Thursday, November 13, 2014

BW Grad Kicks Career up a Notch with the Cleveland Browns

Corey Kinder '12
BW Sports Management alumnus, Corey Kinder '12, is tackling a new career as Coordinator of Fan Experience for our very own, Cleveland Browns. Kinder overseas the Browns Backers and assists with non-football gameday elements including the National Anthem, mascot preparation, banners, and half-time entertainment.

Kinder says his aspiration to pursue a career in the sports industry surprisingly developed from his role as a manager for the Donato's pizza chain, while he attended community college. Realizing that he had the potential to manage and market a business, Kinder volunteered at a Cleveland Cavaliers game to gain experience in the field he really desired. He was later invited to work for the "Cavs Crew," a promotional team providing entertainment during games, and enrolled at BW that same year, to pursue a degree in sport management.
Kinder (right) standing with Brown's Director of Fan Experience and
Special Events, Carlos Oseguera (left) during rehearsals
Kinder expressed gratitude for the mentoring he received from BW professors,  and also credits the Sports Management Club for shaping his career and helping him secure a 2011 internship with the Cleveland Gladiators which, in turn, helped him land his current job.

Kinder's professional development also included a stint with the Cleveland Indians as a costumed character, which, he says, taught him the value of fan entertainment.

Kinder's advice for students who also hope to work in the sports industry? "Network, network, network."