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Welcome to Turnkey Sports and Entertainment’s Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast. As part of our company’s ongoing relationship with SportsBusiness Journal and the prestigious Forty Under 40 Awards, we periodically interview 40U40 winners to highlight game changing moments in their careers, understand how they’ve become so successful, and see what they’re up to today.



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Matt Hill chats about his journey to becoming Senior Vice President of Global Sports and Entertainment Consulting at GMR Marketing. Stopping to think about the one career decision that changed everything for him brought Matt to the realization that his entire career has really been a series of decisions. To start, coming from college looking to be a journalist, Matt started to get into editing when he realized that the industry was not really for him. He moved into public relations at the NFL...
Nina King, Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration/Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff for Duke, singles out her mom as the most inspirational presence in her life. As a single mother who emigrated from Palestine at the age of 22, she taught Nina everything about being a strong, independent woman. Nina also credits Kevin and Jane White, both professionally and personally, for her growth and success. The opportunity to learn the business from Kevin White has been an exceptional opportunity....
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Josh Veilluex, Vice President of Global Partnerships for AEG Global Partnerships, talks to us about the impact of making a professional change early in his career. When he had an opportunity to take a step back from business and take some professional sports development programs, he was awarded the opportunity to make the transition to LA and join AEG. Coming into a career in sports at the age of 27 and bringing sales experience with him gave him an edge over some of the younger candidates just...
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May 9, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Kary Brock talks about her role as Vice President of Endeavor. The move she made to IMG college and the marketing team she worked with there was pivotal to her success. Having had the chance to be part of bringing a new offering into the sports marketing landscape led to her playing an active role in marketing for IMG. Throughout her time there her team was constantly evolving, changing, growing, and offering challenges that pushed her thinking and helped her growth. The eventual merger brought...
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May 8, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Tory Dandy, Agent with CAA sports, traces his success back to when he was interning and met Eugene Parker who became a partner, mentor, and friend for many years. When CAA reached out, Tory knew that he had a chance to take advantage of an amazing opportunity. It has now been almost two years and he recognizes the good fortune that has led him to this day. The biggest lesson he has learned has been the importance of building relationships. From all facets of the work, nurturing and valuing...
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May 7, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Pat LaCroix, Head of Global Media and Sponsorship for Bose, has a sincere appreciation for how important it is to represent a good brand in an exciting category. Pat stresses the importance of having key role models who have a common set of core values and pragmatic decision-making capacities. Some people that were fundamental in challenging him and pushing him towards success include: Mike Mangioni, who hired him at Bose, Nicola Emsley, head of Bose global marketing, and Bob Maresca, their...
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Sean Eggert, Vice President and Head of Sports Marketing for Red Bull, credits pursuing a passion early in life as the reason for his success today. The values of pushing hard and teamwork have carried through from his college days to the present. Having finished college in just 3 ½ years, Sean parlayed hard work into a job working for the Detroit Pistons, where he learned the ropes from passionate leaders who set him up for what he is achieving today. The biggest lesson he’s learned is to...
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May 7, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Angela Ruggiero, Olympic Gold Medalist and CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab, talks to us about how she approaches her business career as she did her sports career. She mentions how setting goals, learning from mistakes, determination, and surpassing roadblocks that she applied to her sports career and that she now also applies to business. She successfully takes the mindset of an athlete and approaches everything else with that same mindset. Although someone coming from an athletic...
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May 4, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Nili Doft, Vice President of Digital Products and Analytics for the NHL, talks about the lessons she’s picked up in her career. Her number one tip is never to shy away from opportunities. Her own career pivoted a few years back when she landed a new role in strategy and found herself facing a new and exciting challenge. Her advice to anyone looking to start a career in sports would be to cast a wide net and not to limit where they look to get a career off the ground. There are plenty of...
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May 4, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Matt Grandis, EVP of Properties for CSM Properties, takes us on his career journey going all the way back to the moment when he was a camp counselor and one of the camper’s dads talked to him about a career in sports. Through that relationship he was hired as an intern a PSP sports. He stuck it out and his perseverance paid off. The process that got him to his role next role then led to opportunities to continue to build the bricks in his career. The chance to then try something totally new...
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May 3, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Josh Whitman, Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois, can’t emphasize strongly enough the importance of having a personal and professional network. He has had the fortune of having a great group surrounding him throughout his journey and it is what he credits most for his success. Coaches, mentors, teammates, and staff have all been fundamental in keeping him grounded and on his path. One of the best pieces of advice that he has picked up and followed along the way is be true to...
