Adam Kuhr ‘16 is a go getter. He graduated from the Sport Management department at Farmingdale State College. As a Long Island native, he knew he wanted to stay close to home and he instantly fell into his ideal academic niche with the program. His career path started with an Internship with the PGA tour. He started as an operations intern during his time with the Barclay’s Tournament. His role at the time consisted of assisting operations staff with signage design and corporate hospitality buildouts. After that summer, the PGA Tour asked him take on another operations intern role in South Florida which he happily accepted. A few weeks into that internship, he came across the opportunity he’s currently pursuing with JP Sports + Entertainment. Adams says, “My current position is event coordinator with a focus on the operational aspects of our company projects. JP Sports & Entertainment works with many athletes, celebrities, and Fortune 500 companies to execute 5-star turnkey events while providing experiential marketing tactics around North America and the Caribbean.” Adam is currently tasked with developing strategic on-site build-out plans, overseeing the execution of our events, and the breakdown. Adam credits FSC Sport Management faculty for his success and perseverance. He believes he wouldn’t be here without their guidance. “My professors gave me the tools I needed to secure a job in the sports industry and I couldn’t thank them enough.”
What advice do you have for students?
My advice for those who would like to enter into the Sports Management field would be to get involved with the many opportunities that come around. Internships, networking, and volunteering are the best way to get introduced into this industry. Always be prepared, show up on time with a smile and be eager to learn and always be willing to take on more responsibility. Always ask questions as those who are in the industry know what is was like to be in your position.
This industry is no cake walk and everyone will endure bumps along the way. You will come across tasks that you feel are below you, endure early hours, late nights, and long days. Some jobs will need you to travel for weeks on end, but use all of that to position yourself to reach your goals.
Job opportunities can present themselves anywhere in the world and you need to be willing and open to any that comes along. Move for that job, take that internship, attend networking events, and do not let fear hold you back. I moved to South Florida not knowing anything or anyone and it was the best choice I have made to get my career off the ground.