PAST

EVENTS

SBA hosts a multitude of member events each year, both in person and virtual, 

bringing in a wide variety of professional, student, and alumni speakers.

 

If you are interested in speaking to our members, please contact Arjun Menon, our Director of Event Planning!

HIGHLIGHTED SPEAKERS

  • Jim Harbaugh, Head Football Coach at the University of Michigan

  • John U. Bacon, Author

  • Lee Steinberg, Sports Agent

  • Jeff Gordon, NASCAR Racer

  • Dhani Jones, Qey Capital Partners; Former NFL and Michigan Football Player

  • Tom Garfinkel, Miami Dolphins

  • Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu, ESPN

  • Jon Paley, The Vault

  • Wally Hayward, W Partners

  • Juwan Howard, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Michigan

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2022-2021

KEYNOTE CONVERSATIONS

  • James Marquinez, MBA Candidate Michigan Ross

  • Stephen Anderson, MBA Candidate Michigan Ross

  • Katharine Bolhman, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium

  • Maggie Davis, ESPN

  • Jordan Field, Detroit Tigers

  • Kristen Thut, LeagueSide

  • Colin Fowler, Downstream

  • Eric Smallwood, Apex Marketing Group, Inc

  • Jeff Epstein, Chicago Portfolio School

  • Mark Burns, SBJ

  • Julie Boris, ESPN

  • Kate Denton, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

  • Carrie Brzezinski, ESPN

  • Brian Fain, Detroit Pistions

  • Chris Bryant, Michigan Football

  • Jared Wangler, Valiant

THEMED PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Pro Football Focus

Austin Gayle

Mike Renner

David Sulfaro

 

Turner Sports

Chip Johnson

Adam Raphael

Nick Berti

Jacob Lutt

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • SBA Pro-Days

  • Resume Reviews

  • LinkedIn Etiquette

  • Michigan Alumni Network

  • Maize & Blue Network - Student Mentorship

  • Mock Interviews

2021-2020

KEYNOTE CONVERSATIONS

  • Kate Denton, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

  • Jacob Rothman, Oak View Group

  • Justin Bergman, Oak View Group

  • Kim Hoey, Chicago FC

  • Ryan Rounick, NBA

  • Gautam Kapur, NBA

  • Nathan Gaines, Bleacher Report

  • Nick Lane, UBS Arena & New York Islanders

  • John Beilein, University of Michigan Basketball

  • Scott Rosner, Columbia University

  • Zac Hiller, Loyalty Above All

  • Arielle Chambers, Bleacher Report & HighlightHER

  • Dylan Bowman, North Face & Red Bull Professional Athlete

  • Batouly Camara, WAKE

  • Eliot Goldfarb, Chicago Bulls

  • Alex & Maia Shibutani, 2x Olympic Medalists

  • Venessa Hutchinson, NFL

  • Traci Otey Blunt, NFL

THEMED PANEL DISCUSSIONS

ESPN

Arthi Kumar

Nathan Suh

Alex Smith

Ben Meyers

 

Endeavor

Andrew Myers

Dylan Bosch

Myles Schalet

Samantha Leon

Brian Krasik

Seattle Kraken

Nick Forro

Alyssa Morales

Annemarie Scalzo

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • SBA Pro-Days

  • Resume Reviews

  • LinkedIn Etiquette

  • Michigan Alumni Network

  • Mock Interviews

2019-2020

KEYNOTE CONVERSATIONS

  • Aaron Seabron, Adidas

  • Steve Becker, FOX Sports

  • Ryan Rounick, NBA

  • Ben Wallace, Grand Rapids Drive

  • Steve Jbara, Grand Rapids Drive

  • Daniel Schachne, Nike

  • Nicole O’Keefe, United Sports Brands

  • Ryan O’Keefe, Full Swing Simulators

  • Quentin Love, Agape Marketing Consultants

  • Mike Hackman, Jordan Brand

  • Joel Koviak, New Balance

  • David Herman, Twitter Sports

  • Adam Rubin, Detroit Pistons

  • Samantha Wolff, PGA of America

  • James Harvey, Premier Partnerships

  • Wayne Rappaport, New York Liberty

  • James Harasin, T-Mobile

  • Awenate Cobbina, Palace Sports and Entertainment

  • Alex Wright, Detroit City FC

  • Juwan Howard, University of Michigan

THEMED PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Octagon Sports & Entertainment

