Football Career Conference during the NFL Combine

February 28 - March 2, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana 

Walk Up Registration Accepted

 Our annual Football Career Conference provides people of all ages with a desire to work in the NFL insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else:

 
  • Network with NFL executives
  • Career guidance from well-known NFL executives
  • Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Connect with sports career-minded individuals
  • Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career
  • Insider information about changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
  • Strategies to catapult your career to the next level

 

 

Who Should Attend the 2018 Football Career Conference?

This conference is designed for individuals who have always dreamed of working in football. Aspiring agents, executives, scouts, sales reps, marketers, analysts – all will learn a bevy of insider information to help set them apart in the employment race. 

Attendees include business professionals hoping to break into sports, sports agents looking to network, college students trying to get a foot in the door, football fans interested into changing careers, and many more satisfied participants.

We do require attendees to be over age 18 (16-17 if accompanied by an adult).
 

2018 Featured Speakers
*Speakers are subject to change. 2019 Speakers will be announced as we get closer.

 
Adam Schefter
ESPN Announcer
 
Rick Spielman
Minnesota Vikings General Manager
 
Ian Rapoport
NFL Network
 
Aaron Schatz,
Football Outsiders Founder & ESPN Insider & SMWW Faculty
 
Mark Dominik
ESPN Analyst and Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM
 
Jen Mueller
Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
 
Joel Corry
Former NFL & NBA Agent, Salary Cap Expert, and SMWW Faculty
 
John Wooten
Former NFL Executive, played for the Browns 1959-67, Redskins 1968
 
Jack Mills
NFL Agent
 
Russ Lande
GM Jr. Scouting, Montreal Alouettes Regional Scout, & SMWW Faculty
 
Kelli Masters
NFL Agent 
 
Kristen Kuliga
NFL Agent
 
Tony Agnone
NFL Agent
 
Alex Van Dyke
New York Jets, 1996 2nd round draft pick (31st overall)
 
Tom Mills
NFL Agent
 
Ric Serritella
NFL Draft Bible Founder
 
Lynn Lashbrook
SMWW President and NFL Agent
 
Mike Stoeber
Jacksonville Jags
 
Steve Fairchild
Former NFL Coach
 
Greg Hylton
Colts VP
 
Josh Liskiewitz
Pro Football Focus
 
Kelly Kleine
Minnesota Vikings
 
Steve Palazzolo
Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst

*Speakers subject to change

Why Should You Attend the Football Career Conference?

Rod Graves, Arizona GM

There are very few chances for you to learn from, and ask questions of, pillars in the industry. Speakers like Adam Schefter, Mark Dominik, John Wooten, and Greg Hylton aren't coming to your current business, or your college classroom, to discuss the strategies and skills necessary to work in the NFL.

At the Football Career Conference, they will. If fact, following their presentations, many speakers stick around to engage the attendees in one-on-one discussions.

Head coaches, Directors of Player Personnel and Scouting, ESPN writers, Sports Agents, Pro Athletes, and many others will be present at this one-of-a-kind event.

Attend the "Invite Only" 2019 NFL Combine:

*Thirty days prior the conference, those registered will be sent an invitation for complimentary tickets to the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. This event is closed to the general public, but because of our strong relationship with the NFL, special consideration is being provided to conference attendees. You will be allowed to watch the quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers as they are evaluated by the 32 NFL teams. Attendees are not guaranteed entrance. Early registrants will be given priority. The earlier you register, the better your chances! We recommend you arrange for flights and other transportation to leave no earlier than Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at 4pm. 
 

SMWW Welcome Reception - Thursday, February 28th, 2019  7:00pm-9:00pm

The Format

Upon arrival and registration, You will receive a full agenda outlining the entire 2-day conference. Due to the NFL combine schedule and the fluidity of our speaker's work commitments, we juggle speaking engagements and panels up to the last minute! Below, you can see the final agenda from our event last year to give you a rough idea of what this year will present.

One thing we can guarantee – the event will be jam-packed with speakers and opportunities to network, ask questions, and learn from the best in the business. Every year, we have surprise visits from NFL personnel who literally walk by our meeting rooms all day and jump into a discussion or panel.

Being in the heart of the NFL Combine, where over 2,500 team executives, scouts, and media members are congregating, makes the difference!

Please note: This is NOT an opportunity to participate in the combine as an athlete. 

