Staff

Matt Borman

Executive Director
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Matt Borman joined the Georgia Bulldog Club in February, 2017 as the Executive Associate Director Athletic Director - Development. In this role, he will oversee all facets of athletic fundraising at Georgia and serve as the Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club.

Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Matt served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at West Virginia University since 2012. At West Virginia, Matt  served as the lead fundraiser for Athletics and he was also the executive director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club, the department’s fundraising arm. He joined the MAC as Director of Major Gifts in August 2008 and was responsible for its major gift operation, which includes premium seating, endowments, capital projects and planned giving projects such as The Jerry West Society.  

Under Matt’s leadership, the fundraising team at WVU increased annual giving to over $15 million and completed projects including a new basketball practice facility, weight room and team room for the football program, and a women’s soccer practice facility. Fundraising since 2012 reached $106 million and included an all-time high of $23.9 million in 2013.

Matt came to WVU from Old Dominion University, where he was the Director of Major Gifts from June 2007 to August 2008. While at Old Dominion, Matt managed donor relationships for the Big Blue Club and helped to raise more than $2 million annually through premium seat sales, annual contributions, endowments and naming rights opportunities.

Prior to Old Dominion, Matt had fundraising stints at Army (2005-07) and James Madison University (2003-05). While at West Point, he was the Assistant Athletic Director for Development and oversaw an annual fund that increased donations by 52 percent to an all-time high of $2.78 million. At JMU, he helped increase the annual fund by 45 percent in 2005.

Matt is a native of Williamsburg, Va., and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lynchburg (Va.) College in 2001 and a master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2003. Matt and his wife, Carter, have two daughters, Mary Carter and Winnie.

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Kevin Miller

Associate Athletic Director/Deputy Executive Director
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Kevin Miller joined The Georgia Bulldog Club staff in August 2017 as the Associate Athletic Director / Deputy Executive Director of TGBC after serving as the Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts & Capital Campaigns within West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC). At TGBC, Miller is involved in all facets of TGBC operations including major gifts, annual giving, stewardship, donor relations, events, premium seating and the G-Club. Miller has direct oversight of the annual giving, stewardship and events, and the G-Club areas within the TGBC.

Miller joined the MAC staff in April 2012 as a Major Gifts Officer. In 2013, he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving and then promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving in 2016, where he was responsible for managing and overseeing the annual giving and priority seating and parking programs for WVU.

He led the annual fundraising efforts during a record fiscal year in 2016, which totaled more than $15.6 million, while creating and implementing fundraising plans that resulted in a 15.6 % increase from 2014 to 2016. Since 2013, Miller secured more than $3.3 million in major gift commitments for WVU Athletics. In 2017, Miller was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts & Capital Campaigns. In 2017, Miller led a team of major gift fundraisers that closed a MAC record of 53 major gifts commitments while closing an individual MAC record of 21 major gift commitments during the fiscal year.

Prior to WVU, Miller spent three years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Georgia State University and oversaw the annual giving program. Under Miller’s leadership, the program grew its unrestricted annual dollars by more than 1,500% and its donor base by 450% in his last two fiscal years on the job. 

Prior to his time at Georgia State, Miller served as the Assistant Director of Development for the University of Central Florida’s Golden Knights Club (GKC) from March 2007 – December 2008. At UCF, he coordinated the GKC’s annual giving efforts and ticket priority initiatives. He also worked for the UCF Foundation from August 2006 – March 2007 and served as the founding director of the UCF Student Call Center.

Miller previously served as an intern on the Mountaineer Athletic Club staff from 2005-06 after beginning his career in development as a student caller, supervisor and incentives manager at the WVU Foundation where he worked during his undergrad and graduate school years from 2002-2006. He still holds the record as the Foundation’s all-time leading phone-a-thon fundraiser after personally raising more than $320,000 for academic support.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance in 2005 and his master’s degree in sport management in 2006; both degrees are from WVU. The Wheeling, WV native is married to the former Elizabeth Messer, who is a native of Bowdon, GA and worked at UGA as an athletic promotions intern from 2008-2009. They have a 17 month old daughter named Emily.

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Ford Williams

Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts
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Ford Williams joined The Georgia Bulldog Club staff in August 2017 as the Assistant Athletic Director for Major Gifts after most recently serving as the Associate Director of Major Gifts within Clemson University’s athletic development arm, IPTAY. Williams is involved in all facets of The Georgia Bulldog Club operations and has direct oversight of the major gifts team and its efforts to increase philanthropic support for capital projects through the Magill Society.

