Experienced Collegiate Tournament and International Travel Experts Launch

90+ years of experience to serve the college and high school sports landscape

Seattle, WA –  It is with great excitement that four experienced personnel in the collegiate travel and tournament space have come together to launch a new company called Global Sports & Events, LLC (GSE).  

Erik Evans, Jason Sarkies, Susie (Sooz) Jarosch, and Sean McShane have a combined 90+ years of experience servicing and supporting Division I collegiate basketball athletic programs in their use of international summer tours and fall multi-team events.  The four partners are all former senior staff of well-known Basketball Travelers which has operated in the collegiate space for almost 35 years.

“COVID-19 has proven to be a once in 100-year event and its impact on all of college athletics is almost impossible to measure,” said Jason Sarkies, Co-founder of Global Sports & Events. “As a group, however, we’ve looked at our vast experience and relationships and determined that now is the best time to launch this new endeavor. I’ve personally put together or led over 250 Division I foreign tours and have been intimately involved in putting together numerous MTE’s in twenty-six years at my former employer, and my colleagues all have similar profiles. We can’t wait to get going!”

While very thankful for the life-long skills learned at BTI, the new team at GSE looks forward to continuing to work with long-standing relationships in college basketball and high school and will be expanding their efforts into additional related sports and endeavors.

“We’ve all had to navigate the many challenges of COVID-19 and we recognize there will be an impact on college athletics for quite some time,” said Susie Jarosch, GSE Co-founder and Partner. “These challenges only fueled our resolve to re-think and consider how to provide high quality, elite-level events, and tours for athletes, coaches, administrators, and supporters. We’re excited to continue the work we’ve been doing in college and high school sports and we’re committed to creating innovative opportunities that recognize the whole spectrum of athletics.”

Joining the core founding team is Brian Ratzliff, a long-time Seattle technology entrepreneur who will focus on operational management and media partnerships at GSE.  Befitting the years of experience among the GSE management team, a host of friends and long-standing relationships have expressed their best wishes and encouragement as Jason, Sooz, Erik, and Sean launch this new venture, epitomized by these fine words:

“I have known Jason for 25 years running great events and truly expect the same level of performance working with Global Sports & Events.  As a matter of fact, Jason has organized events I have been part of as a player, coach and administrator!  That just speaks to the tremendous experience GSE has on their team.  Look for high level events in their future!”

Aaron Woliczko – Senior Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball & Sports Administration – West Coast Conference

NCAA Coaches

“As coaches, we’d like to congratulate the team at Global Sports & Events, for the launch of their new endeavor.  All of us have benefited from their experience and dedication to summer tours and tournaments that we’ve participated in the past, and we wish them great success as they enter the 2020’s and beyond.”

Matt Painter, HC – Purdue; Joni Taylor – HC Georgia; Wayne Tinkle – HC Oregon State; Ryan Gensler – AC Dayton; Cindy Griffin – HC St. Joe’s; Dave Paulson – HC George Mason; Terry Kix – AC Purdue; Nathan Davis – HC Bucknell; Danielle O’Bannon – AC Minnesota; Greg Lansing – HC Indiana State; Matilda Mossman – HC Tulsa; Ray Giacoletti – AC St. Louis

Collegiate Administrators

“All of us have had the pleasure of working with the GSE partners over the years and we’ve always appreciated their understanding of the collegiate space, their attention to the details so important to administrators in college athletics, and their desire for the best experiences for student-athletes.  We wish them well as they move forward.”

Dan Butterly, Commissioner – Big West; Tanya Vogel, AD – GWU; Sean Kearney, Associate Commissioner – A10; Brian Santiago, Associate AD – BYU; Aaron Woliczko – Senior Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball & Sports Administration – WCC

International, Domestic Partners & Friends

“Over the years, it’s been our pleasure to work closely with the GSE partners on many tours and tournaments or other unique programming, and it’s been our experience that they approach things with integrity, a desire to create win/win’s for others, and a real willingness to listen and be thoughtful in their work and overall professionalism.  We look forward to seeing what kind of innovations and new opportunities emerge from their new venture.”

Keita Ahmadou (France), Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Craig Jonas, CEO & Co-Founder, CoPeace; Jeff Jonas, Director of Global Business Development, Intel; Adam Gordon, CEO & Co-Founder, Rising Coaches; Brooks Downing, CEO & Founder bdGlobal Sports; John Prater, CEO Prater Flooring; Lindsey Ross – Director of Rights Acquisition, FloSports; Mike Miller, VP Early Miller Productions; Brenda VanLengen – Broadcaster

High School

“Most of us have had personal experience with the GSE team over the past 20+ years as we’ve attended their Phoenix and San Diego events.   In total, they’ve served over 1000 boy’s and girl’s teams at holiday tournaments and many of us are repeat customers which is a testimony to their professionalism and desire to create rewarding experiences for our teams and students.”

