Driven by research
Upon completing his Ph.D. at the University of Florida, Buning began his post-graduate teaching career at the University of Memphis. But the nexus of tourism, events, and sports management opportunities provided by the IUPUI campus drew him here. His prior collaborative work with Vision Event Management, an Indianapolis based firm, was another natural link.
Buning shares, "I want to understand how people get involved in a sport over the course of their entire life.” The focus of his past research centers on a concept he describes as an active sport event travel career. “Instead of just going to a gym, they (participants) can go do something and be a part of a community.”