Sports Celebrities, Executives Speaking to FAU Summer Classes
FOX Sports college football reporter and host Jenny Taft is one of more than a dozen media personalities and sports executives speaking virtually to two classes this summer in Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business.
Taft, who also moderates FS1’s “Skip & Shannon: Undisputed,” is scheduled to speak on Thursday, June 25 to the College’s Managing the Sports Enterprise class. Jonathan D. Mariner, former chief financial officer for Major League Baseball, the Miami Marlins and the Florida Panthers, also is scheduled to speak to the class in June. Former ESPN trivia czar Howie Schwab will address students on Thursday, May 28.
“This supports our mission of offering practitioner-based education,” he said. “This gives the students motivation, hearing from people that they’ve seen working in the industry.”
Lee Zeidman, president of STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater and the L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district, is among five speakers addressing The Management of Sport, Entertainment, Convention Facilities and Events class in June and July. Zeidman oversees event operations and production and the day-to-day support for the STAPLES Center’s tenants, which include the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
The complete speakers’ schedule:
Managing the Sports Enterprise class
May 28: Howie Schwab, former ESPN personality
June 4: Anthony Hilliard, CEO of The Sterling Group
June 11: Jonathan D. Mariner, former MLB, Florida Panthers and Miami Marlins CFO
June 18: Katerina Perez, Florida Panthers vice president of corporate partnerships
June 25: Jenny Taft, reporter for FOX Sports
July 2: George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
July 9: Eugene Shen, Miami Dolphins director of football personnel analytics
July 16: Michael Graffin, FAU associate director for development in FAU Athletics
July 23: Joey Brander, First Serve Partners president/managing partner
The Management of Sport, Entertainment, Convention Facilities and Events class
June 13: Lee Zeidman, STAPLES Center executive
June 27: Sam Coghill, Miami Dolphins vice president of stadium operations
David Reuss, concert production and arena management executive
July 11: Antony Bonavita, Cleveland Cavaliers executive vice president for venue operations
Hugh Gallagher, Los Angeles Dodgers director of food and beverage