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Alumni Highlight - David Stellick
Courtesy: Casey Orwig
David Stellick, a 1995 Sport Management graduate, is the Director of National Accounts for Reebok International.
Stellick has found that most of his skills have been developed through practical experience. He stated, “You will find that most of what you learn and professional development will come from on the job training throughout you career rather than what is learned in the classroom.”
He believes there are important skills that are learned in an academic setting such as thinking strategically and computer skills but the majority of a sport management student’s professional skills will come through practical experience. Stellick believes experience is essential for a sport management student beginning his or her career.
He stated, “Gain as much experience as possible in various professional areas to make yourself marketable in a variety of career positions.”
He emphasized the importance of internships and volunteering in order to be exposed to new experiences and/or a potential future opportunity. He also believes it is critical to set yourself apart and to take the initiative to begin, at the ground level and gradually advance upward in the organization.
Prior to his current position with Reebok, Stellick spent two years, (1990 and 1991), working for the Cincinnati Reds in the sales and marketing department. His responsibilities were primarily with group and corporate season ticket sales in addition to his general duties as a member of the marketing staff.
Stellick was hired by Reebok in 1992 where he has held a variety of marketing and sales positions within the organization. In his current position he oversees all aspects of the brand sales and marketing functions for Reebok International. This requires involvement with Moderate Department Stores including retailers such as Kohl’s, JC Penny’s, Sears and family footwear retailers (i.e. Famous Footwear).