Back to back Aztec

One time wasn’t enough for Jaime Kelm, and the Sports MBA is his comeback to San Diego State University. Born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA, Jaime has an exceptional work ethic and natural intelligence, just two of the reasons he is currently excelling in the program, where he is definitely in the running to become the eventual Valedictorian of the SMBA ’17 cohort. Jaime has a very calm and professional demeanor about him, and is always willing to help others in the class, whether it be with school work or a volunteer opportunity. Jaime is currently an intern in the San Diego State University Athletic Department as a Media Relations Assistant, and has also previously been a Sports Statistics Reporter. His roles in these positions are on the direct path for him to work in sports analytics or operations, which demonstrates his articulate planning ability and motivation to achieve his goals. A very passionate fan of the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bears, and although I am a die-hard San Diego fan, I do hope that his teams succeed as well because we share the same loyalty principle when supporting our teams. His genuine personality shows through day in and day out in class, and it is truly an honor to be able to work with and learn from him!

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Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Undergraduate Degree: Business Administration

Age: 27

Favorite Sports Teams: Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bears, SDSU Aztecs, USA Eagles

Favorite Sport(s) to Play: Rugby, Basketball, Golf, Spikeball

Favorite Sports Movie: The Replacements

What made you choose SDSU’s Sports MBA program?
The SDSU SMBA program stood out to me from the very beginning. When initially researching graduate programs around the country a few years ago, my interest was immediately peaked by the combination of sports and business classes coupled with real-world, hands-on experience out of the classroom. The addition of amazing guest speakers in an expedited environment which promoted growth as a professional was too much to pass up. And at the end of the day, we will all receive our MBAs, which is a big leg up in the job market upon graduation.

What has been your most memorable experience so far in the SMBA program?
Visiting the Dominican Republic a few weeks ago with the class was very eye opening for me. Getting to interact with many people from a different culture, especially the kids, and learning first hand about MLB’s academy system was a once in a lifetime experience which was very beneficial to my growth as a sports business student and as a person.

What do you hope to achieve while you’re a student in this program personally?
I hope to become a more well-rounded professional in terms of thinking about problems or concepts with a global sports business perspective. I am also excited about taking the financial lessons learned from Dr. Ryan and applying them to my own life down the road.

So far, what is your favorite class, and why?
My favorite class thus far has been marketing with the always entertaining Professor Dalakas. Learning interesting and relevant concepts regar
ding sports business in a fun and engaging fashion has definitely been a highlight of the curriculum. Go Ducks!