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They. Went. All. The. Way!

Theresa Power is the Recreation and Sport Management Department's 2016 Distinguished Alumnus and Jessica Jennings is the Recreation and Sport Management Department 2016 Young Alumnus.

Theresa Power is a 2009 Graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sports Management. She states she has continued to use the knowledge, skills, and school pride that she learned at Coastal into her career to help better herself as a person and employee as well as to give back to students looking at attending Coastal and those currently enrolled there.

Alumna  Theresa Power - In her own words

My career path truly started during the final semester of my senior year at Coastal with 5 of my fellow classmates working with Dr. Colleen McGlone and Dr. Don Rockey to create the Baseball and Softball Operations internship program. We developed a business plan and presented it to various heads in the school, including Dr. DeCenzo and were approved for a spring internship plan where I oversaw the other 4 school mates to help drive marketing, theme nights and ticket sales for the Baseball and Softball programs at Coastal. I scheduled a rotation of my peers to work on the field, cleaning up the surrounding area, working concessions, media and much more. We put on the first festival around Coastal baseball’s opening day bringing in food and business vendors from the community, having games and giveaways and speeches from the coaching staff and players to the fans. This was the springboard to drive my passion for a career in sports and help me move into my next phase.

I have continued my passion for RSM and used it in my career for the past 7 years. I have been blessed with a forward moving career path that started with the NY Jets in 2009 where I was an inside sales representative originally hired on a temporary, 6 month basis to open their new stadium and help introduce a new product, the Personal Seat License, to the New York market. Within the first 3 months I was promoted twice due to my sales numbers, leadership and work ethic and remained with the organization as an account executive for 2 seasons.  When the program ended I was recommended to work with the then New Jersey Nets who were moving from Newark New Jersey into Brooklyn and opening the Barclays Center. I was in the top 3-5 sales people during my 2 years with Nets selling All Access Pass premium seating and helping move a dedicated fan base who had suffered many tough years from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Opening the building was one of the proudest moments in my career to see all the hard work come to fruition with an arena full of people. There is no better energy out there. Barclays Center/Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment acquired the business rights to the New York Islanders in 2013 and would being the process of moving yet another fan base into a new arena with a team that had not brought home a championship since 1983.  I was promoted to Manager of Inside Sales for the New York Islanders and set out to create and develop their program from the group up. By December I was given the group sales department and spent the next two years overseeing 2 departments and setting them up to move the fan base from Nassau County into Brooklyn. Last year my group sales team set the record for highest group sales revenue for the Islanders. In September of 2015, I officially was a part of a 3rd successful move of a team to a new arena and in December I was promoted to Director, Group Sales for the New York Islanders. In sum, I have successfully been a part of moving 3 teams, all of whom were coming off losing seasons, into new arenas who simultaneously were playoff teams that year.  

My leadership, hard work and sales skills have helped move my career in this incredible direction and help shape the lives of the many employees I have had the privilege to hire, train, and help grow as sales people. In addition to my career I have taken pride in helping others get into the sports business world. I have participated in multiple Teamwork Online networking events doing panels and giving advice to students and adults looking to break into a sports career. I worked with the Manhattan Sports Business Academy during the summer of 2013 as a mentor to help implement a variety of hands-on learning experiences, weekly speaker series, one-on-one development sessions and more to college Junior and seniors interested in a career in sports. I have also remained in touch with my professors from Coastal and have assisted in surveys, mock interviews and more for Coastal students as part of their curriculum. These career development events and academies are important to me to be able to give others similar and better opportunities than I had early on in determining what career path I wanted to follow.

I am always grateful for my time at Coastal Carolina University and for the incredible professors who helped guide my path and for that I do my best to give back whenever possible. While still at Coastal I would offer tours to anyone who reached out interested in attending. I would go over all of the incredible programs and opportunities that are granted to students and give the raw information that those prospective students would not normally be able to hear on school guided tours. I continue to speak to prospective Coastal students from my hometown and network to answer any questions they have and encourage them to attend the great university that is Coastal. I continue to stay passionate for Coastal sports, follow the university on social media, and visit whenever I can get some time away from the north east.  Teal Tuesdays are something I love to represent no matter where I am and explain to people who inquire why there is so much Teal in my wardrobe. It helps bring me back to the incredible days at Coastal Carolina University.

I look forward continuing to honor the name of Coastal Carolina University in the future.

 

Alumna  Jessica Jennings - In Her Own Words

My name is Jessica Jennings, I graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2013 with a degree in Recreation and Sport Management, minoring in Business Administration. 

It doesn’t seem like I have been away from CCU for a long enough time to deserve this honor. Soon after graduation and my internship with Billboard Magazine, I obtained a career at Pandora Radio in New York City as an Event Coordinator in the Music Makers Group. The event team at Pandora started as two people, my boss who poached me from Billboard and myself. The past two and a half years we have built this team to a total of nine people and still execute between 80-100 events a year. A typical event consists of working with multiple sponsors, multiple artists, and anywhere between hosting 300 – 5,000 people.

Recently we executed our largest event of the year in Austin, TX along with SXSW. Over a four day period we staged 42 acts in the same venue on one stage, including A list performers such as G Eazy, Fall out Boy, Young Thug, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Troye Sivan, and more! SXSW required months (almost a year) of preparation and military precision to cycle the amount of acts we did through one venue.  This was my 3nd year planning and working there.

