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CEFMA Monthly Membership Spotlight – Kirsten Britton, Ron Guido

Jan. 3, 2018

In an effort to showcase our members, each month we will be featuring one new CEFMA member and one CEFMA veteran member.  

For January, we will highlight
Kirsten Britton, associate athletics director for facilities, operations and events at College of the Holy Cross and Ron Guido, facilities and events supervisor at New York University

Kirsten Britton, Associate AD for Facilities, Operations and Events, College of the Holy Cross
Alma Mater
Providence College / Springfield College

How many years have you worked in athletics/what are your previous experiences?
I have been working in college athletics since I was an undergraduate at Providence (15+) years. My first internship was in Events, Marketing and Tickets at the University at Albany from 2005-2006. I then went to Boston College as an intern in Athletic Operations from 2006-2007.  I was hired to be the Assistant Director of Event Management at Boston College after my internship concluded in 2007, and stayed at BC until 2012. My next position was at the University of Connecticut as the Director of Event Management. I was promoted at UConn to Assistant Director of Athletics/Event Management in 2015. I came to the College of the Holy Cross in Feb. 2016 as the Associate Director of Athletics in Facilities, Operations & Events.

What is your favorite part about your job?
I really enjoy being a sport administrator (M/W Cross Country & Track and Field) and working with all of our student-athletes. I am also in the process of managing our Luth Athletic Complex renovation and expansion which is a 95 million dollar project. It has been very rewarding and exciting watching the project develop and unfold. It will be officially complete in April 2018 and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the final product!

Why did you join CEFMA?
I was very excited when CEFMA was formed because I think it is a great resource for those in our industry who manage facilities and events. I had attended NACDA functions in the past and was thrilled to see a subgroup formed in an area that I am so passionate about.

As someone working in facilities and event management, how does CEFMA help you?
CEFMA has really allowed me to connect with colleagues in my field all around the country in all levels of intercollegiate athletics. It is also a great resource database for facilities and operations feedback and they have a fantastic mentoring program for those new to the business.

What has been your proudest moment or accomplishment since joining the field?
My proudest moment was getting the opportunity while at UCONN to be the Tournament Director for the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament for many years and also to be heavily involved in the planning, preparation and operations for the Women's Basketball final four trips in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

What's the best event that you've worked on or participated in thus far in your career
NCAA Women's Basketball Final Fours 2013-2015

When you're not spending time on campus or at athletics events, where/how do you like to spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with family, reading and being outdoors.

Name one thing about yourself that most people don't know.
I can play several musical instruments.

Do you have any advice for administrators that are young in their careers?
Work hard and try to learn as much as you can about the industry through your colleagues and mentors in the business. Always try to have a positive outlook and have fun!

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Ron Guido, Facilities and Events Supervisor, New York University
Alma Mater
Misericordia University / Springfield College

How many years have you worked in athletics/what (if any) are your previous experiences?
This will be my 5th year in the field. Prior to NYU, I worked at the University of Missouri as an Event Management Associate and at Springfield College as a Graduate Assistant handling the majority of contest management.

What is your favorite part about your job?
Having the opportunity to lead, create long-lasting relationships and watch student-athletes grow and develop as individuals through their academics and athletics.

What are your long-term goals in this industry?
To be an athletics director and have the opportunity to break ground to a new cutting edge athletics facility.

What is one thing you wish you would've known when starting your career in facilities and event management?
Have a backup/alternative for everything you can! Especially in event operations, there are aspects we cannot control, such as the scoreboard failing, the overhead sound system deciding not to work, a microphone breaking, the list goes on and on. Having those backups will save you many headaches.

What has been your proudest moment or accomplishment since joining the field?
Having the opportunity to be the tournament director for multiple conference championship events.

What's the best event that you've worked on or participated in thus far in your career?
I would have to say the best event was football gameday at Mizzou.

Why did you join CEFMA?
CEFMA provides great opportunity to communicate and network with athletic administrators across the country at all divisions. It allows for engaging conversations and to become educated on new and exciting best practices within facilities and event operations.

As someone working in facilities and event management, how does CEFMA help you?
CEFMA is the best resource when seeking an opinion, or advice within facilities and event operations.  CEFMA allows us to hear from the best in the industry while staying up-to-date with new and creative initiatives.

When you're not spending time on campus or at athletics events, where/how do you like to spend your time?
You can find me spending time with family/relatives. If not with family, you can find me on the golf course.

Name one thing about yourself that most people don't know.
I play the guitar and drums.

About CEFMA: CEFMA is dedicated to the needs of collegiate level event and facility professionals and the challenges that exist within the scope of their responsibilities. CEFMA will seek to promote the growth, leadership, integrity and success of administrators and professional staff in collegiate athletics. For more information about CEFMA, please visit: www.cefma.net. CEFMA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.