The Sport Management Advisory Council (the “SMAC”) has been established pursuant to this charter to provide student mentorship, curriculum review, and guidance in respect to current trends within the sports & entertainment industry. The SMAC will further adhere to the responsibilities listed below, with no authority or power to pursue duties outside the scope of the SMAC unless otherwise directed by the Tiffin University Sport Management Department Chair (the “TU SMD”). Any and all changes to council member duties will be authorized in writing by the SMAC Chair. Neither the SMAC, nor its members, shall have the authority to bind Tiffin University, nor the Department of Sport Management in any way.
The SMAC will be a standing council that will meet at minimum once per semester (twice annually) via a virtual conference meet.
The SMAC shall consist of a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of (20) members as is determined by the TU SMD Chair. The member(s) of the Advisory Council will be by invitation only, and shall be invited by and serve at the discretion and pleasure of the TUSMD Chair. To be considered for invitation, prospective members must be highly connected and respected members of the sports & entertainment community. It is expected that the invitee membership overtime shall add:
- Further credibility to the TU SMD
- Provide valuable and credible insight into the current landscape of the sports & entertainment Industry
- Be open to networking, door-opening, and mentorship for current and prospective students of the TU SMD
Compensation will not be provided for membership. All servitude will be voluntary only. Membership commitment will be for four years and either party can terminate membership at any time, for any reason, as long as termination is communicated in writing at minimum 30-days prior to termination date.
The inaugural Chair will be appointed by the TU SMD Chair and will serve a term of (2) years. A Vice-Chair will be appointed to oversee council meetings in the event of the absence of the Chair. The Chair will be responsible for appointing a Vice-Chair. The Chair can serve no more than (2) consecutive terms.
The responsibilities of the Advisory Council include student mentorship, curriculum reviews, best practice sharing, state of the industry discussions, technology trends in sport, guest panel discussions, career symposium participation, and any other initiatives as imposed by the TU SMD chair and the Advisory Council chair.
Standard Council Procedure
Meetings of the Advisory Council will be determined by the TU SMD Chair with a minimum of 60 days-notice given to council members prior to scheduled meeting. Council member attendance is mandatory unless otherwise communicated to Advisory Council Chair in advance of proposed meeting.
Sport Management Advisory Council
The Sport Management Advisory Council is comprised of alumni and practitioners in the sports industry who provide critical input related to current trends, relevant curriculum and experiential learning opportunities (e.g. internships, practicums, and mentorships). Linking industry knowledge to practice, members provide insights, suggestions and feedback to enhance the competencies of undergraduate and graduate students aspiring to work in the sport business.
Dr. Liston Bochette III
Dr. Liston Bochette III competed in five Olympic Games, both as a decathlete (summer) and bobsledder (winter). He has served on multiple international sports federations, committees and boards including a role as a delegate to the White House for Olympic Affairs and as a speaker in front of the United Nations. He presided over 200 national governing sport bodies (NGBs) during two terms as the Secretary-General to the World Olympians Association. He also served as President of the Pan American Olympians Association and was selected to participate on the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He is co-founder of the Art of the Olympians Museum, and was appointed Chairman of the American Sports Museum and Archives in Daphne, Alabama. Dr. Bochette is currently an elected member of the Fort Myers City Council. Member since 2020 and a guest professor in the MBA Sport Management program.
Joe Lofton, Alumni
Joe Lofton is the Youth Football Coordinator for the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers. His primary role is supporting youth, high school football, and community outreach programs on behalf of the Steelers. Joe has worked with numerous professional organizations including the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates, NHL Pittsburgh Penguins, and Superbowl LIII. Joe is a former professional arena football player, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and 2014 alumni of Tiffin University’s BBA in Sport Management. Member since 2020.
Jennifer Piotrowski, Alumni
Jenny Piotrowski is the Marketing Project Manager for Brand & Demand at Frost & Sullivan with primary responsibility for campaign creation and execution, event organization, partnership management, and contract negotiations, She formerly served as the Business Development Manager for Eastbay.com, a banner of Foot Locker. Her primary role is leading a team in leveraging strategic partnerships and events in the youth sports space to provide a positive brand experience and inspire youth culture. Jenny received her undergraduate degree in Sport Management from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI) in 2012. Additionally, she held a Graduate Assistantship for NCAA Compliance and Academic Services for the Department of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point while completing her Master of Business Administration degree in Sport Management from Tiffin University in 2014. Member since 2020.
