2018 Program Mentors:
TIM SEIDLER - LIVING SPORT DUBLIN
Senior group sales representative, Philadelphia union
Tim graduated from Neumann University in 2009 with a degree in Sport Management. After brief stints with the Camden Riversharks, an independent baseball league and an NFL agency, Tim joined Major League Soccer through the National Sales Center in Blaine, Minnesota in 2012.
After a few months in their ticket sales training, he joined the Philadelphia Union as a full time member of their Ticket Sales staff. Since then, Tim has helped in creating the Union's Group Sales department, many of their group sales promotions, and has earned the title of Senior Group Sales Representative.
PATRICK WALKER - LIVING SPORT DUBLIN
Manager of Business Development at Reading Royals Hockey Club
Patrick started his love of sports at a very young age and continued through college where he played two years of football at Castleton State College before he transferred to California University of PA where he ran a year of Track and Field and a year of coaching high school track. Patrick graduated CalU of PA with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.
Patrick started his professional sports career with an internship at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, an Olympic Cycling Venue, where he worked with youth cycling programs as well as ticket sales, marketing, and community engagement.
From there he decided to pursue a Ticket Sales Internship with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. At the IronPigs, Patrick led his internship class in sales and built a very strong repour with the full-time staff. Due to his efforts, he was offered a full-time position following this internship, when a position within the IronPigs Season Ticket Membership Team opened. Full of excitement, Patrick hit the ground running. Patrick worked for just under 4 years as a Manager of Memberships and was one of the top sales Managers of the staff.
Following his stint in Minor League Baseball, he was offered a group sales position with the Reading Royals, the ECHL
Affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, and has been there for just under a year. A recent promotion currently has Patrick handling business development and sales opportunities for the team.
Patrick is always looking for new ways to expand his professional sports profile and sits on the Kutztown Sports Management Advisory Board.
BEN Muell - LIVING SPORT LONDON
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SNAG-A-Slip
Ben Muell took a life-long passion for baseball, a team player attitude, and sense of adventure to become a sports industry sales professional.
After a brief stint playing college baseball, mostly spent warming up pitchers in the bullpen, Ben transferred to Salisbury University, in Salisbury, MD, where he studied business and political science.
Ben entered the sport industry after his mom, who probably knew best, suggestion he attend a local sports job fair. There he landed a position as a grants and fundraising intern for Ripken Management and Design helping target communities for potential youth sports facilities while also helping out at Ripken Stadium during Aberdeen IronBirds games.
After that, Ben's final two years in school and as the President of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as well as job as a sports writer for the school newspaper helped land him a summer internship with the Daytona Cubs. That summer in Daytona was instrumental in teaching Ben the ropes of working in sports but most importantly the power of building his network. The connections made in Daytona led to positions with three more Minor League Baseball organizations. First, came a year with the Richmond Flying Squirrels during their inaugural 2010 season. Next, he was asked to join the Akron Aeros in Ohio. Finally, Ben received a promotion to Triple 'A' baseball in Allentown, PA where he spent a few seasons working for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Across all three teams Ben showed a knack for sports sponsorships and also helped in a variety of roles ranging from box office operations to intern mentoring as well as the occasional appearance as batting practice pitcher and mascot.
Then a LinkedIn connection and wanderlust led to Ben being recruited to helped open up Learfield Sports' Mountain West Conference's sponsorship office in Colorado. During this time, when he wasn’t snowboarding or hiking, he was building partnership across the 11-state college athletic conference, it's recently launched digital sports network, as well as championship events highlighted by the conference's annual basketball tournament in Las Vegas and first ever football championship game.
After a few years out west, Outfront Media Sports asked Ben to join their sponsorship department and work for one of his favorite sports teams, the University of Maryland's Terrapins. Here Ben's leadership, creative, and sales skills were all on display as he helped build corporate relationships, mentor staff members, and interns for three years.
Currently Ben is now working in a unique capacity in the industry in a business development role for the Baltimore based marine/boating industry start-up, Snag-A-Slip.
