Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Meet the Class - Patty

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: Patricia Flaherty

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Undergraduate School & Major: University of Florida - Finance

Past Sports Industry Experiences: I volunteered for 3 semesters with the University of Florida UAA Compliance department and completed a Practicum with Gator Boosters, Inc.

Current G.A. or Sports Industry Related Internship/Job: Graduate Assistant, UCF Finance Department

Reasons for Choosing the DeVos Program: I chose the DeVos program not only because it incorporates practical knowledge of a specific industry with what I have already studied in my undergraduate career, but it also provides numerous community service opportunities in the Orlando area as well as in New Orleans, LA.

Future Career Ambitions: I hope to pursue a career in the Action Sports industry and my ultimate goal would be to plan a major event such as the AST Dew Tour or the Vans Warped Tour.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose and why? I would definitely choose teleportation because I love visiting different places but hate driving and flying.

If you had the opportunity to interview anyone dead or alive, who would you choose and what would you most want to know?
I would interview Kevin Lyman, the producer and creator of the Vans Warped Tour, the longest running music and action sports tour in North America. I would ask him where exactly he sees Warped Tour going in the future, and if he sees himself incorporating more or less action sports into the festival in the coming years.

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