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RECENT PLACEMENT: Matt Greene – Americrown & International Speedway Corporation

 

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Matt Greene as Director, Food & Beverage for Americrown/International Speedway Corporation based out of Talladega Superspeedway.

Greene brings over 15 years of F&B experience to this role with a recent focus (7 years) in the sports & entertainment world. He currently serves as General Manager of Concessions at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Levy Restaurants. Previously, Matt spent two years as GM with Aramark at the Cashman Field Complex (MiLB Field in Las Vegas). Before moving to Vegas, he worked most of his career with Ovations Food services serving as GM at Provident Bank Park, (MiLB Field in Pomona, NY), Concessions Manager at Ever Bank Field and Concessions Manager at Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Greene previously served as General Manager of Concessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Levy Restaurants. In his new role, Greene will be responsible for the effective leader
ship of venue operations including event planning, promotion, menu planning, inventory control standards, compliance with alcohol service policies, safety, guest service and supervision. His efforts will be partnered with business unit leadership to manage operations and marketing to increase revenues and guest satisfaction at Talladega.

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About Americrown and International Speedway Corporation

International Speedway Corporation, (“ISC”) founded in 1953, is a leading promoter of motorsports-themed entertainment activities in the United States. The company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s premier motorsports entertainment facilities, which in total, have approximately 900,000 grandstand seats and 500 suites. ISC’s facilities are located in six of the nation’s top 13 media markets and nearly 80 percent of the country’s population is located within the primary trading areas of its facilities. ISC promotes major motorsports events in every month of the racing season — more than any other motorsports promoter. Collectively, the company’s facilities promote well over 100 motorsports events during the racing season.

Americrown, a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, was formed in 1989. It is the leader in motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise sales and service. Operating at 12 NASCAR and IndyCar-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown touches millions of race fans annually. Its ever-growing fleet of mobile food concessions, merchandise and catering equipment is unparalleled in the industry.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Matt Greene to Americrown and ISC! 

To see the full description of this placement with Americrown and ISC, visit http://bit.ly/2fmDrkU

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Checking In With: Zoe Wilson, PGA TOUR

Adapting to the digital age: Advice from Zoe Wilson

By: Megan Meisse, Prodigy Sports

Candidate placed: July 2015

When you are working with the largest golf organization in the world, growing and maintaining various digital platforms can be one of the most difficult jobs. HeadshotIn looking to expand their greater New York City media sales efforts, the PGA TOUR sought the assistance of Prodigy Sports, in order to find a creative, interactive sales professional, responsible for working with their clients to develop PGA TOUR media partnerships and campaigns.

In July of 2015, a Texas native found her new home in New York with the PGA TOUR. Zoe Wilson now holds the title of Director of Media Sales for the TOUR. Having moved to New York in 2007 not knowing a single person, she quickly got involved with her alma mater, the University of Texas, with their New York chapter. Currently sitting on three boards for the Alumni Association with Texas, Wilson built her network and now pays it forward to her university by volunteering with undergrads, sharing her experiences in New York and offering career advice.

After graduating from the University of Texas with a Sports Management degree, Wilson began her internship with the Paralympics in Colorado, being tasked with hosting the Paralympics Charity Golf Tournament. Ironically enough, this was her first time around golf and being on a golf course. Shortly after her internship with the United States Olympic Committee, Wilson made the move to New York, with the United States Golf Association. After an interesting industry transition to work for Vogue and TIME in publishing, both in marketing and sales, Wilson reconnected with her USGA network and felt the desire to get back into sports.

After stepping off the plane her first night in December of 2007, there was snow falling, her possessions were on a truck from Colorado, and that is when she realized, “this is thpgatoure rest of my life.”

In her first year with the PGA TOUR, Wilson focused her efforts on business development; however during the summer of 2016, she transitioned into a new role, to run sales for a sub-media brand called Skratch. Skratch is owned by the PGA and engages a younger demographic through digital content that covers the world of golf beyond the PGA TOUR and their competitions. Wilson describes Skratch as “social first media branding towards millennial golf fans.”

