|Jessica Anguiano was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she got a Bachelor Degree in Communication
Studies from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO).
Following graduation, she worked five years at Grupo Reforma, the most important news
group and newspapers in Mexico, as a reporter in the sports section CANCHA, where
she specialized in Olympic sports and golf, covering important events such as PanAm
Games, PGA Tour and LPGA tournaments. Upon completion of the SDSU Sports MBA program,
Jessica hopes to pursue a career in the sports representation industry for both professional
and amateur athletes.
|Sean Bell was born and raised in Pacific Grove, California. He graduated from the University
of Southern California in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor
in Business. While at USC he worked for the Athletic Department as the Head Student
Manager for USC Football, where he assisted in the overall operations of regular-season
and post-season play, and off-season training and recruiting. He then became the Manager
of Events for Crimson Marketing & Public Relations, where he helped produce, manage,
and execute all event logistics for corporate, entertainment, and sports-related events.
He also served as the Director of Social Media, where he played an integral role in
building and maintaining a positive profile for several professional athletes, coaches
and teams across the NFL, MLB, NBA, AFL and more. Upon completion of the SDSU Sports
MBA program, Sean intends to pursue a career in marketing or operations for a brand,
a professional sports organization, or a collegiate athletic program.
|Nic Benson grew up in Kenya, England, and Panama and holds a degree in political science from
Florida State University. Following graduation, he served as a political party advisor
to democracy-building programs in Africa and the Middle East. His experience also
includes: managing U.S. Government funded development programs in Asia and Africa;
serving as a manager and strategic communications advisor to political campaigns in
Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New York and Virginia; and creating the anti-doping program
for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. As a rugby coach, Nic helped
lead his team to two regional championships and a national quarter-final and served
as backs coach for the Capital Region Women's Select Side.
|Mandy Chatigny was born and raised in Beaumont, California. She attended Cal State, San Bernardino,
where she majored in Business Management and played on the university’s soccer team.
Upon graduation in 2012, Mandy moved to Orange County and worked in management and
human resources for several companies. Mandy is looking forward to learning about
the many facets in the sports business industry as she progresses through the Sports
MBA program this year.
|Chelsea Coddington was born and raised in Stockton, California and graduated from the University of
Wyoming in 2011, with a B.A. in Communications. While at Wyoming, Chelsea played Division
1 soccer for four years and worked for the athletic department in her senior year.
Chelsea moved to San Francisco upon graduation and pursued a job in the technology
industry, and after four years in that space, Chelsea is looking forward to pursuing
her passion in sports business. Upon graduation from the Sports MBA program at SDSU,
Chelsea looks forward to a career in college athletics.
|Cole Cook was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was raised in Houghton, Michigan. He graduated
from Michigan Technological University in 2015 with a double major in Business Management
and Sports & Fitness Management along with a minor in Coaching. During his time at
MTU, he interned in a variety of roles within MTU Athletics, including the social
media department. Cole also spent a summer working with Real Salt Lake, one summer
as a experiential marketing intern with Warrior Sports, and served as the student
manager for the Men's Basketball team at Michigan Tech for four seasons. Upon graduating
from the MBA program at SDSU, Cole hopes to pursue a career in team operations, social
media, or community relations within professional or collegiate athletics.
|Breeanne Glaviano was born and raised in Orange County, California, and studied Business Management
at the University of Arizona, graduating magna cum laude from the Honors College in
2013. Breeanne has had the opportunity to assist at numerous NCAA events including
the Rose Bowl and March Madness. Following graduation she was able to apply her education
in International Business and Sports Marketing while working for the Australian Baseball
League and the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Olympics have always been a passion of hers
and upon graduation from the Sports MBA program she plans to pursue a career in Olympic
sponsorship and event activation.
|Chris Guinasso was born and raised in the Bay Area. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley
in 2009 with a B.A. in Economics. Following graduation, he attended Golden Gate University,
where he received a Master of Science in Taxation and became a CPA. For the past four
years he has worked as a tax consultant at a Big Four Accounting Firm, specializing
in the federal taxation of hedge funds, private equity partnerships, and real estate.
