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Dr. O’Reilly wins prestigious American Marketing Association Award

Thursday, August 20 2015 12:00am

Recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution Award, O’Reilly is one of just three individuals to receive an award from the AMA’s Sports and Special Events Marketing interest group this year

O’Reilly joined Ohio University’s College of Business in 2014 as the Richard P. and Joan S. Professor of Business and Chair of the Department of Sports Administration.

“I think what I am most proud of to date is the opportunities I’ve been able to provide to my students,” said O’Reilly. “One of my favorite memories from last year, was a trip to New York City as part of our masters program’s capstone class. Following three months of hard work, our students presented their projects to nearly a dozen elite sport organizations. Our students impressed the organizations so much that we’ll be going back in 2016.” 

The AMA is a professional association for individuals and organizations leading the practice, teaching, and development of marketing knowledge worldwide. Visionaries in marketing and academia established the AMA in 1937, and today the organization has grown to be one of the largest marketing associations in the world, with more than 30,000 members. O’Reilly will receive his award at the AMA Winter Educator’s Conference in February. 

“To have my career recognized by the American Marketing Association’s Special Interest Group in sport marketing is a distinct honor,” O’Reilly said. “Sport marketing has been a major part of my life for two decades and to have that work noted by the AMA is very special to me. The AMA continues to lead marketing globally, in terms of its definition, its concepts and its course for the future.”

In 2013, O’Reilly was named one of the "Five to Watch" (under 40 award) in Sport Business by the Globe & Mail and TSN. He also is a lifetime Research Fellow with the North American Society for Sport Management. He’s authored seven books, published more than 50 articles in Sport Business Journal, and presented at more than 140 conferences.

“We are so proud of Dr. O’Reilly’s accomplishments,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business. “He brings great value to the student experience.”