Dave Torromeo - Dir. Sports Business Institute
Dave has over 30 years of experience in sports business, having served in various roles and responsibilities throughout his career including as the founder of several sports organizations and valued industry consultant to the Vice President of the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame.
As the founder and architect of the graduate sports and entertainment business management program at Manhattanville College, he assembled the entire curriculum, hired all adjunct professors from the sports industry and installed a top-notch advisory board with senior executives. He also devised and implemented a graduate level internship program, brought in outstanding guest speakers, career fairs and events, provided on site field study at major sports venues and created a model now being adopted by many other colleges.
At the NFF, he played a crucial role in awarding Jackie Robinson the Gold Medal Award, the highest honor that Foundation bestows. In addition, he was instrumental in spearheading the program that allowed athletes from colleges other than major college football entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame to honor players from all levels (players from Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA). He was also the catalyst behind the Foundation’s “PLAY IT SMART” program; an educational program that works to turn football teams from inner city environments into learning teams, while overseeing the scholar athlete program, including a $10M endowment.
Earlier in his career, Torromeo served as a Sports Information Director (SID) and as the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, Marketing, Promotions and Fundraising for over 10 years including six at Iona College where he also received a Master’s Degree. Dave earned his undergraduate degree(s) from the University of Rhode Island and lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife Laurie. Dave is a lifelong New York Mets, Jets, Knicks and Islanders fan—but don’t hold that against him—it just proves he is loyal!