Sean Stellato has dealt with the adversities of sport both on and off of the field, beginning with his 1994 high school football team, the Salem Witches, which made it to the state super bowl, despite the obstacles in front of them. Stellato has written a book on that experience, called No Backing Down and shares insight into what exactly made that team so special. Stellato also shares his background as an NFL sports agent, and his time as a professional player in the Arena Football League. Twitter: @SeanStellato
Try to get a meeting culture going where Rocky Harris works, he dares you. The Chief Operating Officer talks about his lack of eagerness to create a meeting culture and his ability to disrupt them, involving as few people as possible in order to ensure that the decision is made and initiated upon. Harris shares his experience coming from the professional sports and Corporate America ranks, and how Arizona State Athletics has been evolving, adding new sports and more sales staff, at a time when most athletic departments are doing the opposite. Twitter: @SunDevilRocky
Pat Gallagher's amazing sports marketing career has culminated with a book about his experiences pulling off Super Bowl 50, called Big Game. Bigger Impact. Co-authored with Stephanie Martin, Gallagher shares the background of the SB50 campaign, including dealing with the various issues around getting the Bay Area to support such an endeavor. Gallagher talks about his sports marketing career with the San Francisco Giants, how he sold Candlestick Park, and how that helped him when trying to get the National Football League to buy into SB50 happening in Santa Clara.
The growth of women's basketball is a consistent topic of conversation for Tracie Hitz, director of operations at the NCAA. Hitz discusses some of the metrics, both in the world of traditional and social media, which have helped increase awareness about NCAA women's basketball throughout the year. Hitz discusses some of the damaging side effects of discounting and free tickets that women's basketball programs have suffered through, especially when seeking to show value otherwise during tournament time. Twitter: @TracieHitz
Mark Cameron represents the third generation of the Florida State ticket sales office experiment, taking an in-house model approach under the development umbrella, and creating a dynamic, commission-based sales structure. Chris Wilson represents the premium model of the ticket office, as FSU's football and basketball luxury sections have drastically increased over the past decade. Both talk about how to drive sales, how they have dealt with potential toxic legacy employees who drag down the rest of the staff, and what they look for in new staff members. Twitter: @ChrisWilsonFSU
While Russell Wilkins can appreciate the sold-out situation that Wichita State has in men's basketball, he also remembers trying to sell indoor football in that same marketplace. Wilkins takes about the challenges of having a sold-out venue, both from a pricing and sales perspective, as well as initiating different technologies and innovations when dealing with an older fanbase. Wilkins talks about work-life balance, as well as ensuring that he is building up his student staff. Twitter: @rwilk0912
Both Ryan Peck (Ep. 522) and Chris Baretta (Ep. 642) have been on the podcast prior, but serving different athletic departments. Now joining forces in Denton, at the University of North Texas, Peck and Baretta seek to turbo-charge The Mean Green revenue model for football and basketball. Peck and Baretta share their knowledge of metric-based business planning, as well as solutions toward gaining traction with the over 100,000 alumni in the local area. Twitter: @Ryan_Peck @Chris_Baretta
Markus Jennings is considered a rising star in college athletics development, now on the NAADD board as well as running revenue generation for Sacramento State. Jennings discusses the nuances that come with making major gift asks, as well as ticket sales, along with the transition of titles toward Deputy Athletic Director within departments. Jennings presents the current challenges in college athletic administration, as well as how young administrators are facing the peaks and valleys of social media, executive searches and personal branding. Twitter: @MJ_CollegeSport
Since 1996, Katerina Kirillova has been selling tickets in Russia and knows that consumer's tastes thoroughly. Kirillova discusses the technological landscape, as well as the Moscow executive acumen when it comes to generating revenue and fostering new distribution channels. Kirillova talks about some of the long term trends that the world can expect from the Russian ticket marketplace, as how Russian consumers make purchasing decisions.
After a 25-year run to the NHL playoffs, The Detroit Red Wings' streak ended, putting an entire sales staff to work on how to transition their hockey fans into the new normal. Red Wings' Director of Ticket Sales Paul Bee explains some of the nuances that come with a winning streak ending as well as relocating to a new arena, and keeping the staff's eye on the puck and the revenue sheet. Bee discusses some of the ways that the tight-knit staff have stayed together for so long, including what he looks for in recruiting new staff members to the fold. Twitter: @PBee32