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LSM Society conference draws students from regional schools

Front Row (L-R): Conference speakers Larry Perkins, Dave Cagianello, Michael Beale, Joan LeMahieu, Stoke Caldwell and Doreen Lumpkin.Second Row (L-R): Conference planning committee members Alex Douyon, Sarah Smith, Ben Huggins, Jaclyn Garris, Tonya Albert, VJ Galloway, Doug Palic, Sara Rickert, Emily Gaul, Lauren Connolly and Brandie Pifer.

The Leisure and Sport Management Society hosted its 3rd Annual Sport Business Conference in the LaRose Digital Theater last month, with six professionals from the leisure and sport industries offering students advice on achieving career goals.

Speakers included the following:

1.) Michael Beale, assistant athletic director for marketing at UNC-Chapel Hill & 1993 graduate of Elon's LSM program
2.) Dave Cagianello, vice president and regional managing director for General Motors R*Works
3.) Stoke Caldwell, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., a lawyer specializing in sport and corporate law
4.) Joan LeMahieu, president of The Parade Company and executive director of the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation
5.) Doreen Lumpkin, guest services division manager, Greensboro Coliseum
6.) and Larry Perkins, assistant general manager of the RBC Center

Speakers talked briefly about their professional careers and spent extensive time in more intimate break-out sessions to respond to student questions related to their personal career goals. The Feb. 23 event concluded with a panel discussion with all speakers responding to questions from the conference attendees.

Students and faculty from High Point University, Methodist University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University and Wingate University were in attendance as well.

This conference would not be possible without the support of all our sponsors, however a special thank you is extended to

Whitney Shaw of Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal in Charlotte, N.C., was the primary has been the primary sponsor for the conference since its inception.  The annual conference at Elon is marketed as a terrific professional development and networking opportunity for attendees. 

Other supporters include: Josh Felix ’00, Elon's Student Government Association, Dick
Shirley Chevrolet, the Nu Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., G. Keith Whited of Patterson Whited Law Firm, PLLC, Brad Harmon of Syntech, Sheena Lambert of the Norville Breast Care Center at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Connie Chen, and Clara Hazzard of Courtyard Marriott in Burlington.

- Information submitted by Hal Walker

Eric Townsend,
3/13/2008 9:22 AM