He previously worked for the Ole Miss Athletic Department and the Chicago Bulls. Currently he is an event management graduate assistant for the University of South Florida Athletic Department. Upon graduation he wants to continue working in college athletics, pursuing a career as an Athletic Director.

Iulia Fratila

Iulia Fratila

Iulia Fratila grew up in Canton, Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in recreation and a minor in event management. She previously worked for The Chamber of Commerce in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a division of Southwest Michigan First Corporation, as well as the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. Upon graduation she wants to work for a sport or entertainment organization in event operations.

Brian Garie

Brian Garie

Brian Garie grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in sport management and marketing. He previously worked for the Philadelphia Eagles Ticket Office and the Delaware Sports Commission. Currently he is a sales intern for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Upon graduation he wants to work in Corporate Partnerships for a professional sports organization.

Jillian Gerding

Jillian Gerding

Jillian Gerding grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in marketing and sociology. She previously worked for the Foundation for Orthopedic Research and Education as a marketing intern. Currently she is a marketing and analytics intern for Feld Entertainment. Upon graduation she wants to work in marketing research for a sport or entertainment organization.

Samantha Greiner

Samantha Greiner

Samantha Greiner grew up in Sparta, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in management. She previously worked for the University of South Florida Athletic Development Department where she continues to intern. Upon graduation she wants to work in college athletics in an administrative role, pursuing a career as an athletic director.

Trevon Griffin

Trevon Griffin

Trevon Griffin grew up in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked for USF Athletic Department as a marketing intern. Currently he is an intern for PROtential Sports. Upon graduation he wants to work for the NFL in youth and high school player development.

Katelyn Hazelbach

Katelyn Hazelbach

Katelyn Hazelbach grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and completed the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics. She previously worked for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pitt Athletics Marketing Department and Parish Digital Video Production. Currently she is the graduate assistant for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management program. Upon graduation, she wants to return to Pittsburgh to work for either the Penguins or Pirates in marketing.

Jacob Huegel

Jacob Huegel

Jacob Huegel grew up in Charles City, IA. He graduated from Wartburg College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Sport Management and Marketing. He previously worked for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. Currently he is a Special Events and Promotions Intern for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Upon graduation he wants to work in marketing, event management or analytics in collegiate or professional sports.

Courtney Kramer

Courtney Kramer

Courtney Kramer grew up in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management. She previously worked for IMG Marketing through USF Athletics, the USF Softball team, Valspar Championship, and Walt Disney Company. Currently, she is the research graduate assistant for the USF Sport and Entertainment Management program. Upon graduation she wants to work in marketing or event management in the MLB or MiLB.

Joseph Maury

Joseph Maury

Joseph Maury grew up in Middletown, New York. He graduated from Stetson University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in music with an outside field in business. He previously worked for Chick-fil-A as a marketing director. Currently he is an intern for Positive Coaching Alliance and part of the Guest & Member Relations Game Day Support Staff for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Upon graduation he wants to work in live entertainment, operating an independent live music venue in Tampa Bay.

Ian McGarry

Ian McGarry

Ian McGarry grew up in Madison, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in selling and sales management and a minor in business management. He previously worked for Learfield - Purdue Sports Properties as a sponsorship sales coordinator for two years. Currently he is a marketing graduate assistant for USF Athletics. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate sponsorship sales or marketing for a collegiate or professional sports team.

Belicia Montgomery

Belicia Montgomery

Belicia Montgomery grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, a minor in accounting and completed the UAB Professional Sales Certificate Program. She previously worked for H&R Block as a district marketing coordinator and Enterprise Rent-a-Car as an intern. Currently she is a marketing graduate assistant for USF Athletics. Upon graduation she wants to work in minor league or major league baseball in marketing.

Laura Mooradian

Laura Mooradian

Laura Mooradian grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from Robert Morris University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in both sport management and accounting. She previously worked for the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs and Robert Morris University's Financial Operations Department. Currently she is the graduate assistant for the USF Sport & Entertainment Management Program. Upon graduation she wants to work for an NHL team in finance or analytics.

Richard Stiftinger

Richard Stiftinger

Richard Stiftinger grew up in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in criminology. He has previously worked for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Currently he is a guest relations intern for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Upon graduation he plans to pursue a position in marketing or operations for a professional sports organization in the Tampa Bay area.

James Swanson

James Swanson

James Swanson grew up around Europe; Cyprus, Germany, Italy & Denmark. He graduated from the University of Stirling in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He previously worked for the Lawn Tennis Association, London 2012 Olympic Games, IMG Reliance in Mumbai, Tennis Scotland, Scottish Student Sport, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and Pearson PLC. Currently he is a Tennis UK Summer Intern for IMG. Upon graduation, he wants to work for the Women's Tennis Association in marketing, operations or sponsorship.

Jordan Waters

Jordan Waters

Jordan Waters grew up in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in management and a minor in accounting. He previously worked for USF Athletics in both equipment and event management and FIS Global. Currently he is a student equipment manager for the University of South Florida's Basketball, Soccer, and Volleyball programs. Upon graduation he wants to work for Street League in finance and accounting.

Jerron Wheeler

Jerron Wheeler

Jerron Wheeler grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He previously worked as a student assistant in USF Athletics for football and women's basketball while also interning with the communications department. Currently he is on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 50/50 raffle ticket sales team and an intern for PROtential Sports. Upon graduation he wants to work in corporate sales or analytics for a professional basketball team.

Adam Wisniewski

Adam Wisniewski

Adam Wisniewski grew up in Allen, Texas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in sports management and economics. He previously worked for the Colorado Rockies, Oklahoma State University Football, and Elevate Your Game Inc. Summer Basketball League Pro-Am. Currently he is an event management graduate assistant for USF Athletics. Upon graduation he wants to work for a professional baseball, basketball, or football team in operations or analytics.