Life in the Front Office hosts Fred Claire, Andy Dolich, and Pat Gallagher, 3 sports business legends who have spent a combined 90+ years in a Front Office and over 140+ years working in sports. They join Host Jake Hirshman and their guests to bring insights and advice to many in the sports industry.
Steve Stowe, Executive Director of the Miami HEAT Foundation, dives into how to adapt, and evolve throughout your journey and life but also on a day to day basis. We live in a society where things are exponentially changing right before our eyes. Steve dives into how to make an impact with others.
Corinne Milien, Co-Founder of The Winning Edge Leadership Academy, dives into her path in the sports industry and the path that she’s trying to create for others with opportunities through the Winning Edge Leadership Academy that she works with her partner, Maria Taylor of ESPN.
Steve Patterson dives into what it is like to be a President of a professional sports franchise (NBA and NHL) as well as an AD at a Power 5 school (Texas and ASU). We also chat about what it’s like to report to an owner versus a President of a university, and much more!
AJ Maestas, Founder of Navigate Research, dives into the current state of the sports industry and what is ahead. We also dive into what it’s like to start a company from scratch and what the challenges are.
The San Diego Chicken, also know as the greatest mascot of all time, joined Pat and Jake to talk about how the mascot industry was created. Ted was one of the top 100 influential people in sports in the 20th century!
2019 Trailblazer of the Year, Jean Afterman, and AGM of the Yankees, dives into her role in baseball and how it’s changed over the years. We dive into the different aspects of working in baseball, and where the game is going.
The Impact of Sports with Former MLB and NBA President, Dennis Mannion dives into how sports organizations have evolved and the impact that arenas, players and people have on the communities and society as a whole.
2019 Trailblazer of the Year, Jean Afterman, and AGM of the Yankees, dives into her career path and journey as she reflects on her early interests in theatre. Pat and Jake dove into how her experiences have all built on each other!
Careers in Baseball with Terry Reynolds, President of the Florida State League. Fred Claire joins Terry and Jake to talk about his career spanning across minor league and Major League Baseball. We dive into how the game is changing and what you need to know if you are trying to get into the game.
Mike Pawlawski was a former professional QB across multiple leagues and has since created his own fly fishing show on TV as well as Elite Athletes TV. We dive into his career and how he’s gotten to where he is post his playing career.
Corey Breton, CRO Legends Global Attractions, joined me to talk about his career path along with how he’s helping generate the next generation of leaders. We dive into the entertainment landscape of sports and how it’s expanding.
Matt Slatus, President of the FITTEAM Ballpark for the Nationals and Astros dives into Spring Training with us as we talk about his career path. Matt has a path that has taken him coast to coast, and we talk about why you should consider it, and what he’s learned from it.
Grant Parr, Mental Performance Coach, and Founder of Gameface Performance shares his insights and advice for the mental side of competing in the front office. Not only does he work with olympians and athletes, but he works with executives as well. There are a lot of parallels in which we can draw from the field to the office!
What to do when the Lights go out with Frank Supovitz, former SVP of Events for the NFL dives into his career and the many moments of learning through his 14 SuperBowls. Frank stresses the important of adapting to change and teamwork.
Neil Davis, former CRO of the New Jersey Nets, former EVP of the Pac-12, and former Madison Square Garden exec dives into the sales process and all of the behind the scenes aspects of sales. There is a lot more to sales than just smiling and dialing.
D.J. Allen, former Senior Associate AD at UNLV, now personal and professional career success coach, dives into how to be Great. D.J. powerful shares insights into how to think differently and gain unique perspectives.
Rick Burton, former executive in sports with the USOC, and multiple other organizations. Rick is now the David Falk distinguished professor of sport management at Syracuse University. He dives into how the industry is changing, and what the world of academia has taught him about the world outside the front office.
Louie Iglesias, a former student athlete, former sports industry professional, and now banker, shares his insights on what he learned from being in the sports industry, teaching, and how that translates into other industries.