Ashley Madison, Alumni
Ashley Madison joined the staff of the MLB Cleveland (Indians) Guardians in 2013 as a sales associate and currently serves as a senior account executive in the ticketing department. Her primary role includes planning outings for fans, corporations, and organizations through group ticket sales or suite rentals. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know her clients and creating an unforgettable experience at the ballpark. Ashley grew up in Oak Harbor, OH and is 2013 alumni of Tiffin University’s BBA in Sports Management. Member since 2020.
Josiah Henson, J.D. has worked as an attorney for law firms in the northeast United States, representing clients on matters including international trade, energy regulations and ethics. Currently, he is a principal at IPO Pang Xingpu and partner of Henson, Pang, and Winnie, a law firm and consulting group based in Washington, D.C., and Shanghai, China. Henson attended Harvard University and the University of Virginia. He is active in the sport and entertainment industry, working with producers, writers, athletes and actors. He resides in the Washington D.C. area and serves in the National Guard. Member since 2020.
Courtney Funchess, Alumni
Ms. Funchess currently works for Pyramid Sports Group in Detroit, Michigan as a NFLPA certified contract advisor and Director of Client Engagement and Partnerships. Prior to Pyramid Sports, she ws a Public Relations Associate for the NFL New Orleans Saints and NBA New Orleans Pelicans. She also worked as the Events and Marketing Associate for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Funchess earned her MBA from Tiffin University after graduating from the University of Michigan where she interned with the football deparment under the Director of Player Development. Ms. Funchess is certified as an NFL agent.
Dr. Lorenzo Guess, Alumni
Dr. Lorenzo Guess, alumni, is the Associate head strength and conditioning coach and Director of Player Enrichment at Michigan State University. Guess was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and certified by USA Weightlifting as a level one sports performance coach. Guess spent two seasons (2010-11) as an assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame under head coach Brian Kelly and spent a season at Cincinnati as a tight ends coach, helping the Bearcats to a 12-1 record and appearance in the Sugar Bowl. He also worked on the strength and conditioning staffs at South Florida, Alcorn State, Kentucky State, and Tiffin University where he received his MBA. Guess completed his undergraduate at Michigan State and his doctoral program with the United States Sports Academy where his research focused The Perception of Educational Barriers in Transition of African American Male Student-Athletes.
Dr. Noemi Zaharia
Dr. Noemi Zaharia is a two-time Olympic swimmer from Romania who currently works as a Clinical Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Zaharia received her doctorate in education with a specialization in sport leadership from the United States Sports Academy where she researched athletic achievement and leadership traits of Olympic athletes. She won a silver and bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Zaharia is a member of the North American Society of Sport Management and the World Olympians Association. Member since 2022.
Jamie Moore, Alumni
Since 2006, Jamie Moore has represented the NFL Indianapolis Colts as a scout for the southeast region. Prior to his position with the Colts, Moore served two years as a recruiting assistant at Ball State University. He is a known commodity to FBS football programs in the southeast having exclusively covered the area for over twelve seasons. Moore graduated from Tiffin University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. Member since 2022.
Thadeus Jackson is a strength and conditioning assistant for the NFL Green Bay Packers. He was hired in 2010 and has over twelve seasons of experience. In addition to designing and implementing training regimens, Jackson works with special teams on game days. Prior to working with the Packers, he interned with the NFL New England Patriots and worked two seasons as a strength and conditioning assistant for the University of Alabama. He is currently pursuing his doctorate of Education in Sport Management with an emphasis in Sport Health and Fitness and Sports Medicine through the United States Sports Academy. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Member since 2022.
Brett Myers, Alumni
Brett Myers is the Vice President of Operations for the AAA Louisville Bats, affiliate of the MLB Cincinnati Reds. Previous to his role with the Bats, Myers served two seasons as the Assistant General Manager for Good Year Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, the spring training facility for the MLB Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds, His experience in professional baseball began when interning with the Reds in 2004. He has since worked in various roles (primarily game day operations) with the Amarillo Dillas, Lincoln Saltdogs, Omaha Stormchasers. Sacramento River Cats. Myers graduated from Tiffin University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. Member since 2022.
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