Kelly Evans successfully defended her dissertation, earning her Ph.D. in sport and entertainment
management, her third degree from South Carolina.
Sport and entertainment management Ph.D. student Misun Won was elected as a student representative to the Korean American Association for Sport
Management Board of Directors.
Congratulations to the Ph.D. students who were nominated for this year’s HRSM teacher
of the year award: Rui Qi, Jing Li, Dan Jin, Fei Gao, Evelyn Jara-Pazmino, Jacqueline Hague, Walker Ross, Timothy Koba and Victor D. Kidd.
Jaime Sellers (B.S. Hotel Management, 2007) started a new position as general manager at Holiday
Inn Express & Suites Richburg.
JaRonna Singleton (B.S. Hospitality, 2017) started a new position as manager of restaurants and bars
at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.
Sarah Brinks (B.S. Hospitality Management, 2017) has started a new position as sales account consultant
for TopGolf in Greenville, S.C.
Kam Watts (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2019) started a new position as Event Operations
Manager at South Carolina Athletics.
Lauren Martin (B.S. Retailing, 2018) started a new position as assistant director of housekeeping
at The Omni Homestead in Hotsprings, Va.
Abby Andrews (B.S. Hospitality, 2015) started a new position as assistant general manager at ilili
Restaurant in New York City.
Rachel Westfall (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2016) started a new position as revenue
manager at Marriott International.
Emily Wingard (B.S Sport and Entertainment Management, 2017) started as an NFL Cheerleader with
the Carolina Panthers.
Matthew Jinnette (B.S. Retailing, 2018) started a new position as assistant food/beverage manager
at Lexington County Blowfish Baseball.
Willie Lloyd Harriford IV (B.S. Hotel/Tourism, 2016) started a new position as the South Carolina political
director for Joe Biden 2020.
Len Wall (B.S. Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, 2006) started a new position as
restaurant manager at The Grand on Main.
Tim Marston (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2013) was promoted as account manager,
Allstate Powersports at Octagon.
Nicole Kourounis (B.S. Hospitality, 2013) started a new position as sales executive at Marriott International.
Mark Driscoll (B.S. Sport and Entertainment Management, 2009) was promoted to senior director of
Strategic Ticketing & Sales Analytics at University of Richmond.
Andy Loeser (B.S. Retailing, 2015) was promoted to associate merchant at Dollar General headquarters
in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Wade Leaphart (B.S. Retailing, 1995) started a new position as community marketing manager for
Dick's Sporting Goods in Charlotte.