Michael Melendez joined the Rutgers University Athletic Development team in November 2011. As a Development Assistant, Melendez’s primary responsibilities include oversight of the Scarlet Walk Brick Campaign, Men’s Basketball Hospitality, Block R Party Tour, premium seating, fan relations and donor stewardship. In addition, Melendez manages a portfolio of 40 donors while also spearheading the fundraising efforts for the Women’s Rowing and Gymnastics programs.
Under Melendez’s supervision, Men’s Basketball Hospitality revenue increased 30% in 2012 while Scarlet Walk Brick revenue has increased by 100% with over two months remaining in the campaign.
Prior to his arrival at Rutgers, Melendez served as the Director of Business Development for start-up LakeHills Corporation in Clermont, FL, and prior to that, as the Sales Coordinator for Neff Rental in Tampa, FL.
Melendez earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida State University and is currently completing his master’s degree in Sports Business at New York University. A native of Tampa, FL, he currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.