Williams joined the IPTAY staff at Clemson in June of 2012 as Assistant Director of Major Gifts. He served on a team that took IPTAY fundraising to record levels in both the annual fund and major gifts in four consecutive years.  From 2012 to 2017, IPTAY Major Gifts increased giving from $6.5 million to over $20 million.  Additionally, Williams led the implementation of strategies for the transition of the premium seating program from Clemson Athletics to IPTAY, congruent with a $25 Million football stadium renovation and $65 Million basketball coliseum re-build.  The process included marketing and pricing strategies, revenue forecasts, premium services upgrades, architectural planning and project budgeting. IPTAY Premium Seats generated over $10 Million in total revenue in fiscal year 2015, its first year of existence.  In 2017, he also supervised and managed a comprehensive premium seat overhaul of the West End Zone Club in Memorial Stadium.  The program generated over $5 Million for IPTAY Capital Projects in FY17 by creating a premium equity seating program.  Williams also had oversight of the Soccer Operations Facility Campaign and the Golf Paws Program all while managing their respective boards and volunteers.

Prior to Clemson, Williams spent six years (2006-2012) at Georgia State University with the Panther Athletic Club which included roles serving as an Intern, Graduate Assistant, Development Coordinator, and Associate Director of Development.  During his six years, he served in various roles; jumpstarting the fundraising efforts for the first ever Football Program at Georgia State, which played its first season in 2010.  He was an integral part of the annual fund team who saw its unrestricted annual dollars increase by more than 1,500% and its donor base by 450% in his last two fiscal years as Associate Director. 

Williams received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2006 from The University of North Carolina where he was a soccer student-athlete, serving as a four-year starter for the men’s soccer team.  He earned his master’s degree in sport management in 2009 from Georgia State University.  He is married to the former Mikel Hester who was a gymnast competing All-Around at The University of North Carolina.  They have two children, a daughter, Rawlins (5), and a son, Riggs (2).  

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Evin Beck

Assistant Athletics Director for Development
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Evin Beck joined the Georgia Bulldog Club in August, 2015 as Assistant Athletics Director for Development. In his role he will assist with all facets of fundraising at UGA.

Evin assisted with the planning and launch of the Magill Society – the new philanthropic giving arm of Georgia Athletics.  Since its inception in September of 2015, the Magill Society has successfully raised over $47 million for athletic facility projects from more than 550 members.  The $30.2 million Indoor Athletics Facility was dedicated in February of 2017 and was completely funded through the support of Magill Society members.  The past two years have seen the highest fundraising totals in Georgia Athletics history – over $56.9 million in cash and pledges in 2016 followed by more than $55 million in 2017. ​

Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Evin spent over five years at the University of Mississippi with the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. At Ole Miss he helped the Foundation achieve five consecutive record fundraising years. Total cash giving grew from $17 million in 2010 to over $35 million in 2015.  Evin assisted with the planning, launch and execution of Forward Together – a $150 million capital campaign that brought a new basketball arena to Ole Miss, among other facility improvements. He spent his first two years at Ole Miss as a member of the annual giving team, and his final three years as Director of Development for Major Gifts.

Evin joined Ole Miss from Duke University. At Duke, Evin worked with the Iron Dukes annual fund for two years. He began as an Iron Dukes intern and was then promoted to Assistant Director of the Iron Dukes. In 2008-09 he assisted in a $12.6 million record breaking fund-raising year for the Iron Dukes.

A native of Claflin, Kansas, Evin earned his Master's in Sports Administration from Wichita State University. While at Wichita State, he worked in the athletics department as a Graduate Assistant for ticket operations. Evin earned his undergraduate degree from Washburn University where he was also a member of the football team.

Evin and his wife, Kayla, have one son Maddox, and twin daughters Elsa and Emmy.

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Mark Slonaker

Executive Director of Athletics Alumni Relations
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Mark Slonaker was named Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club in July of 2011. Since being named Executive Director by J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics, Greg McGarity, the Georgia Bulldog Club has implemented an Advisory Committee, a Young Alumni Ticketing program, an Endowed Named Coaching/Administrator program, and restructured the Endowed Scholarship program. In 2014, The Georgia Bulldog Club completed a capital campaign of over $5 Million dollars raised for the revival of Foley Field. Two premium seating areas were added to Foley Field and a new ticket priority program was put in place for Georgia Baseball. Total giving to Athletics in 2014 and the recently completed 2015 William C. Hartman Fund campaign each achieved the second highest totals in Athletics history.

