Sports MBA Class Profile

Sports MBA Class of 2017


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 movement.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 MBA program.

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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.

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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 sports industry.

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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.

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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.

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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 industry.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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