Sport Management Faculty

Doug Blais - Professor

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Doug joined SNHU in 1996 and is a professor of Sport Management. Dr. Blais received SNHU's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and 2010.

Blais has worked with some of the best sports teams and companies in the world. He has advised the Boston Celtics on their ticketing policies, traveled with NBC to help produce the Olympics and consulted with many sports teams and entertainment venues in New England and beyond.

Blais received his Bachelor of Science from New Hampshire College in 1998, his Master in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 1990, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut in 2000.

In 2011, Blais traveled to Nicaragua with Soccer Without Boarders where he assisted in providing programming to young girls that are traditionally excluded from sports-based and extracurricular activities.  Blais continue to consult for the organization.

Blais' publications include ''Still on their honeymoon: a five-year case study of an American Hockey League team and the reasons for their continued success.'' International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, 2009 and his presentations include Sport Marketing Association, ''Case Study in Implementation of a Sales-Practicum Class, SMA, New Orleans, LA (November 2010).

Blais was awarded the Faculty Athletic Representative Fellowship from the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2006 and in 2012 attended the NCAA Advanced  Leadership Institute. Blais was inducted into SNHU's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003.

Elizabeth Sheehan - Associate Professor / Director of Center for Teaching and Learning

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Elizabeth joined SNHU in 2005 as an instructor of Sport Management and is now an associate professor of Sport Management and the director of center for teaching and learning. She recently served as the director of college unbound and the director for community engaged learning.

Courses taught include Integrated Leadership & Project Management, Integrated Practicum,  and Introduction to Sports Management, Sport Event Sponsorship and Governance and Management of Sport Organizations.   Sheehan received her Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from Mount Saint Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland, her Master of Science in Sport Management and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Publications include Sheehan, B., & McDonald, M. (December 2011).  An examination into the impact of an experience-based course on students’ emotional competency development. Sport Management Education Journal, 5(1), 49-75., and McDonald, M., Spence, K., & Sheehan, B. (2011). Classroom-As-Organization: An Integral Approach. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 6(2), 67-81.

Conference Presentations include McDonald, M., Spence, K., & Sheehan, B. (July 2010). “Classroom-as-Organization: An Integral Approach” Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Integral Theory Conference (ITC), Pleasant Hill, CA.

Sheehan serves as a member of SNHU’s Undergraduate Research Committee and her professional service includes manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Management Education and the Journal of Experiential Education.   Sheehan is a member of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and Campus Compact of New Hampshire.  

Kevin Snyder - Assistant Professor

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An assistant professor of Sport Management, Kevin Snyder received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), his Master of Business Administration from University of Oregon and recently finished the doctoral program in Philosophy in Management at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Snyder's interests continue throughout sport management and business strategy in innovation and knowledge services.

Snyder has numerous lectures and research in progress. Conferences include McKelvey, S, Sutton, W. and Snyder, K. (2011). Analysis of the interaction between sales and marketing departments in a professional team setting, Sport Marketing Association, Houston, TX. Snyder has multiple publications; his books include Mills, P.K. and Snyder, K. (2010). Knowledge Services Management: Organizing Around Internal Markets, 2010, Springer: New York, NY.

Snyder has worked on consulting projects with ESPN, EA Sports, National Hockey League and the ING New York City Marathon.

Kostas Karadakis - Assistant Professor

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An assistant professor of Sport Management, Dr. Kostas Karadakis joined SNHU in 2012. His research interests include sport event impacts and their influence on quality of life, sport tourism, legacy management and community development through sport. Karadakis has also been involved in a number of international research projects dealing with the Vancouver Olympic Games and the 2010 World Cup.

Karadakis earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, a Master in Business Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Management at the University of Florida.

Karadikis has given multiple national and international presentations and guest lectures. Journal publications include Karadakis, K. & Kaplanidou, K. (2012) Legacy Perceptions Among Olympic Host and Non-host Residents: A longitudinal study of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games (European Sport Management Quarterly) and Karadakis, K., Kaplanidou, K. & Karlis, G. (2010) Event leveraging of mega sport events: A SWOT analysis approach (International Journal of Festival and Event Management).

He was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Student Award from the University of Florida International Center and is a member of North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

Mark Hecox - Dept. Chair, Professor

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Dr. Mark Hecox teaches a range of courses on both the graduate and undergraduate level including: Sport Marketing, Sport Licensing & Strategic Alliances, Global Sport Business, Internationalization of Sport Business, Sport Management and Sport Seminar. His area of research interest focuses on global product development and strategic alliances. He joined SNHU in 2004 and is a professor of sport management. Hecox was also the director of new business development, licensing & equipment at Reebok International.

Hecox received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and his Master in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Miami and his Doctor of Business Administration in International Business from SNHU
His publications include a book chapter, Hecox, M. (2004). "Case Study: Reebok International Ltd: International Challenges in the implementation of enterprise software systems." Routledge Press.

Presentations include Hecox, M. (Presenter Only), Colby Sawyer College, "2008 Beijing Olympics: Opportunities in Sport Business," Colby Sawyer College. (February 21, 2007).

Academy of International Business (AIB) NE Conference 2007, "The Reebok Core Board: Analysis of a Global Sport Product," Peer reviewed paper included in conference proceedings and presented in oral presentation, October 19, 2007

William Gillett - Dean of School of Business

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William Gillett, J.D., came to SNHU in 2010 after spending the first 25 years of his career in international business and the law. Immediately prior to joining SNHU, Gillett served as president of RiverStone Resources, an international insurance and reinsurance organization specializing in the management of large, long-tail liabilities, where he was responsible for its overall strategic direction and new business acquisitions. Gillett brings a wealth of business and international partnerships, many formed as managing director for RiverStone’s European division.

Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

Gillett is also an active participant in New Hampshire's business and philanthropic communities including New Hampshire Public Radio, the International Institute of New England, the New Hampshire High Technology Council and the New Hampshire Writers' Project.