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May 3, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Ryan Spoon, senior VP of Social Content at ESPN, credits being around outstanding people in both his business and personal life as the catalyst for his success at ESPN. Most of that can success be credited to his days at Ebay where he and his colleagues experienced immense growth in the internet market at a crucial time for them and the world around them. He had the opportunity to have had so many teammates surrounding him while enjoying the freedom to explore risk and failure at a time when...
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May 2, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Michael Melnitzky, Vice President of Allen and Company, pinpoints his decision to major in business in college as one of the key strategic play of his career. What seemed perhaps like an unconventional choice for the sports industry was actually his personal plan to build his skillset in order to bring more to the table when getting his start in sports. The approach paid off. Rather than going into traditional investment and business he chose to go the sports route and the opportunity with...
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Miheer Walavalkar, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer of LiveLike, has had a career of twists and turns that have led him to running this exciting and innovative start-up. After studying engineering in India and the USA and working as a software engineer for a short period of time he unexpectedly - in the course of a weekend - switched gears to investment banking. He then went back to India, keen to jump into the entrepreneurial pool. What he mainly learned was that in previous roles the...
Lindsay Amstutz, SVP and General Manager of Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, and Fox Sports San Diego, joins us to talk about rising to the challenge and seizing opportunities. When Lindsay was offered chance to move farther up the ladder at Fox, she hesitated because the role was a geographical challenge. As any LA resident knows, commute is everything, but this was an opportunity she could not turn down. The passion that her job ignites in her has been the pay off and she has been able...
Brendan Moynihan, Senior Vice President of Consulting and Sponsorship Activation for Lagardère Plus, credits his success to his family, especially his grandfather, who always said to him “Get those rebounds!” You are going to fail, you are going to miss, and it’s about picking it back up and giving it another try that will ultimately lead to success. His grandfather also famously said “you show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser” meaning that while sportsmanship is...
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Danny White, Vice President and Director of Athletics for the University of Central Florida, has leaned on the experience and guidance of his father his entire life. His dad, who worked in sports from the ground level up, highly stressed the I over E - the Intellect over Emotion. Danny has found that in directing athletic programs, if you can focus on productivity and positivity, you can accomplish so much more. Elimination of drama allows for decision-making on a much more effective level. He...
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Apr 27, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Deepen Parikh, a partner at Courtside Ventures, believes that sport touches numerous industries, geographies, and demographics - that sport is no longer fully focused on single sports organizations such as the NFL and that demographic. At Courtside, they see sports as a subset of media and media is something that everyone consumes every day, through sports, audio, fitness, or esports. His company wants to invest in brands that have a strong impact on the sports ecosystem. Whether it be the...
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Apr 27, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Josh Pyatt, Partner and Agent WME Sports and Entertainment, was not enjoying his blossoming career in finance. He made the decision to leave that career to the surprise of many, but knew he wanted to be in the entertainment industry. From a novice start to becoming an agent for the likes of Michael Strahan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant, Josh strived to help these players transition from sport into something else. He and his team knew that these players were the best in their sport but that...
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Apr 26, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Brad Griffith, Founder and CEO of Gametime, is here talking about the origins of Gametime and how his experience with early mobile apps for sport ticketing led him to create the application. In 2012, after nearly missing a San Francisco Giants game because he didn’t have access to print his tickets, Brad reimagined a simpler process for buying tickets on the go. He set out make it easier for people to save time, live experiences, and make real world connections and in a mobile world. He says...
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Apr 26, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Chris Marinak, Executive Vice President of Strategy Technology and Innovation at Major League Baseball shares some advice for athletes in this episode. Chris’s number one piece of advice for anyone thinking about a career in professional sports is to build relationships and get connected within the industry as early as possible. His biggest attribute has been learning from industry leaders and being taught the ropes from their level. The best advice that he has received is “work hard and do...
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Apr 25, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Erin Schneiders, Vice President of Venues for the NBA, was fortunate to know at a young age that she wanted to be in sports, it just took her some time to figure out exactly where. Her conviction was put to the test when she took a design position at the Toyota Center, working in construction and design. As it turned out, that decision changed the course of her professional life. Taking a job that she didn’t know existed and wasn’t sure she was good at provided the starting point for her...
