Meet Megan Jones
Job title: Club Marketing Manager
Employer: PSSI Stadium Corp. at Heinz Field
Major and minors: Sports, arts and entertainment management major with minors in business management and jazz dance
College activities: Apprenticeship at Pittsburgh Playhouse, SAEM Club
Graduation year: 2009
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Current residence: Shadyside section of Pittsburgh, Pa.
What factors made you choose the SAEM program at Point Park?
I originally chose Point Park for its outstanding dance program and knew that I wanted to pair dancing with a business degree. Sports, arts and entertainment management instantly stood out to me when I was reviewing my options. I loved that it had the traditional business classes mixed in with industry related courses that for me applied to a passion I had been involved with my entire life -- dance. Once I got deeper into understanding the dynamics of the major and how interesting all three industries were, I felt 100 percent certain that I chose the right path.
What are some of your key responsibilities as a club marketing manager?
My key responsibilities are booking, coordinating and managing Club events; maintaining and advancing the integrity of the Club at Heinz Field; and operating the club on football game days.
Please list your internship experiences.
- Front of House Apprenticeship – Pittsburgh Playhouse
- Channel Marketing Intern – Reynolds and Reynolds
- Management Intern – The Pillow Project Dance Company
- Project Management Intern – Sherer Incorporated and The National Summit
- Special Events Coordinator – Summer Study Programs
- Production Runner – Live Nation
- Event Operations Intern – PSSI Stadium Corp. at Heinz Field
- Operations Intern – SMG at Mellon Arena/CONSOL Energy Center
How have all your internship experiences benefited you and what role has the SAEM program played?
I tried to get a variety of experiences when selecting internships to make sure I was getting a well-rounded exposure to various career options. A significant turning point was in my junior year was when I took a class in event management. I was far enough into my education that I was able to start noticing what my strengths and weaknesses were. I realized how much fun I had participating in class projects and that I wanted to pursue this as a career. From that point on, I found it beneficial to cater my internships to the event management path. Those internships and the SAEM specialized courses gave me the background knowledge I needed to apply to real-life situations and successfully achieve my first career goal of becoming an event coordinator.
What are your future career goals?
I want to keep learning as much as I can about the industries and continue gaining responsibilities with event production, consultation and creative projects.