|Position:||Director of Sales|
Jesse Whalen joined the Georgia State staff in January 2018 in the position of Director of Sales with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, the firm that handles the sponsorships and partnerships for Georgia State Athletics.
In his current role, he assists in the solicitation, negotiation, and management of all corporate partner relationships, which include more than 90 accounts including Allstate, T-Mobile, Jimmy John’s, HelloFresh & McAlister’s Deli.
He collaborates with the marketing department and the sports communications department to design and distribute all marketing print materials, ticket sales pieces, social media campaigns, in-game promotions as well as advertising and sales campaign initiatives such as flyers, posters, emails, and mass mailings among corporate sponsors. He also oversees the execution of sponsorship branding on print materials, arena signage, promotions, giveaways, website, radio, ticket access, and special events as required under the terms of sponsor contracts as well as manages a staff of 5 to 10 game day workers to successfully run promotions and sponsor fulfillment components
Prior to Georgia State, Whalen was a top tier ticket seller for the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Lake Erie Monsters.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Whalen earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Bowling Green State University in 2009. He was part of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣAE) and currently resides in West Midtown Atlanta.