Turnkey Search Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast

Turnkey Search Forty Under 40 Spotlight Podcast

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.

Episodes

May 10, 2018 3 mins
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 th...
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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...
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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...
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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 wi...
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May 8, 2018 4 mins
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 relati...
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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 wi...
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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 E...
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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 h...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 en...
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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 t...
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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 busine...
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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...
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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 ig...
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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 l...
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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 dram...
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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 k...
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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...
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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 leve...
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