Dan Taylor, WA State HS WBB Coaching Rep; Nalin Sood, WA State HS MBB Coaching Rep; Carl Mattei – HC Regis Jesuit HS (CO); Joe Puetz -HC Lakeside, WA; Shawn Lytle – AD Chandler Prep (AZ); Brandon LeTarte – Sunnyslope WBB (AZ); David Leiber, AD/HC – Friends Seminary (NY); Janice Laing – HC Monsignor McCoy (AB); Claude Leduc – AD/HC West Vancouver (BC)

For inquiries on future events, requests, or more information, please contact Global Sports & Events at info@globalsande.com or (206) 852-8524.

Olivia Onnen

Marketing Specialist

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Ayumi Sumile

Executive Assistant

Ayumi is the Executive Assistant for the partners at GSE. She is a highly versatile and experienced EA with a proven track record of success. She has supported executives from healthcare, technology, and broadcast including Pfizer Inc. and Time Warner Cable. In addition to supporting the partners at GSE, she assists the company with project management, graphic design and creative projects.

Erik Evans

Partner, Logistics

Erik Evans has been organizing international tours for teams and schools since 1992 and has executed over 200 tours alone. He has personally led over 40 groups overseas and his primary countries of expertise include Spain, Australia, and Costa Rica. Additionally, Evans is the tournament director of one of the longest-standing and largest highschool tournaments in the nation, the Surf ‘N Slam. 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the Surf ‘N Slam, which welcomes athletes, coaches, families and fans to the San Diego region. Evans played basketball and tennis during his undergraduate years at Seattle Pacific University and currently lives in Seattle with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children.

Brian Ratzliff

Managing Partner

A long-time entrepreneur and technology manager, Brian has spent the last twenty years holding successive positions of leadership in companies generally focused on leveraging technology to bring a compelling consumer benefit to the marketplace. For the last year, Brian has led the strategic thinking and growth strategy for Basketball Travelers, Inc., and BTI Events. Out of these strategic sessions has come the core management team and approach for Global Sports & Events.

From 2010-2018, Brian was the co-founder and President of WhatCounts, Inc., a leading permission email and social media platform that was sold to Mansell Group (Atlanta) and Riverside (NY). Previously, Brian was part of the leadership team at ShareBuilder.com, an innovative online brokerage, and financial services firm. He began his technology career in 1994-1998 during the dawn of the internet commercialization phase when he was a member of the product management and business development teams at Internet pioneer – Starwave Corporation, a Paul Allen company.

Brian holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada, where he graduated Dean’s List and a BA from Trinity Western University in Vancouver, Canada where he played varsity basketball.

Sean McShane

Partner, Business Development

Sean has a 25-year career successfully organizing and executing NCAA events both nationally and internationally. Sean has both played and coached at the collegiate and professional levels and brings a high-level sporting background that has seen him compete and manage successful teams and coordinate elite sporting events in many countries throughout the world. With a passion for the Bahamas, Sean has directed Men’s and Women’s events in Freeport and Bimini for the last 15 years. Sean has an uncanny ability to develop top competitive talent. Sean has served as a Director of Financial Services and has held deciding roles in Business Development and in 2016 founded InReach Community DX, where he currently serves as the CEO.

Jason Sarkies

Partner, Operations & Finance

With almost three decades of experience, Jason is an industry veteran in the logistics of tours and tournaments. Before co-founding GSE, he led the organization of dozens of collegiate and high school events in his 25+ years in the business with Basketball Travelers, Inc, specializing in over 100 foreign tours. Additionally, Jason is the tournament director of the Cactus Jam, a Girls and Boys High School basketball tournament held after Christmas in Phoenix, Arizona in its 24th year. Jason holds a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Willamette University and Seattle Pacific University. Jason also played football during his years as an undergrad.

Sara Mosiman

Partner, Strategy

Mosiman oversees strategy and new business development for GSE, including expanding to new markets and broadening its vision. Her passion for closing diversity gaps, impacting athletes, and the benefits of sports aligns with the shifting landscape in amateur athletics and the broadened scope of GSE.

Prior to joining GSE, Mosiman ran The Sports Institute at UW Medicine, a player health and safety organization launched in partnership with the NFL. She was responsible for the Institute’s strategy, growth, fundraising and financial sustainability. She also directed the units that built and deployed digital health technologies, programs and other innovations in sports safety and participation. Previously, she was the director of business development at Basketball Travelers, driving expansion and growth while running DI tournaments in the Bahamas and Las Vegas.

A Seattle-native, Mosiman was a captain and four-year letterwinner at the University of Washington, where she played basketball for the Huskies. She returned to UW’s Foster School of Business for her MBA and was inducted into Delta Airlines Ones to Watch, a program honoring upward mobile leaders in key industries nationwide. She currently serves on the UW Foundation board, Positive Coaching Alliance advisory board, Seattle Sports Commission, volunteers at the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and coaches for the Special Olympics.