UMass Amherst Announces 2014 Sport Management Alumni on the Rise Awards

AMHERST, Mass. – Five alumni of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been selected to receive Alumni on the Rise Awards. They are Michael Antolini, Michael Goldstein, Koby Altman, Jeff Wagner and Christopher Starck.

Launched in 2012, the award recognizes sport management alumni who have graduated within the past five to 10 years and have quickly become leaders in the industry. Department head Lisa Masteralexis will present the awards at the McCormack Sport Management Awards Banquet at the Mullins Center on Monday, March 31.
Antolini was named vice president of championships for the Tiger Woods Foundation and championship director of the Deutsche Bank Championship in September 2013. He joined the Tiger Woods Foundation from the PGA tour, where he served as director of business development in its New York City office. Antolini began his career in the sports industry after completing an internship with the United States Golf Association and the 2002 U.S. Open Championship. Antolini received a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2003.

Goldstein joined MasterCard Worldwide in 2012 as a vice president of global sponsorships. Prior to MasterCard, Goldstein was with LG Electronics, where he oversaw its NCAA corporate sponsorship across multiple business units, including all men’s and women’s championships. Before LG, Goldstein was with Octagon, where he consulted Fortune 100 companies on where and how to drive business via sponsorships in the sports and entertainment world. Goldstein has also worked in television production at ESPN. Goldstein graduated with an MBA and a master’s degree in sport management in 2007.

Altman was promoted to director of pro player personnel for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers in September 2013. He joined the team as pro personnel manager in August 2012. Altman coordinates the team’s domestic professional scouting efforts and assists acting general manager David Griffin with other player personnel related matters. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Altman served as an assistant coach at Columbia University for two seasons. In addition to his duties at Columbia, Altman has extensive experience with the USA Basketball program. Altman earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2008.

Wagner joined the Chicago Fire in July 2013 as the club’s vice president of business development. He is responsible for the strategic management and growth of non-game day business units, including the Fire’s community-based soccer initiatives, youth clubs, camps and training, adult recreational leagues and retail operations. Prior to joining the Fire, Wagner gained six years of sports media and event management experience as the senior director of business operations for Alli Sports, the action sports division of NBC Sports Group. Wagner earned an MBA and master’s degree in sport management in 2007.

Starck is the director of corporate partnerships for the Kraft Sports Group where he develops and implements multi-faceted marketing programs for partners of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Gillette Stadium. Starck manages the organization’s relationships with industry leading and Fortune 500 brands. In addition, Starck created and leads Kraft Sports Consulting, a start-up sports marketing agency designed to help brands develop strategic partners and maximize sponsorships. Previously he was the marketing coordinator for Kraft Sports Group. In 2013, Starck was elected to the board of directors for the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. At UMass Amherst, Starck interned with the UMass Athletic Marketing Department, the Boston Red Sox and Kraft Sports Group. He was a member of the 2004 New Balance SoccerFest class and served as a Minuteman Mentor for sport management students. Starck earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2005.