“Skratch covers the fun side and now with so many younger participants in the sport and active on social media, we are able to grow the PGA footprint” says Wilson. In her role, she focuses about 70% of her time with Skratch and 30% on the PGA TOUR, selling across different portfolios and sharing resources between the two.  When asked about her greatest challenge she has worked on so far with the TOUR, Wilson explains “it’s about creating good content at the end of the day and figuring out their brand into Skratch content.” Having a small office in New York, with the PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, there is a strong sense of family within the department. “Culture is so important to the life and DNA of the PGA TOUR. There aren’t a lot of jobs in digital media, in New York, in golf, but I have it.”

WSkratchilson explains there are a lot of great initiatives coming down the pike for the PGA TOUR and she is excited for all the opportunities coming in 2017 and beyond for her, as well as golf in general in a good place.

“One thing about the sports industry, it is very difficult to break in, but once you do, you are family,” says Wilson. Now that she has broken in, she offers two key pieces of advice: “talk to everyone you possibly can because the opportunities are communicated within the sports circle” and “do as much research as you can and get into sports for the right reasons.”

Prodigy Sports is proud to have placed Zoe Wilson into her role with the PGA TOUR and look forward to continued growth for Zoe, the PGA TOUR, and Skratch.

RECENT PLACEMENT – Steven Rauh – Sarasota County

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Steven Rauh as Athletics and Sport Development Division Manager for Sarasota County, in Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

Rauh has spent the last 12 years growing in various golf course superintendent roles, from a smaller club like Del Tura to his previous role at The Golf Club of the Everglades, serving as Director of Agronomy. He spent five years with Del Tura Golf & Country Club as the Golf Course Superintendent before being brought over to The Hideaway County Club. He then spent two and a half years with The Golf Lodge at The Quarry before being brought into his role with The Golf Club of the Everglades.

In his new role with Sarasota County, Rauh will perform advanced level management work, overseeing the Athletics and Sport Development Division and be responsible for comprehensive operations of the division, as well as the practices of managing athletic parks, turf management, infrastructure, facilities and amenities. In addition, he will set strategic goals and objectives, develop and administer of policies and procedures, ensure fiscal sustainability, develop comprehensive maintenance program and repair, and renovation and capital projects plans. Rauh will serve as administrative agent with over 50 athletic leagues and organizations, coordinating with a variety of partners in support of sports tourism initiatives and leading a high performing team.

About Sarasota County

Sarasota County was established in 1921 and adopted a Home Rule Charter in 1971. The Charter establishes a Commission/County Administrator form of government.

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources anchor the middle of Florida’s western coast, approximately 60 miles south of Tampa Bay. It includes the cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port, and the Town of Longboat Key. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources is a full-service county typical of charter counties in Florida.

Sarasota is a full range of community and human services is provided to residents – parks, recreation, human services, health-related services, planning, zoning, permitting and environmental resource management.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Steven Rauh to Sarasota County!

To see the full description of this placement with Sarasota, visit http://bit.ly/2heQyXG

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Checking In With: Meredith Scerba, World Rowing Championships

Learn how to prepare for a worldwide event: Advice from Meredith Scerba

By: Megan Meisse, Prodigy Sports

Candidate placed: August 2015

More than 1,700 Olympic-caliber athletes, from more than 60+ countries, and to be broadcasted to a worldwide television audience of nearly 130 million people. This 9-da308b409y period from September 23 to October 1, 2017 is estimated to have over 40,000 spectators. The 2017 World Rowing Championships mark the first time the International Federation of Rowing Associations, or FISA, has selected the United States to host the championship in more than two decades.

Prodigy Sports had the privilege to work with the 2017 World Rowing Championships and Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, better known as SANCA, along with Sarasota and Manatee Counties on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where the competition will be hosted in Nathan Benderson Park (NBP). Leading up to this global competition, the Championship was seeking an Executive Director, in which Prodigy Sports placed Meredith Scerba into this role. Scerba brings a background with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

When arriving at SANCA, Scerba started from scratch, taking what she’s done in Cleveland and applying that to something new, learning about the sport of rowing itself. Having been in one place for over 10 years in Cleveland, Scerba had to quickly learn the dynamics of working with a nonprofit with close government ties, for a county-owned park.

