Each week your host, President of Leona Marketing Group, Dan Gale dives in to all the jobs in the sports ecosystem to help listeners gain more insight and understanding of each position!
Sports & Entertainment Travel: Kyle McDonald, Vice President
Travel is often one of the most exciting parts of events such as tournaments or bowl games, and Kyle McDonald gets a hand in providing these experiences for fans, donors and alumni that go beyond the standard. McDonald joins your host, Dan Gale, on this week's episode of "What Would You Say You Do Here?" to discuss his role at Sports & Entertainment Travel. Specifically, McDonald details his duties in business development and relationship cultivation, including why it is so important for collegiate athletic departments to factor travel plans into their logistics. With SET, athletic departments are then able to place an extended focus on both the student-athlete experience as well as donor relationships.
Starting in his selected industry 12 years ago, McDonald brings a wealth of knowledge on both the tourism and collegiate athletic marketplaces. Be sure to tune in for a distinctive view of the Sports Tourism industry in what we hope is the post-COVID-era, specifically focusing on special offerings for a high quality and safe experience for all. You will not want to miss this week's episode of "What Would You Say You Do Here?" to get an inside-scoop of this budding industry.
Kent State University: Casey Cegles, Deputy Athletic Director
After growing up with a parent in collegiate athletics at Arizona State University, Casey Cegles knew he wanted to make a name for himself in the industry himself from a young age. Currently, Casey is the Deputy Athletics Director at Kent State University. Given his background as a student-athlete, Casey brings a unique perspective to this week's episode of "What Would You Say You Do Here?", specifically in response to the new Name, Image and Likeness ruling for the NCAA.
This recent development in the world of collegiate athletics and sponsorships prompts for some very interesting conversation between Dan and Casey - especially given Casey's background on the topic in corporate sales and sponsorships. You will not want to miss the pair reflecting on Casey's past experiences as he shares advice to those looking to get into the sports industry. Be sure to tune into this week's episode of "What Would You Say You Do Here?" to get a sneak peak at the ins and outs of working in collegiate athletic operations.
Big Ten Conference: Kaylah Hughes, Director of Football and Basketball Operations
Having spent years in athletic departments at schools like North Carolina and Old Dominion, Kaylah Hughes took her talents and knowledge to the Big Ten Conference to assist in logistics and operations for both their Football and Basketball departments. Kaylah, Assistant Director of Football and Basketball Operations, joins your host Dan Gale for this week's episode of "What Would You Say You Do Here?" to discuss her role in the conference and the adjustments and pivots they have taken to adjust to the current landscape of events.
Originally wanting to go into medicine, Kaylah discovered her passion in sports while at North Carolina, something that stemmed from childhood memories of watching ESPN with her father. You will not want to miss hearing Kaylah's perspective of Fall 2021/Spring 2022 operations, including events such as FB/MBB/WBB Conference Championships, Super Saturday and more. Be sure to tune into this week's episode of "What Would You Say You Do Here?" for the inside scoop on one of the women behind the magic that is the Big Ten Conference's Football and Basketball Operations.
Front Office Sports: Adam White, Founder and CEO
With what started as a college student conducting informational interviews out of his dorm room to a now extensive network of sport professionals, Adam White never imagined his brand would come as far as it has. As Founder and CEO of Front Office Sports, Adam joins your host, Dan Gale, to discuss his role in managing a rapidly growing company that has expanded to five brands in the last year.
Specifically, Adam details his perspective of FOS's placement in the media market as well as the recent culture development within the company. FOS's focus on frictionless and free media has contributed to their success in recent years, and it is only the beginning, according to White. Be sure to tune in to this week's episode of the "What Would You Say You Do Here?" podcast for a look inside of Front Office Sports and to see why over 350,000 subscribers call their newsletter a "morning must read".
University of Southern Mississippi: Jeff Mitchell, Deputy Director of Athletics
This week, Dan Gale sits down with the Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Southern Mississippi, Jeff Mitchell, to talk about both his unique background and his journey from student-athlete to his current position. Together, Dan and Jeff talk about his position at USM and how he operates with his staff to help the student-athlete experience.
Be sure to catch Jeff's philosophy on managing relationships with coaches and the way he works to nurture the partnership between athletics and the overall University. Finally, you will not want to miss their conversation regarding Jeff's application of past experience as a student-athlete to his current and future positions.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Dr. Dennis Thomas, Commissioner
Check out this week's episode of the "What Would You Say You Do Here?" Podcast as Dan sits down with Dr. Dennis Thomas, the Commissioner at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to discuss his role in operating the conference. Together, Dan and Dr. Thomas talk about his role at the conference office, the MEAC's focus for the future growth, as well as his stories of his past as a student-athlete. Be sure to tune in to hear Dr. Thomas' perspective of the MEAC's recent extension with ESPN Events. Finally, you won't want to miss Dr. Thomas talking about where he sees the future and development of college athletics in the coming years.