Fueled by a passion for Nebraska Cornhusker athletics ever since he was a young boy, Tom Backemeyer says he always knew “I wanted to work in some aspect of sports.”
Many people say that. Many people wish for it. Backemeyer set out and did it. Here’s how he accomplished his quest:
“As far as education, I have a degree in Business Management from Colorado State University, and two Master's Degrees (MBA, and Sport Management) from the University of Denver,” he says.
At DU, which has recently made a jump into big-time college sports, Backemeyer realized there was valuable job training right at his fingertips. It was the kind of experience that prospective employers would eventually relish. “My endeavors into sports started at the University of Denver where I worked for the Athletic Department for two years while in graduate school,” he says. “I worked in Facilities and Operations as an Athletic Event Manager.”
He was given plenty of responsibilities, and he thrived. He enthusiastically soaked up anything sports-related, learned from it, then performed it well.
“Basically I was in-charge of coordinating our various athletic programs between the university, coaches, officials, players, etc. I enjoyed this aspect of college athletics as it allowed me to learn many different aspects of how a college athletic department is run,” Backemeyer says.
Seeing how it all operated -- not just one tiny niche -- was instrumental in future years. “I worked with ten different sports, so there was never really an ‘off-season.’"
Then came his break.
“In between my two years at Denver I was offered an opportunity to work for the Nashville Sounds as an intern in resale (food and beverage/merchandise). I am a die-hard baseball fan and wanted to see what it was like to work in minor league baseball.”
Faster than a Nuke LaLoosh fastball, it was off to Tennessee.
“I went to Nashville and got a great taste of venue concessions and ...
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