Northwood Hosts Inaugural Sports Management Symposium

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Four industry speakers attended the event on campus while a fifth conferenced into the symposium.
(l-r): Dr. Preston James IV, Curtis Blackwell II, Ryan Martin, Danielle Harris, Talia Mark, Kristin Hammond and Lauren Denewith.

(l-r): Dr. Preston James IV, Curtis Blackwell II, Ryan Martin, Danielle Harris, Talia Mark, Kristin Hammond and Lauren Denewith.

May 10, 2013

MIDLAND, MI – Recently Dr. Preston James IV of Northwood University and Northwood’s Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management Association (ESPMA) hosted its inaugural Sports Management Symposium in the Griswold Lecture Hall. Students also attended from Central Michigan University and local high schools.

Four industry speakers attended the event on campus while a fifth conferenced into the symposium. The five conference members were: Curtis Blackwell II, CEO, Lifting As We Climb Foundation; Danielle Harris, assistant commissioner, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC); Chris Howard, associate athletic director, University of Kansas; Talia Mark, elite athletic director, United States Track and Field team; and Ryan Martin, assistant general manager, Detroit Red Wings.

Each speaker presented individually and also participated in various panels. Harris and Mark contributed in a panel titled “Women in the Sports Industry” which was moderated by Northwood students Laura Denewith, a junior from Romeo, and Kristin Hammond, a junior from Alma. All speakers shared their perspectives in a separate panel called “How to Get Into the Sports Industry.”

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