Welcome to the Kansas Sport Summit

Welcome to the Kansas Sport Summit (KSS) at Wichita State University. KSS will bridge the gap between scholarship and applications in sport management and related fields by integrating panel discussions, round table discussions, and a career fair to share insights, discuss emerging trends, and explore collaborative opportunities for students, practitioners, and faculty/staff in sport management and related fields.


KSS will be hosted at Rhatigan Student Center using its conference venues (e.g., Beggs Hall East, etc.) on Thursday, March 28, 2024. As the space is limited, make sure to register by the priority deadline: Friday, March 22, 2024. Registration will remain open until the day of the event on Thursday, March 28, 2024. Please click on the link below to register for the Kansas Sport Summit.


Wichita State Sport Management Presents

2024 Kansas Sport Summit

Wichita State University

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Keynote Speaker:
Kevin Saal

Director of Athletics
Wichita State Athletics


Topic: Leadership In The Midst Of Change

Schedule Of The Summit
Time Event
9:00 AM Registration
9:45 AM

Opening Remarks:

  • Mark Vermillion, Chair - WSU Sport Management
  • Clay Stoldt, Associate Dean/Faculty, WSU
10:00 AM

Round Table Discussion: Trends and Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Amber Feldman, Deputy Commissioner/SWA MIAA
  • Korey Torgerson, Associate AD, Wichita State Athletics
  • Madison Stein-Mason, Deputy Athletic Director/SWA, Wichita State Athletics
  • Hans Nickel, Assistant Commissioner, KCAC
11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions:

  • Sales and Corporate Sponsorship in Sport
    • Greyson Allen, Director Of Talent Acquisition, Peak Sports Management
    • David Kirk, Director of Sales, Intrust Bank Arena / ASM
    • Brian Hargrove, General Manager, Fanduel Sportsbook Of Kansas
  • Event Management & Operations in Sport
    • Kevin Jenks, President & CEO, Wichita Sports Commission
    • Dusty Buell, President/Tournament Director, The Wichita Open
    • Connor Phelps, Director Of Marketing & Fan Engagement, Wichita State Athletics

Luncheon & Keynote Speaker:

  • Kevin Saal, Director of Athletics, Wichita State Athletics
1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions:

  • Trends and Issues in Professional Sports
    • Matt Brokaw, Vice President, Wichita Thunder
    • Charles Adams, Manager of Partnership Strategy, Sporting Kansas City
    • Alvin Garcia, Senior Manager, Wichita Wind Surge
  • Public Relations & Communication in Sport
    • Taylor Eldridge, Wichita State Beat Writer, Wichita Eagle
    • Nathaniel Duncan, Sports Information Director, Newman Athletics
    • Tami Cutler, Associate AD, Wichita State Athletics
2:00 PM

Round Table Discussion: Trends and Issues in Youth Sports

  • Catherine Seals, Branch Director At Farha Sport Centers, Greater Wichita YMCA
  • Bob Lutz, Executive Director, League 42 Foundation
  • Corey Novascone, First Tee, Greater Wichita
3:00 PM Career Fair & Networking
4:45 PM End of the Kansas Sport Summit
6:00 PM Optional Event: Wichita State Shockers vs Rice Owls Baseball

Meet Our Speakers

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Kevin Jenks
President & CEO
Wichita Sports Commission

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Hans Nickel
Assistant Commissioner

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Charles Adams
Manager of Partnership Strategy
Sporting Kansas City

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Amber Feldman
Deputy Commissioner/SWA

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Matt Brokaw
Vice President
Wichita Thunder

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David Kirk
Director of Sales
Intrust Bank Arena / ASM

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Greyson Allen
Director Of Talent Acquisition
Peak Sports Management

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Bob Lutz
Executive Director
League 42 Foundation

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Dusty Buell
President/Tournament Director
The Wichita Open

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Connor Phelps
Director Of Marketing & Fan Engagement
Wichita State Athletics

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Catherine Seals
Branch Director At Farha Sport Centers
Greater Wichita YMCA

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Brian Hargrove
General Manager
Fanduel Sportsbook Of Kansas

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Tami Cutler
Associate AD
Wichita State Athletics

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Nathaniel Duncan
Sports Information Director
Newman Athletics

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Taylor Eldridge
Wichita State Beat Writer
Wichita Eagle

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Korey Torgerson
Associate AD
Wichita State Athletics

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Alvin Garcia
Senior Manager
Wichita Wind Surge

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Trent Jones
Executive Director
First Tee Greater Wichita

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Madison Stein-Mason
Deputy Athletic Director/SWA
Wichita State Athletics

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Clay Stoldt
Assoc. Dean/Faculty Athletics Representative
Wichita State University

Venue, Parking, and Career Fair Information


  • Enter through the south entrance and take either elevator or stairs to the third floor
  • Don't forget to bring your resume!
  • Prepare your introduction!
  • Dress professionally!
  • Research the organizations that you will communicate with!
  • Update your LinkedIn account
  • Be proactive and enjoy the networking!

Rhatigan Student Center Accessible Parking, Route, and Entrance Map

Map illustrating parking lots, accessible parking spaces, and accessible routes to Rhatigan Student Center. Accessible parking spots include 17 spots in the parking garage immediately to the southwest, eight spots in the parking lot immediately to the south, and thirteen spots along Isley Lane which starts at Wushock Drive toward the southwest of the RSC and runs northeast along the building’s west side. Accessible doors include one at the southeast corner of the building, one along the east side, and one at the north end.

Event Sponsors

  • Wichita State University
  • NBC World Series
  • Boats and Bikes
  • Wichita Wind Surge
  • TBT Wichita
  • Wichita Sports Commission
  • Sporting Kansas City
  • Derby Recreation Commission
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita Open
  • Intrust Bank Arena
  • Peak Sports MGMT
  • City of Wichita Park and Recreation
  • WSU ESports
  • WSU Campus Recreation
  • Prairie Fire Marathon
  • Wichita Thunder
  • Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • First Tee - Greater Wichita
  • Shocker Career Accelerator

Pre-Registration is now closed. 

For on-site registration or more information about the event, please contact the Coordinator of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Wonyoung Kim.