Anthony Simonetti College attended Chapman University, Orange, CA – Completed 2011, B.A. Communication Studies San Diego State University – Expected 2016, M.B.A. Sports Management Hometown Fremont, CA Favorite sports team(s) San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Anaheim Ducks, San Francisco Giants, Anaheim Angels Favorite sports movie(s) Dodgeball, Remember the Titans, Major League, Friday Night Lights What made you choose SDSU SMBA? I liked that SDSU SMBA had a holistic education, that covered all sides of business management. Successful managers at the C-Level must be able to work with and understand all departments in their organization, and SDSU covers everything from finance to marketing to human resources. What do you hope to achieve while you're a student in this program(personally and professionally)? On an education level, I’m looking to strengthen my quantitative skills.Having worked in marketing for most of my career, I want to learn more about and improve my abilities in topics such as finance and statistics. Do you have any background/experience in the sports industry? If not,any work experience? I have previous experience in the sports industry with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle University Athletics, as well as experience in international marketing and communications working with Basketball Australia in Sydney, Australia. I also spent three years as a Marketing and Communications Strategist with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California, where I was twice named as a Living the Values Award recipient. What area of the sports industry are you attempting to enter, and why? Upon graduation from the San Diego State Sports MBA program, I hope to work in brand marketing, building athletes’ public image. With an extensive background in writing, I enjoy creating and shaping messages and perceptions, and with their wide,international reach, I think athletes are the perfect medium to share these messages. So far, what is your favorite class, and why? I have particularly enjoyed finance, as I can see the real-world applications everyday when making transactions as simple as buying a sandwich for lunch. I have enjoyed all of our classes though, we have excellent professors!