Business Students Get Look at Theme Park Operations, Hear from Former NFL Player

By Christopher Sarachilli | November 10, 2015

Students in the School of Global Business get a behind-the-scenes tour of Sesame Place. Not pictured: Bert.

Students in the School of Global Business got a behind-the-scenes look at the theme park industry and heard from COO of Lyons Companies during two recent SGB events.

On Friday, Oct. 30, students in the School of Global Business traveled to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. Nearly 40 business students took advantage of the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what it takes to run the popular theme park owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment. During their visit, students toured the Human Resources building, learned about Sea World Corporation and Sesame Place, and spoke with Bob Caruso, president of Sesame Place.

The previous day, the Sport Management program in the School of Global Business hosted its second Sport Management Speaker Series. Joe Valerio, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Lyons Companies who once played with the Kansas City Chiefs, used his “leadership lessons from the gridiron” to speak with students about leadership and his career playing professional football.

A respected professional in the insurance industry, Valerio had a six-year career with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and is now responsible for market growth at Lyons, an insurance brokerage and employee benefits firm based out of Wilmington, Del.