  • Jack Robins, Account Manager | Mastercard U.S. Team Sports

  • Mary Sirico, Director | Talent Acquisition

  • Emily Mackay, Coordinator | Talent Acquisition

 

Madison Square Garden

  • Thomas Kilkenney, Inside Sales Manager

 

Paragon Marketing Group

  • Matt Waitz, Senior Vice President

  • Randi Goode, Senior Account Coordinator

  • Sam Katz, Senior Account Coordinator

 

University of Michigan Rec Sports

  • Ellen Dixon, Rec Sports Asst. Director of Fitness & Wellness

  • Dave Sigele, Rec Sports Senior Asst. Director of Facilities (IMSB)

  • Sarah Button, Rec Sports Asst. Director of Marketing | Sponsorship and Academic Partnerships

  • Ben Belanger, Rec Sports Asst. Director | Facility Rentals & Special Projects

 

USA Hockey

  • Jon Edwards, Manager | Communications

  • Bryan Johnson, Manager | Marketing Operations

  • Laurel Young, Communications Coordinator

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • SBA Pro-Days

  • Resume Reviews

  • LinkedIn Etiquette

  • Using our Michigan Alumni Network

  • Mock Interviews

2018-2019

KEYNOTE CONVERSATIONS

  • Madison Square Garden Information Session

  • FOX Sports Coffee Chats

  • Tony Schiller, Paragon Marketing

  • Elaine Czarnik, Nielsen

  • Scott Doyne, Turner Sports

  • Billy Haubrich, ESPN

  • ESPN Coffee Chats

  • Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports

  • Alison Butler, Big Ten Network

  • Jason Langwell, Intersport

  • Jim Renne, ROSSETTI

  • Michigan Athletics South Campus Tour

  • Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

  • Wasserman Information Session

  • Jimmy King

  • Big Ten Network Student U

  • Uday Ahuja, RSE Ventures

  • Jon Grove, Endeavor

  • Michael Calderon, Big Ten Network

  • Steve Herz, Montag Group

  • Alan Miller, Alan R. Miller, P.C.

  • Tom Spock, Scallar Media Partners

  • Anmol Malhotra, Snap Inc.

  • Staci Wolf, Teneo Sports

  • Michael Meltzer, DraftKings

  • Mike Mikho, Laundry Service and Cycle (Wasserman)

  • Steve Broglio, University of Michigan

  • Warde Manuel, University of Michigan

  • Jen Durda, Turner Sports

THEMED PANEL DISCUSSIONS

A Career in Sports Law

  • Lexi Brinza, Detroit Pistons

  • Dylan Sherwyn, Fordham Law

 

Detroit Tigers Day at Comerica Park

  • Jordan Field, Founder and Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation

  • Kaitlin Knutson, Director Partnership Services

  • Ben Fidelman, Public Relations

  • Jordan Bagley, Corporate Partnerships Account Executive

  • Kelsey Decker, Suite Services Manager

  • Sam Menzin, Director of Baseball Operations

Detroit MLS Bid

  • Liz Godek, Detroit Pistons

  • Rich Haddad, Detroit Pistons

  • Josh Bartelstein, Detroit Pistons

  • Noel Cimmino, Lawyer

Michigan Athletics Panel

  • Beth Pickard, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Marketing

  • TJ Garske, Assistant Director | External Communications & Public Relations 

  • Laurel Young, Digital Communications & Creative Assistant | Comm & PR

  • Jaclyn Crummey, Assistant Director | Game Presentation & Fan Experience, Student Engagement

