Nathaniel Porter, director of event services at Intrust Bank Arena, has a message for anybody helping behind the scenes on next month’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Wichita: It’s going to be a lot of work – and fun.
Porter experienced one while working as an event manager at BOK Arena in Tulsa.
“There are a lot more parts involved when you’re dealing with an event of that magnitude,” he said. “The community’s more involved. The NCCA has a manual – it’s 350 pages long – to make sure that between us and WSU and the (Wichita) Sports Commission we do everything right.”
But, he added, “Anytime you get that many people in the building, it’s a fun experience.”
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Porter grew up in Fredonia and earned a degree in business administration from Tabor College in Hillsboro, where he also ran track and played basketball. He went on to get a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Although that school’s program was new, he was attracted by the school’s academic reputation and the fact that all his professors “were actually in the industry.” He served internships with Georgetown, the San Diego Padres and the NCAA.
Porter worked at Intrust from 2010-011 before transferring to BOK, another property managed by SMG.
He and his wife, Brianne, have two children: daughter Kennedy, 3, and son James, 1. He enjoys reading, playing sports and going to the movies.