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Bryce Blum, Founding Partner at ESG Law and Executive Vice President Esports for Catalyst Sports and Media, recognizes that there are a few people but for whom he would not be where he is today. Two of his colleagues from his early days at Foster Pepper Law, Steve Fisher and Matt Hooper, went to bat for him as a junior associate working with clients in what was then an industry that no one had ever heard of. They gave him a chance internally as an associate to grow in that role and the esports...
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Apr 24, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Jordan Solomon, Executive Vice President at MSG Sports, when asked about the game-changing moment in his career trajectory would have to say it was selling Coca-Cola at Fenway Park. But his true career game changer came when he left his role as a McKinsey management consultant to join TMBO at the NBA. He had a desire to get in the mix within the sports world, and felt that through this consulting role he could enter into the arena and become part of something growing. TMBO was an in-house...
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Apr 24, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Court Jeske, CEO and minority owner at the Nashville Soccer Club, realizes that the most important career decision that he made was the move from League and Federation to Club. After many years in the sports industry, he knew instinctively that it was time for the next challenge. The opportunity to build a club from the ground up, in a sport that he loves, and in a place like Nashville, made for the perfect formula to make that switch. Court advises that the most essential thing, particularly...
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Brandon Gayle, Director of North America Sports Partnerships at Facebook, talks to us about the invaluable asset of having that personal board of advisors to lean on when making career transitions. He realized through consulting with them just how much digital and social is an emerging area within sports. Coming out of consulting, he is now learning that garnering all the data and presenting it in a pretty precise package is great, but it is much more about how you then use that data to drive...
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Apr 23, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Jake Reid, President of Sporting Kansas City, recognizes that the biggest opportunity in his early career was a move to Derby County, England, where he found himself in a sport he knew nothing about, in a new country, and about to build an entire ticketing department from scratch. It was a gamble that could have gone either way since he felt completely unprepared going in. Many successful professionals cite the village that it takes to build anything successful and Jake is a big believer in...
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Apr 20, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Dan Shevchik, Partner and Senior Vice President at Sports Media Advisors, talks about his pivotal career decision to join the SMA firm after attending Stanford Business School. Doug Perlman, a former contact from Business School, and partner at SMA, took a chance on him and a leap of faith with a few clients and a whole lot of potential. He credits much of his success to the support network, both personally and professionally, that he has had the fortune to be surrounded by. Additionally, Dan...
Brent Rossi, EVP of Marketing & Brand Strategy at Pegula Sports & Entertainment, explains that the one thing that he thinks about every day is that wherever his path leads, it is essential to be confident, to be positive, and at the end of the day, to lead. He advises those thinking about a career in this or any type of marketing to be completely at ease in what they are doing, and when the timing is right, to not hesitate to take charge. Know that when you are leading it’s not about...
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Apr 10, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Ben Milsom, Chief Ticketing Officer at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers describes how his early role as VP of ticket sales for the Sacramento Kings took him out of his professional comfort zone and taught him to make the best of a challenge while pushing him to the next level of his career. Ben cites patience as a critical skill that he finds himself working on constantly in both his business and personal lives. Having patience when selling and patience when managing are keys to his and his...
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Apr 10, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Megha Parekh, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of the Jacksonville Jaguars, talks about how some of the perhaps unconventional decisions she’s made have led to the success she’s found in her career. In moving from New York City to Jacksonville when most people would normally be looking to do the opposite, she was pleasantly surprised by how much the change worked in her favor. She also touches on an earlier moment in her career when leaving Harvard law with her pick of firm...
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Sunrise Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Matthew Caldwell, takes a moment to reflect on those big career decisions and how they’ve affected him in each phase of his professional life. His decision to join the US Army at a very young age and enroll in West Point Academy fundamentally changed his entire life. What he learned from his military training and deployments are that the team always come first. Putting people in front of himself as a life practice has led him to success in...
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Apr 10, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Dave Pietrycha, CFO of the NBC Sports Group, talks about giving up a stable career opportunity, taking risks, and how his path bounced from aerospace to media. He landed at the Top of the Rock in a trajectory with NBC media that has taken him from retail, to network stations, to his current role in the sports group. David stresses that acting on the feeling that a role or industry are not the right fit can be the biggest career game changer. Though it took him time to find his bearings in a new...
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Apr 10, 2018 TurnkeySE
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Todd Fleming, Vice President and GM of Legends Global Sales, speaks about the fortune he’s had in being surrounded by talented individuals throughout his career. His current role allows him to continue to be affiliated with those types of people. He cites the leadership of Chad Estis, whose capable and personable nature have been a catalyst for his successes. Also, Mike Ondrejko, Legend’s President of Global sales and Todd’s current boss, has been a constant influence along his...
