Episode 27: Jarrod Dillon, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Tampa Bay Lightning

Welcome to Episode 27 of the Front Office Exchange podcast featuring Jarrod Dillon, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jarrod was a referral from previous guest Doug Warf, and he’s nearing his two-year anniversary with the Lightning. I tell him a story of a recent trip of mine to Tampa, where in meeting with several sports business executives in the area, they all raved at the Lightning organization, both on the ice and off. Jarrod acknowledges that on-ice success definitely doesn’t hurt, but he also discusses how the Lightning’s strong front office leadership has bred a team-wide winning culture. Continue reading


Episode 26: Malaika Underwood, Vice President, Licensing, The Brandr Group

Welcome to Episode 26 of the Front Office Exchange podcast featuring Malaika Underwood, Vice President of Licensing for The Brandr Group, and six-time USA Baseball alum.

Much like our previous podcast with Casey Crawford, this episode features a star athlete, but what makes Malaika unique is that she’s still an active player. Malaika walks through her career on the field and off, and discusses the unique work she’s doing for Brandr. On the personal side, Malaika and her husband are set to relocate from Atlanta to the Jacksonville, Florida-area soon, as her responsibilities at Brandr have grown. Continue reading


Episode 25: Casey Crawford, CEO, Movement Mortgage & 2003 Super Bowl Champion

Welcome to Episode 25 of the Front Office Exchange podcast featuring Casey Crawford, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Movement Mortgage. Yes, you heard that right. I’m interviewing the head of a mortgage company for this episode.

Casey’s background is unique, however, as he is a former NFL tight end, having spent time with the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and winning a Super Bowl ring in 2003 with the latter. Upon retiring, Casey entered the mortgage and real estate business, and over the last 10-plus years, he’s grown Movement into one of the fastest-growing private mortgage companies in the country with a perennial listing in the Inc. 5000. Continue reading


Episode 24: Corey Breton, Executive Vice President, Sales, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)

Welcome to Episode 24 of the Front Office Exchange podcast featuring Corey Breton, Executive Vice President of Sales for the Los Angeles Football Club, an MLS expansion team which is set to begin play in 2018.

Thank you for the thousands of emails and comments about when I will finally bring on someone from professional soccer. Your voices have been heard. OK, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic, but I was excited to bring someone on from that sport. Corey’s in a unique “hurry up and wait” type of situation in L.A., while they work on building a stadium and launching a team, and since he joined the club last year, L.A. has added not one but TWO NFL teams. Continue reading


Episode 23: Career Advice 1.0

Welcome to Episode 23 of the Front Office Exchange podcast where we’re trying out something new – a first installment of a career advice compilation episode.  In this show I’ll revisit four of my favorite pieces of advice from past guests, all of which I think are applicable whether you’re in the sports business industry or not, or whether you’re a senior executive or recent graduate.  For a complete list of advice that has been shared on the podcast to-date, please click here.

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Episode 22: Ken Halpin, Athletics Director, Winthrop University

Welcome to Episode 22 of the Front Office Exchange podcast, featuring Ken Halpin, Athletics Director for Winthrop University, a public school in Rock Hill, S.C., which is just south of Charlotte, and a member of the Big South Conference.

So, what were you doing in sports business in your mid-30s? That’s what I kept asking myself when talking to Ken, Winthrop’s new AD as of last summer. He’s a PhD with an early career outside of sports business, and he’s hit the ground running here in the greater Charlotte area with Winthrop. I was referred to Ken by past guest Troy Kirby, and he was as-advertised: super impressive and a clear rising star in the industry. Continue reading


Episode 21: Russ Scibetti, Vice President, Product Strategy, KORE Software & Founding Editor, TheBusinessofSports.com

Aaaannnnd we’re back! Welcome to Episode 21 of the Front Office Exchange podcast, featuring Russ Scibetti, Vice President of Product Strategy for KORE Software.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season first and foremost, and that you’re as excited as I am about getting 2017 started on the right foot. With that in mind, I think we’ve got the perfect podcast to kick things off in a big way. Russ is very well known in sports business circles, not only through his work with the New York Jets and KORE, but also through his 8+ years running TheBusinessofSports.com. He’s very active on Twitter and in general is considered a #sportsbiz thought leader. Continue reading


Episode 20: Troy Kirby, Host, “The Tao of Sports” Podcast & Sports Business Consultant

Welcome to Episode 20 – the holiday edition! – of the Front Office Exchange podcast, where you’ll hear from the one, the only, Troy Kirby, Sports Business Consultant and host of the popular “The Tao of Sports” podcast.

Let’s be honest, if you’re listening to my podcast, you’re definitely listening to Troy’s. When I started FOE a few months ago, I had a plan in mind, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t try to mimic many of the things that Troy does in ToS. While his podcast is more topical rather than career-focused, his passion, energy and the sheer volume of podcasts he’s produced (700+?!) is staggering. The man is a machine, and he has set quite a bar in the sports business podcast world. Continue reading


Episode 19: Doug Warf, Vice President of Marketing & Executive Director, Kids ‘N Community Foundation, Carolina Hurricanes

Welcome to Episode 19 of the Front Office Exchange podcast, featuring Doug Warf, Carolina Hurricanes Vice President of Marketing and Executive Director of its Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Doug and I got to know each other by running in many of the same sports business circles back in Raleigh, and he continues to be one of the most well-respected executives – not just in sports, but overall – in the Triangle-area of North Carolina. He’s been with the Hurricanes for 15 years, almost his entire career, so he has seen the ups – a Stanley Cup championship – and the downs – two lockouts, under-performing season, etc. Continue reading


Episode 18: Major League Baseball Winter Meetings Recap

Episode 18 is another post-conference installment, this time, on the heels of the 2016 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. It was a very productive three days in Washington, D.C. – not just for the White Sox! – but for me as it related to reconnecting with many former colleagues in baseball.  I spent time outside of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center as well, meeting with the Redskins, Capitals, Wizards and Under Armour.  The D.C../Baltimore-area is unique in that it features two major sports markets within an hour of each other, so it made for a busy few days. Continue reading