Chasity Brown - LIVING SPORT LONDON
lecturer - Health Sciences, Lincoln university
Chasity began her career in the Health and Wellness field serving as a Health and Wellness Director at various YMCA’s for over six years. Ms. Brown then took a more focused route and served as a Director of Wellness for a local retirement community, where her role was to develop employee wellness programs designed to meet biometric standards for over 350 employees.
Chasity currently teaches at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in the Health Science department, serves as the internship coordinator, and works with the several of the sports teams on campus to improve their strength and conditioning.
In her spare time you can find her teaching fitness classes at the local gym, serving as a volunteer coach for the Girls on the Run program, or working with youth ministry at her church that is titled Girls in Fellowship Together While Sharing and Serving, their most recent project was serving in Haiti.
Chasity holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University, a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University and is currently pursuing a DrPH in Public Health from Capella University.
2017 Program Mentors:
Talent Acquisition Manager - Comcast Spectacor
Pete traveled with the Living Sport team to Barcelona, Spain in 2017 providing program participants with over 12 years of sport industry experience.
Pete is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Comcast Spectacor, one of the preeminent sports and entertainment companies in the country. He began his career with CS in November 2005 when he joined the company in an entry-level role within the Human Resources department. He grew his career in HR over the course of the next several years in various roles primarily involving employee relations and programs. In June 2014, Pete was tasked with building and developing a strategic recruitment function for the new lines of business at CS, which include the Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center and Spectra and subsequently became the first ever full-time recruiting professional for Comcast Spectacor. Today, Pete handles the attraction and development of all full-time CS employees as well the management of the Wells Fargo Center internship program. He is also currently an adjunct professor at Neumann University and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in its Sports Management program since 2015.
Pete obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Rutgers University in 2004 and his Master's of Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University in 2008. In his spare time, he is a member of the Pennsport String Band as part of Philadelphia's Mummers Parade. Pete currently resides in Voorhees, NJ with his fiance, Mallory.
"I'm extremely excited to be involved in Living Sport's trip to Barcelona not only because I believe this will be an amazing experience for the students, but also because I know how important it is for students to get such varied experience in our industry. It's a very competitive landscape out there and it makes it that much more difficult to stand out amongst your peers. Unfortunately, it's not enough to just do an internship now. Most employers in sports and entertainment are expecting you to have multiple internships and most likely some experience abroad. Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and its sports history is storied and rich. This trip will give students ample opportunity to build their resumes and give them memories for years to come. I am so honored and humbled to be part of this program and I hope to develop relationships with the students and staff at Living Sport that will last a lifetime."
Vice president, marketing & Promotions - lehigh valley Ironpigs baseball club
We are thrilled to welcome Lindsey Knupp to the Living Sport family. Lindsey led the skills workshop sessions throughout the week in Milan, Italy in 2017 providing participants with a wealth of knowledge on the ins and out of the sport industry.
Lindsey Knupp recently completed her 12th season in Minor League Baseball overall, and ninth season with the IronPigs, as the club's Vice President of Marketing & Entertainment and also serves as a board member for IronPigs Charities. Under her direction, the IronPigs have developed and maintained the strongest promotional schedule in Minor League Baseball and have captured Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Promo of the Year" award for a series of successful recent promotions as well as GameOps.com's "Best Game Operations and Presentation" award. The IronPigs' forward-thinking promotions have been highlighted in numerous national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Sports Illustrated. Knupp oversees the Community Relations and Multimedia Design efforts of the IronPigs in addition to her responsibilities handling promotions and entertainment.
In 2015, Knupp was selected as the recipient of the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award by Minor League Baseball. Since 1976, the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award has been presented annually to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to her club or league, or to baseball.
Knupp is not new to international sport business travel as she was invited to Japan to conduct multiple sports marketing seminars in Tokyo and Sendai. "I had an amazing experience in Japan and I am anticipating Milan, Italy to be even better. I am honored to be apart of this program that Living Sport provides to students and young business professionals that have a passion for the sport industry. I can't wait to meet everyone!"
Lindsey is a graduate of Shippensburg (Pa.) University where she was a two-time All American and captain of the varsity field hockey team.