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Nzinga Shaw, recognizes the people that take time out of their busy careers to mentor and strengthen the potential of others. She was fortunate to have this guidance in Neil Glat, president of the NY Jets, who she worked with for several years at the NFL. Neil spent a lot of time advising her in her role in talent acquisition and was also fundamental in teaching her to navigate the tricky waters of the NFL. His valued input allowed her to grow into the seasoned professional that she is today....
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Aug 16, 2017 TurnkeySE
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In their full length podcast interviews, many members of the SportsBusiness Journal Class of 2017 spoke in detail about leadership, and the lessons they've learned throughout their careers that drive their leadership styles. Here's a collection of insights on those topics from the following Forty Under 40 honorees, brought to you by Turnkey Search:  Dan Parise Jeremy Walls Rocky Harris Kate Johnson Olek Loewenstein Justin Toman Brandon Schneider Sakiya Daniel Brandon Lloyd Nick Kelly
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Jeremy talks about commuting from Phoenix to New York City for three (!) years to work for the NBA’s TMBO group, and the importance of getting out of your comfort zone to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. He also shares:  How he’s made a career of following great leaders, not chasing titles The importance of creating a true results-based culture with heart Being great both at work and at home This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Ann joins us today to discuss her history of working for visionary leaders, including Kevin Plank at Under Armour, and how learnings from those leaders helped her tackle the challenges of starting a fledgling franchise Atlanta United. She also discusses:  How starting small can pay big dividends Training herself to ask, “Why not me?” Establishing a communal culture across both the player side and the business side at Atlanta FC This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast,...
Despite his successes in the business, David never saw himself as a salesman. He credits when he began perceiving sales as “marketing solutions” as a major turning point in his career. In today’s podcast, David also talks about:  His most satisfying deals The challenges of selling media and properties vs. representing talent Living in the moment, rather than focusing on a five-year plan This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Gretchen talks with us about how she built a career in ticketing… after trying extremely hard not to work in ticketing. She shares the perspective shift that helped her fall in love with that side of the business, as well as:  Heading up the Rockets first inside sales department What she looks for when hiring, and the importance of having a willingness to learn Rebounding from professional mistakes  This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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In this episode, Kate – a former Olympic rower – talks about working on the client side vs. the agency side, and how being in her current position enables her to create her own strategies and set her own path. She also touches on:  The “myth” that being on the client side is easier than working with agencies Facets of being a team leader Career goals and realities “Managing up” and communicating effectively  This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Vishal shares with us the challenges of – and gravitas associated with – representing a valuable “community” brand like the NFL. He also discusses:  The challenge of identifying “what’s next” How he draws inspiration, and gets ideas, from both technology companies and kids His thoughts on the intersection of sports, media and technology The importance for the members of his team to have passion, and be able to articulate and support their individual opinions  This edition of the...
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Today, Nick shares with us the very different mindsets required for working on the brand side vs. the agency side. He also discusses: The evolution of sponsorship in the beer category Staying true to ideas and objectives over time Advice for ascending the sports business ranks The potential for global expansion of various A/B sponsorship activations. This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40...
Ashwin talks about how the early internship in minor league baseball that kicked off his sports business career, and how he was almost derailed early on by a cover letter typo. He also shares:  His early career goals, and how they’ve evolved over time Key advice he received from the NBA’s Scott O’Neil How he integrates his family into his professional life The challenges of the changing media landscape in college athletics This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Ilan Ben-Hanan, VP of Programming and Acquisitions at ESPN, speaks with us today about his most cherished professional accomplishment: the creation of Jimmy V Week at ESPN. He also shares:  The value he places on mentorship The original career he envisioned for himself at ESPN This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award, is brought to you by Turnkey Search. #####
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In today’s episode, Danny talks about what it’s like to sit in the “big chair”, and how growing up in a college athletics family helped shape him as a professional. He also shares:  The itinerant life of an AD, and the importance of being “geographically numb” when working in collegiate athletics administration Shifting from a coaching mindset to an administrative mindset The challenge of turning around a losing program  This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast,...