  • Nathan Brecht, Assistant Director | Game Presentation & Fan Experience

  • Rachel Myers, Associate Director of Ticket Services

Michigan International Speedway

  • Josh Belt

  • Rob Hemmig

  • Jared Reid

  • Jason Lucas

Social Justice in Sports

  • Dexter Mason, RISE

  • Ketra Armstrong, University of Michigan

  • Marissa Pollick, University of Michigan

Detroit Lions Panel

  • Ashton Mullinix, Executive Director of Business Strategy and Analytics

  • Ben Braden, Manager of Business Strategy and Analytics

  • Andy Goebel, Manager, Business Development

  • Eric Barrera, Manager, Consumer Sales

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Resume Reviews

  • LinkedIn Etiquette

  • Professional Headshots

  • How to Network

  • Using our Michigan Alumni Network

  • SBA Nationwide Call

  • Mock Interviews

CASE STUDIES

  • Michigan Athletics H.A.I.L. App

2017-2018

KEYNOTE CONVERSATIONS

  • Daniel Milstein, Gold Star

  • Ben Reynolds and Michael Prendergast, Spalk

  • Mitch Bornstein, LA Rams

  • Daron Roberts, Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation at the University of Texas, Former NFL Coach

  • Len Middleton, University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business Lecturer of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

  • Mark Lev, Fenway Sports Management

  • Ryan Knapp, MCG Sports

  • Alex Prasad, Sports M&A Advisor

  • David Herman, Twitter Sports

THEMED PANEL DISCUSSIONS

IMG College Panel

Jon Cole, IMG College

Andrew Popchcuk, IMG Michigan

Brianna Burns, IMG Michigan

Heidi Wegmueller, IMG Eastern Michigan

Larry Thompson, IMG Central Michigan

The Evolving Sport Media Landscape

Mark Silverman, Big Ten Network and Fox

Jon Paley, The Vault

New Trends in the Sport Industry

Jessica Berman, NHL

David Cho, Adidas

Dan Gaiman, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

Mark Burns, Sports Business Chronicle

Sport Finance Panel

Neil Aaron, NBA

Barry Klarberg, Monarch Wealth Management

Michigan Athletics Beat Writers

Dan Murphy, ESPN

Lary Lage, Associated Press (AP)

Blockchain and Bitcoin Technology In Sports

Barry Klarberg, Monarch Wealth Management

Sam Rahman, Didit Inc.

Jeff Volk, Didit Inc.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

  • Madison Square Garden (MSG)

  • Detroit Pistons Ticket Sales Program

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Resume Reviews

  • LinkedIn Etiquette

  • Professional Headshots

  • How to Network

  • Case Study Competition

  • Using our Michigan Alumni Network

  • SBA Nationwide Call

2016-2017

KEYNOTE CONVERSATIONS

  • Ron Melnyk, IMG College

  • Andrew Pudduck, HTC

  • David Herman, Twitter

  • Tom Leward, Detroit Lions

  • Bryan Burns, The Forward Direction Group

  • Barry Klarberg, Monarch Wealth Management

  • Danny Koblin, LA 2024

  • Mark Rosentraub, Michigan Center for Sport and Policy

  • Johnny Kane, Fox Sports Detroit

THEMED PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Sport Management Advisory Board

  • Carrie Brzezinski, ESPN

  • Jon Paley, The Vault

  • Wally Hayward, W Partners

Detroit Tigers Day at Comerica Park

  • Jordan Field, Founder and Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation

  • Ron Wade, Director of Marketing

  • Steve Cleary, Director of Corporate Sales

  • Jessica Ruddy, Account Executive

 

Michigan Athletics Symposium

  • Briana Burns, IMG College

  • Steve Reedy, IMG College

  • Whitney Tarver, Assistant Director of Game Presentation

  • Rachel Myers, Group Sales Manager

  • Hunter Greenfield, Associate Director of Development

  • Megan Tanenbaum, Director of Operations

  • Alma Davila Toro, Event Manager and Director of Championships

Detroit Sports Symposium

  • Paul Bee, Detroit Red Wings

  • Josh Belt, Michigan International Speedway

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Resume Reviews

  • LinkedIn Etiquette

  • Professional Headshots

  • How to Network