July 8, 2009
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jesse Martin has been named Development Director of POSSE, the athletic fundraising program at Oklahoma State University, it was announced today.
Martin previously served as the Associate Ticket Manager in the OSU Athletics Ticket Office and replaces Jason Penry, who left the post last month to head the development office at Angelo State.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," Martin said. "The push to grow the POSSE to 10,000 members is a challenge I'm looking forward to helping us achieve. Working with our fans to give our student-athletes the best-possible experiences at OSU is something I'm really focused on.
"This is a great time to be involved with Oklahoma State athletics. There's a lot of excitement about the things that are going on here, and I'm very fortunate to be involved in that."
Martin joined the OSU Ticket Office staff in January 2006. During his tenure, he directed sales efforts that produced substantial increases in season tickets and new season ticket records for football, women's basketball, soccer and wrestling.
Prior to joining the OSU Athletic Department, Martin worked for the Mississippi Sea Wolves professional hockey team in Biloxi, Miss, where he first served as the team's ticket manager before being promoted to assistant general manager and then general manager. He was named the 2003-04 ECHL Ticket Executive of the Year.
A graduate of Fort Hays State University, Martin majored in marketing and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.
The POSSE, which stands for "Providing Opportunities for Scholastic and Sports Excellence," is in the midst of a campaign to grow its membership to 10,000 donors in 2009. The POSSE currently stands at an all-time high 9,100 members.
Gifts to the POSSE serve a variety of needs, providing funds for student-athlete scholarships, academic support programs and other essential elements to support OSU's 18 athletic teams.
The POSSE was formed in 1964 by five OSU graduates with the premise of helping persuade young football talent to attend OSU. Under former OSU Athletic Director Myron Roderick, the POSSE organization was recognized as a means for fundraising for all sports and became an official part of the OSU Athletic Department.