Amy Wesson has been a shining example of how the SMBA cohort can get involved in Southern California since classes began in January. She quickly became involved with the San Diego Gulls and Anaheim Ducks in their community relations department and taught the cohort about the basics of hockey on top of the demanding course load. From taking the reins and welcoming a prospective student into the classroom to providing much-need comic relief to countless classes, Amy is an asset to the cohort in every possible way. As the class prepares for its annual trip to the Dominican Republic, Amy brings her constant optimism and positive attitude to class every day. Congratulations Amy!
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate Degree: Kinesiology, with a Minor in Environmental Science at Western University
Favourite Sports Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays and now the Anaheim Ducks
Favourite Sport(s) to Play: (field) hockey, swimming, snowboarding
Favourite Sports Movie: Mighty Ducks and the Hockey Sweater
What made you choose SDSU’s Sports MBA program? The small and tight knit class was a big draw for me. My undergrad university was huge and it was hard to connect with classmates and professors. Establishing a network in a new city was also important to me.
What has been your most memorable experience so far in the SMBA program? Touring Gulls facility because of my love for like hockey. I enjoyed seeing the different initiatives to grow hockey in Southern California. It was really interesting to see the strategies that teams can apply to grow their fan base. We also learned about the benefits of having the AHL affiliate closer to Anaheim Ducks and gained a better understanding about the relationship between the minor and major league levels.
What do you hope to achieve while you’re a student in this program personally? I hope to further my knowledge and make connections in the sports industry in order to carve out a career in the sports industry.
So far, what is your favourite class, and why? I really liked statistics because I enjoyed discussing the relevant topics in sports daily with Dr. Lackritz. The course material was very useful because I will be able to apply statistics to anything I do when I leave the program.
What are you looking forward to when you leave for the Dominican Republic with the cohort next week? I can’t wait to get involved in the community and am excited to see a different part of the world and get a unique perspective on sports business.