A diverse and passionate staff with decades of wide-ranging sports business experience.
Jonathan Blue is Chairman and Managing Director of Blue Equity, LLC. Blue Equity is a private equity firm with a diverse and innovative portfolio of business enterprises with concentrations in oil and gas, media, healthcare, defense, financial services, real estate, manufacturing, art commerce, and sports & entertainment.
In his role as Chairman, Blue oversees the management of the current holdings in the company. Blue also formed BEST (Blue Entertainment Sports Television) in 2005 and was successful in building through ten acquisitions one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment firms which was acquired by Lagardère Unlimited in 2010. Lagardère Unlimited is now a division of the Lagardère Group (PAR-MMB), a worldwide leader in media, retailing, aerospace, and sports & entertainment. Jonathan received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Ryan currently serves as Manhattan Sports Business Academy’s Digital & Media Intern, where he is primarily responsible for facilitating the technical setup and multimedia content capture at all MSBA 2017 events and assisting with digital marketing initiatives including graphic design, social media, and website management.
Ryan is a rising senior at The Ohio State University double majoring in Marketing and Sport Industry. He is a graduate of the university Media, Marketing and Communications Scholars program and is a marketing committee member for TEDxOhioStateUniversity, one of Ohio State’s most accomplished student organizations. This fall he will be joining the Sports Business Industry Cluster program through the Fisher College of Business.
During the school year, Ryan works for Ohio State Athletics Video Services covering all football and basketball events and is a director for Big Ten Network StudentU broadcasts. On the weekends, he directs pay-per-view broadcasts and creates social media content for the world famous Eldora Speedway, where he has worked for 7 seasons. Ryan previously interned at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission as a Marketing & Events Intern.
Born and raised in Pleasant Hill, OH, Ryan is a die-hard Buckeye football, Duke basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New England Patriots fan.
Shannon Van Pelt joined the MSBA team in February 2017, when she was brought on board as remote Marketing & Communications Intern. She is incredibly excited to continue her work with MSBA this summer in New York City.
Shannon is a rising senior at Binghamton University, a State University of New York, where she has maintained an impressive 3.7 GPA while pursuing a B.A. in Graphic Design and a B.S in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing.
On campus, she is a member of Circle K and the Binghamton University Marketing Association. She also works as an Office Assistant in the Binghamton University Department of Residential Life. Last summer, she worked as an Orientation Advisor and helped over 3,000 new students transition into life at Binghamton University. Off campus, she enjoys cooking and FaceTiming her dog, Kenai.
Next semester, Shannon is looking forward to working as the Production Intern for RVSA Advertising, a local advertising agency that represents a variety of companies in New York’s Southern Tier.