Sports MBA Class of 2021
Robert Adkins was born and raised in Pomona, California and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California Riverside. Following graduation, Robert spent his next two years working for a nonprofit called Young Visionaries, in San Bernardino California. There Robert was teaching mathematics to high schoolers, more specifically ninth and ten grade students. In addition to teaching, Robert also interned with USC Football Athletics with their sales department, as well as their game-day operations team.
Michael Andrews hails from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Biology. Michael went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. During his undergraduate studies, Michael worked as a tennis instructor for Citiparks of Pittsburgh and provided free tennis clinics to children throughout Pittsburgh. During law school, Michael served on the executive board of UCLA Law’s Sports Law Federation and performed services for UCLA Trademark Law Clinic clients.
Gian Bajwa hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and received a BA in Economics from
the University of Waterloo. Gian went on to work in a variety of industries over the
years while simultaneously volunteering as an instructor with a youth hockey program
for two years. After working as a Reinsurance Analyst for two years, Gian decided
to take the next step in his career and pursue a Sports MBA to connect his keen interest
in business with his passion for sports.
Pierre-Emmanuel Caille was born in Paris, France and graduated from ESSCA School of Management with a Master’s
degree in Banking and Risks Management. Since graduation Pierre-Emmanuel has worked
in the investment banking industry and spent 2 years as a consultant on regulatory
He seeks to achieve a career move from Finance to the Sports Business industry.
Whitney Hamilton comes from Victoria, BC, Canada. She graduated from the University of Victoria, where she competed for the Women’s Basketball team, with a degree in Exercise Science and Health Education. Since then, she received a sports business certificate through the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, while also working in the hospitality industry for Delta by Marriott Hotels. This past summer, Whitney also chaired the Tournament Organizing Committee for Canada Basketball’s under 15 and under 17 Women’s National Championships.
Marcos Hinojosa comes from San Jose, California. He graduated from Santa Clara University competing in track & field and cross country for the university while majoring in Finance and European History with a minor in International Business. He has spent the last four years in sales and revenue operations in the tech industry in Austin. Most recently having worked for TrendKite through their $225 million dollar acquisition.
Quinn Ireland hails from North County San Diego. He graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in philosophy and a minor in history. After graduation, he worked in a variety of fields including retail, food, coaching, teaching and most recently baseball industries. For the past couple of summers, Quinn was working in Coplay, PA for Baseball/Sports Info Solutions compiling statistics and reports to be disseminated to professional baseball teams.
Sam Isaac was born and raised on Long Island, New York and earned his BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University at Buffalo. While attending the University at Buffalo, Sam volunteered in the Athletics Department, assisting the basketball and football teams with operations, promotions, and sponsorship activation. Since graduation, Sam has worked as a marketing coordinator for SPORTIME Clubs, LLC; a tennis and fitness club company with a high-level academy sponsored by John McEnroe.
Cameron Jabbari is from Boulder, Colorado. After graduating with his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), Cameron worked in the biotechnology field selling research equipment. Since entering the sports industry, Cameron has worked as a football analyst for ProFootballFocus and a football referee in San Diego County.
Tyler LaPointe is from Newport Beach, California. Tyler received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Northern Arizona University (NAU). During Tyler's undergraduate career he was involved in the athletic department as a marketing intern. After graduating, Tyler went on to work for the PAC-12 and Oregon State University athletics primarily focused on revenue generation and fan experience events.
Elsie Lopez is from San Diego, California. Elsie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Dominican University of California. Along with Business, Elsie minored in both Communication & Media Studies and Leadership. After graduation, Elsie worked full time with the San Diego Padres in the Sales Department for a year and a half. Since then, Elsie has taken on the role as head cheer coach at La Jolla High School.
Shawn Lothman comes from Cypress, California. Shawn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with an emphasis in Sport Management. During his undergraduate studies, Lothman accrued nearly two years of sports industry experience in internships with the Stockton Heat, Pacific Athletics, USA Water Polo, and USA Badminton. After graduation, Shawn worked full-time for the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, primarily responsible for community/external marketing, corporate partnership activation, and game operations.
Joseph Márquez was born and raised in Chula Vista, California, and received a BA in Economics and a Minor in Accounting from the University of California, Davis (UCD). During his college years, Joseph was Vice President of UCD Men’s Club Soccer, worked in Event and Facility Management at his university’s athletics program, and served as equipment manager for the Houston Dynamo. Since graduation, Joseph has worked as a Business Operations Intern for San Diego State University Athletics.
Maureen McCarthy is from Los Angeles, California and graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in American Studies. After graduating, Maureen spent six years in Austin, TX working as a project manager in Advertising and Technology. She managed design projects for brands such as The NFL, McKinsey & Company, and Shiner Beers, as well as internal process initiatives for Indeed.com.
Clare Murphy is from Charlotte, North Carolina. Clare graduated in May from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majored in Marketing. Clare was a four-year, varsity lacrosse athlete at VCU; she helped to start the program during its inaugural 2015-2016 season. During her time at VCU she was a marketing intern for the athletic department and handled game-day operations. She also earned a sports marketing fellowship with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
Alina Nunez is from San Diego, California. Alina received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Sonoma State University. After graduating, Alina worked at a non-profit law firm as an advocate educating different organizations on Fair Housing Law. Alina has volunteered with various sports organizations including the Mexico National Football Team, Real Madrid Foundation, PGAAC, and US Soccer Development Academy. She is currently working with the Padres Fan Rewards Program Team and is excited to be pursuing a Sports MBA.
Mansi Patel is from Corona, California. Mansi graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Public Health and a Minor in Business Administration. During her time at UA, Mansi interned for Arizona Athletics, worked on the NFL Play 60 Program for the LA Rams, and held various other outreach and health-programming positions. Prior to joining the SMBA program, Mansi worked full-time for Angels Baseball in their corporate partnerships department. Bear Down and Go Aztecs!
Margo Pletcher was born and raised in Laguna Beach, California. Margo graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Business Administration. Margo was a full-scholarship scholar-athlete on Utah’s tennis team. She made the All Pac-12 Team two consecutive years and was one of four players at Utah to receive all-league singles honors since joining the Pac-12. Margo plans to use her experience as an athlete as well as a business student to pave her career path.
Kyle Renaud, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Kyle graduated from the University of Windsor with distinction. He finished with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration where he concentrated in operations management and data analytics. During his time at UWindsor, Kyle was part of the baseball team where he earned OUA Academic All Canadian honors four years straight. Kyle also spent time as a teaching and research assistant during his junior and senior years while also working in operations for a medical center.
Jared Ross is from Sacramento, California. Jared attended the University of Oregon where he earned a BS in Accounting and a Minor in Economics while playing for the Club Baseball team. After graduation, Jared spent time working as a Cost Accountant for a local HVAC company in Eugene, Oregon, before transitioning to cybersecurity sales. While working, Jared also spent time as a high school pitching coach and later the head coach of the University of Oregon Club Baseball team.
Rafael Sixtos was born in Los Angeles and raised about half an hour north in Thousand Oaks, California At San Diego State University, Rafael received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management- Emphasis in Human Resources. Since graduating, Rafael gained valuable experience by working in management at Enterprise Holdings while simultaneously mentoring multiple students through the Aztec Mentor Program. His business background, passion for mentoring others, and love for sports guided him to this program.
Macy Vrabel is originally from San Diego, California and graduated from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. While attending Cal Poly, she played four years of division 1 soccer and conducted marketing research for the ASICS brand, as well as small retail businesses. Following graduation, she has worked as an Account Manager servicing over 50 clients for Advanced Sports Media Group, best known for TopDrawerSoccer.