In her first three months, she was a “one-man shop” but shortly worked with a local organizing committee and staff workers, to bring all ideas to life through their key relationships nationwide. When building her staff, Scerba mentioned the over-arching principles in regards to hiring a proper event staff is fitting the mix culturally. “This is a family, our team is a family. We may not see eye-to-eye but we have to have each other’s backs” she said. Scerba explained how the philosophy is important as there are “lots of people with lots of skills and experience, but have to bring a passion to do so.”

When she came on board, her goal was to connect the local community to the event, by having all prior programs that are happening leading up have one purpose: The Championships. “99% of my job is managing my team and the success of the event – sponsorship calls, marketing plans, communicating with the counties and creating strategic planning to hit goals,” said Scerba. When putting on an event, her internal tagline is “what is their internal journey?” “Plan as if you are a visitor and that you don’t speak English. Step out of your typical mindset and you can better plan as an outsider and think through an event,” said Scerba.logo-wrch2017

Scerba loves the spirit of working in nonprofits because of the sense of passion and commitment to a cause. She now enjoys educating the community, bringing something new to Sarasota, getting them excited but also eliminate any fears of something new. Scerba described Sarasota as a very artsy community, in which she used to her advantage, involving local live art projects, film festivals, and amazing companies to show them why NBP is the only Grade-A course in the United States, and now it is their chance to shine not only locally, but attract new business to these chambers and counties.

When asked about the steps in preparation for the Championship, a chuckled “where do I began” was the reply. Most teams arrive 13 days prior to the event in Florida, training, adapting to time change and weather. The full buildout of grandstands and tents, teams take over the facility by the weekend of the Championship, Scerba defines it as “one big puzzle made up of pieces but that’s what makes it fun.”

Scerba’s advice for those looking to get into a role within the sports industry was to never step away from an opportunity and volunteer. “Be engaged. Different types of events help expand knowledge and make you more marketable.” Scerba suggests “that if it doesn’t come right away, don’t send out resumes sitting home. Get out there and volunteer in events and seek out people on the staff to learn from.”

Prodigy Sports is proud to have placed Meredith Scerba into her role with the World Rowing Championships and look forward to an incredible event in 2017!

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Louise Murray – TD Garden

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Louise Murray as Senior Vice President, Business Operations of TD Garden.

Murray previously served as Vice President, Creative Entertainment at The Walt Disney Company and has also spent the last seven years as an independent Management Consultant. Murray serves as President of her own management consulting services company. Prior, she spent most of her career at Cirque Du Soleil, serving as Vice President, Tour Planning and Partnerships; Assistant General Manager, Touring Shows; Tour Services Director; and additional roles throughout her time there. Murray also spent over seven years with Tennis Canada, as Special Projects Manager and Tournament Coordinator.DN

In her new role, Murray will maximize the event schedule strategy and growth, overseeing and supporting innovative technology initiatives to leverage visible and strategic vision for TD Garden and grow Delaware North. In addition, she will be responsible for developing and managing all operational facility, event scheduling and management, operational functions and personnel related to ensure client satisfaction, retention and maximization of guest experience and profitability.

About Delaware North/TD Garden

Delaware North is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Sportservice, Delaware North International and Delaware North Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 60,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Delaware North Boston is home to the TD Garden and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.  The TD Garden has long been one of the must-play sporting and entertainment venues in the world.  Anchor tenants include the Bruins and the NBA Celtics, some of the most successful franchises in their respective leagues. That notwithstanding, Delaware North Boston has built a championship squad off the ice, court and field, as well, that’s dedicated to delivering first-rate sporting and entertainment experiences. Pair that with the commitment of the Jacobs family, which has owned the arena and the Boston Bruins since 1975, and all signs point to victory.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Louise Murray to Boston!

