Mentoring is a vital aspect of career development and growth. The right mentor relationships provide guidance, perspective and support. MSBA has created a dual mentoring program. We believe that in order to be a mentee, one must also understand how to be a mentor.
Get a MentorMSBA participants are paired with established young professionals based on areas of professional and extracurricular interest. This component includes goal setting, one-on-one sessions, and regular phone/email contact between mentors and mentees. Our goal is to foster relationships which continue long after program completion.
Be a MentorThrough partnership with the High School of Sports Management (HSSM) in Brooklyn, we match MSBA participants with high school students for a unique opportunity to play an integral role in their scholastic development. The High School of Sports Management stresses experiential learning opportunities for its students through sports and sports-related fields such as marketing, management, law, medicine, journalism and broadcasting.
Peter currently serves as the Business Development Specialist for Major League Baseball in their International department, where he is tasked with developing new sponsored assets and creating new business development initiatives for international partners, and managing the MLB Ambassador program, which sends players around the world to promote the game. He also acts as MLB's day-to-day liaison with the Australian Baseball League (ABL) and oversees all US recruitment for the league.
In 2010, he played an instrumental role in the launch of the ABL, the first international baseball league owned and operated by MLB. Before joining Major League Baseball, Peter worked for the Oakland Raiders in the Ticket Sales department selling season and group tickets, and working with youth sports leagues and non-profits to use Oakland Raiders tickets as a vehicle to raise funds for their organization.
Peter received his Bachelor's degree from Whittier College where he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, and was honored as the Male Student Athlete of the Year. In 2008, he received his Master's in Sport Management from University of San Francisco.
|Peter Aiello||Business Development Specialist||MLB|
Harrie is the President and Founder of Carnegie Sports & Entertainment, Inc. His experience and leadership provide the backbone for Carnegie Sports & Entertainment, Inc. Through Carnegie, Harrie has transformed the world of philanthropy by integrating sports and entertainment business platforms with altruistic endeavors.
He has worked with clients such as Grassroot Soccer, The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company, Switch2Health, The Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults, Teachers Without Borders, The UCAN Company, The Cole Hamels Foundation, Curtis Granderson, Tiki Barber, Meb Keflezighi, Paul Pierce, Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. New York Knicks event, Jerry Seinfeld 2008 with Stand Up For A Cure, Street Soccer USA, Findr Interactive, Right To Play, and the Armory Track & Field Center. Additionally, Bakst has worked with some of the top organizations and properties in the world including Coca Cola Co., AT&T, Foot Locker, Nike, CBS, PUMA, Chipotle Mexican Grill, GM, New York Road Runners, Major League Soccer, Reebok, The James Beard Foundation, and Memorial Sloan Kettering-Cancer Center, among others.
Harrie's remarkable story is highlighted in A Race Like No Other (Harper Collins) by The New York Times sportswriter Liz Robbins, where he overcame cancer, started Carnegie, and ran the New York City Marathon a mere 5 months after his 33rd and ﬁnal treatment.
Harrie was born in New York City and is a graduate with Magna Cum Laude honors from New York University, where he was presented the Allie Sherman Business Leadership Award & the President's Service Award. In 2009, Harrie was also named by Partnership Activation as one of forty-eight Rising Stars in the sports and entertainment industries in addition to being listed as a top executive under 30-years old by under30CEO.com. Harrie currently resides in Manhattan, and is cancer free.
|Harrie Bakst||President & Founder||Carnegie Sports & Entertainment|
Jason Belzer, Esq. is founder and President of Global Athlete Management Enterprises, Inc. (GAME, Inc.), an agency that specializes in the career management and marketing of coaches, and creation of collegiate sports properties. GAME, Inc. handles contract negotiations, marketing, press relations, shoe and apparel deals and broadcasting opportunities for over two-dozen college basketball and football coaches. The firm also produces and runs all aspects of the 32 team CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).
He also serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Coaches Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Jewish basketball coaches and athletic administrators of all levels around the world. In 2011, Jason co-founded Collegiate Sports Advisers (CSA), a consulting firm that works with college athletic departments and student-athletes to protect the integrity of amateur sports.
Belzer graduated from Rutgers University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Sports Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also received his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law and is licensed in New York and New Jersey. Jason recently rejoined his Alma mater as an adjunct professor in Sports Management.
|Jason Belzer||Founder & President||Global Athlete Management Enterprises, Inc.|
Peter Robert Casey is a seasoned specialist in managing, nurturing, and growing online basketball communities.
A recent addition to NYC-based lifestyle marketing agency, Team Epiphany, Peter currently serves as Senior Community Manager on the Nike Basketball account. Prior to personifying the Swoosh online, he held community strategy and management roles with Five-Star Basketball and the New York Knicks, and spent five years on the brick and mortar side of community building at Columbia University's Teachers College.
In 2009, Peter became the first media credentialed microblogger in college basketball history when he covered the St. John's men's basketball program exclusively via his personal Twitter account. The story was featured on the pages of ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Mashable, New York Times, NCAA.com and New York Magazine.
