Name: Dr. Eric C. Schwarz
Current Job Title: Associate Professor of Sport Business/President
Company Name: Saint Leo University/Sport Marketing Association
First sports job: Aside from Graduate Assistantships and Internships, my first full-time job was as Assistant Director for Facility Scheduling and Special Event Management for the Stony Brook University Athletics Department.
College education: Ed.D in Sport Management
Executive most admired: Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Owner
Brand most admired: Toss-Up between ESPN and NASCAR
Dr. Eric Schwarz is in his third year as Associate Professor of Sport Business at Saint Leo University. Previously, he spent nine years at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire as an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Sport Management within the School of Business, Management, and Professional Studies. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he took a sabbatical leave to serve as Visiting Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Ballarat in Australia.
In October 2010, Dr. Schwarz was elected to President of Sport Marketing Association (SMA). The SMA is dedicated to developing mutually beneficial relationships between professionals, academicians, and students around the world through the creation, distribution, and implementation of sport marketing knowledge via conferences, scholarly activities, networking opportunities, and career development programs.
Tell us a little about your first job in the sports industry. How did you land it?
I got my big break for two reasons – networking and an internship. When I was looking for an internship, I was in an unusual position. I was starting about one year into my doctorate and I had to complete a required internship. At the same time, the private school where I was coaching and teaching, which also was where I was...
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