To see the full description of this placement with Delaware North and TD Garden, visit http://bit.ly/2fK0Mze

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Jeff Spencer – Americrown & International Speedway Corporation

 

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Jeff Spencer as Senior Director, Catering for Americrown/International Speedway Corporation based out of the corporate headquarters in Daytona Beach.

Jeff formerly served as Aramark’s Food Service Director at Florida State University (FSU), his second stint with FSU.  He previously served as General Manager for Aramark Sports Higher Education at FSU earlier in his career for four years.  In between those stints, he spent just over a year as General Manager for Aramark’s Florida Gulf Coast University and was a key player in their effort to stabilize the property and be part of the bid process.

In his new role with the Americrown and International Speedway Corporation, Spencer will work with the Corporate Executive Chef and venue leadership to design and execute high quality presentations, exceed client expectations while maximizing revenue, and controlling expenses to grow margins. He will also be responsible for the future planning, day-to-day activities, and financial analysis of global Premium Services operation.

About Americrown and International Speedway Corporation

International Speedway Corporation, (“ISC”) founded in 1953, is a leading promoter of motorsports-themed entertainment activities in the United States. The company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s premier motorsports entertainment facilities, which in total, have approximately 900,000 grandstand seats and 500 suites. ISC’s facilities are located in six of the nation’s top 13 media markets and nearly 80 percent of the country’s population is located within the primary trading areas of its facilities. ISC promotes major motorsports events in every month of the racing season — more than any other motorsports promoter. Collectively, the company’s facilities promote well over 100 motorsports events during the racing season.

Americrown, a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, was formed in 1989. It is the leader in motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise sales and service. Operating at 12 NASCAR and IndyCar-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown touches millions of race fans annually. Its ever-growing fleet of mobile food concessions, merchandise and catering equipment is unparalleled in the industry.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Jeff Spencer to Americrown and ISC! 

To see the full description of this placement with Americrown and ISC, visit http://bit.ly/2fIOYvb

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Josh Brickman, Boston Bruins & TD Garden

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Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Josh Brickman as Vice President, Business Strategy of the Boston Bruins, TD Garden, and Delaware North.

Josh is a data driven professional who spent the last five years with Monumental Sports & Entertainment, having been promoted several times and most recently served as Vice President, Strategy & Research.  He oversaw pricing, reporting, email marketing, CRM and all revenue generation for the respective sales teams, partnerships and rewards departments. Before his time at Monumental, Josh spent three years with Turnkey Sports & Entertainment in their Market Intelligence department.

In his new role with the Boston Bruins and TD Garden, Brickman will be directly accountable for overseeing the business intelligence and strategic marketing for all revenue generating properties. Josh will work to streamline Boston Bruins and TD Garden research and strategy efforts in conjunction and collaboration with ticket sales, corporate partnerships, premium, retail, and other ancillary revenue drivers. He and his team will be directly responsible for providing direction on customer marketing, loyalty marketing, customer analytics, retention and sales strategy, retail operations/supply chain, operations and market research, CRM and sales planning.

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About Boston Bruins/TD Garden

Delaware North Companies Boston is home to the TD Garden and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.  The TD Garden has long been one of the must-play sporting and entertainment venues in the world.  Anchor tenants include the Boston Bruins and the NBA Boston Celtics, some of the most successful franchises in their respective leagues. That notwithstanding, Delaware North Companies Boston has built a championship squad off the ice, court and field, as well, that’s dedicated to delivering first-rate sporting and entertainment experiences. Pair that with the commitment of the Jacobs family, which has owned the arena and the Boston Bruins since 1975, and all signs point to victory.

The Boston Bruins, the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion, is one of the original six teams of the National Hockey League, and is known equally well for an unrelenting style of play that has led it to six overall Stanley Cup championships. Over the 30-plus years that Delaware North Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Jacobs has owned the legendary team, it has showcased some of the best talent the sport of hockey has ever seen.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Josh Brickman to Boston!

