Ilitch School sport and entertainment student org hosts virtual speaker series open to all WSU students


The Mike Ilitch School of Business Sport and Entertainment Business Association (SEBA) student organization has announced the launch of its first-ever virtual speaker series this fall open to all WSU undergraduate and graduate students.

The virtual series aims to connect students with successful professionals from the sports and entertainment industry to learn, network and build relationships.

Speakers in this series will pull back the curtains on their own lives and talk about personal experiences in the industry before answering audience questions. With such a diverse (and growing) set of guest speakers, this series is great for both passionate fans and students exploring career paths.

SEBA’s first guest speaker will be Ken Kal, longtime play-by-play radio announcer for the Detroit Red Wings. This will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6:30-7:30 PM on Zoom. Click here for more information and to RSVP. A complete list of confirmed 2020-2021 speakers can be viewed below.

To stay informed about this virtual speaker series or to engage further with SEBA, fill out this interest form. You can also keep up with SEBA on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

2020-2021 Speakers List (Dates and Times TBD)

Ken Kal
Play-by-Play Radio Announcer (Detroit Red Wings/97.1 The Ticket)

Ben Deighton
Manager of Partnerships Sales (Pro Football Hall of Fame)
Former Manager of Partnership Sales (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Account Manager (TeamWork Online)

Branden Otis
Membership Development Specialist (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Sales Consultant (Phoenix Suns)

Christopher Kaiser
Senior Director of Marketing (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy (Phoenix Suns)
Former Associate Director of Marketing (University of Michigan)
Former Assistant Director of Marketing Partnerships (University of Michigan)

Nic Barlage
President of Business Operations (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former SVP/Chief Sales Officer (Phoenix Suns)
Former Vice President of Sales & Services (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Senior Premium Sales Account Executive (Bobcats Sports and Entertainment)
Former Season Ticket Sales Account Executive (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Former Sales Consultant (Phoenix Suns)

Jessica Bryant and Jordan Walker
Event Production Coordinators (313 Presents)
Former Event Coordinators (Palace Sports and Entertainment)

John Wolski
Director of Corporate Partnerships (Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings)

Ken Daniels
Play-by-Play Television Announcer (Detroit Red Wings/Fox Sports)

Kevin Brown
Director of Community Relations and Foundation (Detroit Red Wings)
Former Super Bowl Community Relations Representative (NFL)
Former Senior Manager of Community Relations (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Kyle Gupton
International Professional Basketball Player

Mike Levy
President of Operations (Hall of Fame Resort Entertainment Co.)
Former President (Canton Charge at Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former President (GamePlan Consulting)
Former President (Spokane Shock)
Former President (Los Angeles Sparks)
Former Special Advisor (Cleveland Browns)
Former General Manager/COO (Cleveland Gladiators)
Former Chief Marketing Officer (International Tennis Hall of Fame)
Former Senior VP of Marketing and Sales (Memphis Grizzlies)
Former Vice President of Marketing & Communications (Kansas City Royals)
Former Executive VP/Director of Marketing (Venture Marketing Group/Gulf Greyhound/Bluffs Run Casino)
Former Director of Sales (Houston Astros)

Mike Newton
2K Gaming Squad Head Coach (Golden State Warriors)
Basketball Operations Associate / Team Player Development (Santa Cruz Warriors)

Monica Cianchetti
Business Manager of Facility Operations (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Facility Operations Coordinator (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Stadium Operations and Events Coordinator (Cleveland Browns)
Former Football Operations Assistant (Cleveland Browns)
Former Customer Relations Coordinator (NFL)

Natalie Davis
Youth Sports Coordinator (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Fan Development Coordinator (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Community Communications and Fan Experience Coordinator (Cleveland Monsters)
Former Marketing and Communications Seasonal Assistant (Cleveland Monsters)
Former Football Department Recruiting Assistant (Kent State University)

Robert Jamerson
Chief Operating Officer (Detroit PAL)
Former Regional Sales Manager (Nestlé Skin Health)

Seth Stillman
Alumni Relations and Communications (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Former Special Projects Assistant (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Timothy Mitchell Bailey
Former Men's Basketball Graduate Assistant (DePaul University Athletics)

Jacob Rothman
Coordinator of Global Partnerships (Oak View Group)
Member of Board of Advisors (Michigan Sport Consulting Group)

About SEBA

The Sport and Entertainment Business Association focuses on providing insight to the sports and entertainment industry with a focus on management. Members learn about different aspects that make up the sport and entertainment industries and the opportunities available within. Having unique access to four major league sports organizations and world-class venues within walking distance, SEBA will connect students with individuals from these local organizations to educate and spread knowledge of this competitive field. SEBA highlights education through guest speakers and collaborative efforts with local organizations.

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