2019 Sports Summit

Keynote Speaker

Michael Aresco

Commissioner, American Athletic Conference

Aresco was named to his current position on Aug. 14 2012, and had his contract extended to Aug. 1, 2022, by The American’s Board of Directors in 2017. He has overseen the strategic reinvention of the conference – one that spans geographically from Connecticut to Texas. His tenure has included and impressive string of successes. American Athletic Conference teams have won four NCAA Championships and three New Year’s Six Bowl games since the 2012-13 academic year. The American was named in 2016 a finalist for the Sports Business Journal League of the Year award, the only entity from college athletics to be so honored. The formation of the conference was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 10 best decisions of college football’s last 10 years.

 Among the milestones reached during Aresco’s tenure have the introduction of the American Athletic Conference Football Championship in 2015 and the launching of a dynamic Power 6 branding campaign, which aligns The American with its peer conferences and celebrates the competitive success that the conference has enjoyed at the highest level of collegiate competition.

 Prior to joining the Conference, Aresco served as executive vice president for programming at CBS Sports and was responsible for all college sports programming for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network

The breakout rooms create a different dynamic than most career fairs or summits, and allow students the opportunity to hear about topics they’re genuinely interested in from experts. The teams and organizations in attendance were staggering. It feels very manageable, and I have the WSMS to thank for introducing me to the Worcester Bravehearts, leading to one of the most unforgettable summers of my life.
- Nathan Anderson UMass Amherst '22