In March of 2015, I was promoted to Event Manager with an increase in responsibilities. While the music industry tends to favor young people due to the market demographics, it sometimes feels strange at the age of 26 to plan and be in charge of such large complex music events attended by thousands of people, but I absolutely love it! Pandora Radio is a unique opportunity because it is a leader in the emerging market of streaming music. There are many forces at work constantly reshaping the music industry and Pandora Radio is continuously evolving to maintain our industry lead and expand worldwide. I could not imagine a better opportunity.

I take immense pride in being a graduate from Coastal Carolina University. The amount of experiential activities the Rec and Sport Management department had us do really put into perspective on what type of career path I wanted to move forward with. Sports and music are very synonymous, they are both the entertainment business and I still hope to one day go back into the sport world. From CCU I still live with my roommates from 4 years of college. I keep in constant touch with about 40 other CCU alumni and believe that the experiences and friendships I acquired during my years at Coastal were critical to my current success. Coastal brought me so many memories and ample experience to guide my way through the real world.

It is almost a full circle to be considered for this as I was a part of the FIRST Inaugural Golf Tournament where we pulled off such an amazing day with multiple sponsors and a successful tournament, so proud to hear the event is still going on strong!

She. Went. All. The. Way!

 

Theresa Power, is a 2009 Graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sports Management.   She states she has continued to use the knowledge, skills, and school pride that she learned at Coastal into her career to help better herself as a person and employee as well as to give back to students looking at attending Coastal as well as those currently enrolled there.

Theresa Power - In her own words

My career path truly started during the final semester of my senior year at Coastal with 5 of my fellow classmates working with Dr. Colleen McGlone and Dr. Don Rockey to create the Baseball and Softball Operations internship program.  We developed a business plan and presented it to various heads in the school, including Dr. DeCenzo and were approved for a spring internship plan where I oversaw the other 4 school mates to help drive marketing, theme nights and ticket sales for the Baseball and Softball programs at Coastal.  I scheduled a rotation of my peers to work on the field, cleaning up the surrounding area, working concessions, media and much more.  We put on the first festival around Coastal baseball’s opening day bringing in food and business vendors from the community, having games and giveaways and speeches from the coaching staff and players to the fans.  This was the springboard to drive my passion for a career in sports and help me move into my next phase.

I have continued my passion for RSM and used it in my career for the past 7 years.  I have been blessed with a forward moving career path that started with the NY Jets in 2009 where I was an inside sales representative originally hired on a temporary, 6 month basis to open their new stadium and help introduce a new product, the Personal Seat License, to the New York market.  Within the first 3 months I was promoted twice due to my sales numbers, leadership and work ethic and remained with the organization as an account executive for 2 seasons.  When the program ended I was recommended to work with the then New Jersey Nets who were moving from Newark New Jersey into Brooklyn and opening the Barclays Center.  I was in the top 3-5 sales people during my 2 years with Nets selling All Access Pass premium seating and helping move a dedicated fan base who had suffered many tough years from New Jersey to Brooklyn.  Opening the building was one of the proudest moments in my career to see all the hard work come to fruition with an arena full of people.  There is no better energy out there.  Barclays Center/Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment acquired the business rights to the New York Islanders in 2013 and would being the process of moving yet another fan base into a new arena with a team that had not brought home a championship since 1983.  I was promoted to Manager of Inside Sales for the New York Islanders and set out to create and develop their program from the group up.  By December I was given the group sales department and spent the next two years overseeing 2 departments and setting them up to move the fan base from Nassau County into Brooklyn.  Last year my group sales team set the record for highest group sales revenue for the Islanders.  In September of 2015, I officially was a part of a 3rd successful move of a team to a new arena and in December I was promoted to Director, Group Sales for the New York Islanders.   In sum, I have successfully been a part of moving 3 teams, all of whom were coming off losing seasons, into new arenas who simultaneously were playoff teams that year.  

My leadership, hard work and sales skills have helped move my career in this incredible direction and help shape the lives of the many employees I have had the privilege to hire, train, and help grow as sales people.  In addition to my career I have taken pride in helping others get into the sports business world.  I have participated in multiple Teamwork Online networking events doing panels and giving advice to students and adults looking to break into a sports career.  I worked with the Manhattan Sports Business Academy during the summer of 2013 as a mentor to help implement a variety of hands-on learning experiences, weekly speaker series, one-on-one development sessions and more to college Junior and seniors interested in a career in sports.  I have also remained in touch with my professors from Coastal and have assisted in surveys, mock interviews and more for Coastal students as part of their curriculum.  These career development events and academies are important to me to be able to give others similar and better opportunities than I had early on in determining what career path I wanted to follow.

I am always grateful for my time at Coastal Carolina University and for the incredible professors who helped guide my path and for that I do my best to give back whenever possible.  While still at Coastal I would offer tours to anyone who reached out interested in attending.  I would go over all of the incredible programs and opportunities that are granted to students and give the raw information that those prospective students would not normally be able to hear on school guided tours.  I continue to speak to prospective Coastal students from my hometown and network to answer any questions they have and encourage them to attend the great university that is Coastal.  I continue to stay passionate for Coastal sports, follow the university on social media, and visit whenever I can get some time away from the north east.  Teal Tuesdays are something I love to represent no matter where I am and explain to people who inquire why there is so much Teal in my wardrobe.  It helps bring me back to the incredible days at Coastal Carolina University.

I look forward continuing to honor the name of Coastal Carolina University in the future.

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