To see the full description of this placement with the Boston Bruins, TD Garden, and Delaware North, visit http://bit.ly/2dndaXi

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Prodigy Sports differentiates itself with experience. We know successful executive recruiting comes from thoroughly understanding the organization’s culture, the sports and entertainment business and the extensive professional qualifications needed to fill a role.  Throughout the years, Prodigy Sports has placed a variety of functions and roles within organizations, representing all disciplines.

We are pleased to share our newest graph that details our thorough search process, our recent successes, and our company overall, which we strongly believe differentiates us from all others.

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INTERVIEW: Bill Nielsen- Senior Vice President – Fan Manager/ Raptor Ventures

By: Brian Clapp, Director of Content, WorkInSports.com

The San Antonio Spurs while on their path to five NBA titles in 16 years, have been guided by one of the most iconic leaders in sports. With a personality that is best described as gruff, Gregg Popovich appears to be the embodiment of the old guard, a coach teaching the game as James Naismith and Norman Dale would have wanted.Reality and perception don’t always mix.Bill NielsenIn reality, Popovich could be considered a leader of the analytics revolution in the NBA, meshing his coaching chops with deep statistical analysis to develop aorganizational philosophy and process to get the most efficient response from his players. For example, the Spurs altered their offense to rely on the corner three after they determined through data analysis it was the most efficient shot in the game. Thy were also one of the first teams to embrace SportVu camera technology to track player movements during games and use GPS technology to monitor activity in practice and chart exertion.

In sports, analytics aren’t just the fodder for a Brad Pitt movie, they are a winning formula embraced by a vast majority of teams across all leagues. But the data mining revolution isn’t limited to the court, field or arena, the analytics action happens off the court too.

“Moneyball certainly opened a lot of public eyes to the use of analytics in sports,” says Bill Nielsen, SVP of Sales at FanManager.com. “But that’s on the player side. On the business side, there is atangible effort from properties to professionalize their analytics chops and this is really just in the last 3-5 years. The opportunity for platforms like Fan Manager to fill up the toolbox for these professionals is significant.”

Fan Manager uses analytics in a different manner, they don’t care about on base percentage or wins above replacement, but they do care about the data they can collect from a team’s fan base and use it to turn the extra layers of knowledge into revenue.

“Teams sell tickets, sell merchandise and have social followers – but how many social followers that live close to the venue also bought a ticket?” ponders Nielsen. “Fan Manager answers those questions and does so via an elegant and easy-to-use interface so teams can segment, better understand and target those consumers.”

raptor_venturesThere is great power that comes from understanding an organizations fan base. The goal of successful sports franchises isn’t just to win games, it’s to increase revenue and Fan Manger helps teams accomplish this goal.

“We are well positioned to help properties with however they want to identify and monetize their fans,” says Nielsen. “Selling tickets is the most obvious path but if a team wants to also focus on selling more merchandise, incentivizing social influencers to attend non-game events or getting more kids to off-season camps, for example, we can do that as well.”

Let’s say you are the Washington Capitals, and you have knowledge of fans in the area who buy your merchandise but don’t buy tickets. You know they are fans enough to buy merchandise – how hard would it be to turn them into ticket buyers? Armed with this information, you could offer these local fans deals on tickets and turn them into game day participants.

Or maybe you are the Boston Celtics, and you are looking to sell some arena sponsorship. As you approach potential partners wouldn’t it be beneficial to be armed with deep data on how your fan base directly correlates with a potential sponsor’s business?

These are just a few of the ways successful teams are optimizing their business and activating their fan base with Fan Manager.Fan-Manager

“We are using Fan Manager to sell unsold tickets on game day. Our understanding of our fan base is helping us appeal to new sponsors, ” Kara Hutchinson, Director of Strategic Marketing Boston Celtics.

“Assisting with potential sponsorship deals is a key priority for Fan Manager,” informs Nielsen. “We bring together all of the third party data the property uses specifically for corporate partners and combine that with fan records to provide a compelling view of real fans to current and potential sponsors.”

