On Thursday, April 19, college students and recent graduates are invited to go behind-the-scenes in the business of baseball with top finance/accounting executives from the Phillies, Citizens Bank and KPMG at this exclusive #CollegeSeries pre-game event!
- Learn from top Phillies, Citizens Bank and KPMG executives during a moderated question and answer session in the Phillies Media Room. Panelists will provide excellent insight into the business of baseball as it pertains to the finance and accounting industry, as well as share their career experience and advice. Speakers include: John Nickolas, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, The Phillies; Scott Proefrock, Assistant General Manager & Certified Public Accountant, The Phillies, Vincent Drozd, Partner, KPMG LLP; and Daniel Astolfi, SVP Middle Market Regional Executive Mid-Atlantic Region at Citizens Bank.
- Hear from a Phillies player who will talk about his college and major league experience.
- Practice networking with Phillies executives and other special guests - including 1983 National League MVP Gary "Sarge" Matthews - during a Phillies Networking Hour. Meet informally with front office personnel from various departments, as well as those who spearhead the Phillies intern and Phillies Ballgirls programs. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes. Introduce yourself to recruiters from KPMG LLP, a long-time partner of the Phillies, who will be on site to answer questions about career opportunities with the audit, tax and advisory firm. Also meet with representatives from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accounts (PICPA) - the second oldest CPA organization in the United States - who will have information on career opportunities, as well as membership and industry events.
- Take #Selfies with the 2008 & 1980 World Series Trophies.
- Cheer on the Phillies with a ticket to that night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with seating in Sections 241-245.
PICPA members can click on the "Buy Now" button below and use their special password for discounted tickets.
- Check-in begins at 4 p.m. and features a Networking Hour and #selfies with the World Series Trophies until 5 p.m.
- The panel portion of the program officially starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Phillies-Pirates game at 7:05 p.m.
- The event is limited to 200 students. Interested professors, recent graduates, and parents of students are welcome to attend.
- Dress is casual to business casual.
- Students are urged to ask questions throughout the program, as well as in advance, to @Phillies using #CollegeSeries
- Cost: $30. Includes (in addition to the above networking and panel) a game ticket sections 241-245 ($30 value), as well as $12 worth of concession credit that can be redeemed throughout the ballpark for food, beverage and/or merchandise.
- First time Uber riders attending #CollegeSeries events: Enjoy $15 off your first Uber ride! Use code PHILSCOLLEGESUMMIT (valid in US only, new users only, expires 9/21/18).
2018 Spring Semester
Monday, April 8 vs. Nationals - Phillies #CollegeSeries Baseball Analytics Night sponsored by Temple University's Fox School of Business for analytics, statistics, mathematics, economics, business intelligence, MIS/information technology, business & sport management students, as well as those involved with athletics
New! Tuesday, April 9 vs. Nationals - Phillies #CollegeSeries Sports Science & Holistic Health Night sponsored by Temple University's Fox School of Business for athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy, pre-health & sport management students - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 10 vs. Nationals - Phillies #CollegeSeries Stadium Security Partnerships Night sponsored by Temple University's Fox School of Business for sport/facilities management & law enforcement/criminal justice students
Monday, April 15 vs. Mets - Phillies #CollegeSeries: Business of Sports Media & Marketing Night sponsored by Temple University's Fox School of Business for communications, journalism, broadcasting, advertising, marketing, social media, business, & sport management students - SOLD OUT
New! Tuesday, April 16 vs. Mets - Phillies #CollegeSeries Computer Science & Operations Night sponsored by Temple University's Fox School of Business for computer science, computer programming, computer systems analysis, applied mathematics, management & industrial engineering students
Thursday, April 25 vs. Marlins - Phillies #CollegeSeries Finance Night sponsored by Temple University's Fox School of Business for accounting, finance, business & sport management students
Gary Matthews Sr. - Phillies Ambassador & 1983 National League MVP
Known around the baseball world simply as "Sarge," Gary enters his fifth season as a Club Ambassador for the Phillies. Matthews' on-air experience includes radio and tv analysis and color commentary for Toronto (2000-01) and Philadelphia (2007-13).
The former outfielder played 16 seasons in the majors, including three with the Phillies (1981-83). He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1983 National League Championship Series when the Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series. He also played for the San Francisco Giants (1972-76), Atlanta Braves (1977-80), Chicago Cubs (1984-87) and finished his playing career with the Seattle Mariners in 1987. For his career, Gary hit .281 with 234 home runs, 978 RBI and 183 stolen bases in 2,033 games.
In addition to his NLCS MVP trophy, Gary won the National League Rookie of the Year award (BBWAA and The Sporting News) in 1973 and was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1979. He appeared in the NL Division Series with the Phillies in 1981, the NLCS and World Series with the Phillies in 1983 and the NLCS with the Cubs in 1984. He led the Phillies in game-winning RBI in 1982 with 17.
