Atlanta, GA – MELT ( the Atlanta based Sports Entertainment, and Culinary Marketing Firm announces its list of speakers for the 2017 MELT University internship program. The thirty-five students representing twenty-two universities will learn from the masters in the sports marketing world and more. This year’s Melt U guest speakers include an incredible cornucopia of talent and a who’s who in the sports marketing field:

Jim Host- Founder Host Communications
Rick Jones- Founder and CEO FishBait Marketing
JW Cannon- Chief Marketing Officer UPS
John Kennebrew- Executive Director/The Showcase Group
Caleb Swann- Director of Partnership Development Auburn University
Jeff Gregor- Chief Catalyst Officer TNT/TBS
Wayne Kostroski- Founder: The Taste of the NFL
Melvin Lewis- Sports Business Management/ University of Alabama
John Cassimus- Zoe’s Kitchen-Jinsei Sushi-Maki Fresh-Sawtooth Plantation
Hector Munoz- Chief Marketing Officer Church’s Chicken
Darren Eales- President Atlanta United Professional Soccer Team
William Pate- President and CEO of the Atlanta Visitors and Conventions Bureau
John Newby- Executive Vice President and General Manager Varsity Brands
Mike Hibbison- Vice President of Merchandising Home Depot
Tracy White- Senior Vice President Southeast Region for IMG
Tim Zulawski- Vice President of sponsorship sales for the Atlanta Falcons
Lauren Katovsky- Director of Corporate Sponsorships at Kennesaw State University
Ranford Richardson- Account Executive Television Sales ESPN
John Mount- Vice President Retail Channel Strategy and Marketing at Coca Cola
Chad Crawford- Chief Marketing Officer Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc.
Vaughn Williams- Athletic Director Kennesaw State University
Sam Crenshaw- Sportscaster 92.9 The Game/ WXIA-TV
Brian Doud- Director of Marketing Thompson Tractor
Stan Beck- Author of the book: College Sports Traditions
Erin Howard- Account Lead at Twitter
David Adler- CEO and Founder BizBash
Dina Gerson- Director of Olympic Marketing/ Coca Cola
Fred Steck- Vice President of College Program Rights/ Learfield
Susan Gambardella- Vice President of Global Account Team/ Coca Cola
Blake Rockwell- Executive Director of Special Spectators
Kendall Allen-Owner-Influence Collective LLC.
Ben May- Senior Director ESPN/GM IMG Marketing, Raycom Director of Sales

The MELT University speakers tour begins on June 6 and runs through July 28.