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NACMA Announces 2016-17 Marketing Team of the Year

Orlando, Florida
-- The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has announced Mississippi State University as its 2016-17 and the first back-to-back Marketing Team of the Year Award (MTOYA) recipient, sponsored by SuperFan. The winner was announced during the awards presentation at the 26th Annual NACMA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

"Congratulations to Mississippi State on this well-deserved honor," said NACMA President Joni Smoller, Assistant Athletics Director for Fan Experience & Sales, Kansas State University. "Their creativity combined with the willingness to take risks and try new things produced tremendous results deserving of our profession's highest honor."

The Marketing Team of the Year Award was created by NACMA to show the significant impact a marketing team has not only on the athletics department, but the campus and surround community as well. Mississippi State's team listed their top 5 accomplishments this year as:
  • The Student Lounge
  • "From State to Sundays/Tour/Show" Campaign
  • Bully's Kids' Club Revamp (with FanMaker)
  • Women's Basketball Attendance & Revenue + Superhero Night
  • Innovative Partnerships with KAGR/KLEAR, Paciolan/Spectra (Rookie of the Year), Experience (Maroon Memories & BLITZ)

Click here to view Mississippi State's complete Marketing Team of the Year Award submission, including details on specific campaigns that garnered regional and national attention.

"What a thrill and honor, I'm so incredibly proud of our marketing team" said Leah Beasley, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Marketing Officer at Mississippi State University. "We had several new members this past year who immediately bought in and invested in Mississippi State and into our mission of relentlessly promoting the student-athlete and fan experience and further enhancing the Bulldog brand."

Now in its sixth year, the nominations for the MTOYA spanned across from FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, and Division II. The two other finalists for the 2017 MTOYA were the University of Maryland and the University of Oregon.

The selection committee was made up of NACMA Past Presidents, as well as two NACDA Past Presidents.

Award recipients received the prestigious NACMA MTOYA Trophy to keep in their offices and were recognized at the NACMA Closing Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 14 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida. The honorable mentions and finalists' submissions are now posted on the NACMA Community for the membership to view.

About NACMA: NACMA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics marketing administrators. For more information about NACMA, please visit www.nacma.com. NACMA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 52nd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.