windy dees, President

Dr. Windy Dees is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences at University of Miami. Prior to  obtaining her Ph.D., she was an Account Executive for Synergy Sports Marketing where she serviced corporate sponsorships and conducted hospitality and event management services for several professional golfing events. This experience has led to a research specialization in the areas of sponsorship effectiveness and event marketing. She has published 25 peer-reviewed research articles in sport management and multiple book chapters. She currently serves as an Executive Editor of the Global Sport Business Journal, and is an Editorial Board member of Sport Marketing Quarterly


Nancy Lough, President-Elect

Dr. Nancy Lough is a Professor in the Higher Education graduate degree program in the UNLV College of Education, where she serves as Graduate Coordinator for the Educational Psychology and Higher Education department. Dr. Lough has served as Chair of the Faculty and Director of Marketing for the College of Education, as well as a Faculty Senator for the COE. She is the author of the Handbook of Sport Marketing Research with Dr. Bill Sutton and previously served as the Editor for Sport Marketing Quarterly. Dr. Lough was the first woman to serve as President of SMA and is currently President-Elect for a second term. She was recognized as a SMA Research Fellow in 2015 and a Stotlar Award recipient in 2017. She is a nationally recognized expert on women's sport, leadership development and gender equity within sport organizations. Her new book with Dr. Andrea Geurin, the Handbook on the Business of Women’s Sport, releases in 2019.

Nels popp, PAST-president

Nels Popp is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Administration program at the University of North Carolina. His main research interests include revenue generation in intercollegiate athletics and sport ticket sales. His work and expertise has been referenced in ESPN.com, the SportsBusiness Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Dr. Popp's research has been published in academic journals including the Sport Marketing Quarterly and the Sport Management Review. Prior to teaching, he worked in media relations and event management for NCAA Division II (Bellarmine) and NAIA (Viterbo) athletic departments, as well as with the Cairns Taipans in Australia’s National Basketball League.


Jim Kadlecek, Executive Director

Dr. Kadlecek is Chair of the Department of Human Performance and Sport Business at the University of Mount Union, where he teaches sport sales, public relations, marketing of sport, and sport analytics. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Sport Marketing Association, as well as the Director of the Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair. In addition to his scholarly activities and service, Jim works as a consultant for many sport organizations.



BRandon Brown, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Brandon Brown is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the School of Professional Studies at New York University. In addition to serving as a marketing consultant for several professional sport entities, Dr. Brown has spent a number years working with the New York Mets in Queens, New York. He has spent his professional and academic career concentrating on the Sports Management field. He formerly taught a number of sport management courses at the University of Tampa as an Assistant Professor. He received his PhD, MBA, and BS at Texas A&M University, the University of Central Florida, and Florida State University, respectively.


Jason simmons, Vice President of Student Affairs

Jason Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches Sport Marketing and Sport Public Relations. His research focuses on the intersection of sport and family, specifically inter role conflict between sport and family roles, as well as sport consumer behavior. 



Dr. David Pierce is an Associate Professor at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. His research is focused on sport sales and sport management education. He arrived to IUPUI in 2013 after spending six years at Ball State University. Dr. Pierce served as the play-by-play radio voice of the Marian University football team for six years, and was on the call for the team’s NAIA national championship victory in 2012. Pierce received three degrees in sport management from Indiana University in Bloomington between 1999 and 2007. 



Greg Greenhalgh joined the Center for Sport Leadership (CSL) at VCU in July of 2011 as the Director of Student Services and Outreach. Prior to joining the CSL Greenhalgh taught in the Sport Administration Department at the University of Louisville where he attained his Ph.D. He also has a M.A. in Sport Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s of Sport Management from Brock University.


Matthew Walker, Editor of Sport Marketing Quarterly

Dr. Walker is the Division Chair of Sport Management and Associate Department Head of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. His research and scholarly interests focus on social and environmental responsibility, citizenship behaviors, sport-for-development, and philanthropic practices of sport organizations. Dr. Walker has been involved with numerous projects (and consultations) dealing with program evaluations, and the social impact of sport. He is a Research Fellow for the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).