Johanna Way, Director of Property Consulting at Turnkey Intelligence, dives into her unconventional story on how she got into the sports industry from growing up in Australia to backpacking South America for a year to working in the NFL. She’s got all sorts of stories. But she focuses on the Journey as it never stops!
SVP, Event Strategy and Services, SF Giants, Sara Grauf joins the podcast to talk about the events side of the business in sports. She dives into her career with the Giants, and the behind the scenes perspectives of running large scale events.
Jake hosts Jamie Zaninovich, Deputy Commissioner and COO of the Pac-12 Conference, to talk about diversity of experience, and what he has learned along the way through his experiences in college athletics.
Chad Cardinal, Regional Director of the Aspire Group, joins Andy Dolich and Jake Hirshman to talk about his journey through ticket sales, the foundation of soft skills built through sales experience, and how to get better every day with 5-15 minutes of professional development outside of the office daily.
Aspiring to be like Bernie Mullin, Founder of the Aspire Group talks the sports ticketing industry with Pat and Jake as they dive into how he Founded the company, where it is heading, and where tickets are heading the industry of sports.
Female Leadership with Marie Tuite, SJSU AD as she joins Pat and Jake to talk College Athletics. Marie is one of 10 D1 Female Athletic Directors and shares her insights on the industry, and what it’s like to be in that position.
Brad Mangin, a well-known sports photographer, joins Pat Gallagher and Jake Hirshman to talk about his career as a professional photographer in the sports industry. Brad discusses what his journey has been like, the games and events he has been a part of, and where the photography aspect of the industry is heading.
Joe Favorito, long time communications/PR exec, joins Andy and Jake to talk about what’s he’s learned from his career including Storytelling, Listening, and how to communicate as the world around us changes.
Solly Fulp, Senior Vice President at Learfield-IMGCollege Joins Andy Dolich and Jake Hirshman on Life in the Front Office talking about college athletics, campus +, and what he’s learned along his journey that applies to life.
Eddie Gill, former NBA player, and now analyst for the Indiana Pacers, joins 15 Minute Friday where he talks about his transition from playing to business. He covers what he does with the Pacers, and also his day job in financial management!
Jeff Fellenzer, USC Annenberg Associate Professor of Professional Practice: Sports, Business, Media; Long Beach Education Foundation Board of Directors; Heisman Trophy voter, joins Fred Claire and Jake Hirshman talking about the sports business landscape.
Parker Poliakoff, Director of Development for Miami, Joins Life In the Front Office for 15 Minute Friday where he talks about development within college athletics, and why he enjoys impacting student-athletes.
Andy Dolich takes over as the host to start 2019 off by introducing the host of Life in the Front Office by interviewing Jake Hirshman, and diving into his young career thus far, and what’s ahead for 2019 on Life in the Front Office!
Rick White, President of the Atlantic League joins Fred Claire in talking about the landscape of baseball in parts people may not know about. They dive into how to get started and what life lessons they learned from their careers.
Dr. Marissa Nichols, Director of Leadership and Career Development at Boston University Athletics joins Dr. Nancy Lough from UNLV on Life in the Front Office where they provide insights and unique advice to student-athletes and anyone wanting to work in college athletics as well as women wanting to work in sports.
CEO of Athlete Network, Chris Smith, and VP of Partnerships Brett Fuller join Life in the Front Office as they talk about their business, student-athletes, networking, and what it’s like to be entrepreneurs in the sports industry.
Fred Claire talks with guest Ari Kaplan who is entering his 31st year in Major League Baseball with over ⅔ of the organizations around the league. Fred and Ari talk about the upcoming Winter Meetings, analytics, and where the game is heading in the future with the advancement of analytics in the game.
Pat Gallagher talks about separating yourself and how to do so. He covers one of his favorite topics in being a problem solver and not a problem creator. Pat provides great insights from his experiences in sports business industry.
Andy Dolich, our 2nd featured star of the show talks about his life in the front office, and his journey through 45+ years of sports in the industry. He covers everything from his career, to lessons learned, to advice for those seeking one, and what he is up to now.