 

Adam Schefter

ESPN NFL Insider

Schefter was born to a Jewish family in Valley Stream, New York, and grew up in Bellmore, New York, where he attended John F. Kennedy High School, graduating in June 1985. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Schefter was an editor at The Michigan Daily, where he began his newspaper career. While at Northwestern, Schefter worked as a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune. After graduating from Northwestern in June 1990, Schefter was an intern for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before moving to Denver in 1990, when he started writing for the Rocky Mountain News in September 1990 and then The Denver Post in July 1996.

Schefter joined the NFL Network in 2004 and appeared on NFL Total Access and also wrote for NFL.COM. Before joining the NFL Network, Schefter appeared five times on ESPN's Around the Horn as a substitute for Woody Paige, who was based in Denver at the time. Before Around the Horn, Schefter appeared on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. Schefter appeared on NBC twice in the summer of 2008, working as the sideline reporter for Al Michaels and John Madden during the Redskins-Colts Hall-of-Fame game and then the Redskins-Jaguars preseason finale. According to a USA Today survey of fans published January 19, 2009, "NFL Network's Adam Schefter edged ESPN's Chris Mortensen (34%-32%) for best [NFL] insider despite the NFL Network being in less than half as many U.S. households." Schefter was again selected as the best (NFL) insider in a November 2010 USA Today fan poll. Schefter was voted USA Today's best "insider" for a third straight year in November 2011.

In 2009, Schefter became a football analyst with ESPN. He began appearing on-air on August 17, 2009. In October 2010, Sports Illustrated writers included Schefter in its "Power 40", a listing of the NFL's best officials, executives, coaches, players and media members.

In February 2014, New York magazine selected Schefter as the "Most Influential Tweeter in NY."

In May 2014, the website Awful Announcing selected Schefter as the "Best Newsbreaker" in its second annual People's Sports TV Award Winners.SI.com named Schefter the 2014 “Media Person of the Year.” In November 2015, Schefter was named The Cynopsis Sports Media Personality of the Year, which is presented annually to a VIP whose work in the sports industry has transcended how sports connect with fans.

Named honorable mention for Sports Illustrated Now's 2015 Media Person of the Year. Named 2015 Sports Media Personality of the Year by Tampa Bay Times. Twitter: @AdamSchefter

 

Rick Spielman

Minnesota Vikings General Manager

Rick Spielman completed his 6th season as General Manager of the club and 11th overall with the Vikings in 2017, the 27th season he has worked in the NFL.

Spielman joined the Vikings as Vice President of Player Personnel on May 30, 2006 and directed scouting, free agency and draft preparations for the club before taking on General Manager duties for 2012. Spielman has climbed the ranks of NFL personnel departments with Detroit, Chicago and Miami prior to joining the Vikings. Spielman’s tenure with all 3 franchises has been highlighted by drafting impact players throughout the seven rounds and making key trades and free agency acquisitions. Spielman’s teams have won 7divisional titles and advanced to the playoffs 11 times.

 

Ian Rapoport

NFL Network National Insider

Ian Rapoport is NFL Network's national insider, breaking news on all things football. He appears regularly on shows such as Good Morning Football and NFL Total Access, the latter of which is the network's nightly news show. Ian has a prominent role during the season on the pregame show NFL GameDay Morning and is integral in coverage of anything from free agency to the draft. Prior to assuming the role of Insider, Ian was the Dallas-based field reporter for NFLN. He began his career covering high schools in New York for the Westchester Journal News, eventually taking jobs as Mississippi State beat reporter for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi, Alabama beat reporter for the Birmingham News and Patriots beat reporter for the Boston Herald. Twitter: @RapSheet

 

Aaron Schatz

Football Outsiders Editor in Chief, SMWW Faculty

Aaron Schatz (pronounced "Shots") is the creator of Football Outsiders and one of the main contributors to Football Outsiders Almanac, published yearly since 2005 (most recent version is 2015). He graduated from Brown University. He currently writes a regular column on ESPN.com about the NFL, using the statistical systems developed in Football Outsiders. Previous work included writing a column called the Lycos 50 on lycos.com. Twitter: @FO_ASchatz

 

Mark Dominik

ESPN Analyst, SMWW Faculty

Mark Dominik, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager contributed to seven playoff appearances and four division titles for the Bucs. Dominik quickly gained a reputation as one of the NFL’s top talent evaluators, with a keen aptitude for finding late-round gems, in addition to fully utilizing the “second draft”—bringing in rookie contributors through undrafted free agency, scouring the waiver wire and opposing teams’ practice squads.

