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It was a record turnout for the 2016 Fall Conference as more than 160 students and guests attended the 14th annual event held in the Wolf-Kaplan Room at Neyland Stadium

The conference speakers were an eclectic group ranging from an environmental scientist to an high-energy marketing specialist. The group also featured two program graduates.

Monica Fawknotson is a 1999 graduate of the Sport Management master’s program and has since ascended to the position of Executive Director of the Nashville Sports Authority which oversees the operation of Nissan Stadium, First Tennessee Park, and Bridgestone Arena. Her message to the conference attendees was to be excellent in all you do and always be teachable.

Nigel Fields, the Chief of Resource Education for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, gave a brief history of the park and spoke on the abundant bio-diversity the park offers. Tyler Johnson earned his master’s degree in 1995 from the Sport Management program and has held various position within the Tennessee Athletic Department. He is currently the Associate Athletic Director for Business and Internal Operations. Both delivered the message to be willing to take a chance in your career and embrace opportunities to grow professionally.

Craig Jenkins, the Senior Director of Corporate Development for the Tennessee Smokies, closed the conference with the message of the importance of interpersonal relationships and networking. He emphasized the need for developing and maintaining relationships.

Thanks goes to Allegiant Athletic Agency for hosting the speaker reception the night prior to the conference, and Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites for providing the accommodations for the speakers. Also a thank you to Tennova, Chick-fil-A, All Occasions Party Rentals, and KSPO for their continued support.

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