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Seth, SVP of Media at Major League Soccer, joins us today to share the thought process behind his past career changes, and the role of risk-taking in his career. He also discusses: Major professional accomplishments Adapting to the ever-changing media-consumption landscape How he initially envisioned his career playing out His thoughts on vision, drive, and relationship development/network-building The encounter he had as a 12-year-old that positioned him for professional success This edition...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Rocky’s career has taken many different (and exciting!) turns. Today, we listen to him relate his experiences as both an employee of the NFL, and his work on the brand side of sports business. Specifically, he discusses:  “Resetting” his career The impact of mentors on his professional development What he finds fulfilling about working in college athletic Contributing to society beyond sports.  This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Listen as Tim, a former middle school math teacher and MIT graduate, breaks down how a blind email to Larry Lucchino jump-started his sports business career. Now the Executive VP and CFO of the Boston Red Sox, Tim talks about how he’s grown as a leader as his career has evolved. He also shares:  How he works through professional mistakes Moving from micro-management to delegation His most cherished professional accomplishments This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring...
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Cole talks with us about the omni-channel opportunities he’s focused on at Fanatics, and the B2B goals he’s focused on in his new role. In addition, he shares: His previous career at Ticketmaster The consumer benefits of marrying the e-commerce and in-venue experiences The value of being assertive in the workplace The importance of good storytelling This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Mike shares the process of building long-term relationships with RedBird’s equity partners, and, specifically, what it’s been like to work with the NFL to grow On Location Experiences over time. He also shares:  How his family works together to balance work demands and life at home The importance of surrounding yourself with good people His philosophy that, at some point, everyone has to make a big bet on him/herself This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Matt shares how he prepared for a “conventional” legal career before taking a leap of faith and accepting a job with the NHL Players Association. He also discusses:  What it’s like to work on the labor side of sports The experience of negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with MLB This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award, is brought to you by Turnkey Search. #####
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Anthony talks about the evolution of his career, and Magic’s investment in data-driven decision-making as it relates to the fan experience. In addition, he shares:  What it’s like to be part of the NBA’s analytics community His aim to “create something that hasn’t been created before” Adding value by finding opportunity in uncharted territory This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under...
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Alex shares what it was like for him to leave SFX’s baseball group to start his own agency, and the “full time job” of preparing for client David Ortiz’ retirement. He also talks about:  The most memorable moments of his career so far Building relationships with his clients This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award, is brought to you by Turnkey Search. #####
Dan shares with us how he began his career by moving to New York City… without a job. The role he got hired for – right before he ran out of money – jump-started his sports business career, and set him on his current path. Dan also talks with us about:  Getting in on the ground floor at Scout Sports & Entertainment His experiences being a young Director of Marketing at MLS’ Chicago Fire His approach to nurturing young talent  This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast,...
Daniel credits his decision to leave home as a 12-year-old to attend boarding school as his most significant career-defining moment, as it taught him not to fear risk. He shares those details in today’s podcast, and talks about:  How he gravitates to ambitious people and major challenges How to drive a culture of innovation in practice His thoughts on working in the “smiles business” This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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To call the start of Jimmy’s career in sports business unorthodox is an understatement: he credits sneaking into Madison Square Garden after the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA title as the experience that opened his eyes to our industry. In today’s podcast, Jimmy talks us through that experience, and discusses:  The value he places on enthusiasm over aptitude when hiring The importance of getting out of your comfort zone What he loves about working on the agency side This edition of the...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Will talks about how a legal challenge Tough Mudder faced early in the brand’s existence set the tone for their future success. He also shares:   How – and why – he shifted from a government career in counter-terrorism to, ultimately, sports business entrepreneurship The challenges of being an entrepreneur His advice to “understand before you can be understood” This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's...
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Apr 7, 2017 TurnkeySE
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Tobias talks about how he first got in to eSports, his first eSports job in casting, and what it was like to create the first eSports agency. He also shares:  eSports as a global phenomenon, and what that means from a sponsorship POV The potential ceiling for eSports Millennial sports consumption habits This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award, is brought to you by Turnkey Search. #####
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Elena took a very unorthodox path to agency life: she was a PhD student at George Washington focused on identity politics, and then a geopolitical risk consultant, before taking her first “traditional” agency job. Today, Elena talks with us about:   Growing from a department of one to a diverse analytical contingent at Momentum The process of conceptualizing - and then building - measurement models and data sets from scratch to analyze sponsorship performance Momentum’s consultative...
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Chip talks about the recent renovations to Daytona International Speedway, and how that plays in to motorsports – and NASCAR’s – renewed focus on the fan experience. He also shares:  How he got in to motorsports, and his journey from the midway to the top seat at DIS The tight-knit nature of the motorsports community The responsibility of representing motorsports’ various brands This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness...