Chris’ passion for sports and his tremendous interest in player statistics, projections
and sports economics motivated him to pursue a Sports Business MBA from SDSU. Upon
graduation, Chris plans to combine his work experience with numbers and his extensive
education to pursue a career that involves working with sports and player statistics
and analytics, either in the front office of a professional sports team or the statistics
department of a sports media outlet.
|Tarkan Haghighatmanesh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics
from Shahid Beheshti University. She completed an internship with Tehran's stock market
in 2013, and followed this experience with the founding of her own women’s apparel
production company in 2014. Upon graduation from the SDSU Sports MBA program, she
hopes to work in professional sports operations.
|Jennifer Helssen is a proud San Diego native who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley
with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. During her time at Cal, she was a four-year
member of the Division 1 Women’s Rowing team, where she was named a Team Captain,
helping lead her team to four consecutive Pac-12 Championships and a National Championship
her senior year. Upon graduating she spent time coaching at the high school level,
then returned to her alma mater as a Volunteer Assistant Coach—helping Cal’s rowing
team to a Pac-12 Championship and 2nd place finish at the 2015 National Championships.
For the past year, she spent time working at a technology startup in San Francisco
as a top performer on the sales team. Upon completion of the SDSU Sports MBA program,
Jennifer intends to pursue a career with a sports governing body or within the Olympic
|Josue Hernandez was born in Panama City, Panama and raised in Sierra Vista, AZ. He completed his Economics
degree from the University of Arizona in 2008. After graduation, he was commissioned
as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the United States Army and has continued service
for seven years. After graduation from the SMBA program at SDSU, he plans to work
with the finance department of a professional or collegiate sports team.
|Sarah Jansky was born and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from San Diego State
University with a degree in Finance in December of 2013. Upon graduation, she decided
to follow her passion for sports by working for the San Diego Chargers as an Inside
Sales Representative in the season ticket sales department, where she sold numerous
season tickets to new members and sold the most Premiere Club seats of her sales class.
After graduation from the Sports MBA program, Sarah plans to pursue a career in sports
operations, agency, or broadcasting.
|Jaime Kelm was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. He moved to San Diego in 2008 to attend
SDSU where he played on the school’s rugby team. He obtained a B.S. in Business Administration
with a specialization in Marketing from SDSU in 2013. Jaime garnered Division I First
Team All-American honors while playing for SDSU's rugby team, and served as captain
of the 7s and 15s sides from 2011 - 2013. Since graduating from SDSU, he has worked
as a Performance Analyst for the USA national rugby team, as well as a Lock Desk Analyst
in the finance sector. Since 2014, he has been volunteering with SDSU's Athletic Department,
assisting with sports information and media relations. Jaime hopes to work with performance
analytics in a professional sports organization or collegiate athletics program upon
completion of the Sports MBA program.
|Addison Magness grew up in Santa Monica, California before pursuing her undergraduate education at
Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Upon receiving her B.A. in Politics, Addison
spent three years in Portland, Oregon, where she spent two years as the Content and
Social Media Manager for the Portland Stags, a franchise of Major League Ultimate.
During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Addison traveled with the team, generating up to
the minute content and live-tweeting games. In her third year, she was promoted to
the Stags’ General Manager for the 2015 season. As GM, Addison negotiated the team's
first multi-year player contract, expanded sponsorships, and helped increase season
ticket holders. Upon graduation from the Sports MBA program, Addison aspires to a
career in professional sports team management.
|Brandon Maier was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, but now considers himself a San Diegan.
He is returning for his third degree from San Diego State University, with a B.A.
in Theatre Performance (2008) and M.F.A. in Musical Theatre (2010) already in hand.
Brandon spend the majority of his career as a performer in theatres across San Diego
including The Old Globe and Lamb’s Players Theatre, where he recently won a San Diego
Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, and as an
improviser at National Comedy Theatre. In addition to performing, Brandon was on staff
at San Diego State as an instructor in Musical Theatre Program and as the operating
manager for the Musical Theatre Archive. After a year in New York City, Brandon has
returned to his Alma Mater to pursue a new career path. After completion of his MBA
Sports Business degree, Brandon would like to remain in San Diego to broaden the landscape
of the local sports industry.
|Daniel Margolin was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He obtained a B.S. on Industrial Engineering
from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and until
recently, lead different types of projects working as a Manager for Accenture. These
projects ranged from strategic sourcing to enterprise optimization and implementation
within several industries. Daniel has always had a passion for sports, specifically
baseball. He started playing baseball when he was three years old and represented
Latin America in the 2003 Big League World Series. He hopes to translate this passion
for sports into a successful professional career upon graduation from the SDSU Sports
|Carlos Martinez was born and raised in Oxnard, California as the oldest of three brothers. He graduated
from the University of San Diego in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. While
at USD, Carlos worked in operations for the nation's top quarterback coaching academy,
Whitfield Athletix. Prior to returning to school for his MBA, Carlos strengthened
his experience in finance as a financial consultant for the Navy. Upon completion
of the SDSU Sports Management MBA program, Carlos hopes to pursue a career in the
sports science industry in player performance analysis.
|Sean McCarthy was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. He has lived in Northern Virginia the majority
of his life except for three childhood years spent living outside Mexico City. He
graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
in 2009 with a degree in Finance and played four years of club soccer while an undergraduate
student. Since graduating, he has done various international travels and has worked
as a business analyst for the Navy specifically focused on program and financial management.
