Welcome to the Learfield IMG College Family!
Ryan Williams, Account Executive, Houston
Ryan grew up in Norman, OK and attended Oklahoma State University where he graduated in 2017. Most recently he worked for the Amarillo Sod Poodles as an Account Executive. In his free time he enjoys playing video games and is a huge Star Wars enthusiast. Welcome Ryan to the Houston team at [email protected]!Alex Pierce, Account Executive, Oklahoma
Alex Pierce, Account Executive, Oklahoma
We are excited to have Alex Pierce joining our Oklahoma ticket sales team, from Coastal Carolina University, where he spent the last year as a sales and service consultant responsible for selling season, group and package plans. Alex is from Downingtown, PA and earned a sports management degree from the University of Tennessee. Welcome Alex to the Houston team at [email protected]!
Brian Johnston, Sales Representative, Western Kentucky
Originally from Paducah, KY Brian received his Bachelor’s degree in The Science of Sport Management from Western Kentucky University in 2018. Currently pursuing his Master’s Degree, Brian also works as a Student Manager for WKU Baseball. Brian is excited to be joining the Western Kentucky sales team as he hopes to pursue a lifelong career in Sports Management!! Welcome Brian to the Western Kentucky team at [email protected]!
Casey Frazier, Account Executive, TCU
Casey is our newest AE to be hired at TCU. He is a Fort Worth native who received his bachelor’s in sports management at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and his masters in sports management from Sam Houston State. He is joining us after interning for the Fort Worth Sports Commission, Charles Schwab Challenge Tournament, Visit Fort Worth, and the UMHB Athletic department. We can’t wait to see everything that he will bring to the table as a Horned Frog! Welcome Casey to the TCU team at [email protected]!
Tariq Fleming, General Manager, UC Irvine
Tariq comes to us with over a decade of combined Professional Sports Management experience working in the NFL (Dolphins and Raiders) and NBA (Heat and Bobcats) and most recently served as the Operations Manager overseeing all of the SF and East Bay operations for LIME. When he’s not working, you will find him mentoring, advising and coaching his two son’s youth sports teams. After graduating from De La Salle Institute in Chicago, he went on to Major in Sports Management at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Welcome Tariq to the UC Irvine family at [email protected]!
Noah Nichols, Sales Representative, Virginia Tech
Noah joined the Virginia Tech staff in January of 2020 as a part of the new property. Noah will graduate from Virginia Tech in May with a degree in Public Relations. He has interned on the athletics marketing staff with sport oversight for the women’s lacrosse and women’s volleyball programs, Noah also worked as a property assistant for the multi-media rights Learfield-IMG College staff and worked in the Virginia Tech Athletics Ticket Office. He grew up in South Hill, Va and is excited to join the staff at Virginia Tech and spend more time in Blacksburg. Welcome Noah to the Virginia Tech family at [email protected]!
Brandon Evans, General Manager, Houston
Brandon Evans is the General Manager at the University of Houston. This native Houstonian has spent the last fifteen years in the ticketing industry working with numerous sports team and venues. Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree in managerial studies and kinesiology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He married and has one daughter. Welcome Brandon to the Houston family at [email protected]!
February 2020 Promotions!
Please recognize our internal staff for their promotions, both at their respective property and new properties, this February. Big round of applause for this massive group of people! Congratulations!!!
Ross Nigro, Executive General Manager, Colorado
Ross has been promoted to Executive General Manger, with continued primary oversight of Colorado, along with EGM oversight of UC Irvine. Ross has been with the Colorado Ticket Solutions for nearly 5 years and helped guide CU to new heights during his time as an AE, Senior AE, and as GM for the last 2+ years. Ross was our 2019 GM of the Year and led the team at CU to multiple group ticket and revenue records this past year. We’re excited for Ross to be working with Tariq and the UC Irvine team to continue and bolster an already great partnership in Irvine.
Alex Butier, General Manager, TCU
Alex has been promoted to General Manager at TCU. Alex has been with the company for over 6.5 years starting out with us as an AE at UTEP and moving on to AE/SAE positions at Penn State and Oregon, and has been serving as Associate GM at Oregon for the last 2+ years. Alex has been integral in all stages of the Oregon partnership and has guided the team in Eugene as interim GM over the last 6 months. She is a Baylor grad with Texas ties and we couldn’t be more excited for her to get back to the Lone Star State to lead our promising partnership with the Horned Frogs.
Alex Reed, Associate General Manager, Oregon
Alex has been promoted to Associate General Manager at Oregon. Alex previously spent over 6 years on the WSU MMR team and rejoined the Learfield IMG family 1.5 years ago as Sales Manager at our NAU Ticket Solutions property. He guided the Lumberjacks to unprecedented YOY growth and earned the New Manager of the Year Award in 2019. Alex grew up in the PNW outside of Seattle and is excited to return north and provide his leadership and expertise to our robust partnership with the Ducks.
Blake Woodward, Associate General Manager, South Carolina
Blake has been promoted to Associate General Manager at South Carolina. Blake began working with Learfield IMG Ticket Solutions in October 2015 as an Account Executive at the University of South Carolina. After two and a half years as a top seller Blake was promoted to the position of Sales Manager and has continued to excel even more since then. Blake is a vital part of the training and development of our new AEs and manages several relationships with SC Admin. We’re happy to announce Blake’s promotion to Associate General Manager and know he’ll continue to demonstrate the leadership and initiative that got him to this point. Please join me in congratulating Blake!
