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Jesse Marks
Position: Associate Athletics Director for Development
Alma Mater: Miami
Jesse Marks Profile
Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
Release: 01/01/2012
Jesse Marks was promoted to Associate AD for Development in November 2012 following two years as Assistant Athletics Director for Major Gifts.

Jesse's role under the guidance of Athletics Director Blake James is responsible for all development operations for the department of athletics, including campaign oversight, major giving, annual fund, donor stewardship and coordination with central advancement efforts.

Since Jesse's arrival in 2010, the Hurricane Club has seen significant growth in major giving and annual giving participation. Following the department's restructure in 2010, the Hurricane Club's development results have increased significantly across the board. Major Giving is up more than 70 percent since 2010, including four gifts over $1 million and more than 20 gifts in excess of $250,000 or more. In 2013, UM opened the fully funded $15-million, 30,000-square foot Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence featuring new football, academic, and athletic training facilities as well as a Gallery of Champions showcasing the proud championship tradition of UM Athletics.

Annual giving has also seen unprecedented growth through extensive marketing, re-branding and digital strategy. Since 2010, Hurricane Club Membership has increased by more than 53 percent to an all-time record of 6,944 active members. In 2013, the Hurricane Club won a National Advertising Telly Award for video production for the launch of the BUILDING CHAMPIONS CAMPAIGN which runs through 2015. The Hurricane Club is consistently recognized nationwide for their use of cutting edge technology and unique campaigns to drive annual support.

Jesse has been a part of two major capital campaigns at the University of Miami. The Momentum Campaign (2000-2008) raised over $1 billon for the University. Athletics exceeded its goal of $68 million and raised more than $85 million dollars. Currently, Jesse is leading athletics efforts for University Wide $1.6 billion Momemtum2 Campaign. UM Athletics is on pace to exceed their goal of $125 million by the end of 2016.

Prior to his return to UM Athletics, Jesse served as Assistant Director of Development at Wake Forest University, where he managed relationships for over 150 athletic donors in the southeast, including South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. Prior to Wake Forest , Jesse served as Assistant Athletics Director for Development at Florida International University, where he managed all fundraising operations related to the opening of their new football stadium in 2008.

Jesse is an active member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and is an adjunct professor in the School of Education Sports Administration Program.

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