Dominik joined the Buccaneers’ staff at the young age of 24 as a pro personnel assistant. He served in that capacity through the 1997 season, before assuming the title of pro scout in 1998 and coordinator of pro personnel in 2000. Prior to the start of the 2001 season, Dominik began the first of his eight years as Tampa Bay’s Director of Pro Personnel. In 2002, Dominik helped guide the Buccaneers to their first world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII against Oakland. As Director of Pro Personnel, his duties included overseeing the scouting, recruiting and signing efforts of all NFL players, while also monitoring NFL transactions and overseeing player tryouts. He was also in charge of the Pro Personnel department’s evaluation of players in all other professional football leagues, including the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League, while being responsible for the negotiation and signing of contracts for several free agents and NFL Draft signings. Dominik joined Tampa Bay after spending a year and a half working in both the college and pro personnel departments of the Kansas City Chiefs. Dominik holds a BS degree in Sports Management from the University of Kansas.  Twitter: @MarkDominikESPN

 

Jen Mueller

Seattle Seahawks Radio Broadcast, SMWW Faculty

Jen Mueller pursued a career in sports broadcasting after repeated comments of "talks too much" from teachers and family members. A 14-year sports communications veteran, Jen currently serves as the sideline radio reporter for the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. She is also part of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports.


In addition to her work on the sidelines, Jen launched Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and teaches business professionals how to improve communication and leverage fandom in business. Jen published her first book Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2000 with degrees in Journalism and Public Policy. Her goal is to assist you with advancing your career by breaking down barriers to entry. Twitter: @TalkSportyToMe

 

Joel Corry

Former NFLPA Agent, SMWW Faculty

Joel was a Sports Agent for 16 years, representing NFL & NBA players. In 1992 at Management Plus Enterprises, who represented top-level athletes including Ronnie Lott, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal. Joel left Management Plus in 1995 to co-found Premier Sports and Entertainment, which focused on representing NFL players, college and NFL coaches. He was the primary and co-negotiator of numerous NFL player contracts, including Hall of Famer John Randle's 5-year, $32.5 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings (1998), Patrick Surtain's 6-year, $44.63 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs (2005), which made Patrick the highest paid player in the franchise's history. Randle's contract made him the NFL's highest paid defensive player with unprecedented guarantees that have become the norm in the most lucrative NFL contracts. Other Premier clients included Pro Bowlers Eric Allen, Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith. Joel served as a consultant with Management Plus for several years after starting Premier. As a consultant, he played an integral part in the negotiation of Shaquille O'Neal's Los Angeles Lakers contracts ($120 million over 7 years & subsequent 3-year, $88.3 million extension).

In 2012, Joel became a contributing writer for the National Football Post. He uses his NFL salary cap and collective bargaining agreement knowledge to provide a perspective on player salaries, contract negotiations and the salary cap that is rarely seen in the media. In 2013, Joel began writing for CBSSports.com on similar topics, but for a larger audience. Joel also appears regularly on radio shows, including SiriusXM NFL Radio. Twitter: @corryjoel

 

Mike Tanier

Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer & SMWW Faculty

 

 

Ted Goveia

CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers Assistant General Manager

 

 

John Wooten

NFL Legend, SMWW Faculty

When the Godfather of the NFL speaks, people listen, people learn, and people change. Since 1959, the year he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 5th round, John Wooten has been a fixture in professional Football. After retiring from the game in 1969, Wooten has held a multitude of executive roles in player personnel and scouting with NFL teams including the Cowboys, Ravens and Eagles, and currently acts as chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. “Respectfully, professionally and affectionately, John Wooten is known as the Godfather, because of the breadth and depth of his service and what he has meant to the NFL as a player, scout and front office executive,” acknowledges Ray Anderson, former NFL Executive Vice-President of Football Operations.

Wooten has long fought for diversity and inclusion in the sport, helping to establish the “Rooney Rule” requiring teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operations positions in the league. As chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, Wooten has helped establish processes to develop talented minority candidates for NFL positions. A longtime mentor in our Football GM and Scouting course, John Wooten brings a perspective that not many in the business of sports can replicate.