Upon graduation from San Diego State University, Sean intends to pursue a career within
operations in sports venue and facility management in either the collegiate or professional
|Grady Millikan was born in Mission, Kansas and raised all across the state of Kansas. He received
his bachelor’s from Wichita State University in 2011 (B.A. in Sport Management) and
master’s from the University of Kansas in 2013 (M.S.E. in Sport Management). While
attending graduate school he worked in the Marketing and Sales offices with Kansas
Athletics, Inc. In 2014 he worked briefly with National Collegiate Scouting Association
in Chicago, Illinois before taking a position as the Associate General Manager of
Ticket Sales with IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions at Wichita State University. He chose
to attend San Diego State University to diversify his skills with an MBA and aspires
to pursue a career in college athletics and business development.
|Grace Morgan grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to the greater Washington, D.C. area
to study Journalism at Patrick Henry College. While pursuing her degree, she apprenticed
for several national publications, completing a marketing internship at FILTER Magazine
and an editorial internship at The American Spectator. Upon earning a Bachelor’s degree
in 2007, Grace began working as an administrative professional and advanced to the
position of Executive Legal Assistant at an insurance firm, directly supporting its
Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In 2013 she added a Paralegal Certificate
from the University of California, Irvine to her credentials. Grace joined the SDSU
Sports MBA Program with ambitions towards using her business, legal, and publicity
background to work at an agency managing athletes’ careers.
|Addison Nunes hails from Tulare, California, where she grew up working on her family’s dairy farm.
She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a bachelor’s
degree in Sociology. While at UCLA, she was an active member and officer of the Bruins’
nationally competitive club soccer team, as well as an operations employee of the
John Wooden Recreation Center. After college, Addison moved to San Diego to work as
a government contractor focusing in financial management and process improvement,
before transitioning into the sports industry. Upon completion of SDSU’s Sports MBA
Program, she hopes to be involved in community outreach or corporate sponsorships
but is open to learning about and gaining experience in all aspects of the sports
|Piers Ross was born in Southampton, England and raised in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He graduated
from the University of Rhode Island in 2013 with a dual-degree in Psychology and English.
Upon graduation he worked as a milieu therapist at Bradley Hospital in Providence,
RI where he worked with adolescents with behavioral difficulties. Since then he has
worked as an assistant coach for the Barrington High School men’s varsity soccer team,
an administrator and marketing assistant for the Men’s Soccer program at the University
of Rhode Island, and he continues to work as a Domestic Scout for Sporting Kansas
City. Upon graduation he hopes to extend his work in soccer operations with the hope
of one day becoming a professional soccer coach.
|Jamison Rowe was born and raised in Richland, Washington. He graduated from the University of
Nevada with a Bachelor’s degree in PR & Advertising and a minor in Business Administration.
During his time at Nevada, he was a four-year outfielder for their Division 1 Baseball
team and earned Academic All-Conference honors. After graduation, Jamison was able
to continue to follow his passion for baseball through a video coordinating internship
within player development for the Texas Rangers. He most recently served as the marketing
assistant for the short-season Class A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Upon completion
of the SDSU Sports MBA Program, Jamison hopes to pursue a career in brand marketing
or college athletics.
|Nobuhiro Saito was born and raised in Japan. He played varsity baseball at Keio University, where
he also earned a degree in Sociology. After graduation, he worked as an editor and
a reporter for Nikkan Sports News, a major sports newspaper company in Japan, covering
three major baseball teams including star player Masahiro Tanaka, now with the New
York Yankees. After completing the SDSU Sports MBA program, Nobuhiro hopes to promote
community relations through the use of sports and be involved in international events
in Japan, such as the 2018 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games.
|Andrew Sklar was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He obtained his bachelor’s degree
in Economics-Finance from Bentley University in 2013. He was a member of the football
team throughout his four years as an undergraduate student. Upon graduation, Andrew
stayed in Boston to begin a career in finance, first working directly with hedge funds
in an alternative investment role before transitioning to private equity as an analyst.