From 2008-2011, Slonaker served as a Regional Director for Principal & Major Gifts on the staff of the UGA Development Office. As part of the University’s Central Development team, Slonaker spent most of his time in the major cities on the west coast identifying, cultivating, and soliciting UGA alumni and friends for major gifts.

A native of Rahway, N.J., Slonaker lettered for the Bulldogs (1975-79) and was co-captain of Coach Hugh Durham’s first team at Georgia in ’79. After graduation, he coached basketball at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia State University, University of Georgia as an assistant, Head Coach at Pensacola Junior College, and 11 years (1997-2008) as the Head Coach at Mercer University. His 2003 team won 23 games and captured the school’s first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. Slonaker was named National Coach of the Year by Collegeinsider.com at the end of the season.

Slonaker also served as color analyst on the Georgia Basketball Radio Network from 2009-2013, earned his B.S. degree in Education from UGA in 1980 and his Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Georgia State in 1989. He and his wife Kathy have three grown children: Michael, Meaghan and Patrick.

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Brad Bell

Senior Director of Development
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Brad Bell was hired as a Major Gifts Officer with The Georgia Bulldog Club in May of 2014. In this role Brad worked to build relationships with individuals and corporations interested in partnering with the UGA Athletic Association through financial support. Brad currently serves as Director of Development. 

Prior to joining The Georgia Bulldog Club team, Brad served as the Director of Private Gifts for UGA Student Affairs from 2012-2014. In this role he led the effort to raise private support to enhance the student experience outside of the classroom. Prior to that, he spent five years in the financial services industry with Synovus Bank in the Athens area. 

Brad is a 2007 graduate of Furman University where he majored in Business Administration and was a member of the football team. He is also a proud Bulldog, having graduated with his MBA from UGA's Terry College of Business in 2011.

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Travis Epling

Director of Development
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Travis Epling joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in June of 2014, and currently serves as Director of Development. Travis’ responsibilities include identification, cultivation, and solicitation of private and corporate financial support for the Athletic Association

Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Travis worked for The Big Green Scholarship Foundation at Marshall University from 2010-2014. His responsibilities included soliciting gifts towards a $30 million Capital Campaign and serving as the director of the M Club. He also had an instrumental part in implementing a reseating and reparking plan for both football and basketball. Travis oversaw four regional chapters with the Big Green, as well.

The native of Point Pleasant, West Virginia earned a B.B.A in Marketing from Marshall University in 2008, as well as a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from Marshall University in 2010. Travis attended MU as a student athlete running cross country from 04 to 08 where he was named to the All C-USA team in 2008. From 2008-2010, he worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Track & Field/Cross Country teams. Travis married his high school sweetheart Whitney Scarberry of Point Pleasant, WV in June 2012, and the couple lives in Athens with their dogs Tucker and Nelly.

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Jon Burkett

Sr. Director of Development
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Jon Burkett joined the Bulldog Club in January of 2016, and serves as the Senior Director of Development.  His primary duty is overseeing the William C. Hartman Fund.

Before joining the UGA Athletic Association, Jon worked at the University of New Mexico as the Assistant AD for Development.  While at the Lobo Club, Jon and his team reached record levels in total dollars raised along with record membership.  

Prior to his time at New Mexico, Jon served at the University of Missouri and the University of North Texas.  At Mizzou he helped the Tiger Scholarship Fund reach the $10 million mark for the first time in history.  At the University of North Texas, he helped in all aspects of fundraising highlighted by the construction of Apogee Stadium in 2010.  

Jon is a native of Bloomfield, IN and holds a BA in Kinesiology from Indiana University as well as an MBA and MSA from Ohio University.  He and his wife Christine live in Athens with their dog Chip.

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Alan Daniel

Associate Director of Development/Internal Operations
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Alan Daniel joined The Georgia Bulldog Club staff in March 2018 as the Associate Director of Development & Internal Operations. In his role, Daniel provides oversight of the Basketball Enhancement Fund, manages TGBC internal operations and gift processing, and solicits financial support for the UGA Athletic Association.

