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Where They Are Now- Greensboro Sports Commission Past Interns

Alyssa Duke

Alyssa Duke

Alyssa graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Sport Management and went on to earn her M.S. in Commercial Recreation from UNC-Greensboro. She interned with the Greensboro Sports Commission while finishing her Master’s Degree from May 2012- September 2012.

During her time with the Sports Commission, Alyssa stated, "My internship at the Greensboro Sports Commission was incredibly beneficial for me professionally. The internship opened the door to the Atlantic Coast Conference through networking via volunteer coordination. The internship gave me the opportunity to work several events; which in turn gave me a variety of professional experiences. From filling ice coolers at Division II golf to volunteer coordination at the GAC, this internship provided me with incredible experiences in the sports industry."

Alyssa is now the Sports Services Manager with the Durham Sports Commission. Before joining the Durham Sports Commission staff, Alyssa was the Assistant Director of Women's Basketball at the Atlantic Coast Conference where she completed a multitude of tasks ranging from providing support for 15 member institutions to planning, promoting and administrating the ACC Women's Basketball tournament each year.  

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams

Adrian is currently finishing up his senior year at Elon University majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Human Services. He was with the Greensboro Sports Commission from June 2016-August 2016.

Adrian shared that during his internship he learned how to interact with others in a professional office setting. He also stated, "I interacted with many different people and with each person I was given a different task. I learned how to work independently on projects and other work that needed to be done in the office. I also developed relationships with people outside of the Sports Commission through volunteer opportunities. I was able to work with people from the USA Masters events as well as the staff for the National AAU Championship tournament in Greensboro. Overall, this opportunity truly provided me with a great experience and it helped prepare me for life after college."

Upon graduation, Adrian will be employed with Lenovo in Raleigh, NC where he will be in their LASR program. 

Kevin Russell

Kevin Russell

Kevin graduated from High Point University in 2014 with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Sports Management. He interned with the Greensboro Sports Commission from January 2013- May 2013. 

Kevin added, "Going into my internship I actually planned on pursuing a long term career in sports broadcasting. However, after completing my internship I realized that I truly enjoyed the business and operational side of the sports industry more so than the broadcasting world. This internship exposed me to the some of the highest levels of athletics and truly allowed me to understand everything that is required to put on a successful event. I credit my time at the Sports Commission with providing me the necessary experiences to pursue and obtain my current role at the Gazelle Group as the Director of Team and Event Operations."

Since the Fall of 2015, Kevin has been the Director of Team and Event Operations for The Gazelle Group in Princeton, NJ. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm that specializes in the running of four major Division I college basketball tournaments each year.

Corinne Eckert

CorinneAs a senior at High Point University, Corinne will complete her undergraduate degree in Event Management with a minor in Business Administration in May 2017. Additionally, she is dually enrolled in a BA to MA program that will allow her to earn her Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication by May 2018.

Corinne was an intern for the Greensboro Sports Commission from May-July 2015 and notes that her internship helped solidify her career choice. "I was indecisive about what to study at the time of my internship, but working for the Greensboro Sports Commission gave me the opportunity to ‘wear various hats’, learn a lot about events and venues, and realize that I belong in the event industry.” Although 16-hour, on-site days were her favorite, she explains that she learned equally as much when working on sales and marketing projects in the office.

“As I begin to apply for jobs, I constantly find myself praising the Greensboro Sports Commission for giving me so many opportunities to volunteer,” she notes. During her months as an intern, Corinne gained invaluable experiences by working at the following events: NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship, ACC Baseball Tournament, Rex Hospital Open Memorial Day Golf Tournament, FootJoy Invitational Golf Tournament, USA Synchronized Swimming Championships, USA Gymnastics Championships, and New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Although she is a full-time student, Corinne still finds time for other activities. On campus, she is the president of the Odyssey Club (the honors club) and Planning on Point (the event management club). Not only is she active on campus, but she has a vivid resume off-campus as well. Recently, she became a certified wedding planner through The Bridal Society. She is also an ambassador for Beyond Sport, an international organization that promotes change through sport, and has been for about five years. She co-led a leadership workshop and announced the UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport Award at the 2016 Beyond Sport Summit and Awards in London when she studied in Wales for the fall 2016 semester.