Upon completion of the SMBA program Andrew plans to pursue a career in college athletics,
and has set the goal of one day becoming the Athletic Director for a major Division
1 program. He hopes to use this position to help guide and provide a positive influence
for young student-athletes.
|David Smiddy was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of
Tennessee in 2011 with Bachelors of Arts degrees in History and Political Science.
While attending university, David cultivated his passion for college athletics through
traveling around the Southeastern Conference with the Pride of the Southland Marching
Band. After graduation, he moved to Orlando, Florida to work at the Walt Disney World
Resort, where he trained new cast members, worked in operations, and gained valuable
customer service experience. After nearly three years, he decided to pursue his passion
for athletics. Upon graduation from the SDSU Sports MBA program, David aspires to
work in marketing or social media at a major Division 1 athletic program.
|Eric Wall was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. After two years at the University of
North Dakota, Eric enlisted in the United States Navy in 2009. As an Operations Specialist,
Eric became one of COMTHIRDFLEET’s lead Tactical Data Link Coordinators and aircraft
Identification Supervisors serving on-board USS Sterett DDG-104 through two WESTPAC/Arabian
Gulf deployments during the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) campaign. After completion
of his four-year military obligation in July 2013, Eric left the Navy and enrolled
at San Diego State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public
Administration with a concentration on budget analysis and policy formation in 2015.
For the past year, Eric has worked for the San Diego State University Athletic Department’s
ticket office as a Ticket Operations Supervisor and at the VA Medical Center in La
Jolla, California as a Work Study Coordinator. Eric’s primary interests in the business
world of sports are corporate sponsorship, strategic development, social media, analytics,
player-personnel development, ticket operations, and the marketing of sports-related
products and/or organizations. After completion of San Diego State University’s Sports
MBA program, Eric plans to pursue a career within the sports industry in either collegiate
or professional sports.
|Michael Ward was born and Raised in Fresno, California. He is a recent graduate of Fresno State
University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise
Science. Michael was a President’s Scholar and received a full ride academic scholarship
through the Smittcamp Family Honors College. During his college career, Michael worked
as the College Ambassador for Monster Energy within the Fresno area. Michael was a
member of the Men’s Volleyball and Ski and Snowboard teams at Fresno State, and it
was during his tenure as President of the Ski and Snowboard team that he realized
his passion for sponsorship activation and brand recognition. Michael’s interests
in business, coupled with an affinity for the sports industry, led him to the SDSU
Sports MBA program. Upon program completion, Michael plans to pursue a career in sponsorship
activation for a professional sports organization.
|Jessica Washington was born and raised in Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications
from the University of Maryland, where she also became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,
Inc. After graduation, she worked with the DC Chamber of Commerce where she served
as the Events and Programs Manager, planning myriad fundraisers, conferences, and
social events for DC’s business elite. In addition, she also served as Head Referee
for ZogSports DC, an adult social league featuring seven different sports. Upon graduating
from SDSU, she plans to pursue a career in sponsorship activation and/or event management
with an organization that supports the Olympic Games.
|Kristina Wedseltoft was born and raised in Pasadena, CA and left the City of Roses to pursue a degree
in Communications from the University of California, San Diego. Before graduating
in 2012, she was involved in various campus activities including Women’s Crew, Sigma
Kappa Sorority and multiple volunteer organizations. She worked for the San Diego
Padres during the 2015 season in the marketing department as a Fan Programs Representative.
Upon graduating from the San Diego State Sports MBA program, Kristina plans to pursue
a career focused around community relations.
|Amy Wesson was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from
Western University with a degree in Kinesiology. While at Western she coordinated
a cross-campus health and wellness campaign and volunteered with an OHL Major Junior
hockey team. After graduating, she worked as a supervisor for a municipal Recreation
and Culture Department, overseeing the programming, staff and user groups for the
community’s aquatic department. She also worked with a Jr. A. hockey organization
as an athletic trainer. Upon graduating from the SDSU Sports MBA program, Amy intends
to pursue a career in community relations or community outreach for a sporting organization.
Sarah Winfield was born in San Mateo, California and raised in East Palo Alto, California. In December
of 2015 Sarah received her degree in Statistics from San Diego State University. During
her time as an undergraduate, she was a part of the Division 1 Women’s Rowing team
where she earned all-regatta and scholar athlete awards. Sarah has also served as
a part of San Diego State Athletic Media Relations. With media relations she worked
with scouts directly and helped to cover championship seasons including the Aztecs
historic 2015 football season. Upon graduation from the Sports MBA program, Sarah
intends to pursue a career in player analytics with a professional team or organization.