 

JACK MILLS

NFLPA AGENT

Jack earned two degrees from the University of Oklahoma: a bachelor's degree in accounting, followed by his law degree. Upon graduating from law school, he served two years in the U.S. Army, performing intelligence operations. After serving his military obligation, Jack was hired as an assistant athletic director by the University of Colorado. After a year at C.U., he entered the private practice of law and has specialized in sports law for more than 30 years. His practice primarily emphasizes football, but he has also represented clients in hockey, basketball, baseball, golf, skiing, and wrestling. He is a member of the American, California, and Colorado Bar associations. He is a Director and past President of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on the Agents Advisory Committee to the NFL Players Association. In addition to Jack's legal practice, he teaches a course in Sports Law at the University of Colorado Law School and is on the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Colorado. In 1993, the National Sports Law Institute presented Jack with the Joseph E. O'Neill award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of sports law, ethics, and integrity. He resides in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Cirrelda. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

 

Russ Lande

GM Jr. Founder, SMWW Faculty

With over 20 years of scouting experience in the NFL, CFL and XFL, Russ Lande provides great perspective into the ins and outs of professional scouting.

Beginning his scouting career as a part-time unpaid recruiting intern with the UCLA Bruins at just 22 years old, Lande eventually got paid for his hard work, becoming a scouting administrator with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994. After four years with the Rams, Lande began delving into the publishing and media side of scouting, founding GM Jr. Scouting, crafting an annual NFL draft guide, consulting with CBS Sports and eventually writing for the Sporting News, National Football Post and Sports on Earth.

Lande spent four years as the Midwest Blesto scout with the Cleveland Browns and is now the U.S. College Scouting Director for the Montreal Alouettes.

When you take the Football GM and Scouting course, Lande will personally assist you with your scouting reports to ensure you are properly trained to meet the standards and qualifications of the NFL & CFL. Twitter: @RUSSLANDE

 

Kelli Masters

NFLPA Agent

Kelli Masters is the owner and president of KMM Sports, and is an NFLPA certified contract advisor.  She has represented players in contract negotiations and endorsements since 2006, and was the first woman to ever represent a 1st Round Pick in the NFL Draft.  She has also practiced Business Litigation since 2000 with the law firm of Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C., and is a noted speaker and author.  Kelli has a heart for charitable work, and is a recognized expert on nonprofit law and charitable foundations.

Kelli has developed a solid reputation and a vast network of professional relationships including coaches, owners, managers, and scouts from all 32 NFL Clubs, as well as the NFLPA. Kelli's clients include David Irving, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Alex Collins, Jordan Phillips, Tress Way, and others NFL players, as well as several baseball players and Olympians. Twitter: @KMMsports

 

Kristen Kuliga

NFLPA Agent

Kristen Kuliga is the Principal and founder of K Sports & Entertainment, LLC, a full-service sports and entertainment management and marketing firm in Boston.

As an NFL agent, Kristen was the first woman to negotiate a starting NFL quarterback’s contract, having negotiated Doug Flutie’s $33 million contract with the San Diego Chargers.  Kristen is one of approximately 30 women certified by the NFLPA as a contract advisor (out of approximately 800 certified NFL agents) and one of the few women who represents multiple NFL players.  She also oversees marketing and endorsement business for many NFL, NBA and MLB players as well as professional golfers.  She has activated endorsement and sponsorship contracts with companies including NIKE, Reebok, McDonald’s, Sports Illustrated, Cadillac, Citizens Bank, Coca-Cola, ESPN, Sun Life Financial, Dunkin Donuts, and Motorola.

Kristen has also overseen the management of athletic events including Paul Pierce’s Truth on Health Campaign, Vince Wilfork’s NFL Draft Day Fundraiser, Josh Beckett Bowl and Concert presented by Foxwoods, Cristie Kerr Birdies for Breast Cancer, Shawne Merriman’s Lights Out Comedy Jam, and Hudson BCRF event at Liberty National.

Prior to K Sports, Kristen was a partner at Altus Marketing & Management, LLC (AMM) where she oversaw the Events and Athletes divisions as well as held the position of in-house General Counsel.  Kristen led the expansion of AMM’s events business, from launching two new LPGA events to working with music icon John Legend.   In addition, she worked with corporate clients to expand distribution and marketing in the Boston marketplace, including popchips, Webster Bank and Double Cross Vodka.

Prior to AMM, Kristen oversaw business development for sports and entertainment companies Paid, Inc. and FansRule where she worked with clients such as Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, Jewel and Patti LaBell.  Kristen started her career at Woolf Associates where she was V.P. of Athlete Marketing and was one of the key people involved in the licensing and marketing of “Flutie Flakes,” a cereal product that sold over 3 million boxes with a portion of proceeds to the Flutie Foundation for Autism.  In addition, Kristen secured sponsorship for several sports properties including the Volkswagen/Trek Mountain Bike series and Cory Everson’s fitness show on ESPN.

