The Nashville Predators are holding its seventh annual Breaking Into Sports Workshop Nov. 7 at Bridgestone Arena. The workshop is $89 and includes a free all-you-can-eat ticket to that night’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Tennessee Tech professor Lanise Rosemond was asked to be on the panel of guest speakers at the event.
“It was really special because they only ask one college university professor in the state of Tennessee, so it was very honorable to have this opportunity to go represent Tennessee Tech and the EXPW sport management program,” said Rosemond.
Other members of the guest panel include: Dan Rossetti, Michelle Kennedy, Warren Parr and Wes England. Rossetti is the president of Ascension Sports Partners, LLC. Kennedy is the general counsel and chief financial officer for the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena. Parr is the director of tickets sales for the Atlanta Falcons. England is the regional manager of the NCAA and the Midwest, IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions.
The workshop will start with a keynote address from Marty Mulford, the senior director of tickets sales for the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena. He has 18 years of experience in the sports industry and is the author of “Sports Industry Fast Pass.” Everyone in attendance will receive a free copy.
After the keynote address, the guest panel will speak, followed by lunch and networking. What makes this event special are the two breakout sessions where attendees will get to focus on the area of the industry that holds their interests.
There are eight different breakout sessions available: sales, marketing, legal and finance, community relations, sports agency, hockey operations, youth hockey and ticket operations.
The final event is the career and university fair, which involves more than 25 professional organizations. Some of those include the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Rams, Memphis Grizzlies and Talladega Motor Speedway.
This workshop is perfect for any Tech student looking to make it in the sports industry. Katie Whetstone, an EXPW major, has attended previous workshops.
“It’s a really good place to network and meet people,” said Whetstone. “You get to hear a lot of different opinions from professionals and you get to hear work from fellow students. I got my push and start there about hearing the girl from UT talking about women in sports.”
Rosemond encourages Tech students to take advantage of this opportunity.
“This event is specially designed for students who are looking to break into working in the professional sports arena,” said Rosemond. “It gives them a wonderful opportunity to network and to meet the top people that are at the highest level in the sports industry and give them an opportunity to hopefully be able network and put their name in there to get connected and get a job.”