Following his playing career, Gary worked in private industry before joining the Cubs organization as a minor league hitting instructor (1995-97). He spent seven seasons as a major league coach: Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach, 1998-99; Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach, 2000; and Cubs hitting coach, 2003-04 and first base coach, 2005-06. His lone postseason appearance as a coach was with the Cubs in 2003.
Gary was drafted out of San Fernando High School in 1968, the 17th player selected in the June draft. His son, Gary Jr., played in the majors with seven different teams, including the Cubs (2000-01). Gary and his son are one of seven father/son combinations to play for the Cubs in club history.
John Nickolas - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, The Philllies
John Nickolas joined the Phillies organization in July 2003 and was named senior vice president & chief financial officer on July 1, 2017. John, who spent the previous 10 years as vice president, chief financial officer, oversees all financial aspects of the club's operations as well as business intelligence and analytics, Florida operations and minor league franchise business operations. In addition, he currently serves as a trustee of Major League Baseball's Non-Uniformed Personnel Pension Plan and chairs the MLB Eastern Region group.
A 1985 graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, John graduated summa cum laude with a BS degree in accounting from West Chester University in 1990. He has served as a member of West Chester University's Business School Advisory Council and a trustee of the university's foundation. John has been a guest speaker for various organizations and universities in the Philadelphia area.
Prior to joining the Phillies, John served in a variety of financial and operational roles for Internet Capital Group, Inc., Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. and KPMG LLP. He is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.
John and his wife Pam reside in Newtown Square, Pa. with the family's two Shih Tzus, Daisey and Duke. They have two adult sons, John and Michael.
Scott Proefrock - Assistant General Manager, The Phillies
Scott joined the Phillies on November 17, 2008, as assistant general manager. In his role with the Phillies, Scott interprets the major league rules and basic agreement with the MLB Players Association and assists in trades, free agent acquisitions, arbitration and contract negotiations, along with player development and scouting. Scott served as the Phillies' interim general manager for a six-week span from September 10 through October 25, 2015, following the club's decision to not renew the contract of former GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
Before being hired in Philadelphia, Scott worked for the Baltimore Orioles as the director of baseball administration for three years (2006-08), where - in addition to many of the same roles he has with the Phillies - he coordinated the team's baseball data system and prepared the baseball operations budget. Prior to joining the Orioles, he spent 11 seasons in a similar capacity with the Tampa Bay Rays, which he joined as director of baseball administration on July 27, 1995, only four months after the franchise was awarded and two and a half years before the organization would field a major league team. Scott was promoted to assistant general manager of the Rays in January 1997.
Scott began his baseball career as a marketing intern with the Pittsburgh Pirates in August 1987. He was hired by the Pirates as director of marketing information systems in November 1987 and moved over to scouting and player development assistant in December 1989. A year later, he went to the Atlanta Braves and spent five years there in scouting and player development capacities, the last as assistant director for scouting and player development, before joining the Rays. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Scott was raised in Norwood, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from The College of William & Mary before earning a master's degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts. He is also a certified public accountant.
Daniel Astolfi - SVP Middle Market Regional Executive Mid-Atlantic Region, Citizens Bank
Daniel Astolfi, Executive Vice President, is the Regional Market Executive for the Mid-Atlantic Commercial Banking Business at Citizens Bank. The Mid-Atlantic Region includes Eastern Pennsylvania (Harrisburg and east), New Jersey, Delaware, down into Baltimore, and Metro-New York City. Dan has over 29 years of banking industry experience, with the last 13 years at Citizens Bank. Commercial Banking is defined by client revenue size ranging between $25 Million and $500 Million. Responsibilities include growing and building relationships with a network of clients across varied industries and ensuring that appropriate products and ideas of value are introduced to support the clients business and strategies. Dan maintains offices in both Plymouth Meeting, PA as well as Philadelphia, PA.
Dan is active in the community, and serves as a volunteer board member of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (Executive Management Committee), the Mural Arts Program (Executive Management Committee) and Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS).
Dan earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Widener University and earned his MBA from Drexel University. He passed the CPA Exam in 2001. He has lived and worked in the Philadelphia metropolitan area his entire life, growing up in Delaware County and now residing in Chester County, where he lives with his wife Helena and their three daughters-Isabella, Grace and Leila.
Vincent Drozd - Partner, KPMG LLP
Vince is an audit partner in KPMG's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) practice in Philadelphia. He has over 20 years of experience serving publicly traded and private retail, consumer markets, service, and entertainment companies, including Boscov's, Destination Maternity, Five Below, Dover Motorsports, Sugartown Worldwide (dba Lilly Pulitzer), and QVC. He currently serves as the audit partner on The Phillies and as the concurring review partner on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vince has had extensive public offering, merger and acquisition, and private funding transaction experience and was a member of the firm's training and methodology team. His experience includes advising companies on complex accounting issues including revenue recognition, accounting for promotional programs, business combinations, leasing, compensation, and equity transactions. Vince has been a guest lecturer in entrepreneurial management at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has served as a judge in the Wharton Business Plan competition as well as a track liaison, mentor and coach, at IMPACT, The Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies Venture Conference.
Vince has a BS degree in accounting and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.