MBA Alumna-on-the-Rise Experiences Professional Sport’s Biggest Spectacle
Date Published: Feb. 14, 2017
Alumna Kelly Jones, MBA ’15, recently returned to her home in Atlanta, after getting
the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience professional sport’s biggest spectacle
from right inside NRG Stadium at this year’s Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. Thanks
not only to the generosity of her employers — the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons newest business
partner Legends Hospitality — but also the professional guidance of Associate Professor
of Management Scott Wysong. Jones credits Wysong, who also directs the Satish & Yasmin
Gupta School of Business’ MBA program, with helping her achieve her dreams of working
in an incredibly difficult industry to enter, professional sports management.
“I am very proud of Kelly’s career accomplishments. She was always an excellent student
and very motivated to succeed,” said Wysong.
Jones, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, is a premium sales consultant with Legends
Hospitality, which manages ticket sales for the Falcons. As such she is responsible
for selling personal seat licenses (PSL) inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium to those currently
holding season tickets inside the Falcon’s old stadium, the Georgia Dome, as well
as other interested fans. PSL sales in the Falcon’s new stadium have soared since
the team played their way into their only second-ever Super Bowl.
“The connections I made through the MBA program at UD proved extremely valuable to
my career, because, honestly, without the guidance of Scott Wysong I wouldn't be working
for the Falcons today,” said Jones.
While attending UD, Wysong recommended that Jones attend a career fair, which landed
her at the Dallas Stars before she moved to Atlanta to work for the Falcons.
“Breaking into sports is hard. There are not a lot of jobs or a lot of people who
want to work in that industry,” said Wysong. “I always encouraged our MBA students
to volunteer, intern or do whatever they can to get their foot in the door.”
Thousands of alumni like Jones have benefitted from the wisdom and guidance of UD’s
engaged faculty. Learn more about the Gupta College of Business MBA program by visiting