Prior to arriving in Athens, Daniel served as Director of Annual Giving for Athletics at Appalachian State University. While at App State, his responsibilities included oversight of all aspects of the Yosef Club’s annual fund which lead to a record $3.41 million raised in fiscal year 2017. He also oversaw the week-long “Go Fight Win” campaign that produced over $170,000 from over 300 donors, supervised benefit fulfillment, managed the Yosef Club’s marketing strategy, and designed creative collateral including email graphics, social media content, and the Yosef Club’s annual membership and football season ticket renewal package.

Prior to his time at App State, Daniel served as Assistant Director of Athletic Development at Old Dominion University. While at ODU, his responsibilities included securing unrestricted support for the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation (ODAF) and managing ODU’s year-end “Power of the Pride” campaign that generated over $81,000. He also oversaw the athletic department’s annual staff giving initiatives that achieved 100% participation in 2014 and 2015, and designed social media and email graphics in support of the ODAF’s digital communication strategy.

Before his time at ODU, Alan served as Development Assistant at Army West Point where he assisted with annual fund solicitation efforts, helped run hockey and basketball game day hospitality areas, and oversaw regular season and Army-Navy donor football parking allocations.

Daniel earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2010 and received his Masters of Science in Sport and Recreation Leadership from James Madison University in 2013.

A native of Richmond, VA, Daniel currently resides in Athens.

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Michelle Jones

Director of Stewardship & Special Events
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Michelle Jones joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in December of 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Stewardship and Special Events.

Prior to joining the Georgia Bulldog Club, Michelle managed athletic premium seating for 7 years through an outsourced company, Colonnade Group. Michelle began her premium seating career at UGA as an intern in April 2009. Michelle then moved on to serve as the Gamecock Suites Director at Jacksonville State University for four years prior to finding herself back between the hedges in January 2014 as Director of Georgia Athletic Hospitality.

Michelle is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in May 2009. While in school, she was a member and captain of the UGA Equestrian team and helped win two National Championships.

Michelle’s husband, Anthony Jones, is also a proud UGA Athletic Association employee in the Grounds department. They have a young daughter, Adelyn Rose, and several four legged family members.

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Loran Smith

Major Gifts
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Barbara Hartman

Development Specialist
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Barbara Hartman joined the Georgia Student Educational Fund staff in 1986 and became an employee of the Athletic Association in July 2000 when the fundraising arm of athletics was taken under the umbrella of UGAAA. Barbara promotes and develops relationships with donors as well as campus and community groups. She is also involved with major gifts as well as annual gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process.

Barbara began her career as an assistant to Leonard Postero and the Leonard’s Losers Radio Show. She was an office assistant for the Georgia Student Educational Fund and became Assistant Director. Barbara worked closely with area Georgia Bulldog Clubs and coordinated the Bulldog Road Tour as well as directed solicitations for the Georgia Educational Enhancement Fund (now the William C. Hartman, Jr. Fund named for her father), the Georgia Basketball Enhancement Fund, and the Gymnastics Endowment Fund.

A native Athenian, Barbara earned an ABJ from the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, in 1973. Barbara has a son, Stuart, who graduated from The Terry College of Business in the spring of 2013. Her late daughter, Amanda, was a 2003 graduate of UGA with a degree in Spanish.

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Jessica Pope

Director, Georgia Athletic Hospitality
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Jessica joined The Colonnade Group and Georgia Athletic Hospitality as Director in August 2017. Her duties with GAH include premium seating management for football, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball and the management of venue rentals for the UGA Athletic Association.

Jessica grew up in the town of Cumming, GA prior to attending the University of Georgia in 2006 and has remained in Athens since that time. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree, from Franklin College, in Speech Communication from UGA in 2010. Prior to joining GAH, Jessica previously held the position of Account Executive at The Classic Center, the convention center located in downtown Athens, for nearly five years. Jessica is proud to be from a family of Bulldawgs, with other graduates being: her grandfather, father, aunt, sister, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law!

Jessica married Alan Pope in July 2017 in Asheville, NC. They enjoy dining downtown, running, and spending time with their friends.

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Riley Hart

Assistant Director, Georgia Athletic Hospitality
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Riley rejoined the Colonnade Group and Georgia Athletic Hospitality in May 2018 after previously being an intern for the GAH team back in 2016-2017.  His duties with GAH include assisting the director with premium seating management for football, basketball, gymnastics, and baseball as well as the overall management of venue rentals and the GAH FANgineers.

