March 20, 2017

Hackettstown, N.J., March 20, 2017- Centenary University is hosting its Sixth Annual Sports Management Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center, located at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, N.J. The event will feature professionals from the sports industry, including Keynote Speaker Jennifer Heppel, Executive Director and Commissioner of The Patriot League and former Associate Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. Heppel’s address will focus on her own career, as well as advice to students regarding how to network and tips to secure employment AFTER the interview. Members of the community are invited.  Business professional attire is requested. This opportunity includes lunch.

Panel categories for the conference include Marketing/Social Media, Sales, Internships, College Athletics, Events and Operations, and Minor League Baseball. This event will serve as a valuable networking opportunity for students and professionals alike. Carolyn Clites, Andrew Leister, Julian Alvarez Munoz, Keith O’Connor, John Trotman and David VanArtsdalen are current students and staff members involved in the Sports Management program at Centenary who will present. In addition, several Centenary alumni will share their stories of success in the world of sports management.  These include the following individuals: Michael Bojsza, Temple University;  Josh Braunstein, Legends; Kelley Carvalho, New York Red Bulls; Nicole Collins, IMG Learfield- Rutgers University; Justin DeFeo, Ramapo College Athletics; Andy DeStephano, Berkeley College Athletics; Gabriel Giminez,, Legends; Jason Grisales, Legends; Tim Guella, Centenary University; Jason Kobeda, Major League Baseball; Kevin Litus, Lakewood Blueclaws; Sal Manzella,, MetLife Stadium; Ryan Mariotti, Long Island Ducks;  Christopher Ruoff, Brooklyn Nets;  Kevin Ryan, Raritan Valley Community College Athletics; Jaimia Schiffer, Ticket Galaxy;  Jason Verrico, New Jersey Devils; and Tim Ziakas, Parkview Sports.

Throughout the day students will be conducting roundtable sessions where they will get time to meet in groups of eight and network with each person. This event is being produced and managed by Professor David Perricone’s senior class as part of a course assignment.

“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 Professor Perricone, Assistant Professor of Sports Management at Centenary University.  “It is great to see the alumni come back to campus, along with friends of the university who donate their time to share their experience with the students.”

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

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’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 University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online, as well as corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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