The University of Miami School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program is hosting its seventh annual Global Sport Industry Conference (SIC) at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Conference Agenda

Opening Remarks and Keynote

Opening Remarks:
Laura Kohn-Wood
Dean of the School of Education and Human Development
University of Miami

Keynote Speaker:
Mike Ridley
SVP Brand and Marketing
Inter Miami CF

Assessing Risks in Sports

John Ruzich

Rich Abend
Chief Revenue Officer/Head of Risk Products, Player’s Health
Marcus Bach-Armas
Senior Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium
John Ruzich
Chief Administrative Office & Chief Legal Officer, Legends
Joern Schlimm
Senior Manager Internal Audit & Risk Management, FIFA

Activism and Sustainability in Sports

Hannah Gardner

Lou Hedley
Student Athlete, University of Miami
Dave Newport
Director, Environmental Center, UC, Boulder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Phase 3 Sports, LLC
Sadey Rodriguez
Student Athlete, University of Virginia

Evolution of Sport Betting

Fonzi Restrepo

Danielle Boyd
VP-Regulatory & Compliance, Hard Rock Digital
Sam Doerr
Chief Strategy Officer, Florida Panthers
Nicolo Zini
Senior Director Business Development & Broadcast, Inter Miam CF

UM Student-Athlete Panel

Rachel Smith

Asa Burke
Florida Real Estate Agent, Coldwell Banker Realty
Jessica Hurley
University of Miami Athletic Department
Jon Jay
Professional Baseball Player
Hannah Marchbanks
Regional Engagement Officer, UM Development and Alumni Relations

Esports 2022: Explosive Growth

Tom Soria

Nico Garcia Hemme
VP, Strategy & Business Development, LaLiga North America
Nick Muoio
Sr. Coordinator, Marketing and Esports, Inter Miami CF
Andres Reid
Data Analyst, Misfits Gaming

The Role of NFTs in the Sports Industry

Tom Soria

Dan Boyd
Senior Associate AD/Sales & Marketing, UM Athletics
Zsa Zsa Goldstrom
UM Business Student, Co-Author of “The Entrepreneurs Guide to Creating and Selling Cryptocurrency and NFTs”
Lucy Hartwell
Director of Partnership Marketing LaLiga North America
Miguel Vias

Adaptation of Events & Moving Forward

Mackie Feierstein

Sam Coghill
VP, Operations, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium
Kevin Retchless
GM, WatscoCenter
Dave Scott
Assistant Athletic Director Game Management and Operations, FIU

A New Market for College Athletes to Explore: NILs

Kevin Gehl

Tim Brogdon
Assistant AD/Student-Athlete Brand Development & Strategy, UM Athletics
Kelly Griffin
Bay 13 Brewing
Shawn O'Dare
NFL Agent, Rosenhaus Sports

Reception on the Lakeview Terrace

The SIC will feature engaging keynote speakers as well as breakout sessions that address the most relevant issues in the business of sport and entertainment.

The SIC will be held on UM’s Coral Gables campus in the beautiful, Shalala Student Center.


2019 Conference Attendees


The UM Sports Industry Conference is a "must-attend" conference for sport professionals who want to establish connections with local and global experts. The conference stimulates networking and provides updated information about the trends in sports industry.

Marcelo Claudino
CEO, TopSoccer and TopConsulting