Riley is originally from Carrollton, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with his Bachelor's in Sport Management.  Prior to his time at GAH now, Riley worked with the College Football Playoff in Irving, Texas.  During his time in Texas, Riley assisted the College Football Playoff staff in executing the 2018 CFP National Championship in Atlanta. 

Forever a Dawg, Riley is excited to be back in Athens and to be working around UGA athletics once again.  Riley is a self-proclaimed sports enthusiast who loves playing basketball and golf.  Also, Riley has a love for theatre and enjoys seeing a hit musical whenever he can. 

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Brian Murphy

Assistant Director of Development/Internal Operations
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Brian Murphy joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in May 2018 as the Assistant Director of Development & Internal Operations. In his role, Brian manages the processing of all athletic priority seating-related gifts, provides support in managing data integrity, priority points, and acknowledgements, and assists in all areas of annual giving including marketing and communication of the four annual funds and solicitation of donors.

Prior to arriving in Athens, Brian was the Athletics Development Graduate Assistant in the Ohio Bobcat Club while enrolled in Ohio University’s dual-degree MBA/Master of Sports Administration program. Brian assisted in all areas of OHIO Athletics development during a year that saw a 7% increase in annual giving and 19% increase in donor membership from the previous year. His main responsibilities were football premium seating, basketball donor hospitality, major gift donor event planning and stewardship, and oversight of the Bobcat Caravan, a series of alumni and fan events across Ohio.

Before returning to graduate school, Brian held positions in various sports marketing, ticketing, and technology startup ventures in New York City. Most notably, he was Senior Director of Sales at TicketIQ, where he partnered with teams and colleges on ticket marketing, sales, and data campaigns. His efforts helped generate over $750,000 in revenue from over 70 clients.  

Brian earned his B.S. in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech in 2011. He received his MBA in 2017 and MSA in 2018, both from Ohio University.

Brian is a native of Randolph, NJ and currently resides in Athens.

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Dawn Donnelly

Executive Development Assistant
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Dawn joined the Georgia Bulldog Club in October 2017 as the Executive Development Assistant.  In this role, she assists the Associate Athletic Director for Development and staff, as well as managing the office.

Prior to joining the Bulldog Club, Dawn spent 6 years working with the Office of the Vice President for Research providing business consulting services for science labs across UGA’s campus.  She is a native of Tampa, Florida and a graduate of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater in 1999.   Dawn is married to Wes Donnelly and  they live in Bethlehem, GA with their 3 children- J.D., Edwin, and Reagan.  

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Taylor Hicks

Development Associate
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Taylor joined the Bulldog Club in October 2017 and serves as Development Associate. In this role, he serves as the front line for all Bulldog Club communications and assists with every aspect of departmental fundraising.

Born in Athens and raised in Oconee County, Taylor has been a lifelong Bulldog fan with a dream of getting an education from the University of Georgia.  He fulfilled that dream in 2015 when he graduated with a degree Sport Management from the College of Education.  While attending UGA, Taylor was also a member of the Georgia Baseball Team as a right-handed pitcher from 2011-2015. He was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll 3 different times, was named Georgia Baseball’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2015, and was a member of the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence. 

After graduation, Taylor was drafted in the 26th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers.  He played professionally for 2 seasons before making his way back to Athens.  Prior to joining The Georgia Bulldog Club, Taylor was an Academic Subject Tutor/Mentor for the Rankin Smith Center.  In this role, he assisted students with their study habits, course due dates, and helped make sure they were on top of their course work. 

Taylor and his wife Brooke reside in Oconee with their two dogs, Oakley and Boomer.   

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John Daniel

Development Assistant
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John joined the Bulldog Club in June 2017 and serves as Development Assistant. In this role, he serves as the front line for all Bulldog Club communications and assists with every aspect of departmental fundraising.

Prior to joining the Bulldog Club, John worked as an intern for the University of Miami Hurricane Club. In this role, he solicited donations for the Student Athlete Excellence Fund, which raises $13 million annually. Additionally, he provided support for the Match Marcus and Indoor Football Practice Facility fundraising campaigns, and conducted research to be used in future campaigns.

Before working for the Hurricane Club, John spent 3 years as a student manager for the University of Miami men’s basketball team. His primary responsibilities involved assisting the coaching staff with day-to-day practice and game operations, equipment management, player development, and statistical analysis. John graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Sports Administration. He is a native of Muskegon, MI and currently resides in Athens.

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