About Us

The Warsaw Sports Business Club is one of the largest clubs at the University of Oregon, and is devoted to providing a platform for students to be exposed to every aspect of the sports business industry. Members hear from guest speakers, attend site visits and gain valuable networking experience.

We could not thank our founder Jim Warsaw enough for his dedication to the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and Warsaw Sports Business Club. To learn more about his life please click HERE.

WSBC is open to all University of Oregon students regardless of year or major.



The WSBC has access to leaders of the sports industry all across America and will create opportunities for members to learn about the current trends and business challenges faced by these leaders. This is done through our meetings with experts, large group site visits and TGIPDX's.



The WSBC will exercise its resources in order to provide guidance to students serious about a career in sports business. This is provided through our Mentor & Mentee program, Linkedin/Resume Workshops, career fairs, case competitions, etc.



The WSBC acknowledges the importance of social interaction between peers in the sports world, and will organize events in order to foster good relationships.



Bi-Monthly Club Meetings

Meeting Locations: Lillis 211

Meeting Times: 6:00pm Wednesdays of even weeks of the term

If you need help finding the Lillis Business Complex click here for a map of campus.

Check out photos of past meetings here!


Our Executive Team

Jackson Rizzi - President 
About Jackson
I'm a Senior at the University of Oregon studying Sports Business. I came here from Des Moines, Iowa because I needed scenery more exciting than cornfields. I'm looking to use sport as a vehicle to make changes in the world!

Check out my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackrizzi

Osiel Mendoza - VP of Finance 
About Osiel
I am a current Senior from Martinez, CA studying Sports Business. I value the power of sport and how it can positively affect our world and society in so many different ways. Being from the Bay Area, I'm a diehard Golden State Warriors fan (not a bandwagon) and specifically love to watch/play football, soccer and basketball in my free time.

For my professional "About Me", see my LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/osielmendoza

Alex Gedrose - VP of Membership 
About Alex
Senior Marketing Major interested in working in sports retail marketing. Currently Working as a Property Assistant at Oregon IMG Sports Marketing. Love the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.

Zoe Raiter - President 
About Zoe
I am Senior at the University of Oregon studying Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Business and a minor in Media Studies. Along with serving as the President for the Warsaw Sports Business Club, I served as an the VP of External Relations for WSBC and as an Operations Coordinator for KSI 2016. I am also an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity. My passions are in the area of community outreach and corporate social responsibility, particularly in the sports business industry. I hope to pursue a field where I can combine the greatness of sports with the community.

Check out my LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoeraiter

Contact Information:

Duncan Boone - VP Digital Media 
About Duncan
VP of Culture
from Chesapeake, Virginia
Junior: Pre-Business Major with concentration in Sports Business
Pursuing Marketing and Graphic Design
Huge fan of the Seahawks, Ducks and Spurs

Check out my full professional profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/duncanboone

James Blackwell - VP Culture  
About James
A senior and business major from Auckland, New Zealand.
Passionate about all things sports and still looking for the part of the industry I most want to start my career in.
I have worked in basketball and enjoying coaching youth teams.
For more about me check out my LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/jamesjblackwell

Dustin R Valdez - MBA Candidate 
About Dustin
I am a senior, majoring in Applied Economics, Business, and Society, minoring in Media Studies. Originally from Northern California, I lived in South Korea, Northern New York, and Iraq during my 10 years in the United States Army. I was discharged in 2012 and started school at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. I transferred to the University of Oregon in June 2015 because I am pursuing a career in the sports industry, and Oregon has the best blend of high-level athletics and faculty with industry experience.

In addition to serving as the VP of Career Development for the Warsaw Sports Business Club, I served as the Executive Coordinator for Youth Movement 2016. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, where I served on the 2016-17 Executive Board as the Warden. In addition, I am a member of the Veterans and Family Student Association, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Currently, I work for Oregon Football as an Ambassador, and for the UO Men's Lacrosse team as a Public Relations Intern.

I have been married for 13 years to my wife, Erin. I also have two dogs, Gunner, and Brewtus.

For my professional "About Me" see LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dvaldez64

Joshua Gordon - WSBC Faculty Advisor  
About Joshua
I am an Adopted Duck after moving to Eugene from Boston. I remain a Red Sox / Celtics / Patriots fan to the core. I run an awful lot and continue to compete in just about anything my worn out body allows!

For my professional "About Me" see LinkedIn at

Garret Koonce  
About Garret
Junior from Dallas, Texas. Undergraduate student in the Lillis College of Business. Sports Business concentration.

Liam E Jacobs  
About Liam
From Auckland New Zealand
Currently a Junior, i'm a Business major in the LCB honors program with a concentration in Sports Business and a minor in Economics.
Interning with UO Athletics as a Fan Experience Intern for 2017-2018.
VP of External Relations for WSBC

Maarten H Van Zee  
About Maarten
I am a freshman from Corvallis, Oregon planning on majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Non-Profit Administration. My career interests are in social responsibility and community outreach, hopefully in the sports business industry. Ideally I will be able to combine my passion for sports, and the community that it provides, with my experience fundraising to impact positive change in the world.

To learn more about me, please look at my LinkedIn:

Contact me at:

Claire Shaughnessy  
About Claire
VP of Digital Media
Junior Sports Business Major with a minor in Writing, Public Speaking and Critical Reasoning.
Currently working as an IMG Property Assistant and a Peer Advisor in the business school.

Alessandra M Rodriguez - Warsaw Hoopfest Director 
About Alessandra
Hi team, my name is Alessandra Rodriguez, but I go by Ale (pronounced either al-lee or ahhh-leh, take your pick). I am from Tracy,CA and am a rising Junior majoring in business and minoring in nonprofit administration. During my time in the WSBC, I have served as the KIDSPORTS Invitational sponsorship director in 2016 and the Warsaw Hoopfest Executive Director in 2017. I work in many different positions in the Athletic Department here on campus and am excited to serve as WSBC's 2017-2018 VP of Career Development! I have a special interest in event management and am looking to make a career out of it, specifically in the sports industry.

To take a look at my professional background check out LinkedIn at