ALEX PORTE | Current, 2019-2020
KATHARINE BOHLMANN | 2017-2019
Current Role: Associate, Leadership Rotational Program, Miami Dolphins - Miami, FL
Graduation Year: 2019 | Major: Sport Management | Minors: Business and Spanish
Favorite Michigan Memory: Getting to work with Michigan Football in PR for four years!
Advice to current SBA: The University of Michigan and the Michigan Sport Business Association provide you with so many resources and opportunities to succeed as you enter into the sport industry. Take advantage of every opportunity to meet your peers, network with alumni and industry professionals, learn from your professors and colleagues, and gain experience in various sectors of the industry. You never know what opportunity might arise! Michigan is truly the best network in sports -- Forever Go Blue!
SAMUEL LOWENTHAL | Winter 2017
Current Role: Regional Sales Manager, Washington Capitals - Washington DC
Graduation Year: 2017 | Major: Sport Management
Favorite Michigan Memory: As part of a two-week "internship" with the Fox Sports 1 Opening Drive, four other Michigan students and I traveled around the country in a bus dressed up as Coach Harbaugh. We stopped in 11 cities, going to baseball games and appearing on local news stations to promote the Michigan vs. Utah game in Salt Lake City, where the tour concluded (Coach Harbaugh's first game on September 3rd, 2015).
Advice to current SBA: Utilize the Michigan network! Especially in Sports Business, Michigan has one of the most extensive networks of any school in the country. If there is a specific company you want to work at, there is a high probability that there will be a Michigan grad (and a lot of times an SBA grad) working at that company. If you reach out to them via LinkedIn or otherwise and emphasize the Michigan connection, more times than not that person will be willing to help in any way possible.
JORDAN GERTZMAN | 2015-2017
Current Role: Executive Recruiting Associate, Creative Artists Agency
Graduation Year: 2018 | Major: Sport Management and Business
Favorite Michigan Memory: Interviewing Jeff Gordon for an SBA event on the Robertson Auditorium stage in Ross.
Advice to current SBA: Get involved early, connect with older students in leadership roles, and take advantage of the alumni network!
JAKE GOLDBERG | Fall 2015
Graduation Year: 2015 | Major: Sport Management
Advice to current SBA: 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.
RYAN ROUNICK | 2014-2015
Current Role: Business Development, NBA - New York City, NY
Graduation Year: 2015 | Major: Sport Management
Favorite Michigan Memory: Too many count... however, one of my favorite memories is Michigan football's first ever night game in history when U-M defeated Notre Dame 35-31.
Advice to current SBA: Continue to network (if you haven't started, it's never too late) and build connections with your peers and executives in the industry. Maintaining these relationships will be essential to your future success. But most importantly, have fun and enjoy school!
HARRISON FORMAN | 2013-2014
Current Role: Platform Partnerships, LeagueApps - New York City, NY | Executive Producer, UpDating - New York City, NY
Graduation Year: 2014 | Major: Sport Management and Entrepreneurship
Favorite Michigan Memory: Graduation ceremony in the Big House. I was fortunate to represent the School of Kinesiology both in the locker room & on the main platform with the keynote speakers. They threw me up on the big screen a few times with my family & friends able to sit in a special section. It was an incredible moment and after reflecting a few years later, remains one of my life's coolest moments.
Advice to current SBA: Find your baby! Find that one passion/legacy you can leave behind as a student no one can take away from you and you'll come back five years later and still see it! Maximize your time as a student for networking! Saying "I am a student at Michigan" is one of the most powerful statements in business. All business leaders, CEO's, entrepreneurs love to give back and you'd be surprised what a cold email to a person you admire will lead to (especially if they also went to Michigan). Just go for it! Diversify your on-campus experience. Meet student leaders from other departments and schools, engineers, designers, marketers, financiers -- sometimes, you have to get outside of the bubble of your major to gain a fresh perspective on your major & career trek.
