Mount alum hits home run with baseball career

November 13, 2013
Newburgh, NY -

Tyler Tumminia

She was born into baseball: Her father was a Chicago White Sox scout. And she married the general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

It only made sense that she would turn her love of the game into her profession.

Baseball executive Tyler Tumminia recently returned to her alma mater to discuss her successful sports promotion career.

Hailing from Newburgh, NY, she is 2000 public relations graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, with a minor in psychology and media studies. She earned her MBA in 2009.

Tumminia gave an in-depth look at the challenges and the triumphs of handling five minor league teams: the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay affiliate); the Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees affiliate); Fort Myers Miracle (Twins affiliate); the St. Paul Saints (independent); and the Pittsfield Suns (collegiate baseball).

As senior vice president of the Goldklang Group, Tumminia developed the award-winning marketing philosophy, “Be Your Own Fan,” in response to current market trends and industry analysis.

She has a simple philosophy of her own: “Life can be so stressful,” Tumminia said. “So for five bucks, we try to give you some great entertainment.”

Speaking to a packed auditorium, she revealed how she began her career in sports promotion.

As an undergrad, Tumminia completed several internships through the Mount Saint Mary College Career Center.

Within weeks of securing an internship with the Hudson Valley Renegades, she was promoted to a new job: director of community relations. She soon began her current role – marketing and broad scale sponsorship, operations, and communication efforts of the Goldklang Group.

In February 2012, she became co-owner of the Pittsfield Suns, a summer collegiate baseball team that plays in the Futures League in Pittsfield, MA.

Her development of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame has received tremendous recognition throughout the industry, and has been hailed as a game changer in how scouts are perceived at the local levels.

Tumminia credits much of her success to the Mount. Helpful, caring professors encouraged her to succeed, she explained to the scores of students present.

“My family, my friends, my college, my work – I need to surround myself with people who believe in me. Here’s two examples right here, of people who pushed me and made me the person I am,” she said, motioning to professor James Beard, and professor emerita Irene Nunnari, both of arts and letters. “That’s why I’ll always be grateful and proud to have gone to the Mount.”

When it came time to earn her master’s in business, “I had a choice to go to any college for my MBA,” she said. “I wanted to be here, and it’s because of the environment.”

Tumminia is a sought-after speaker on the campuses of elite colleges and universities, educating students on various topics relating to the business of sports. In addition to appearing at the Mount, Tumminia has spoken in nearby New York City at NYU and Columbia, as well as universities from Maine to California.

She was recently the keynote speaker at the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium in Boston, MA.

Tumminia moderated a panel at the Ivy Sports Symposium at Columbia University. She directed the “Building a Winning Team” panel which featured Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, and Philadelphia Union Chief Executive Officer and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz.

In 2011, she was named Executive of the Year by NYU’s Sports Management program. Tumminia is also a recipient of the Jim Quigley Memorial Award in recognition of her meritorious service to our national pastime. In the fall of 2011, she successfully completed MLB Scout School in Arizona.

Mount Saint Mary College, located 60 miles north of New York City, is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs preparing students for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communication/media and more.

The college’s sports management concentration is building well. Among courses offered this academic year are introduction to sport management, sports facility management, financial and economic analysis in sport, and applied marketing management in sport.