Gene Smith has been justly dubbed as one of the most powerful and influential men in all of college athletics. Currently the Senior Vice President and the Athletics Director for The Ohio State University—where he was endowed by the Wolfe Foundation— Smith was recently appointed to the College Football Playoff Selections Committee. His accolades also include a stint as Chairman of the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Selections Committee. It is these opportunities that have positioned him as one of the elite in the industry, an industry he has helped shape for more than 30 years. 

Like any sports industry career, NASCAR is no exception to networking and hard work; in fact, finding success in this day and age in any career field requires a passion and doing everything it takes to get there.

GMS Racing crew chief Joseph Cohen is one of these people. Cohen, originally from Virginia, graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2006 with a mechanical engineering degree with a concentration in motorsports and racing technology.

Pursuing a career as a sports journalist is no easy task, but if approached the right way, it can be wildly rewarding. Cam Inman, NFL Reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, knows this as well as anyone else.

Like many sports writers, he started young. After becoming intrigued with sports writing in 7th grade, when his sister, who is four years older than Inman, became her high school newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Inman set his sights on a career as a writer.