Kristen sits on the board of directors of Shelter Legal Services Foundation, the fundraising committee of The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and the Boston board of the National Sports Marketing Network.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Sports Law at Suffolk University Law School.

Kristen is a cum laude graduate of both the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1991) and Suffolk University Law School (1994). Twitter: @KSportsEnt

 

Tony Agnone

NFL Agent

Tony Agnone received his B.S. from Mt. Saint Mary’s University in 1975 and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1978. He is a member of the West Virginia and Federal Bar and from 1978 to 1983 Tony was the Assistant to the Dean at the University of Baltimore School of Law. In 1978, Tony founded Eastern Athletic Services and in his 40 years of representing players in the NFL, he has negotiated numerous cutting edge deals for EAS Clients, including: 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee, Pro Bowler, NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan (DE-New York Giants), Pro Bowler Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE-Detroit Lions), Pro Bowler Scott Mitchell (QB-Detroit Lions), Pro Bowler and 2-Time Super Bowl Champion Sean Landeta (P-New York Giants), and Pro Bowler Karl Mecklenburg (LB-Denver Broncos). Tony is the former President of the Sports Lawyers Association and a current Board Member. He is also a member of the Advisory Board at BB&T Bank. In addition, Tony is a frequent lecturer at various business, law and professional seminars. Over the last two decades, Tony has been an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he is currently teaching sports law. For his work in the community and at his alma maters, Tony has been honored with community service awards, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Mt. Saint Mary’s Presidential Award. Together with the EAS Team of Advisors, Tony has been able to remain at the top of the agent industry over the past four decades.

 

Alex Van Dyke

New York Jets, 1996 2nd round draft pick (31st overall)

 

 

Tom Mills

NFLPA Agent

Tom is in his 22nd year as a National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Certified Contract Advisor, representing NFL players in their contract negotiations and managing their off-field endeavors. Tom has negotiated more than $300 million in NFL contracts on behalf of his clients, including 1st Round rookie contracts, veteran free agent negotiations, and veteran contract extensions. He helps his clients navigate the pre-draft process, handles their endorsement, appearance, and promotional opportunities, and assists them in transitioning from their playing careers into post-career life. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, he has taught Sports Contract Negotiations. As a guest lecturer at colleges and graduate schools, he regularly discusses issues affecting the sports industry. His prior work experience includes time in the front office of the Kansas City Chiefs and in the NFLPA’s contract research department. He has also served on the NFLPA's agent entrance exam drafting committee. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.

 

Ric Serritella

NFL Draft Bible Founder

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches and agents, along with other media.

In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007).

Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY and working for CBS. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase.

A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

 

Lynn Lashbrook

SMWW President and NFL Agent

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook has been working and teaching in Sports Management for over 40 years and has demonstrated a lifelong passion for growing dynamic sports programs. He is known for helping students strategize and reach their career goals in the world of sports. His high energy and well known motivating personality has captivated students and athletes. Dr. Lashbrook continues to work as an NFL agent and has personally represented over 100 NFL clients including first rounders.

Currently, Dr. Lashbrook is President of Sports Management Worldwide, first ever online sports management school with a mission to educate future sports business executives. SMWW trains thousands of students every year for sports business careers, including athletes, agents, and other sports industry leaders. Sports Management Worldwide, under Dr. Lashbrook's guidance, offers a global sports faculty via online training, with over 10,000 alumni from over 140 countries. SMWW offers cutting edge sports career courses that complement college courses. This includes the Sports Management Worldwide Agency, an international full-service sports agency with over 200 Agent Advisors worldwide representing hundreds of athletes.

 

Mike Stoeber

Jacksonville Jaguars Director of Football Technology, SMWW Faculty

Mike is currently the Assistant Director of Football Technologies at Jacksonville Jaguars. Mike has a wealth of experience in football with digital video editing. Prior to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was the Senior Field Support Representative at XOS Digital. Prior to that he was the Director of Football Operations and Director of Game Analysis at the University of Florida. Mike has a master’s degree from the University of Florida in Sport Administration. Mike's career has seen digital video editing grow to what it is today and he knows firsthand what you need to know to work for an NFL or collegiate team. Due to his relationship with XOS Digital, Mike also know which teams are currently hiring in the Video Department and who is doing the hiring. You will love getting to know Mike in the live audio chats. Upon successful completion of the course work you will have Mike as a reference for life. @mikestoeber

 

Steve Fairchild

former NFL Coach

Steve Fairchild concluded his third season at Virginia as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2015. Fairchild boasts 35 years of coaching experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels, including 19 seasons as an offensive coordinator. Prior to UVa Fairchild was the senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers after a four-year stint as the head coach at Colorado State, which included the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history and a victory in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.

