TROY, Ala. – Former National Basketball Association player and Brantley native Wesley Persons will be among the speakers for the fifth annual Southern Sport Management Conference at Troy University April 16-17.
The conference aims to provide sport management scholars, practitioners and students with current industry trends and issues via academic and professional presentations.
Persons was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 23rd pick overall in the 1994 NBA out of Auburn University. He played three seasons for the suns and five for the Cleveland Cavaliers before also logging time with the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets. In 1997-98, Persons led the league in three-pointers made and attempted. He has a career average three-point accuracy of 41.8 percent.
Other speakers for the event are: Dr. Dan Drane, assistant professor of coaching and sport administration at the University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Stacy Hall, associate director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Spectator Sports Security Management; Dr. George Schaefer, assistant professor in the School of Education at Auburn University Montgomery; Ashley Gibson, assistant professor of kinesiology and health studies at Southeastern Louisiana University; Dr. Colby Jubenville, coordinator of sport management at Middle Tennessee State University; Doug Hess, sport artist; Monique Holland, athletic director at Alabama State University; Bill Shults, director of academic support at Florida State University; Mark Libbs, corporate account manager for the Montgomery Biscuits; Charlie Santiago, director of ticket operations for the Birmingham Barons; Mark Riker, director of the Alabama Sports Festival; Buck Rogers, general manager of the Huntsville Stars; and Bob Leffler of Leffler Sport Advertising Agency.
The conference provides a good mixture of academic and professional practitioners, according to Dr. Fred Green, conference director and associate professor in TROY’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
“We are extremely pleased to host the Southern Sport Management Conference for the fifth straight year,” Dr. Green said. “It has always been our goal as a conference to offer a combination of working scholars and practitioners and we believe we have once again done so. Students and conference participants will have the opportunity to speak to both people who are involved in the scholarly research side of sport management, as well as professionals in the field.”
The conference will also feature the presentation of the first Sport Management Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be awarded to Dr. Packianathan Chelladurai of Ohio State University. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant scholarly contributions to the academic field of sport management.