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Alberto Buzzavo


albertoAlberto has developed an impressive professional background in International Sports Management, particularly in Basketball.  As a Junior Basketball player he helped his team win a National Championship and earned a scholarship to play in the NCAA. After an experience at Long Beach University and the University of South Florida in Tampa he graduated from Dowling College in Long Island, New York with a Degree in Business Administration.After graduation Alberto returned to Italy where he started working at Lotto,  one of Italy’s leading brands in Sports Apparel. Here he managed and coordinated Player/Client relationships within the Sponsorship Department.  He later became Head Scout for one of Italy’s Leading Basketball Teams. For many years, Alberto has also been a big part in organising one of Europe’s major Basketball Events, The Eurocamp.  He has also gained invaluable experience as the International Coordinator at the Las Vegas Summer League.  More recently he has worked with an English Basketball Academy in London, where he was instrumental in implementing a new Professional Team. Alberto is Director of Scouting and Events at SBM where he is a Senior Partner.   He currently lives in Treviso with his wife and two kids.


Valerio Malavasi


albertoBorn in Bologna, Italy, Valerio studied at Studiorum University in Bologna where he graduated with honours in Business Economy and Commerce. While studying he gained various working experiences and after graduation in 2001 he worked with Nomisma s.p.a as an Economic Researcher for Industries and Businesses, specializing in Mergers and Acquisition. In 2003 he joined Fortitudo Pallacanestro as part of the Marketing and Commerce team where in 2007 he later became Commerce Manager where he was Responsible for Resources and Sponsorship and coordinated all Arena Activities. In 2008 he joined Verde Sport spa, the Sporting Branch of the Benetton Group as a Sales Manager, where he found Sponsors and Partnerships for various activities coordinated by Verde Sport like Benetton Basket, Sisley Volley, Benetton Rugby, Asolo Golf Club, Eurocup, Addidas EuroCamp, Primo Sport, Join the Game, Trofeo Topolino, Crescere Insieme nello Sport and various Summer Events. Valerio speaks English, enjoys various sports like Basketball, Tennis and Squash. He currently lives in Bologna with his wife and daughter.



Marco Baldi


albertoBorn in Aosta, Marco left home at a young age to play Basketball and study in Milan. He later went to America, first two years of High School, playing in California and later New York, before catching the eye of Coach Lou Carnesecca at St. John’s University. Here he would play all four years, winning the Big East regular Season and Conference Titles and going on to participate in the NCAA Tournament, and eventually graduating with a Business Degree in Finance. In Europe he played Professional Basketball in Italy, Germany and England and was on the Italian National Team.  During his years with Milan, Italy he helped his team win two National Championships, an Italian Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Korac Cup.He then moved to the bench as an Assistant Coach  and later to the Head Office as Assistant General Manager, where for six years he supervised day-to-day operations, cultivated relationships with agents, especially non-Italian agents, coordinated International Scouting and negotiated contracts, both player and sponsorship.  He also represented his team at National League and Euroleague Meetings.For the last five years he has worked as an International Scout.Marco is Head International Scout for SBM.  He lives in Treviso with his wife and daughter. 


Federico Fantini


federico fantiniFederico has developed in the last 15 years a qualified and skilled management background in the marketing and communications area, with a particular focus on sport marketing.
After having joined Booz, Allen&Hamilton, Federico has been playing diverse roles of increasing responsibility in Infostrada, the telecommunications Italian leading newcomer, where he has been External Relations Director and VP,Sales, Internet business unit. Group Communications Director at Aprilia Motorcycle, heading the MotoGP racing communications activities, he worked as CMO at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Bormio and then joined the Benetton Group’s sports holding, as VP, Marketing and Communications.
In 2005 he launched in the Treviso the Master in Sport Business Strategy, in cooperation with University of Venice. He is currently Director General of the Course.
Since 2009 he is Senior Partner at SportBizManagement, an international sport marketing and sport management advisory firm, assisting leading businesses and sports rights-holders.
Federico is graduated in International Politics at the Milan State University and has a Master in Innovation Business Management and in International Relations. Fluent in English and German, he lives close to Milan with his wife, three childrens and Blum, a wonderful black flat-coated retriever.


Haylee Ahu


albertoBorn and raised in New Zealand, Haylee left home after High School with a scholarship to play Basketball and study in American.  First in Santa Maria, California where she eared her Liberal Arts Degree at Allan Hancock Junior College, and later at the University of South Florida in Tampa where she graduated with a Degree in Business Policy.   After graduation Haylee spent a year and a half in New York where she worked as a Sales Person in an Apparel Store on Fifth Avenue.Upon coming to Italy Haylee was offered a job at a Top Professional Basketball Team where she was Events Coordinator.  She helped give birth to the Big Man Camp, which would eventually grow into the Eurocamp, one of Europe’s Major Basketball Summer Events.  For many years she coordinated Treviso’s Summer League, an International Basketball Event,  which eventually gained interest from the Euroleague, leading to a collaboration for the event.  She also played a big part in organising the Benetton Basketball Camp, coordinating Guest Coaches from the NCAA or NBA who would participate in this week long event. Haylee has been with SBM since 2007.  She helps coordinate Scouting and Events and is the Executive Administrator.   She currently lives in Treviso with her husband and two kids.



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