Corinne looks to dive into the event industry around the High Point/Greensboro/Winston-Salem area over the next year, but ultimately plans to return to her home state of New Jersey to continue her career in event management after her May 2018 graduation.

Carlos Lassiter

Carlos Lassiter

Carlos graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2013 with a B.S. in Sports Science and Fitness Management. He also earned his M.S. in Sport Administration from the university in December 2015. Carlos was with the Greensboro Sports Commission from August 2015- November 2015. 

Carlos shared, "I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great organization, which includes helpful and motiving individuals. While I was with the organization I received valuable tips and was exposed to situations that would prepare me for my future. I was trusted with important projects, such as research, uploading web content and was a hole captain at the Wyndham Golf Championship in 2015, one of the biggest events in the state. Gaining these skills allowed me to improve my resume to have a better opportunity at the jobs I seek."

Carlos is currently an instructor in the Human Performance & Leisure Studies Department at North Carolina A&T State University. He has been in this position for two years, beginning when he was a graduate teaching assistant in Spring 2015. He is not done achieving his goals and hopes to have a management position with recreation and sports organizations.

Carlos and his wife are expecting their first child in March 2017 and they are very excited!  

Kayla Adams

Kayla Adams

Kayla graduated from Guilford College in 2014 with a B.S. in Sports Management. She also earned her M.A. in Sports Management from Wingate University in 2016. Kayla was with the Sports Commission as an intern during the 2013-2014 academic year. She noted, "Interning with the Greensboro Sports Commission literally changed my life. I learned so much about the sport business and planning big championships/events that I still use at my current job today. The GSC made me fall in love with championships, events, and tourism and the relationships that I was able to form through the GSC have made such a huge impact on my life. I am thankful to have worked with such a great team."

Kayla interned with the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) during her graduate program and is currently the Director of Internal Operations and Administration with SAC. She would like to continue to move up at the conference office and one day be a director of Championships/ Senior Women's Administrator. Her ultimate goal is to work at the NCAA in Championships or Leadership Development or to work at a Division I conference office.   

Jordan Sutton

Jordan SuttonJordan earned his Business Management degree with a minor in Sports Administration, Finance from Guilford College in 2014. He was an intern with the Greensboro Sports Commission from January 2014- May 2014. During his time with the Sports Commission, Jordan shared, "My internship with the Greensboro Sports Commission has directly contributed to the career that I have now. Through my internship, I was introduced to the world of sports tourism and learned what it takes to host successful events. I was also able to create lasting relationships that have helped me immensely as I have transitioned into my professional career."

Jordan has been the Junior Sports Sales & Services Manager at Visit Winston-Salem for the past two and a half years. As a part of the convention and visitors bureau for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County he is asked to identify new sports and sport related opportunities to bring to the community. In some cases, he also helps to provide on-site operational and event management support to events. The convention and visitors bureau is dedicated to seeing sports grow in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. 

Jordan is currently engaged and set to be married to his fiancé, Ashley, In November of 2017!

Brandon Rothfuss

Brandon R

Brandon graduated from Guilford College in 2015 with a B.S. in Sports Management and a minor in Business. He was with the Sports Commission from January 2015- May 2015. When asked about how his internship impacted his personal and career life he noted, "My internship with the Greensboro Sports Commission has impacted my career and life by giving me the tools I need to succeed in my current role with the Greensboro Swarm. My experiences have allowed me to diversify my approach to ensure I make a positive impact in the community at the highest level possible. The Sports Commission allowed me to coordinate projects to foster economic development, cultivate a positive working environment among various youth, collegiate, amateur and professional organizations and operate and maintain event calendars in addition to other social media outlets. All of these tasks helped me build my rapport with figures in the community as well as get myself ready for the road ahead."

Brandon is currently an Account Executive for the Greensboro Swarm where he produces ticket revenue by developing and maintaining season and group ticket accounts. He sells new season seat accounts through outside sales appointments with businesses and over-the-phone sales to local residents. He also sells new group accounts to decision makers within businesses and non-profit organizations.

Brandon hopes to continue his success with the Greensboro Swarm and utilize his position as a platform to one day open up his own business where he can help bridge the gap between lower income youth and sports.  

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