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Baseball Career Conference
San Diego, California
December 7 & 8, 2014

(to coincide with professional baseball meetings)

What:
 

The 2014 SMWW Baseball Career Conference will be held in San Diego, California. This conference is to gain valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at all levels in baseball including MLB and the minor leagues. Today, 20 minor baseball leagues operate with 246 member clubs in large, medium, and small towns, as well as the suburbs of major cities, across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.
This day long career conference offers unique panel discussions and question-answer periods designed to start or advance your career on the business of baseball. The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels; including scouting, marketing, management, media, public relations, digital video editing, athlete representation, broadcasting, and sports career strategies.

Simply put, if you are looking to work in baseball, this is a must attend event.

When:
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Welcome Reception
(Location to be announced)
Monday, December 8, 2014,  9am-5pm

Conference Sessions - see sample agenda below. Baseball teams do not determine which staff is attending the Winter Meetings until November so speakers are announced in November. Speakers and agenda will be similar.

Speakers:  

Speakers vary from year to year but can not commit until after the 2014 season. This is the list of 2013 speakers. Do not wait for speaker announcement to register as we expect to sell out due to limited seating.

  • John Schuerholz, President Atlanta Braves
  • Cory Schwartz, MLB Advanced Media Vice President, Stats
  • Dan Evans, Toronto Blue Jays Scout, Former LA Dodgers GM
  • Rob Neyer, SB Nation National Baseball Editor & well known baseball author
  • Tony DeMacio, Director Scouting Atlanta Braves
  • Toney Howell, Special Assistant GM LA Dodgers
  • Ari Kaplan, Ariball President - leading figure in sports analytics
  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
  • Hector Gomez, MLB Agent
  • Joe Favorito, Sports Publicity & Marketing Consultant
  • Bobby Evans, San Francisco Giants, Dir. of Player Personnel
  • Alyson Footer, National Correspondent MLB.com
  • Sal Artiaga, Former President of Minor League Baseball
  • Dr. Jose Goyos, Ph.D. L.C.S.W. Kansas City Royals Sports Psychologist
  • Tom Giordano, Special Assistant GM Texas Rangers
  • Scott Akasaki, Los Angeles Dodgers Travel Director 
  • Maury Brown, Founder and President of The Biz of Baseball
  • Larry D'Amato, Former MLB Scout
  • Tony Ciccolella, MLB Agent, SMWW Agency Dir. of Baseball
  • Ryan Latham, Sports Risk Mgr. formerly with Red Sox & Mariners
  • Mark Smith, Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator
  • Chuck Patterson, SMWW Sports Career Counselor
  • Ted Curtis, Esq. Lynn University, Department of Sports Management
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President and Founder

    Note: Speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more speakers will know their team meeting schedules.

 

Where: San Diego, California

SMWW Baseball Conference sessions take place at the San Diego Embassy Suites. This is one mile from the near the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Headquarter Hotel for the Winter Baseball Meetings.

San Diego Embassy Suites
601 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, California 92101

Phone:(619) 239-2400
 

Who should attend:

Anyone 16 years or older working on the business side of baseball or wanting to work in baseball!

Networking Opportunities: One of the advantages of this conference is the ability to network within the industry with fellow baseball minded indviduals. Some work for a team, others are looking to break into the industry. Following their presentations, most speakers chat one on one with attendees. Most attendees come alone, but make many new friends, and peers within the industry. And they return year after year!

"The SMWW event is the best learning experience of the year for understanding how the entire baseball market works,” said Kaplan, “I enjoy hearing from a broad spectrum of presenters including executives, Front Office workers, scouts, players, agents, marketing, media. I've worked in MLB for 20 years and find this event fresh and unique."  Ari Kaplan, well known Moneyball Analyst for MLB Teams 

Goal:

 To provide members of the sports industry with an opportunity to work with and learn from leading industry experts regarding the representation of athletes and the challenges of operating professional teams, leagues, facilities and media outlets.

Articles about the Baseball Career Conference:
More about the Winter Baseball Meetings:

 For those of you who have never experienced the Winter Baseball Meetings, it is fascinating!  Executives from all 30 Major League Baseball organizations attend, as well as more than 160 Minor League Baseball teams. This event is the major baseball event of the year. GMs, player agents, executives, managers, and yes, a few players all attend. It’s an event worth attending if you are looking to network, report on the signings and trades that go down, or for fans to feel the energy and excitement. Where else can you have Tommy Lasorda, Bill James, Frank Robinson, Scott Boras, Bob DuPuy, Billy Beane, and Bobby Cox all within 20 feet of each other? (As reported by Maury Brown) There’s also trainers, scouts, media, reps from the leagues, ESPN, Baseball America, MLB Network, MLB.com...it is a plethora of baseball who’s who. Attending the SMWW Baseball Conference and walking around will be enough for most of you, but for those who want more, read here. 

