SportsBiz Free Agent of the Week: Nino Vanin

It’s time for the SportsBiz Free Agent of the Week. Instead of featuring a top job posting, I like to feature a qualified industry professional who is looking for their next opportunity. If you are interested in being a future SportsBiz Free Agent of the Week, you can apply here.

Now it’s time to introduce our next free agent, Nino Vanin! Let’s learn more about him.

Goal: To utilize my background and experiences to drive revenue for a team, property or organization through sales and strategic marketing initiatives.


Director of Sales & Marketing, Saint Joseph’s University (PA) Athletics, 2007 – 2011

  • Sold and serviced corporate sponsorship agreements and maintained an annual renewal rate of 90%
  • Created and implemented marketing plans for flagship Men’s Basketball program
  • Served as Sport Administrator for Men’s Lacrosse – oversaw the program’s budget, travel and fundraising

Ticket Manager, SportsMark Management Group, 2008 & 2010 Olympic Games

  • Managed distribution of extensive hospitality ticket inventory for Olympic corporate sponsors VISA and OMEGA

Assistant Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations, University of Connecticut Athletics, 2004 – 2006

  • Sold and serviced corporate sponsorship agreements
  • Developed marketing and promotional plans for men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football

Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing, Naval Academy Athletic Association, 2001 – 2004

  • Sold and managed corporate sponsorships and maintained a 95% renewal rate
  • Coordinated Group & Individual Ticket Sales initiatives for Football, Men’s & Women’s Basketball and Men’s Lacrosse

Media Relations Assistant, University of Massachusetts Athletics, 2000 – 2001

  • Facilitated all aspects of publicity for Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics and Softball


  • Master of Science in Sport Management, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Bachelor of Arts in The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University

Recent Accomplishment:

  • Developing the first donor-based Priority Points seating program for Men’s Basketball at Saint Joseph’s.

Sell Yourself in 3 Sentences or Less: I am a seasoned sports marketing professional with 10 years of experience in sponsorship sales and management, building creative team asset portfolios and driving revenue through creative marketing strategies. At the end of the day, my goal is to build relationships and create results.

You can connect with Nino through his LinkedIn page, via Twitter (@NinoVanin) or by email at If you have an open opportunity with your organization or know of another company that can benefit from Nino’s experience, please reach out to him. I want to see this weekly feature really help some great people places into the industry positions they deserve.

Previous Free Agents of the Week:

  • Mario ProsperinoNow working as a Licensing Manager with the Associated Press!
  • Brendan Wilhide – Social media marketing expert and founder of
  • Kerry Graue – Wealth of PR and media experience with a track record of success
  • Catherine MarziNow working as a marketing consultant for the Langley Events Centre – Details Here!
  • Jared MelzerNow working with sports marketing & sponsorship start-up agency GlideSlope!
  • Brett Bush – Great background in sports marketing and event operations
  • Paul Hemingway – Experienced senior exec in corporate partnerships, marketing and communications
  • Dave Cutler – Great marketing and production experience with teams, leagues and media
  • Caleb Mezzy – Enthusiastic up-and-comer with a strong sales and marketing foundation
  • Malir BurksNow working as an Event Coordinator with Octagon!
  • Dave Schifrin – Impressive brand management and business development background
  • Lori Shelton – Experienced in customer service, ticket operations and event management
  • Add your name to this list!