At Colorado State, Fairchild also was the offensive coordinator (1997-2000) and quarterbacks coach (1993-96) during the Rams’ football rise. From 1993-2000 Colorado State won the Western Athletic Conference three times and the Mountain West Conference twice and was nationally ranked at various times during that span. During Fairchild’s four seasons as the offensive coordinator, three Colorado State players were honored as the league’s offensive player of the year and the Rams won three bowl games. In 1997, quarterback Moses Moreno was the WAC offensive player of the year and helped Colorado State finish No. 1 in the league in total and scoring offense.

Fairchild has worked with many dynamic players in college football and the NFL. He was a part of San Diego State’s high-octane offenses that were highlighted by running back Marshall Faulk and quarterback Dan McGwire. During Fairchild’s three seasons at San Diego State from 1990-92, the Aztecs enjoyed three straight top-10 finishes in NCAA scoring and total offense categories. Fairchild also owns a stop at New Mexico as the offensive coordinator from 1987-89 where the Lobos ranked No. 8 in NCAA pass offense and No. 29 in total offense in 1989. Under Fairchild’s guidance Terance Mathis became the first player to have more than 250 receptions, 4,000 receiving yards and 6,000 yards of total offense.

Fairchild spent eight seasons in the NFL. He worked as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2006 and 2007, as quarterback J.P. Losman posted the 11th-best QB rating in the NFL in 2006 and passed for 3,051 yards. Prior to his stint with the Bills, Fairchild was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-05. Teaming up again with Faulk, Fairchild and the Rams enjoyed three straight top-10 finishes in total offense, including the NFL’s second-ranked scoring offense in 2003. Quarterback Marc Bulger was the 2003 Pro Bowl MVP. Fairchild’s first NFL stint came in Buffalo in 2001 and 2002 where he was the running backs coach and boasted two Pro Bowl running backs, Larry Centers and Travis Henry. Centers is the NFL career reception and yardage holder for running backs.

Fairchild began his coaching career in 1982 as the offensive coordinator at San Diego Mesa Community College. After two seasons he moved to Ferris State as the offensive coordinator from 1984-85.

Fairchild is a 1981 graduate of Colorado State, where he spent three seasons as a quarterback and earned All-WAC second-team honors behind BYU’s Jim McMahon. Fairchild also excelled in the classroom at Colorado State, earning first-team academic all-conference honors, the Merill Gheen Award for athletic and academic achievement and the NCAA District Athletic Achievement Award. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Colorado State and later a master of education from Azusa Pacific in 1983.

Fairchild is now the owner of Fairchild Quarterback Training Camp in Denver, Colorado.

 

Greg Hylton

Indianapolis Colts Vice President Premium Seating and Ticket Sales, SMWW Faculty

Greg Hylton just completed his 19th season with the Colts and his 10th as vice president of premium seating and ticket sales. Hylton served as director of ticket sales and marketing from 2001-05, director of ticket sales from 1998-2000 and group sales manager from 1997-98. He holds bachelor’s degrees in telecommunications and psychology from Indiana University. Hylton worked with the Indiana Pacers from 1990-91 and with the Indianapolis Ice from 1991-97. Hylton serves on boards and committees of various Indianapolis area not-for-profit organizations and is also a nationally licensed club soccer coach.  He was born on June 22, 1968, in Indianapolis, Ind. Hylton and his wife, Terri, reside with their daughters, Taylor (18) and Brynn (16), in Plainfield, Ind. @Colts

 

Josh Liskiewitz

Pro Football Focus Analyst, SMWW Alumni

Josh has been intellectually invested in the sport as long as he can remember but didn't get his start in football until taking SMWW's Football GM and Scouting course in 2007.  After his class, he wrote hundreds of scouting reports independently on 2008 and 2009 NFL draft prospects and cultivated a solid rapport with Russ Lande.  Russ eventually invited him to join his team at GM Jr. Scouting, to which Josh contributed hundreds of scouting reports and wrote All-Star game practice recaps. In 2015 Josh joined Pro Football Focus, a company owned by NBC Sunday Night NFL color analyst Cris Collinsworth, which grades every player on every play of every NFL and FBS game and provides advanced analytics to 30 NFL teams and many of the top NCAA teams. Josh currently is a NFL and college analyst for PFF. Twitter: @JoshLiskiewitz

