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Christina Surrusco, MS Sport Business Management

Coordinator, National Partnership Management at Learfield IMG College

Christina spoke at SPS Power Lunch III on February 11, 2021.

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Shane Bell, MS Sport Business

Assistant Athletic Director, Operations & Event Management at Army West Point Athletics

Shane Bell is currently in his tenth season with the Army West Point Athletic Association and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Operations & Event Management in 2019 after serving as the Director of Event Management and Championships for the department.  As the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations & Event Management, Bell oversees the event management department including game-day operations, scheduling, game contracts and the hosting of conference & NCAA championships held at West Point. Bell also oversees contract procurement and execution for the AWPAA. Additionally, Bell is the Secondary Sport Administrator for the Army Hockey program.

Julie Zhong, MS Human Resource Management

Director, Talent Management at Mastercard

Julie is an accomplished, strategic, and results-driven talent leader with a passion for innovation and transformation. Experienced in leading and executing organizational development programs that enhance employee capabilities and drive business impact. 

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Devon Garden, M.S. Sport Business Management

Associate Manager, NBA 2K League and G League Communications at National Basketball Association (NBA)

Guest Speaker at Power Lunch II on September 17, 2020 - Creating the Next Wave of Sport Business Execs

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Eric Petersen, M.S. Sport Business Management

Manager, Ticket Operations for New York Mets

“The Sport Business Management program provided me with a solid foundation to begin my professional career in sports. I was able to take what I learned in the classroom, from professionals within the industry, and apply it to real life situations.”

Carla Chalas MS Sport Business Management

Senior Coordinator at Major League Baseball

Carla has an extensive background in managing multicultural education programming and large-scale professional development events. She specializes in working with members of the Latin American community, including professional baseball players and various organizations. Her educational and professional background, along with her passion has guided her success in the various positions that she has held.

Astrit Rugovac M.S. Finance

Vice President BTIG

“I have learned a lot at Manhattanville and I hope to use that knowledge in the future not only to create opportunities for myself, but also to inspire my 4 children. I plan to enroll in a finance or economic doctrine degree program in the near future in order further my education and hopefully use it a spring board for my own asset management firm focusing on distressed. “

Zakiya Nashid M.S. HR Management Organizational Effectiveness

Human Resource Coordinator Pitney Bowes

“The Manhattanville program helped me to understand real-time work related issues which I could work through and discuss with my professors and peers. This program was a great alignment while working fulltime in the HR field. “

Tricia Molfetta M.S. Sport Business Management

Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Manhattanville College

“This program has helped me to learn about the business aspects of collegiate athletics. I have also learned various leadership qualities and management skills which have been useful in my current role.”

Lisa Golia, B.S. Organizational Management, APPEAL Adult Accelerated Degrees

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

“Academic excellence and an outstanding faculty are just a few words that accurately describe my experience at Manhattanville College. They understood the challenges of trying to manage a career, family and friends.”

Sebastian Siring, M.S. Finance

Senior Financial Analyst at L’Oreal

"Manhattanville School of Business both gave me the tools to immediately impact my career and the strategic mindset needed for long-term success"