Indiana University and HPER Career Services held its annual Alumni Career Panel Thursday afternoon in the Tony Mobley Auditorium. The panel consisted of three IU alumni in the sports industry- Jared Schoenfeld, Manager of Corporate Hospitality at Madison Square Garden, David Oestreicher, Manager of Global Business Development at the NBA, and Josh Ketroser, the Business Manager of the New Jersey Nets’ Kris Humphries.
In front of 30 to 40 students interested in the sport marketing and management industry, the three-member panel participated in a formal question and answer session, followed by student questions, and ended with a networking session and reception.
Schoenfeld, Oestreicher, and Ketroser were best friends when they attended IU and are now living in New York, all professionals in different aspects of the sports industry. The Alumni Panel is an event they look forward to each year, as they see it as mutually beneficial for them and the students they engage with.
Oestreicher, a graduate of the Kelley School of Business, always enjoys his time back at his alma mater.
“This really is something I mark my calendar to look forward to every year,” Oestreicher said. “I think the biggest difference with this panel is that we’re just a few years removed, enough removed so that we have a lot to offer as far as navigating and positioning yourself both for entry, and once you get in, how to succeed.”
Schoenfeld, a former Sport Marketing and Management student here at Indiana, shares the same sentiment about returning to connect with IU students.
“To come back to a place that gave me wonderful memories, and to a place that helped shape and mold me, to give me a platform to be what I am today is truly special,” Schoenfeld said. “For me, it’s magnificent to see how bright and well-accomplished these students are, and I truly enjoy giving back to them in any way, shape, or form that I can.”
Many of the students’ questions pointed to the tall task of entering into the industry of sports business, something that can be found difficult for students, especially those looking for their first foot in the door.
“If anyone is having a difficult time breaking into the sports business industry, I think they should focus on their true likes and dislikes, and be extremely persistent,” Schoenfeld added. “Also try and connect with as many execs in the sports world as possible and pick their brain.”
Oestreicher was impressed with the group of students at the panel and believes that they are headed in the right direction.
“The group was impressive because clearly these guys are here for the right reasons,” he said. “I call this group the ‘die hard sports marketers and managers’ because they’re focused and they know that these sessions could help you pick up maybe one thing that could help change the game.”
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