Diane Crossey is entering her third year as a professor in the Department of Sport Management. She teaches SMGT 260 (Introduction to Sport Management), SMGT 266 (Leading with Service), and SMGT 366 (Event Management and Customer Service).Â
Prior to joining the faculty at Rice University, Crossey was the Senior Director of Event Operations and Guest Services for the National Football Leagueâ€™s Houston Texans. She joined the expansion franchise in June 2002 just prior to their launch and worked 14 seasons during which the team sold out 143 consecutive home games. Â In her position, she oversaw all aspects of customer service and event services for the Texans, including the hiring and training of all event staff, the facilitation of market research programs and the implementation of customer service initiatives for all Texans fans. She also managed the Video Production department, who produce the creative content for the in-stadium video boards as well as highlight videos and sponsor elements and the Events department, who execute year-round fan events such as Draft Day, Training Camp and community events. In her role, Crossey served as the teamâ€™s liaison to SMG, the management company for NRG Stadium, Contemporary Services Corporation, who provides crowd management services and Aramark, the exclusive food and beverage provider and facility services provider. During her tenure, the Texans were recognized for outstanding customer service by organizations such as J. D. Power and Associates, Peggy Morrow & Associates and the Sports Business Journal.Â
Crossey continues to work in the events industry and most recently served as the Venue Event Manager for the Copa America Centenario tournament games in Houston. Second in size to only the World Cup, soccer's Copa America tournament hosts CONCACAF and CONMEBOL teams, as well as invited teams. In her role, she oversaw multiple operational areas including accommodations, transportation, medical/doping, protocol, security, accreditation, logistics and special events. Crossey worked with the National Teams of Argentina, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Colombia. The three tournament dates in Houston hosted over 175,000 attendees at NRG Stadium.
Prior to coming to Houston, Crossey was the Director of the Premium Club and Guest Services for the TD Garden in Boston. Home of the NHLâ€™s Boston Bruins and the NBAâ€™s Boston Celtics, the 20,000-seat TD Garden hosts over 200 major events per year. During her seven years in Boston, Crossey worked with the NHL All-Star Game, the U.S. Gymnastic Olympic Trials, the NCAA menâ€™s Frozen Four tournament, the NCAA menâ€™s basketball regionals, as well as numerous concerts, family shows and other sporting events. Crossey was responsible for implementing the Premium Club concept for all club and suite holders as well as the management of all customer service initiatives and all guest services staff.
Crossey completed her Master of Science degree in Sport Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from UMass and competed as a nationally-ranked athlete and captain of the womenâ€™s track and field team.
Crossey is involved with various professional and community organizations and is the co-chair of the WISE Within committee for the Houston branch of WISE (Women In Sports and Events). WISE Within provides multiple mentoring and networking opportunities for women working or seeking to work in the sports industry. She is also a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and serves on the Universities Committee.