She'll speak in Youngquist Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m.

    Minor league baseball executive Tyler Tumminia will be speaking at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Youngquist Auditorium located in the Northwest Research and Outreach Center.

    Tumminia is senior vice president with the Goldklang Group, a minor league baseball ownership consortium that currently owns/manages five ball clubs in various markets throughout the U.S. She oversees operations of the Group’s five teams, as well as their marketing and broad scale sponsorship, baseball operations, and communication efforts. Her visit is sponsored by Concerts and Lectures at the U of M, Crookston. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

    Tumminia developed the award winning marketing philosophy, "Be Your Own Fan," and her development of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame has received tremendous recognition throughout the industry, and has been hailed as a game-changer in how scouts are perceived at the local levels. She is co-owner of the Pittsfield Suns, a collegiate summer baseball team located in Pittsfield, Mass.

    Lacole McPherson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Business Department is pleased to bring someone of Tumminia’s caliber to campus. “The opportunity to hear Tyler Tumminia will be a highlight for our sport and recreation management students, but it is also a great chance for the campus and community to learn from her,” McPherson says. “We are fortunate to have someone with her talent, influence, and leadership abilities coming to our campus to share.”

    This past September, Tumminia was the first female executive to partake in the MLB Scout School in Phoenix, Ariz. She developed the Group’s marketing philosophy, Be Your Own Fan, in response to current market trends and industry analysis. In addition she is responsible for the largest group-wide partnership with a major brand and the largest singular themed promotional event.

    She is a recipient of the Roland Hemond, MASA and Marcom awards for excellence in her field, and in 2011 was named Executive of the Year by NYU’s Sports Management program. Beginning in September 2013, she has been an adjunct professor in the sport business management program at Manhattanville College, a four-year liberal arts college and graduate school in Purchase, New York.

    For more information about the sport and recreation management program at the U of M, Crookston, visit