Mason Garrett, Sales Manager, UNC
Mason has been promoted to Sales Manager at UNC. Mason has been with the company for over 2.5 years starting with us as an AE at UNC in 2017. Mason has been a crucial part of the ticket sales team at UNC and has helped with the integration of new staff members while staying a leader in the sales standings as well. A native of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Mason is a 2017 graduate of The Citadel and has lived in the Carolinas (both North and South) throughout his life. We are very excited to see continued growth in his new role, and are happy to have him as a part of the Carolina family!
Brandon Sims, Senior Account Executive, Georgia
Brandon has been promoted to Senior Account Executive at UGA. Brandon has been with the company since the property launched in August 2018 and has been a huge part of the success the team and university have had across multiple sports and revenue for each. Brandon was the company’s top seller in 2019 Football seatbacks and has continued to show his growth with the training of interns and new AEs, along with coming up with ideas for new leads lists. We’re excited for Brandon to build upon the first 18 months at UGA and continue to be a leader on staff.
Jacob Robison, Senior Account Executive, NCAA Sales Center
Jacob has been promoted to Senior Account Executive at the NCAA Sales Center. Jacob is a savy vet in Indy and working on his 3rd year with the company. Through Jacob’s time at the NCAA Sales Center, he’s worked on almost every project we’ve taken on here from Michigan Motor Speedway, NCAA Men’s Lacrosse, UFC, Indy Eleven start up, Big Ten Conference, just to name a few and in each case he’s continued to lead the office in all categories on our sales and hustle leaderboard. He’s continued to lead by example here through continued hard work and dedicated effort to not only grow himself as a top seller in the company, but is highly impactful in the training of new Ticket Sales Reps at the Sales Center. In 2019, Jacob finished 3rd for G5 schools in the National Sales Contest and surpassed his 110% goal! We’re excited to watch Jacob to continue to grow as a leader here at the Sales Center and within the company.
Niko Morisi, Senior Account Executive, Seton Hall
Seton Hall is proud to announce that Niko Morisi has been promoted to Senior Account Executive. Niko has been an integral part of our success and here in South Orange. We can’t wait for the what the future holds for him as it is super bright!
Ryan Kay, Senior Account Executive, Troy
Ryan has been promoted to Senior Account Executive at Troy University. Ryan is starting his 2nd year working with the company after previously working at BirdEye in Ft. Worth, TX and the Dallas Motor Speedway. In his first year, Ryan placed 1st overall in the IMGL Early Bird Invitational for G5 schools, he placed 2nd overall in the National Sales Contest for G5 schools, and surpassed his 110% goal. Ryan has been instrumental in changing the culture at Troy to help generate new levels of ticket sales and customer service. Ryan is a Troy University grad and receiving both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Troy.
Troy Clemons, Senior Account Executive, West Virginia
Troy has been promoted to Senior Account Executive at West Virginia. Troy is a class of 2016, and 2018 WVU grad and served as the Mountaineer for 2 years. After getting hired with Ticket Solutions in June of 2018 Troy has been able to capitalize on his relationships on campus and throughout the state to open doors and opportunities not previously available to us. He has really put in the effort to learn his MVP training and is consistently a top seller at WVU and throughout the region/company. We are excited to announce Troy’s promotion and are eager to see him further develop his career!
Chavis McDonald, Senior Account Executive, South Carolina
Chavis has been promoted to Senior Account Executive at South Carolina. Chavis is a class of 2017 South Carolina grad and a 4-year member of the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Carolina Band. After getting hired with Ticket Solutions in June of 2017 Chavis has excelled with his work ethic and relationship building at South Carolina. He’s worked hard on his MVP training and has developed into a top seller with both group and season tickets. We’re happy to announce Chavis’s promotion to Senior Account Executive and look forward to seeing him grow even more in his new role. Please join me in congratulating Chavis!
Greg Smith, Senior Account Executive, Pitt
Greg has been promoted to Senior Account Executive at the University of Pittsburgh. Greg began working with Learfield IMG College Ticket Solutions in July 2017 as an Account Executive at Pitt. He won the North Region Triple Crown the past two years, exceeded his 110% goal for 2019, and has implemented Educator Day in both football and basketball with tremendous results. In addition to his sales success, Greg leads a company pod call, serves as Pitt’s Spark page captain, and recently took over the reporting duties for the North Region Triple Crown contest. Greg is constantly complimented by his clients for his commitment to customer service and continues to build trusting relationships with Pitt’s administration. We’re happy to announce Greg’s promotion to Senior Account Executive and know he’ll continue to be self-motivated and driven while leading by example in this new role. Please join me in congratulating Greg!
Joseph Papandrea, Account Executive, St. John’s University
Joseph has been promoted to Account Executive at St John’s University. Joe was previously a Sales Representative with Seton Hall, where he brought in over 400 new season ticket and mini plan packages along with 1,000+ group ticket sales. We are excited to have Joe joining St John’s, in the partnership’s first year, to help set the standard for our Ticket Solutions team. Please join me in congratulating Joe!
Dylan Ward, Account Executive, Virginia Tech
Dylan has been promoted from Sales Rep at Appalachian State to Account Executive at Virginia Tech. He was a part of the team at App State that increased year over year and group ticket revenue. Dylan has also been a strong asset with building positive relationships with administration at Virginia Tech as we start the partnership!