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Professional and Career Development Services

One-on-One Interaction With a Dedicated Professional

Each semester, students have a virtual one-on-one meeting with Brian D. Avery, Director of Engaged Learning and Outreach. In his role with the Department of Sport Management, Avery is responsible for enhancing the educational experience of students, by focusing on industry relations, student professional development, and alumni engagement.

All students are required to meet with Avery during their first semester, thereafter you are assigned a career coach and participation shifts to professional and career development. Avery proactively reaches out to all students to initiate the intake process. After your initial intake, the same great resources are still available to you, and the Department of Sport Management encourages distance learners to take advantage of the opportunities offered and consistently check back in with Avery.

Structured and Sequential

Brian D. Avery leads the five-semester sequence that encourages students to hone in early on how they’re going to optimize their graduate education to achieve their career goals. He engages students in structured discussions, assignments and other activities that build on one another, bringing distance learners closer to achieving their goals as they progress through the OSM program.

The sequence consists of these units:

  • Purpose
  • Networking
  • Job Search
  • Capstone Project
  • Transition

It’s part of a non-credit course, called The Training Room, that also includes an academic advising module with the student’s Graduate Faculty Advisor.

On-Campus Options

Online M.S. in Sport Management students are also welcome to participate in career services activities offered locally, including on-campus discussions with sport industry professionals and field and networking trips. Brian D. Avery apprises distance learners of events that are particularly relevant to their career aspirations, and some online students are able to take advantage of these opportunities if they live nearby or can travel. Funds may be available to online students to cover registration and other costs associated with participating in networking and professional development activities.

Brian Avery Bio

Brian D. Avery is a Lecturer and the Director of Engaged Learning and Outreach for the University of Florida Department of Sport Management. For nearly 30 years, Brian has been working in the events, venues, and attractions industry.

Brian’s career began on the frontlines of the industry working as a midway operator at Boardwalk and Baseball amusement park at the age of fourteen. After his work on the midday and college, Brian went on to be a manager for five restaurants on property at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. He cultivated knowledge in the importance of providing excellent customer service and delivering a safe and enjoyable guest experience.

Following his work in the food and beverage industry, Brian went on to work as a safety specialist for SeaWorld and Discovery Cove, where he developed and managed safety training programs for employees and conducted guest accident investigations and park-wide inspections of facilities and attractions.

After spending some time in the parks, Avery joined GES Exposition Services—a trade show installation company, where his safety management expertise was tested and essential in New Orleans post-Katrina tradeshow recovery efforts. Since then, Brain has had ownership stakes in several venue and event management companies, employing over 400 people strong.

In addition to Brian’s many business activities, Brian has spent numerous years learning his trade, not only as a practitioner but as an academic. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science, a Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Human Factors and Safety, a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management and has completed his coursework for a PhD in Hospitality Education.

Prior to working at the University of Florida, Brian ardently developed talent, by instructing and mentoring students from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, where he was an instructor for nearly a decade. Brian has continued his academic efforts at the University of Florida as a lecturer and the Director of Engaged Learning and Outreach for the department of Sport Management.

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