Just like teams have embraced analytics on the field of play, so too have they wrapped their arms around the potential of analytics in team operations, sales, marketing and e-commerce. With a roster of clients that includes teams in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Serie A, Fan Manager is leading the way in business intelligence and marketing automation for fan-based organizations.

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INTERVIEW: Joe Greene – Vice President, Sales & Marketing – Waterloo Black Hawks

By: Brian Clapp, Director of Content, WorkInSports.com

There is a certain romanticism to junior league hockey.

In the juniors, performance isn’t tied to money or fame, instead, the athletes play for hope. Hope for their own future and hope for the community of the small city they represent.

The United States Hockey League (USHL) is comprised of amateur athletes under age 20 preparing for their professional life by travelling small cities across the Midwest and competing against other highly skilled amateurs. They battle in places like Fargo, Lincoln and Sioux City, where their games are the major event in town, or any surrounding towns.

The local community, a tight-knit group leading similar struggles, bands together in support of their team, taking great pride and ownership of the product before them.

The fans have hope too – they want to see the future stars perform and know them before they had top-selling jerseys. They look forward to the day they can tell their kids, ‘I saw T.J. Oshie play for Sioux City back in 2005’ or ‘Jack Eichel signed my jersey after Team USA came to play in Cedar Rapids.’

It is this undeniable draw of hometown sports that has kept Joe Greene, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Waterloo Black Hawks, in the lower leagues.

“While I’ve had opportunities in the NBA anWaterloo_Black_Hawks_Logo.svg_d NHL over the course of my career, I love what I do at this level. It offers me the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the business. Whether its ticket sales, corporate sales, merchandise, marketing or providing leadership and guidance to help further the growth of our employees, every single day is unique,” remarks Greene.

To this point Greene has opted for a life in the minor and junior leagues having worked for the Wichita Thunder, Missouri Mavericks and Dayton Gems before signing on with Waterloo. In the NHL or other professional leagues, employees often have very specific roles and regimented routines, while in the minors, Greene thrives on the changing nature of each day.

“I take a lot of pride in the fact that I started at the bottom of the ladder and have worked my way up in this business,” recalls Greene.

“I’ve been the mascot, picked up concessions, and have pulled the tarp during a rainstorm. Those experiences aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when you dream of working in sports, but they’ve shaped who I am and I can relate to the people that are willing to do whatever it takes to help the team. Versatility is a key ingredient to increasing your value in this business, especially at this level.”

Versatility isn’t the only key to success in the junior leagues, creativity is a necessity as well. While NHL teams get by on their brand name, star players and world class arenas, junior league teams have to try harder to attract the fans to the game.

“In addition to work ethic and teamwork, creativity is a key component at this level. In a recent fan experience survey we conducted, having ‘too many other things to do’ was the number one response when we asked attendees why they don’t attend more games.

“It’s our job to give them reasons to come back more often and that takes a daily commitment to creativity. Identifying unique ticket package opportunities, introducing new beneJoe Greenefits, and designing theme nights to attract new fans all force you to think differently.”

Theme nights can create a lasting impression amongst the fan base, and a good game experience can go great lengths to getting the community to return to the ice for the next game, but often it’s the grassroots community relations that make the difference in minor and junior league sports.

Being visible as a team and as individuals, sharing your story and getting involved in the daily events that shape a community make all the difference.

“In this career, you live it every hour of every day,” informs Greene. If you’re at the grocery store and someone asks about the logo, that’s an opportunity to share our story.

“Building those one-on-one relationships is a full-time job for everyone in our organization. I still keep in touch with fans and corporate partners that I’ve met during my career in all of the markets I’ve worked in. I’ve been fortunate to work with some great people in this industry who’ve shared the same commitment to customer service and community relations. When your owners, coaches, and staff members all buy-in to a strong commitment to community relations, the results are tremendous.”

And while the major sports teams may be the game everyone flocks to, when you break from the pack and head down to the juniors you remember what is so great and so pure about sports. The competition, the fire, the passion and the unabashed love of the game.

The same holds true when you work in juniors, your passion for the game is obvious.

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