Stephen Ponder | Balch & Bingham

Stephen Ponder

Strategy & Development
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  • North Carolina State University
    B.A. Business Administration, 1989
  • Georgia Southern University
    M.S., Sports Management, 1991
    About Stephen
    • What previous experience, prior to Balch, influences your practice?

      Having worked in athletic departments at NC State, Arizona State and Ole Miss,  I have seen firsthand how challenging it can be to accomplish the intended goals. In my role as a consultant, being able to personally identify with what clients are going through on a day-to-day basis helps me to better advise others in similar situations. In this role, I can stay focused on the task at hand and not be pulled in so many directions as my peers on campus are on a daily basis.

    • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?

      College athletics is a thriving enterprise across the country however, every campus  faces their own unique issues that center around generating revenue, customer service and the game day experience for their student athletes, staff and  fans. I see an increase in demand on departments to focus their attention on daily needs which takes time away from long-term goals. Having someone with a fresh perspective can help them identify problems and solutions to streamline short-term work into long-term goals.   

    • What do you find most exciting about your work?
    • What challenges are you looking forward to tackling in the future?


    • North Carolina State University, B.A. Business Administration, 1989
    • Georgia Southern University, M.S., Sports Management, 1991