Where are we? A review on SMBA ’17

The one-year school work went by so fast that we almost did not notice. The long days of classes, library and group projects are behind us just to give way to intensive hands-on experience with internships and full-time jobs. Now, the class is dispersed all around the country working within the sports industry and practicing what we learned in this program.

Here is a review of what we are doing and where, our last post until we meet again in June for graduation!

Honda Estilo

Nobu Saito

The company is a sports management, specifically a soccer business industry owned by Keisuke Honda, who plays for AC Milan in Italy and the Japan National team. The headquarters (Honda Estilo) are in Tokyo, Japan, but they just launched Honda Estilo USA in San Diego as one of their branches. Honda Estilo USA is working on soccer club management and soccer clinic for younger generation mainly in southern California area. I’m in charge of extending their brand and get sponsors from companies in L.A to host a big soccer competition in the near future. To increase the brand, I can do anything that I want to do and provide ideas that I come up with. It’s a startup business, so I’m very excited to be involved in this business just like an entrepreneur.

Learfield and Century Club

Mandy Chatigny

I’m currently putting my SMBA skills to work at two companies in San Diego and expanding my knowledge in the world of Sponsorship. I obtained both positions before the classroom portion of the program concluded last month, and I have been working full time since the day after the last final. When I’m not running promotions at Aztec basketball games or assisting with drafting proposals and recaps, I’m helping to prepare for one of the first PGA TOUR stops of 2017.

 Atlanta Hawks

Addison Nunes

I have traveled to Georgia to complete my internship, with none other than the state’s only NBA team, the Atlanta Hawks. I will reside within the Corporate Partnerships division more specifically working with the Strategic Partnerships team. I look forward to learning more about corporate partnership development from a major team’s perspective, as well as, gaining more sales, research, and proposal development experience.


Whitman College

Addison Magness

I’m working at Whitman College as the Assistant Sports Information Director. My primary responsibilities are running all athletics events on campus including managing all student game workers, game live streams, and liaising with visiting coaches/teams. My secondary responsibilities mostly consist of content production for team social media pages and website as needed.


Andrew Sklar

I am working for UCSD in Compliance and Student-Athlete Services. My primary functions of work are in rules education, initial eligibility, recruitment monitoring and the development and implementation of initiatives aimed to better the student-athlete experience.

Competitor Group Inc.

Tarkan Haghighatmanesh

The company is compromised of some of the great contributors to endurance sports in both events and media. One of their main business endeavors is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. These series are known for lining race routes with live bands. I’m going to rotate among different departments and right now I’m in the Partnership Marketing division.  As a part of Partnership Marketing Activation team, my main duty is to provide various forms of feedback to the company’s current partners. This includes providing sponsor recaps after each event and end of the year recaps. After this, my duties will change as my department changes!

Cleveland Indians

Daniel Margolin

As a Market Research Intern, some of my responsibilities include creating, distributing and analyzing online surveys while also assisting the business areas in planning and executing fan focus groups to achieve a better understanding of the club’s fan base. The opportunity allows me to get involved with different business areas throughout the organization while learning about the driving forces behind sales and customer satisfaction.


Sacramento Kings

Chris Guinnaso

I work for the Sacramento Kings in the accounting and finance department. Some of my responsibilities include helping transition to the new accounting software, helping with many potential real estate transactions the organization is looking into surrounding the new arena, taking the lead on some of the tax work for the organization, and helping with other financial transactions as the organization looks for other sources of income besides the ones related to the team.



Cole Cook

I’m currently working at Wasserman in Carlsbad, CA as a member of the digital team. Wasserman is a full service, culture-centric agency built to serve the best talent, brands, and properties in the world. I work with both the Brands & Properties divisions of Wasserman on a number of different accounts. Some of the accounts that I work on are Tech Deck, Roush Fenway Racing, and Kraft Sports Group while my work is focused on social media strategy, analytics, and corporate sponsor valuation.


Jessica Anguiano

I am honored to have become a part of the Cleeng family. Cleeng offers solutions to monetize videos online and promotes alternative content. Sports comprises 70% of their business as live sports events move the needle in the industry. I serve as an account manager to follow up on clients and make sure our services satisfy their needs.

OC Blues Soccer Team

Piers Ross

I will complete my internship for the OC Blues Soccer Team in Irvine, California.  They are a second division team (USL-Pro) in the US Soccer landscape that have recently announced a partnership with MLS expansion side LA F.C.  My title will be operations intern, l will learn and have a hand in the day to day business operations of the organization including sponsorships, sales & ticketing, and player operations.