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Centenary College to Run Third Annual Sports Management Conference

03/06/2014, 07:42 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College is hosting its Third Annual Sports Management Conference this Friday, March 7, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sitnik Theatre at the David and Carol Lackland Center.  Members of the community are invited.  The cost is $10 and it includes lunch.

Opening remarks will be made by Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, Centenary College, Department Chair of Business, Cheryl Veronda, among others.

Panels for the Conference include Life After Graduation and Other Professional Opportunities; Marketing and Sponsorships; High School and College Athletics; Internships: Preparing for Job Interviews and Résumé Writing; Sales in Professional Sports; and Event and Facility Operations. 

The keynote address will be made by Centenary alumnus Fred Mangione, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Revenue Officer of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, who will discuss how to have a successful career in the sports industry.  In addition, he will talk about the transition of the Nets from being a New Jersey team to becoming the Brooklyn Nets.
Mangione leads an award-winning sales and marketing team and is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of marketing, branding, sales plans and customer relationship management metrics for both the team and the arena.  He also manages the communications, game operations, and sponsorship departments, overseeing the development of strategic marketing and activation campaigns for corporate partners of both the team and the arena.

Mangione was named Chief Revenue Officer in 2013, a newly created position for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.  Mangione joined the Nets in 1999 as the Director of Ticket Sales and has worked his way up the ranks.  During his tenure as head of sales, his team set revenue records that still stand today.

Additional panel members include Lucas Biebelberg, Account Executive, Partnership Marketing for the United States Tennis Association; Jovina Johnson, Director of Human Resources for the New York Red Bulls; Jamie Ponce, Director of Ticket Sales and Service for the New York Red Bulls and Centenary alumnus; Arden Wright, Sales Representative for Madison Square Garden and Centenary alumna; George Barbetto, Seasonal, Event and Game Day Operations Assistant for the New York Jets; and George Moreira, Manager for Pro Tournaments and United States Open Series for the United States Tennis Association.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people who are interested in the sports management industry to hear from these experts at the fraction of the cost that one would normally pay to attend a sports management conference of this nature,” says David Perricone, Assistant Professor of Sports Management at Centenary College. 

The event is being managed by Perricone’s Event Management class as part of a course project.  Interested parties can purchase tickets on the day of the event.

For more information, please call (908) 852-1400, ext. 2357.

 Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.