Profile: Katie McMahon
KATIE MCMAHON Bachelor of Science in sport management, 2003 Marketing coordinator, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis
Event Planner | McMahon began working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November. Her responsibilities include planning the multitude of activities for the speedway leading up to the Indianapolis 500, as well as for the U.S. Grand Prix (Formula I) and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (NASCAR). She’s also responsible for such marketing areas as developing and improving the speedway’s marketing presence online.
Super Memory | As a result of working for the speedway, McMahon was recruited to help with the city’s parade after the Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl. Her job: Drive a pickup truck full of Indianapolis Colts players and cheerleaders down the parade route. “Though I’m not a Colts fan, it was still one of the most unique experiences of my life. Driving through a sea of screaming fans in the downtown streets and then pulling into a packed RCA Dome was an unbelievable and indescribable feeling.”
Friendly Faces | Initially Xavier was not high on McMahon’s list of schools to attend. “I didn’t really know much about the school. When I came on an overnight visit and stayed in the dorms, I was completely hooked. Everyone seemed so friendly and the students always looked like they were having fun.”
Rewards of Rigor | “At Xavier, I really had to work hard for everything I did, and it helped instill in me a very strong work ethic. I have discovered since college that a good work ethic and unselfish dedication will get you noticed, and it has certainly paid off tremendously for me.”
Cover Girl | At Xavier, McMahon was an X-treme fan, serving as the group’s president her senior year. “I was one of those crazy kids painting myself blue for basketball games. Actually, that got me on the cover of the Spring 2003 issue of Xavier magazine. I’m the one with the blue hair and the cross around my neck.”
Career Track | Following graduation, McMahon moved to Chicago to get an M.B.A. at Loyola University, then began her first job in marketing with the South Bend Silver Hawks, a minor-league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. She then spent a year-and-a-half working for the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets before moving to Indianapolis.
Gearing Up | McMahon says it’s easy to get excited about working at the Brickyard. “On my drive to work, there is a place where I turn the corner and boom, there it is—the largest sporting venue in the world. This place is bigger than you could ever imagine. It takes a long time to get from one end to the other. I am constantly amazed that I get to come here each day.”
The Long Run | As she prepared for her first Indy 500, McMahon envisioned staying at the speedway awhile. She wants to combine all of her favorite aspects of working in sports into a successful and happy career. “And of course when I have children down the road, I’ll be teaching them all about Xavier basketball.”