 

Kelly Kleine

Minnesota Vikings Scout

Finishing her 6th season with the Vikings and 5th within scouting, Kleine has become an integral part of the operations for the Vikings personnel department. Kleine’s responsibilities on the pro scouting side include assisting with weekly scouting advances as well as compiling special teams advances for the coaching staff, among other operational duties. For college scouting duties, Kleine coordinates all off-site scouts, schedules and facilitates all pre-draft visits, and manages and distributes college film. Kleine attends and assists the Vikings scouting tasks at multiple college pro days as well as All-Star games and the NFL Combine. Prior to joining personnel, Kleine spent 2012, her 1st year with the organization, as an intern with the public relations department while a senior at the University of Minnesota. Kleine, who holds a bachelor’s degree in sport management, hails from Sheboygan, WI and resides in Minneapolis.

 

Steve Palazzolo

Pro-Football Focus Senior Analyst

After an 8-year career as a minor league baseball player, Steve joined Pro Football Focus’ part-time staff in 2011 before moving to a full-time role in 2012. He moved to a senior analyst role in 2013 and wears many hats at PFF including that of analyst, writer, and general liaison with NFL team customers. His work has also been featured on ESPN Insider. Steve is a believer that right tackles are just as important as left tackles and that “right-tackle only” prospect are really just guards.

Where Does the Conference Take Place?

SMWW NFL Combine Conference

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location:             JW Marriott

 

SMWW Welcome Reception

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location:           Punch Bowl Social

 

What to Expect at the Football Career Conference 

Upon arrival and registration, you will receive a full agenda outlining the entire 2-day conference. Due to the NFL combine schedule and the fluidity of our speaker's work commitments, we juggle speaking engagements and panels up to the last minute! Below you can see the final agenda of our event last year, to give you a rough idea of what this year will present.
One thing we can guarantee – the event will be jam-packed with speakers and opportunities to network, ask questions, and learn from the best in the business. Every year, we have surprise visits from NFL personnel, who literally walk by our meeting rooms all day and jump into a discussion or panel.
Being in the heart of the NFL Combine, where over 2,500 team executives, scouts, and media members are congregating, makes the difference!
Please note: This is NOT an opportunity to participate in the combine as an athlete. 

Registration Now Open:

Conference Registration Includes: 

  • Thursday Night Welcome Reception at Indianapolis Punch Bowl Social 
  • Friday Conference & Workshop sessions 
  • Friday Networking Lunch
  • Saturday entrance to the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium (not guaranteed)

 

General Admission: $200

College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni: $150

Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents: $175

 

** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations

 

Group Discounts

In the past, entire University Sports Management programs have attended. If you are interested in a group rate, please contact alyssa@smww.com, and we can provide group discounts for 5-50 people. 

Previous Speakers

Note: Due to Team Meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more accurate the schedule becomes as executives do not yet know their team meeting schedules.

  • Bill Polian, ESPN Analyst, former NFL Executive
  • Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Mike Tannenbaum, Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President, Football Operations
  • Ray Farmer, Former Cleveland Browns
  • Marc Trestman, Toronto Argonauts Head Coach
  • Paraag Marathe, San Francisco 49ers President
  • Tony Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars Senior VP of Football Technologies
  • Mark Dominik, ESPN Analyst and Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM
  • John Wooten, NFL Legend
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President, and Founder Sports Management Worldwide
  • Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts VP Premium Seating and Ticket Sales
  • Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders & Pro Football Prospectus
  • Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Associate Director of Football Technology
  • Bill Guertin, The 800-Pound Gorilla, Marketing Consultant to 65 Major League Teams
  • Joel Corry, Former Sports Agent, NFL Contract & Salary Cap Expert
  • Kristen Kuliga, NFL Agent
  • Jack Mills, NFL Agent
  • Jim Solano, NFL Agent
  • Kelli Masters, NFL Agent
  • Steve Baker, NFL Agent
  • Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
  • Michael Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer
  • Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst
  • Adam Caplan, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Russ Lande, Montreal Alouettes U.S. College Scouting Director
  • Alex Brown, Optimum Scouting Head Central Scout
  • Josh Liskiewitz, Pro Football Focus Analyst
  • Adam Farrand, Athletes Performance Institute – NFL Combine & Football Business Development Manager
*SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated with the NFL.
 

2018 FOOTBALL CAREER CONFERENCE AGENDA

 Speakers, in addition to dates and times, will change but the structure will be similar. Information will be updated as it becomes available. 

