Thursday, October 9, 2008

Meet The Class of 2010 - Derek

One of the unique attributes of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program is the network of students who make up our program. Our class will take every course together during our tenure here at UCF and we will work on countless group projects and collaborative efforts. As a result of our shared interests in the business of sport, a natural team camaraderie is formed. However, our team is composed of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and ambitions. We offer profiles of class members to give you an idea as to the type of people who make up our program, individuals who collectively will be leaders in sport and society and will be teammates for life.

Name: Derek Cowan
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate College: Carleton University – Ottawa, Ontario
Undergraduate Major: Commerce Specialized in Marketing, Minor in Economics
Background: Corporate Hospitality and Suites – Tennis Canada & Rogers Cup, Volunteer Manager – Rogers Cup, Intramural Director – high school and University Athletics, Certified Coach – curling, basketball, baseball

Current Graduate Assistantship or Employment: Premium Seating UCF Knights Football and G.A. in the Marketing Office through the Marketing Internship Program

Future Career Goals: In the short term, I am interested in marketing, promotions or operations with an NBA organization or multi-sport/event facility. The long term goal is to become the President/CEO of the Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

Reasons For Choosing DeVos: After the harsh realization that I would not become a professional athlete, I wanted to find a way to be involved in the work that goes on behind the scenes. So the decision to head the sports business route was simple, and the chance to earn dual degrees was a definite selling point. I was also looking for a program that would help to further my knowledge, provide the opportunity to gain practical experience (in class and through an internship), allow access to industry renowned professors and setup activities to give back to the Orlando community. The DeVos Program provides the opportunity for all of these goals to be accomplished. Plus, the weather in Central Florida isn’t hard to take either!

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