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Jeff joins us today to talk about the personal and cultural components of acquisition, and how in his current role, “life has to go beyond the four walls of the deal”. He also shares:  Rebounding from early career mistakes The importance of speaking up early in your career This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award, is brought to you by Turnkey Search. #####  
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Today, we learn about how Brandon abandoned a burgeoning legal career to start a business with one of his University of Virginia basketball teammates, beginning his foray into software development. Listen as he shares his thoughts on:  Game-changing moments in his career The importance of great partners The value of working for free The importance of aligning teams to work towards a singular goal  This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of...
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A passionate innovator, Jeff shares his thoughts on the future of ticketing, and his “win today” approach. He also discusses:  The importance of knowing – and being able to communicate – your core values The effort he has made to accept and learn from constructive criticism How sometimes the best thing you can do for your career is stay put This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40...
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Derek Belch, Founder & CEO, STRIVR Labs, shares how he got on the path to creating his own company, STRIVR Labs. His path from MBA student, to coach, to Founder and CEO of his own company is an interesting and seamless journey. Listen as he describes the successes and pitfalls of starting your own business, including: Working with coaches and players to create a useful VR product Relying on a problem-to-solution approach during development Pursuing his passions at a high cost Prioritizing...
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Sakiya shares that she never intended to work in sports business, but an encounter with Tom Garfinkel took her from the traditional ad agency world to Chip Ganassi Racing, and she hasn’t looked back since. Sakiya shares:   What she loves most about working on the agency side (hint: it’s the spice of life) Her aversion to being a micro-manager How not having a five-year plan has worked to her advantage This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners...
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Brandon talks about the importance of considering opinions up and down the ladder when making decisions. He also shares with us what it’s been like to spend his entire professional career at a single franchise, and:  The value of having an organization-first mentality The importance of evolving in ticketing How – and why – the Warriors adopted dynamic pricing This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious...
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Connor walks us through the inception of ESPN Films, and the co-creation of the network’s famed 30 for 30 series with Bill Simmons. He also shares:   His favorite 30 for 30 episodes The advice he gives to aspiring filmmakers How he initially envisioned himself as a writer, not a producer This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award, is brought to you by Turnkey Search. #####
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Though Olek spent his youth shadowing his father, a Director of Photography for a Venezuelan TV station, and planned for a career in production, his father encouraged him to study engineering. Then, he went on to work in financial consulting for Accenture – a major departure from his original plan! Eventually, his career path led to Univision Deportes. In today’s podcast, Olek discusses:  The two things that shaped his life and career Making short-term decisions to accomplish long-term...
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It’s Justin’s belief that patience is the key to success in sports business – sometimes, you have to be willing to wait, and potentially pass up money or prestige, to ultimately land a job you love. He also shares his thoughts on:  Leading from the seat you’re in Brand marketing Using a compass, not a map, to chart your professional path This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award,...
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Martin talks with us about applying his background as a development specialist to his current role, and what it’s like to work under industry icon Gene Smith. He also shares:   Forcing himself to get comfortable with change Taking “the long view” when making decisions about his professional future How he applies lessons he learned as a college athlete to his professional career “Never counting the change in another man’s pocket” This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight...
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When Bill first thought about joining Aspire, he looked at the two key components he considers when evaluating any opportunity: who are the people involved/what is the leadership like; and what are the opportunities for professional growth/learning? He shares his thoughts on those points, as well as:   What is was like being the company’s first employee The growth opportunities he envisions for Aspire This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of...
Lisa’s passion for serving students helped her transition from a career in student affairs as Assistant Dean of Students to the athletic department. Now, as a firm athletics convert, she speaks with us about:  The importance of working in a team whose members aren’t afraid to speak up What the NCAA – and its member institutions – could do better Her continual focus on improving the experience of the student-athlete This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring...
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JB shares the winding road that he took to sports business and the NBA, with pit stops along the way in investment banking, private equity, and at Disney. He also shares:  His thoughts on the NBA’s position in the media sector What it was like to work on Disney’s acquisition of Pixar The personal advice he lives by, and the professional advice he offers to those on the finance side of sports business  This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners...
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Rob shares with us the decision-making process that led him back to the sales world after hosting a live show on Versus. He also discusses: The details behind one of his favorite deals How, in the agency world, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery When to make your hardest call of the day This edition of the Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast, featuring interviews with winners of SportsBusiness Journal's prestigious Forty Under 40 Award, is brought to you by Turnkey Search.   #####