Thursday, February 28th

11:00am - 6:00pm - Registration Open at the JW Marriott, 2nd level by Starbucks  

7:00pm - 9:00pm -  SMWW Welcome Reception
  • Punch Bowl Social, 120 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • Private Party at the Punch Bowl Social.
  • All attendees are invited to join this fabulous networking opportunity.
  • Registration will be open during the reception as folks fly in from all over the USA for the conference.
  • Drop by upon your arrival and meet the SMWW Staff & Faculty, Conference Speakers, and friends of SMWW. 

 

Friday, March 1st

All events at JW Marriott Level 3, 10 S West St, Indianapolis

7:00am - Registration opens at the JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom Level 3
7:45am - Be in your seats! Welcome and Staff Introductions – Jen Mueller 
8:00am - The Two Minute Drill with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President 
8:15am - Inside the NFL with Mark and John
  • John Wooten, Former NFL Executive, played for the Browns 1959-67, Redskins 1968. Highly respected by NFL Executives.  Affectionately known as NFL's Godfather. SMWW Faculty
  • Mark Dominik, NFL Insider
8:45am -  The Agent Relationship
  • Jack Mills, Capital Sports Advisors NFL Agent
  • Tom Mills, Capital Sports Advisors NFL Agent
9:30am - Examining the Sports Capology
  • Joel Corry, Former NFL & NBA Agent, Salary Cap Expert, and SMWW Faculty
10:00am -  The Changing Landscape in Sports Media
  • Ian Rapoport, NFL Network National Insider
  • Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
  • Mark Dominik, ESPN Analyst & former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM & SMWW Faculty
11:00am -  The Big Business of Football Scouting
  • Russ Lande, GM Jr. Scouting, Montreal Alouettes Regional Scout, & SMWW Faculty
  • Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Director of Football Technologies, SMWW Faculty
  • Ric Serritella, NFL Draft Bible Founder
  • Steve Fairchild, Former NFL coach: Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers
12:00am -  Noon - Secrets into Breaking into Sports ( during lunch at JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom 2-4, Level 3)
  • Greg Hylton,Indianapolis Colts, VP Premium Seating & Ticket Sales & SMWW Faculty
  • Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
1:00pm - The Analytics of Scouting
  • Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders Founder & ESPN Insider & SMWW Faculty
  • Josh Liskiewitz, Pro Football Focus Analyst & SMWW Alumni
  • Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst
  • Charles McDonald, Football Outsiders Almanac Film Breakdown
2:00pm - The Inner Workings of the Agent World
  • Kelli Masters, KMM Sports NFL Agent
  • Kristen Kuliga, K Sports & Entertainment NFL Agent
  • Joel Corry, former NFL & NBA Agent, Salary Cap Expert, and SMWW Faculty
  • Tony Agnone, Eastern Athletic Services NFL Agent
3:15pm - Keynote Speaker:
  • Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider
4:15pm - Inside the NFL with an NFL GM
  • Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager
5:00pm - Minnesota Vikings Scout
  • Kelly Kleine, Minnesota Vikings Scout
5:15pm -  Closing Remarks
5:30pm - 6:30pm  Networking Happy Hour (JW Marriott Grand Ballroom Foyer)

 

Saturday, March 2nd

7:00am or 12:00pm -  NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium
  • For those of you who registered for the conference, you may attend the NFL Combine at 8:30am or 12pm (as stated on your ticket).
  • Upon registration, you will receive instructions on how to apply for your ticket.
  • You are not guaranteed you will get into the NFL Combine.

 

Scholarships

SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and a one-page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to info@smww.com

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW Training Program will be given preference. 

Hotel Rooms:

SMWW Conference attendees are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. JW Marriott will host the Football Career Conference. There are numerous hotels nearby, however, SMWW does not have any representation with respect to any such properties. Here are a few suggestions:

JW Marriott (Conference Location) 
10 South West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-236-1800

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 W Maryland St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-822-3500

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel 
31 W Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-635-2000
 

Fairfield Inn and Suites Indianapolis
501 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 636-7678



SpringHill Suites Downtown 
601 West Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 972-7293 

SMWW Staff

  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
  • Jon LaForce, SMWW Sports Career Counselor
  • Jeff Brodie, SMWW Vice President & NFLPA Agent
  • Liz Lashbrook, SMWW Executive Director
  • Alyssa Rutherford, SMWW Agency Executive Assistant
  • Adam Klimek, SMWW Sports Career Counselor & Agent
 
 

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Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!