Peter's a contributor to The Huffington Post and alumnus of Columbia University and SUNY College at Oneonta. He resides in NYC with his wife Martina.
|Peter Robert Casey||Social Media Specialist||Nike|
Chris joined Leverage in June 2009 and is currently a Group Account Director. At Leverage, Chris works with both their national and regional clients, which includes Bike New York, the Ivy League, the NVL and the JAM Brands, in order to identify new and drive existing revenue streams primarily through corporate and licensing partnerships.
Prior to joining Leverage, Chris worked for the St. Louis Rams as a Corporate Sales Executive. At the Rams, Chris worked directly with the Chief Marketing Office (Representing the EVP/CMO, VP Business Affairs and VP Sales and Marketing) on enhancing existing and generating new revenue streams through corporate partnerships, ticket sales, season ticket holder programs and community focused initiatives.
In addition to his work at Leverage and the St. Louis Rams, Chris also worked at IMG in their corporate consulting division. While at IMG, Chris was a member of the Verizon Communications Team, which represented a broad portfolio of sports and entertainment partnerships including The Grammy's, Tribeca Film Festival, New York Mets, USA Luge Team and The Gwen Stefani Sweet Escape Tour.
A native of New Jersey, Chris graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 and was a member of the Rutgers University Swimming and Diving Team. He currently resides in Middletown, NJ.
|Chris Farrell||Group Account Director||Leverage Agency|
Philip Grieco is Director, Sponsorship Development of Team Marketing & Business Operations (TMBO) for the National Basketball Association. Phil acts as a strategic consultant for all NBA, WNBA and D-League teams, leading best practices in sponsorships, including prospecting, renewals, category yield, new inventory creation and overall activation. He has spent time working in market with a handful of teams, including the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves, among others.
Prior to the NBA, he led sponsorships for Mars Chocolate North America, overseeing both strategic vision and execution for Snickers' NFL sponsorship and Mars (M&M's, Snickers, Combos, Wrigley, Pedigree) overall Nascar sponsorship, including the primary sponsorship of Kyle Busch and the #18 Toyota with Joe Gibbs Racing. Additionally, Phil spearheaded the award-winning M&M's Most Colorful Fans of Nascar platform, which was a key driver of sales and marketing engagement, and elevated the brand to one of the top five most recognized brands in Nascar, unaided.
Additionally, Phil has held positions in marketing, events and public relations, with global leader Swatch Group (U.S.) Inc., on global brands, including: OMEGA, Longines and Tissot. He played an integral role of launching Tissot as NASCAR's first Official Timekeeper. Grieco has also worked for: Octagon Sports & Entertainment, Missy Farren & Associates (Burton Snowboards, Timex) and Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. Grieco earned his B.A. in Communications, with a minor in Business, from University of Scranton (PA). He currently resides in Northern New Jersey.
|Philip Grieco||Director of Sponsorships, Team Marketing & Business Operations||NBA|
Wesley Harris is currently Director of Business Operations of the new Five-Star Basketball. He spent the previous four years working in college athletics as Assistant Director of the Ivy League, where he was responsible for media relations and coach & athlete management at the NCAA Division I conference office. During that time he earned a Master of Science degree in Sports Management from Columbia University.
Harris has various freelance writing credits and has also worked in athlete marketing for Wasserman Media Group. He received his BA in English from Georgetown University.
|Wesley Harris||Manager of Business Operations||Five-Star Basketball|
Abigail Kruger is a Manager of Client Relationships at Madison Square Garden, the World's Most Famous Arena. As The Madison Square Garden Company embarks on an $850 million transformation, Abigail is responsible for providing exemplary service to the NY Knicks Season Ticket base in order to maximize retention and strengthen relationships to cross- and up-sell clients into other MSG ticket and hospitality products and across various MSG platforms.
Abigail began her sports sales and service career with the Phoenix Suns Legacy Partners, LLC where a rigorous training and development program lead her to become an all-star in the sports sale industry. During her time in Phoenix she was recognized and awarded for being in the top three in WNBA season ticket and group revenue nationwide for three consecutive years.
Abigail is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied Sport Marketing & Management and Business, an industry she knew she'd love and thrive in since age 6.
|Abigail Kruger||Manager of Client Relationships||Madison Square Garden|
Matt is an agent at CAA Sports in the athlete endorsements division with a focus on their NBA and tennis clients. Matt handles all off-field marketing, appearances, speaking, and charitable opportunities for his clients, which include Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and legend Andre Agassi.
Prior to joining CAA Sports, Matt spent four and a half years at Leverage Agency most recently as Director, Partnership Marketing. There, he sold sponsorship for Leverage's various sports and entertainment properties including the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, Top Rank Boxing, The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show and the LPGA.
Matt earned his Master's degree in Sports Business Management for NYU in 2006.
|Matt Lacks||Agent||CAA Sports|
A.J. Machosky is the General Manager of St. John's & Big East Sports Marketing, focused on driving local & regional sales in New York for IMG College. A.J. has a proven track record of cultivating relationships and activating fully integrated corporate partnerships within intercollegiate athletics.
