In the Spring of 2020, the NASSM Blog highlighted different individuals with NASSM leadership roles. We hope you enjoyed getting to know them and learning more about NASSM. For our final feature, we asked Stacey Warner to answer some questions about her role as Conference Manager (Note: These interviews were conducted in early February.):
Current faculty position: Professor at East Carolina University (ECU)
How long have you been at this institution?: 10
Where are you from?: Central PA
What are your primary responsibilities in your role with NASSM? I serve as the conference manager for our annual conference. I oversee various aspects of the event including securing future sites, scheduling, budgeting, event operations, and securing & working with sponsorships, exhibitors, and advertisers.
What made you want to get involved with NASSM? My mentors (Drs. Dixon, Chalip, and Green) did a tremendous job of role modeling the importance of service to the profession. The environment at ECU, which has a motto of Servire or “to serve”, only further reinforced that. Success for me in this profession is about being able to balance and contribute strong research, teaching, and service. NASSM offered an arena where I felt like I could serve and my skill set could contribute to the profession.
How do you hope to contribute to NASSM through serving? I feel that the NASSM annual conference should be a strong, healthy, and welcoming place for all sport management researchers and educators. I want to be a part of building and contributing to that type of culture and community. I know there are Sport Managements colleagues out there that have felt like NASSM is their “home conference”. I’m someone that wants to listen to those that haven’t felt that yet, understand why, and improve/fix what we can to make the annual conference feel like it’s the conference for all who haven’t found that home yet. The NASSM Conference can’t be everything for everyone, but my hope is it continues to be the conference that Sport Management researchers and educators look forward to going to meet new colleagues and exchange ideas.
What do you think are the biggest challenges NASSM faces? Leadership, governance, & service. We are an organization that continues to grow and is very dependent upon voluntary service. We’re very fortunately to have an organization full of gifted leaders and managers who always seem to step up each year, but as the organization grows so do the time demands. So I think restructuring and governance are the biggest challenges (and opportunity!) that NASSM faces.
Dream NASSM destination: Hawaii
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