DEXTER MASON | 2011-2013
Current Role: Special Assistant to the President, Kresge Foundation - Detroit, MI
Graduation Year: 2013 | Major: Sport Management
Favorite Michigan Memory: The 2013 Final Four run for Michigan Men’s Basketball team.
Advice to current SBA: Create genuine relationships with your classmates!
RYAN KNAPP | 2010-2011
Current Role: Sponsorship, Trenches Consulting - Charleston, SC
Graduation Year: 2011 | Major: Sport Management
Favorite Michigan Memory: Too many to name. There's nothing better than a Fall Football Saturday in Ann Arbor.
Advice to current SBA: Don't get so caught up with only meeting with the most senior folks. The most important network is that of your peers. Those are the people I still chat with today and lean on for advice.
DANIEL SCHACHNE | 2009-2010
Current Role: Global Strategic Planning Manager, Nike, Inc. - Portland, OR
Graduation Year: 2010 | Major: Sport Management
Favorite Michigan Memory: Picking one favorite Michigan memory is so hard! Obviously football games are a highlight. But, what I really loved about my experience was just the incredible people I met and built relationships with. Whether that was with staff, faculty, classmates, or close friends, I will treasure those relationships and what they contributed to my incredible experience at Michigan.
Advice to current SBA: Leverage SBA to better understand what you want to do when you graduate. The club allows you to surround yourself with individuals with similar goals and does an incredible job connecting you to alumni across the sports industry. Leverage these events and don't be afraid to reach out to alumni. We are here to help and are a great resource!
RACHEL LARY | 2008-2009
Current Role: Director of Customer Success, Percolate - London
Graduation Year: 2009 | Major: Sport Management and Marketing
Favorite Michigan Memory: I was a part of the Michigan Women's Lacrosse team all four years of college so over the course of that time we created a lot of memories together but my favorite one was having the opportunity to hold up the “GO BLUE, M CLUB SUPPORTS YOU” banner as the football team ran onto the field. I didn't realize how special of an experience it was then, but looking back it's probably one of the coolest things I've done.
Advice to current SBA: As difficult and uncomfortable as it may feel, embrace uncertainty and be ok with not knowing what your next step might be. It's ok not to have the answers or have a set plan because naturally everything is always changing. The sooner you can embrace this the sooner you'll be ready to take on the next thing.
KELLEN EPSTEIN | 2007-2008
Current Role: Leadership Giving Officer, MIT Sloan Office of External Relations - Boston, MA
Graduation Year: 2008 | Major: Sport Management
Favorite Michigan Memory: Front row football seats our senior year. And traveling to away games!
Advice to current SBA: Get involved early, and draw on the alumni community as much as you can! There are so many alums out there who still care so much about SBA and would love to stay involved.
SCOTT TSUCHYAMA | 2006-2007
Current Role: Director of Product Design, GoNoodle - Nashville, TN
Graduation Year: 2007 | Major: Sport Management
AARON SEABRON | 2005-2006
Current Role: Senior Business Unit Director, Adidas Baseball
Graduation Year: 2006 | Major: Sport Management and Communications
Favorite Michigan Memory: Football games.
Advice to current SBA: Enjoy the moment and the time you are in. You value it so much more when it's gone.
TODD HEYDEN, SBA Founder | 2003-2005
Current Role: VP, Sales & Marketing, MVP Staffing
Graduation Year: 2005 | Major: Sport Management and Communications
Favorite Michigan Memory: Founding the SBA (not a joke).
Advice to current SBA: Follow your dreams. Never take "no" for an answer. Don't let colleges and curriculums dictate what you want or think you should do.
Past VICE Presidents
JUSTIN BERGMAN | 2017-2018
TREVOR RUTLEDGE | Winter 2017
SAM LOWENTHAL | Fall 2016
ALLY FUTTERMAN | Winter 2016
JORDAN GERTZMAN | Fall 2015
OSTAP RAPEYKO | 2014-2015
ERICA BLOOM | 2013-2014
SARA MCMALL | 2012-2013
AMANDA SCHUTTE | 2010-2011
RYAN KNAPP | 2009-2010
DANIEL SCHACHNE | 2008-2009