Jim Strode

Jim Strode, Ohio University (2021-2023)


Dr. Jim Strode is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the O’Bleness Associate Professor of Sport Management in the College of Business at Ohio University.  He previously served as the Chair of the Sports Administration program from 2019-2022.  During his time at Ohio University, he has co-lead the college’s 2022-2027 strategic plan, expand experiential learning opportunities for students, and helped implement new academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  His research interests include sport leadership, gender issues in sport, and sport philanthropy.

Nathan Kirkpatrick

Nathan Kirkpatrick, Samford University (2021-2023)

Vice President

Nathan Kirkpatrick joined the Brock School of Business faculty as an assistant professor of sports business in the fall 2020 semester.  Most recently, Kirkpatrick served for two years in the Nelson Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Texas. While at SFA, Kirkpatrick served as a clinical instructor of management and marketing, and also led their sports business program housed on SFA’s campus in The Woodlands, Texas (Houston area).  Prior to working at SFA, Kirkpatrick led the sport administration program in Samford’s School of Health Professions for five years, and he also worked as an assistant professor of sports administration at Belhaven University’s School of Business.  Kirkpatrick started his professional career working in college athletics as a director of basketball operations, head men's basketball coach, academics and eligibility worker, and athletic administrator within athletic departments at Colorado State University, Covenant College, and The University of Georgia. He played basketball at Covenant College.  Kirkpatrick received a Bachelor of Arts in history and secondary education from Covenant College, and a master's and Ph.D. concentrated in sport management and policy from the University of Georgia. 

Dr. Noni Zaharia

Noni Zaharia, Saint Louis University (2021-2023)


Dr. Noni Zaharia is an assistant professor of sport business at Saint Louis University. He combines his business education with his international professional experience in sport management to offer an exciting and innovative classroom experience. Dr. Zaharia has a very good understanding of sport marketing, general marketing, and management areas from his relevant international sport work experience, and because he studied these topics in his Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing program and in his M.B.A. program. Moreover, he has additional expertise in Applied Statistics and Research Methods through his doctoral minor from University of Northern Colorado. He began his teaching career as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sport Management Department at the Florida State University where he taught various sport management courses.

Dr. Jennifer Hobbs Plantier

Jennifer H Plantier, Hardin-Simmons University (2021-2023)


Dr. Jennifer Hobbs Plantier, professor of marketing, is the Kelley College of Business graduate program director. Jennifer received a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Hawaii Pacific University in 1995. Plantier furthered her education while working as the marketing director and station programmer in student affairs at Texas Tech University. She completed her M.S. in marketing at Tech in 2002. She shifted her focus to consumer behavior and continued her education at Texas Tech.  She graduated with her Ph.D. in consumer economics in 2007. During the completion of this degree, Plantier found herself as a Visiting Professor at Towson University in Towson Maryland where she taught marketing and economics courses from 2005 to 2007.  She has published and presented at the Association of Financial Counseling Planning and Education (AFCPE) conference where she received the Outstanding Conference Paper Award in 2007. Dr. Plantier teaches courses in Marketing Principles, Consumer Behavior, International Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research, Customer Data Analysis, Marketing Management, Neuromarketing, Promotion, and Personal Finance.

Phil Hatlem

Phil Hatlem, Saint Leo University (2021-2023)


Phil Hatlem is a Sport Business Instructor II in the Tapia College of Business at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida. Before entering academia, Hatlem worked for ten years in athletic administration at mid-major universities in Texas, South Carolina, Iowa, and Idaho. He also spent a year as ticket manager for the men’s professional tennis tournament in Indianapolis. He has volunteered at major sporting events in the Tampa Bay region, including the PGA Tour, NCAA Final Four, the Outback Bowl, and the Super Bowl. Hatlem’s research and teaching interests include the historical and cultural forces that have shaped our sporting landscape, and how we may apply those findings to address issues facing the industry today. He also has a great affinity and interest in the Olympics and the Olympic Movement. He has presented at numerous conferences, both throughout the United States and internationally.