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2022 News, Notes and Awards

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    Anna Grace Averett, '18, Retailing - Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations

    Anna Grace Averett was promoted to professional channel merchandising - collegiate, ecommerce at Under Armour.

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    Sara Wingate Bako, '04, Retailing

    Sara Wingate Bako received the HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award and serves as president of London Times for Maggy London, a women’s designer apparel brand specializing in dresses.

  • Kelly Ballance headshot

    Kelly Ballance, '15, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Kelly Ballance started a new role as an associate digital producer at VIVA Creative.

  • Justin Blackley headshot

    Justin Blackley, '21, Master of Sport and Entertainment Management

    Justin Blackley accepted a new position as community relations coordinator with MLS franchise FC Cincinnati.

  • Andrea Belfanti headshot

    Andrea Belfanti, '00, Hospitality Management

    Andrea Belfanti was promoted to CEO of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.

  • Jordan Crawford headshot

    Jordan Crawford, '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Jordan Crawford started a new role as equipment assistant with the New England Patriots.

  • Ashley Cady Elsey headshot

    Ashley Elsey, née Cady, '15, Tourism Management

    Ashley Elsey, was chosen as a 2022 Columbia, South Carolina Ambassador by Experience Columbia SC.

  • Kyler Glover headshot

    Kyler Glover, '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Kyler Glover started a new position as director of on-campus recruiting with Georgia Tech football.

  • Lauren Haile headshot

    Lauren Haile, '16, Retailing - Fashion Merchandising

    Lauren Haile accepted a new position as a planner at Christian Louboutin in New York, N.Y.

  • Scot Harriford headshot

    Scott Harriford, '16, Hospitality Management

    Willie Lloyd “Scott” Harriford IV received the HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award. He has gone on to utilize his background in event management to build a prestigious career in the political campaign arena and is now a principal of Hilltop Public Solutions based in Washington D.C.

  • Kendra Holaday headshot

    Kendra Holaday, '19, M.S. Sport and Entertainment Management

    Kendra Holaday was promoted to director of premium seating and events at the University of South Carolina.

  • Madison Kuchar headshot

    Madison Kuchar, '19, Retailing - Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations

    Madison Kuchar was promoted to senior analyst, brand advocate interconnected merchandising at Home Depot.

  • Kirsten Martin headshot

    Kristen Martin, '16 Retailing - Fashion Merchandising

    Kristen Martin was promoted to VP of sales and operations at Agent Nateur.

  • Julian Masters headshot

    Julian Masters, '21, Retailing - Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations

    Julian Masters was promoted to general manager with Liam John.

  • Carolee Moore headshot

    Carolee Moore, '93, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration

    Carolee Moore was promoted to senior vice president of revenue strategy with Crestline Hotels and Resorts.

  • Rebecca Norberg headshot

    Rebecca Norberg, '14, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Rebecca Norberg received the HRSM Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Prior to her recognition, she began working for NRG Energy to oversee its corporate philanthropy program.

  • Sara Pollin headshot

    Sara Pollin, '20, Retailing - Retail Management

    Sara Pollin started a new position as product development coordinator, men’s SLGs at Coach in New York, N.Y.

  • Kenny Rado headshot

    Kenny Rado, '20, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Kenny Rado accepted a new position as senior account executive at NASCAR.

  • Ethan Ramsey headshot

    Ethan Ramsey, '16, Hospitality Management

    Ethan Ramsey started a new position as executive steward at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.

  • Aaron Reeves headshot

    Aaron Reeves, '11, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Aaron Reeves started a new position as director, gaming content and new business ventures, global partnerships and media with the National Basketball Association (NBA).

  • Brent Simmons headshot

    Brent Simmons, '07, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Brent Simmons, senior director, partnership marketing - Americas for City Football Group, was part of the team as New York City Football Club (NYCFC) won its first MLS Cup. City Football Group owns Manchester City Football Club, New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and seven additional football clubs across the globe.

  • Casey Sparks headshot

    Casey Sparks, '02, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Casey Sparks received the HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award. At the time of receiving it, she was vice president of Oak View Group Austin and assistant general manager at Moody Center in Austin, Texas.

  • Dogan Tengizman headshot

    Dogan Tengizman, '00, Hospitality Management

    Dogan Tengizman accepted a new position as director of food and beverage at the Sheraton Amman Al Nabil hotel in Amman, Jordan.

  • Richelle Thompson headshot

    Richelle Thompson, '21, Retailing - Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations

    Richelle Thompson started a new position as assistant buyer with Belk in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Blake Toomer headshot

    Blake Toomer, '19, Sport and Entertainment Management

    Blake Toomer started a new position as account executive at Learfield Ticket Solutions.

  • Sarah Walker headshot

    Sarah Walker, '17, Hospitality Management

    Sarah Walker was promoted to director of development at Emory University.

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