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Seton Hall University Department of Athletics to Host First-Annual Leadership Forum

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall University Department of Athletics is set to host its first-annual Leadership Forum, to take place on Thursday, March 22, in Walsh Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

All junior and senior Seton Hall varsity student-athletes were invited to the Leadership Forum which will be moderated by Glenn Horine and feature four additional speakers who each boast tremendous credentials and have demonstrated success in diverse areas across the sports landscape.

The event came about as a way to help SHU student-athletes prepare for life after sports by providing them with the opportunity to meet with industry leaders with the intent they can learn from them about succeeding in the world after college athletics.

The speakers will include Mike Tannenbaum, the General Manager of the New York Jets; Al Kelly, the President & CEO of the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee; John Sample, a Vice President for the National Basketball Association Entertainment Division; and Mary Beth Childs, who owns her own marketing firm MBC Marketing, LLC.

After each of the speakers spends time discussing their personal career path the program will be open to a question and answer session with the student-athletes, followed by an hour-long networking reception.

Glenn Horine (Moderator) - Principal, H&H Consulting
Glenn has spent the majority of his career at a senior level in sports and entertainment, including with professional sports properties and industry leading sale & marketing agencies. He has demonstrated the ability to increase interest and/or generate revenue wherever he has been. Glenn has received industry recognition for both his managerial and marketing contributions. Currently, as the principal in H & H Consulting, his firm delivers customized sales and marketing solutions in the area of business development, sponsorship sales, and new property ventures. Recent clients have included NASCAR, WWE, Top Golf and The Araca Group, as well in youth and college baseball business development. In addition to his consulting duties, he's a contributing columnist to the Sports Business Journal on career management, and his columns are published, on average, once every six weeks on average Higher education has always been a passion of his and the impetus for founding Iona College's (New Rochelle, NY) Center for Sports and Entertainment Studies that is housed in the Hagan School of Business. He and his wife, Holli, reside in Fairfield, CT with their son, Justin, and daughter, Taylor. He holds both an MBA (Marketing) and BA (Mass Communications) from Iona College where he captained the baseball team his senior year.

Mike Tannenbaum - General Manager, New York Jets
Since being named general manager of the New York Jets on Feb. 7, 2006, Mike Tannenbaum has led the Green & White to four winning seasons, three playoff entries, a quartet of playoff wins and AFC Conference Championship appearances the past two years. Reporting directly to team owner Woody Johnson, he is responsible for managing all football operations, including the coaching staff, overseeing pro and college scouting, and supervising salary cap management and contract analysis, video and football technologies, equipment, operations, training and medical personnel, training camp and turf management. He is also charged with establishing and implementing policies and practices, and is involved in all areas of financial planning with respect to personnel decisions in the signing of free agents, the selection of players in the college draft, trades and waivers. Before coming to the Jets, the Needham, Mass., native graduated from the University of Massachusetts with his degree in accounting, worked as an intern with the Pittsfield (N.Y.) Mets of the Class A New York-Penn League in 1991, then worked as a player personnel assistant with the Browns in 1995 and, while graduating cum laude and earning his certificate in sports law from Tulane Law School, with the Saints in 1996.

Al Kelly - President and CEO, NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Host Company
Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Host Company, the entity created by the owners of the New York Jets and the New York Giants to raise the necessary funds and partner with the NFL to plan and stage the game and events associated with it, and to work with business leaders and public officials to maximize its positive economic impact. With his team, Mr. Kelly is overseeing all host activities leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, history's first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, which will be held on February 2, 2014, at the home stadium of both the Giants and Jets, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Mr. Kelly, 53,was appointed in April 2011 after a distinguished business career, the last 23 years were spent at the American Express Company. Most recently, he was President of American Express from 2007 to 2010, leading the global consumer businesses, worldwide servicing, and enterprise wide risk management. Before American Express, Mr. Kelly held senior positions in government and private industry. He was head of Information Systems at the White House from 1985 to 1987. He received a BA (Summa Cum Laude) and an MBA with Honors from Iona College. Mr. Kelly resides in New York's Westchester County with his wife, Peggy, and their five children.

John Sample - Vice President, National Basketball Association Entertainment
John Sample is a nationally and internationally known producer whose experience ranges from traditional media such as broadcast, video and event production, to newer cross platform mediums like the web and social media. As a Vice President in the National Basketball Association's Entertainment division, John has led productions for the league's various depart-ments and for the NBA's partners including Cisco, Sprite, Toyota, Scholastic and Dell. He is also responsible for all presentations, live interviews and press conferences that involve the NBA's senior-most executives. John has traveled the world with the league's leadership teams to support their media efforts in countries including China, England, Spain, Germany and Taiwan. John is a proud member of the NBA's social media task force, a think tank that develops new creative strategies to help boost the leagues presence on the web. John is the founder of 5millionsteps.org, a web based charity that helps to raise money for the families of our fallen military heroes. A graduate of Syracuse University's prestigious Newhouse school, John lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons. In his spare time he coaches his son's baseball and basketball teams.

Mary Beth Childs - MBC Marketing, LLC
Mary Beth Childs is a 1978 graduate of Seton Hall University and earned a BS Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She played on the Women's Tennis Team and Men's Golf Team while at Seton Hall. After graduating she spent 27 years with Ford Motor Company in the Sales and Marketing Division with Ford & then Lincoln. During that time she was largely responsible for the partnerships that Lincoln had with the NY Mets, US Open Tennis Tournament, New Jersey and MET Section PGA's, NJ Devils and more. Mary Beth was also responsible for the college sports partnerships with Seton Hall, St. John's and Syracuse. She worked with college marketing departments directly and through their partners: Nelligan Sports Marketing and IMG College. In 2007 Mary Beth started her own business, MBC Marketing, LLC. Her main clients are Ford & Lincoln and she primarily provides activation for their event marketing & sponsorships in the Northeast. She also holds a position with Ford in New York City managing transportation for Ford executives and car loans to automotive & lifestyle journalists. In her leisure time she enjoys playing golf and attending sporting events. She resides in Millington, N.J., with husband Michael and has two sons, Robert & Bradley (SHU Class of 2013).