Our Alumni

With the largest living alumni base of any university in the world, we feel fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated alumni. We at the SBA actively keep our alumni engaged with our monthly newsletters, alumni database, networking maps, and mentorship program. 

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SBA Alumni Testimonials

For those who leave Michigan, but for whom Michigan never leaves. 

  • The SBA was my first introduction into the business of sport, a catalyst to my future career. Having the opportunity to not just meet, but interact and learn from industry icons from across the sports space only furthered my development and enhanced my Michigan education. Holding an e-board position also allowed me to fine-tune my work habits and better understand the true value I could bring to an organization. I credit much of my passion for the industry to the SBA and the incredible people I met through the organization .
    — Michael Freedman
    Manager, Premier Partnerships
    Sport Management ’14
    Former SBA Exec Member
  • As a Michigan Alumnus with a Sport Management degree, I thoroughly enjoy staying intimately connected to our amazing University through the SBA. With the creation of the SBA, I am able to communicate with current students, to offer work advice, life lessons and mentorship. The professionalism, innovation, and creative processes represented by SBA, by the students now, is truly incredible. The level of interest and advanced knowledge of our students in SBA today far surpasses where I was personally and professionally as a student at Michigan. I'm proud to see the SBA thrive and grow, to see our students prepare for their careers and for life at such a high level. SBA has raised the bar on real life education and experiences.
    — Cory Shakarian
    VP, Live Nation
    Sport Management and Communications ’94
  • I can confidently say that without The Sport Business Association, I wouldn't be where I am in my career today. SBA provides countless resources, which allow any student the opportunity to grow and learn more about the sport business industry. SBA provided me with the opportunity to connect with industry leaders in a professional, yet natural setting. Through SBA I have developed life long friends that I can always count on for advice. For anyone interested in a career in the sport business industry, the Sport Business Association is your first step into getting your first job and internship in the real world!
    — Ryan Rounick
    Coordinator, Sponsorship and Partnership Management at the NFL
    Sport Management '15
    Former SBA President
  • “I’ve been involved with SBA as a mentor for the last three years. Through this program, I’ve met some truly exceptional students and it has allowed me to stay connected to my alma mater. SBA has done a great job both training junior members and smartly selecting mentor-mentee pairs that allow for productive relationships. I plan to continue to stay involved with the mentorship program as it allows me to build great relationships with Michigan students, who are passionate about sport business.
    — Shelby Highstein
    Manager, Wasserman
    Sport Management ’10
  • Being a member of the Michigan Sport Business Association (SBA) provided me with lifelong friendships, significant career resources and a strong professional network. SBA helped me connect with students that had similar interests through a variety of on- and off-campus social events, such as trips to see local Detroit sports teams play. In addition, the club helped me figure out what a career in sports could look like and a variety of industry professionals to connect with and learn from. Connections that I made through SBA directly led to internships with leading organizations in sports, including Octagon, the Detroit Pistons and Madison Square Garden, and ultimately my dream job post-college at the National Basketball Association (NBA).
    — Daniel Schachne
    Global Strategic Planning Manager, Nike
    Sport Management ’10
    Former SBA President
  • SBA was a transformational experience for me and it was my Michigan Difference. From the friendships and bonds that we created to professional development to exposure to the sports industry, I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today if it were not for SBA
    — Dexter Mason
    Director, Events and Programming, RISE
    Sport Management ’13
    Former SBA President
  • Every time I meet with Michigan students that are members of SBA it’s clear to me that they are firing on all cylinders. I recently sat on an SBA panel and I was inspired by their intelligent and topical questions these students asked. I valued their opinion so even as a panel member I turned it around and asked them questions just to get their insight. It was a smart move. SBA is a valuable group that provides students with industry related events I wish I had when I was an undergraduate.
    — Jon Paley
    President and Founder, The Vault
    Sport Management and Communication ‘95
  • With year-round programming focused on immersing its members in the world of sport business, SBA provided countless opportunities for me to learn about different career paths in sports and the trends that are moving the industry forward. Through actively participating as a member and serving on E-board my junior and senior year, I was able to foster meaningful connections with people in sport business that will last for years to come.
    — Jacob Goldberg
    Coordinator, Partnership Engagement, Palace Sports and Entertainment
    Sport Management ’15
    Former SBA President