Note: The SMWW Baseball Career Conference in not inconjunction with the Baseball Winter Meetings. It is held at the same time so that we are close to as many baseball executives who can network and speak to our group.


Conference Fees: (Early Registration discount now available)

  • Conference Registration Includes:
  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions,
  • Monday Networking Lunch,
  • Sunday Night Welcome Reception
     
  • General Admission click here: $150 before July 31, 2014

Baseball Career Conference Hotel: 
All conference sessions, Networking Lunch, and Welcome Reception will be held at the San Diego Embassy Suites. Room nights are greatly discounted for SMWW attendees. Register for the conference first and then book your room early here.
Click here to reserve your room at the SMWW discount!

San Diego Embassy Suites 
601 Pacific Hwy, 

San Diego, California 92101
Phone:(619) 239-2400

•Beautiful ocean, bay and city views
•Near Gaslamp Quarter, Convention Center and Airport
•Near Seaport Village & the Embarcadero
•Complimentary Happy Hour
•Complimentary breakfast buffet with cooked to order breakfast
•Visit SeaWorld, Legoland, San Diego Zoo 
 
 

 STILL curious? We have videos available about our past conferences. We get rave reviews, and conference attendees keep coming back!

 

2013 Baseball Career Conference Agenda:

This is a sample of last year's agenda. Event will be similar.
We have videos available about our past Basketball and Hockey conferences.


Monday
8:00am
Conference Packet and Name Badge pickup desk opens. (For those who did not pick up Sunday evening.)
8:45am Welcome & Introductions - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
9:00am

Skills & Strategies to Move up the Ladder
D
an Evans - former LA Dodgers GM & Toronto Blue Jays Scout, SMWW Baseball GM & Scouting Course Mentor
Mark Smith - Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator & SMWW Alumni
Lee Folgers - Baseball America President/Publisher

10:00am

Baseball Scouting: 
Tony DeMacio -
Atlanta Braves Director of Scouting
Tom Giordano,
Texas Rangers Special Asst to the GM
Toney Howell,
LA Dodgers Special Asst to the GM
Larry D'Amato - former MLB Scout for 5 teams and SMWW Baseball GM & Scouting Mentor

11:00am

New Media Communications
Rob Neyer - SB Nation National Baseball Editor and well known author
Joe Favorito, Sports Publicity & Marketing Consultant, SMWW Sports Marketing & Communications Mentor
Alyson Footer, MLB.com reporter

 


 
12noon Networking Lunch (provided)
 
1:00pm

MLB Agent & Player Relationship
Recruiting, relationships, contract negotiation, ethics in the industry

Tony Ciccolella, MLB Agent & SMWW Alumni
Oscar Suarez, 
MLB Agent 
Hector Gomez, MLB Agent

2:00pm

Cultural Development: Minors to Majors
Sal Artiaga -
Former President of Minor League Baseball
Dr. Jose M Goyos, Kansas City Royals Sports Psychologist

3:00pm

Player Contracts & Sabermetrics
Cory Schwartz - 
Vice President, Stats, MLB Advanced Media
Bobby Evans - San Francisco Giants, Dir. of Player Personnel
Ari Kaplan-Ari-ball President - leading figure in sports analytics

4:00pm The #1 Way to Break into Working for a Team
Tom Leip - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes President
Ryan Latham - formerly with the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Tacoma Rainiers and SMWW Alumni
Scott Akasaki, LA Dodgers Director of Team Travel
 
5pm

 Closing Remarks

 5pm  Winter Meetings Opening Night at the Trade Show for those who have tickets.

                                                                              

 

Sidebar

Baseball Career Conference Speakers
(Speakers vary from year to year)

 

Pat Gillick
Former GM of 4 MLB teams, & three World Series championships




Stan Kasten

Los Angeles Dodgers President
 



St. Louis Cardinals GM
John Mozeliak
"2011 World Series Champions"



Rob Neyer
SB Nation, National Baseball Writer
and well known author

 
Jayson Stark
ESPN Senior Baseball Writer

 


Cory Schwartz
VP, Stats, MLB Advanced Media

 

 
Harold Reynolds
MLB Network Studio Analyst


Victor Rojas
Voice of the LA Angels


Jeff Grey
Seattle Mariners Pitcher

 


Ned Colletti
LA Dodgers GM


Stan Kasten
former Washington Nationals President


Bill Squadron
Bloomberg Sports GM

 



Jerry Crasnick
ESPN & Baseball America


Jay Miller
Texas Rangers
Senior VP

 


Maury Brown
BizofBaseball
 

 


Tracy Ringolsby
Baseball America & FoxSports.com

 


Tony Ciccolella
MLB Agent
 

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