Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


Making It Happen In A Competitive Industry

Making It Happen In A Competitive Industry

Steve Carpenter reports on the support he received from Loyola in helping him achieve his goals in the sports industry.

Describe your career path to date:

I am originally from New Jersey and I was first interested in Loyola because of the Sport Management program and its location in Chicago. I knew I always wanted to work in sports, so that’s how my college search began. After visiting campus and the city for the first time, I knew it is where I wanted to be! During my four years, I was enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, held two internships, participated in the Sport Management Club, and had a part time job in the sports industry.

After graduating in May 2014, I moved back home to New Jersey and in January 2015, I received my first full-time job in sports, working for my hometown minor league baseball team, The Trenton Thunder. I spent two years with them as a Ticket Sales Account Executive. In October 2016, I received an opportunity with the St. Louis Cardinals as a Direct Sales Representative, and in February 2018, I was promoted to Season Ticket Account Executive, which is the position I currently hold. The experience I accumulated in and out of the classroom at Loyola prepared me to immediately stand out in the competitive field of sports business.

How did you utilize Business Career Services?

The RamblerLink network and Business Career Services were both vital to my early career success. Using RamblerLink, I was able to find my two internships in Chicago which exposed me, for the first time, to sales methods, an office environment, and what it would take to succeed in the sports industry. RamblerLink and Career Services also helped get me my first part-time work opportunity at Vivid Seats. This position was the most challenging, but most rewarding experience in my college career. It forced me to develop my phone and customer service skills, which was something I noticed that many of my peers lacked when entering the work force.

I can honestly say that with the resources that RamblerLink provided, as well as the feedback and assistance I received from Career Services, I would not have been as prepared to immediately succeed in the sports industry.

Were there any faculty or staff members that were particularly helpful during your time at Loyola?

I would like to thank Pr. Lambrecht, Pr. Kim, Sister Jean, and all of the Quinlan School of Business for supporting me, giving me the resources to succeed, and allowing me to believe that my dream career could be possible.


Steve Carpenter 

Employer: St. Louis Cardinals

Title: Account Executive, Season Tickets

Graduation Date: May 2014

Degree: BBA, Sports Management and Finance