With a strong background in sports marketing, A.J. was formerly the Associate General Manager at Pitt IMG Sports Marketing and has worked for CBS Collegiate Sports Properties at the University of Maryland as well as in the athletic departments of Eastern Michigan University and the University of California, Berkeley.
A Pittsburgh native, earned his Bachelors degree in Marketing from EMU, and earned his MBA and Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University.
|A.J. Machosky||General Manager of St. John's & Big East Sports Marketing||IMG College|
Jared specializes in corporate hospitality at the World's Most Famous Arena. As The Madison Square Garden Company embarks on an $850 million transformation, Jared is responsible for selling the state-of-the-art luxury suites, as well as generating new business revenue through marketing partnerships.
Globally recognized in December 2011 by SportsPro Media as one of 10 young leaders in sports business, Jared started his sports sales career with the Phoenix Suns Legacy Partners, LLC where he was consistently the number one salesperson amongst his peers, receiving the New Business Team MVP Award. A graduate from Indiana University, Jared co-founded an annual event on campus for students to receive insight and guidance on sports business.
Coming this fall, he will act as an advisor to Columbia University's Sports Business Club, providing educational, networking and overall growth opportunities within sports business for students.
|Jared Schoenfeld||Director of Corporate Hospitality||Madison Square Garden|
Keith Wan currently serves as Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Marketing at the Leverage Agency, a sponsorship, marketing and media firm based in New York City.
Keith is responsible for the sports and entertainment divisions within the company that focus on procuring partnership and sponsorship opportunities. Specifically, Keith manages multicultural properties such as Top Rank Boxing, which features Manny Pacquiao, and has developed top tier brand partnerships including AT&T, EA Sports, Under Armour, O'Reilly AutoParts and History Channel. Keith also heads the Athlete Division, where he handles the day-to-day management and marketing of Leverage's athlete roster while procuring endorsement and revenue generating opportunities. This group includes 5x World Heavyweight Champion and Boxing Icon - Evander Holyfield, 2009 NYC Marathon Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist - Meb Keflezighi and many more. He has aligned these athletes with partners such as Skechers, Subway, Oakley, Topps and ING.
Keith's pedigree in the sports industry has included spending time at several top leagues and agencies including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, SFX Sports Group - Clear Channel Entertainment, LeadDog Marketing Group and Amplify Sports and Entertainment.
Keith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, where he received the honor of Class Speaker at graduation. In 2010, he was named NYU Sports Business Alumnus of the Year. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of the NYU Tisch Center Alumni Society Board of Directors. Raised in Commack, Long Island, he now resides in Astoria, NY.
|Keith Wan||Integrated Sales Executive||WWE|
As Director of Global Marketing Partnerships for the National Basketball Association, Carter Westfall leads international business development for the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League, and USA Basketball. In this role, Westfall works with the NBA's 14 international offices, helping to drive new marketing partnerships that support the global growth of the NBA and sport of basketball.
Prior to joining the NBA in 2010, Westfall worked as Vice President for the Olympic Games consultancy, Helios Partners. Leading up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Westfall consulted with Samsung, Lenovo, BHP Billiton, Volkswagen Shanghai, and Snickers on both sponsorship negotiations and activation. He later opened up the Helios London office and led negotiations for Lloyds TSB and Deloitte on their London 2012 Olympic Games sponsorships.
Westfall received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1996. While at Princeton, Westfall received All-Ivy accolades as a member of the varsity football team. He achieved his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2004.
|Carter Westfall||Director of Global Marketing Partnerships||NBA|
Yao specializes in global sponsorships for the National Basketball Association and its properties. These properties are the Development League, WNBA, and USA Basketball. Yao is responsible for selling marketing partnerships for the NBA, and its properties along with the assets within these particular brands.
Yao started his sports sales career with the Cleveland Indians. From there he has worked for the Cleveland Gladiators, Charlotte Bobcats, and New York Yankees.
Yao has his Masters from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelors degree from Miami University. Yao co-founded Young Affluent Professionals, which was meant for young professionals to network and use each other as resource to provide upward mobility for the city of Cleveland. Yao was also President of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals, Charlotte Chapter from 2008-2010.
|Yao Williams||Senior Account Executive of Global Marketing Partnerships||NBA|
A graduate of Adelphi University, Mark started his career in marketing at the Gerber Group. He then moved to work as a Consultant on the American Express Metropolis Program at Track Entertainment before moving to Platinum Rye in 2005.
Mark is currently the Senior Director of Marketing at Platinum Rye where he manages the Sports division. He has personally negotiated over 1,000 endorsement contracts on behalf of brands in the world of Sports, Music, Hollywood, and Entertainment. Mark also leads Talent Procurement for P&G sports talent including their NFL and Olympic partnerships and has procured some of the biggest names in Sports/Entertainment for some of the most recognizable campaigns on TV for Fortune 500 companies such as: Justin Timberlake - Pepsi, Shaun White - Stride, Michael Phelps/Troy Polamalu/Joe Mauer - Head & Shoulders, Drew Brees - Vicks, Jay-Z - Duracell Powermat
|Mark Zablow||Senior Director of Marketing||Platinum Rye Entertainment|