Life in the Front Office

Life in the Front Office

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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.


Education for All with SportsBizCamps Founders
Feb 17 • 31 min
SportsBizCamps Founders Patrick Stack, Sam Renaut, and Jeff Longo join Jake in the first ever LIVE podcast to talk about what SportsBizCamps is and how they are trying to help the industry!
Follow Your Dreams with Marshall Payne, Basketball Analytics, Sacramento Kings
Feb 14 • 21 min
Marshall Payne, Basketball Analytics, Sacramento Kings, dives into his career transition and multiple experiences after grad school in the game of basketball.
Brad Clement, Perfect Game CEO
Feb 10 • 37 min
Brad Clement, Perfect Game CEO, joins Fred and Jake to talk about how the company got started, where youth baseball is heading, and how it’ll change lives more than just the game!
LOL with Bill Herenda, NBA Contributor
Feb 6 • 31 min
LOL with Bill Herenda, NBA Contributor
Yankees AGM Jean Afterman, Baseball insights - Part 2
Feb 3 • 28 min
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
Jan 28 • 35 min
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, AGM of the Yankees - Part 1
Jan 27 • 23 min
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!
Generalist or Specialist with Mark A. Hodgkin, EVP TicketSocket
Jan 23 • 28 min
Jake and Mark talked about being a Generalist or Specialist with Mark A. Hodgkin, EVP TicketSocket. Mark has experience across college athletics, and 3rd party vendors in sports!
Careers in Baseball with Terry Reynolds, President of the Florida State League
Jan 20 • 33 min
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…
QB turned Entrepreneur, Mike Pawlawski
Jan 13 • 42 min
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.
Storytelling with Mindi Bach, Senior Director of Sports PR at Oracle
Dec 23, 2019 • 40 min
Mindi Bach, Senior Director of Sports PR at Oracle, discusses storytelling and the evolution of storytelling, sports PR, media, and where the industry is going.
Exploring the gaming world and international landscape with Ron Li
Dec 16, 2019 • 40 min
Ron Li dives into exploring the gaming world and international landscape based on his background and experiences. A great story and much to learn from his early journey through sports!
Helping Generate the Next Leaders with Corey Breton, CRO Legends Global Attractions
Dec 9, 2019 • 47 min
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.
Spring Training with Matt Slatus
Dec 2, 2019 • 32 min
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…
The next 50 years in Sports with Rick Horrow
Nov 25, 2019 • 41 min
The next 50 years in Sports with Rick Horrow
Be Where Your Feet Are with Grant Parr, Mental Performance Coach
Nov 18, 2019 • 33 min
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…
Sell Yourself with Dan Butterly, MWC Senior Associate Commissioner
Nov 11, 2019 • 35 min
Sell Yourself with Dan Butterly, MWC Senior Associate Commissioner
LIFE talk with Bruce Bowen
Nov 4, 2019 • 38 min
3x NBA Champ Bruce Bowen joined the podcast to talk about his career and career after sport thus far. He dives into his experiences at ESPN, in coaching, and his family!
What to do when the Lights go out with Frank Supovitz, former SVP of Events for the NFL
Oct 31, 2019 • 46 min
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.
The Sales Process with Neil Davis
Oct 28, 2019 • 29 min
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.
Behind the Scenes with Shannon Ford, sports reporter for the Reds, Blue Jackets, and PFF
Oct 24, 2019 • 35 min
Shannon Ford is a sports reporter for the Reds, Blue Jackets, and PFF. We go behind the scenes or behind the camera in which we talk about her journey and career thus far. She’s just beginning!
Content behind the Business with Kylann Ward
Oct 21, 2019 • 35 min
Content behind the Business with Kylann Ward. Kylann dives into how graphics, video, content, etc truly help move the business forward behind the scenes!
Front Office Sports COO, Russ Wilde
Oct 17, 2019 • 23 min
Front Office Sports COO, Russ Wilde, talks about his journey to creating a media company, and what the future looks like for his early entrepreneurial endeavors.
Founder and President of Sports Business Solutions, Bob Hamer
Oct 14, 2019 • 41 min
Founder and President of Sports Business Solutions, Bob Hamer, talks about his experience with the Phoenix Suns and how that led him to become an entrepreneur.
Developing Your Brand with Stephanie Martin
Oct 10, 2019 • 43 min
Stephanie Martin, co-founder of BWFD and co-author of the Big Game, talks about developing your brand, and how to do so. Your brand is unique to you and not anyone else.
Storytelling with Brands - Tom Fox
Oct 7, 2019 • 39 min
Tom Fox, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, shares his insights and stories on brands and how they relate to the rest of the industry, and sports. He also dives into your personal brand.
BE GREAT with D.J. Allen
Oct 3, 2019 • 46 min
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.
How the sports industry job market is changing with Rick Burton, former executive in sports
Sep 30, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Process Stays the same: Louie Iglesias
Sep 26, 2019 • 47 min
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.
Enjoy the Journey, it never stops with Johanna Way, Director of Property Consulting at Turnkey Intel
Sep 23, 2019 • 66 min
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…
The Events Business: SVP, Event Strategy and Services, SF Giants, Sara Grauf
Sep 16, 2019 • 39 min
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.
Diversity of Experience with Jamie Zaninovich, Deputy Commissioner and COO of the Pac-12 Conference
Sep 12, 2019 • 24 min
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.
Soft Skills through Sales Experience: Chad Cardinal, Regional Director at the Aspire Group
Aug 26, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Aspiring to be like Bernie Mullin, Founder of the Aspire Group talks the sports ticketing industry
Aug 19, 2019 • 38 min
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.
It’s a Small World: Haynes Hendrickson, GM of Turnkey Intelligence Joins Hirshman
Aug 15, 2019 • 33 min
Haynes Hendrickson, GM of Turnkey Intelligence Joins Jake Hirshman to talk about the data side of the industry that many aren’t aware of. We dive into sponsorships, revenue generation, and networking.
Female Leadership with Marie Tuite, SJSU AD as she joins Pat and Jake to talk College Athletics
Aug 12, 2019 • 40 min
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, the legend behind the Photos
Jul 29, 2019 • 46 min
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,…
Jeff White, Chief Legal Officer at the NJCAA Joins Host Jake Hirshman to talk his first job in sport
Jul 22, 2019 • 50 min
Jeff White, Chief Legal Officer for the NJCAA, Joins Jake Hirshman as they take a look into Jeff’s first and only job in sports…and all of the steps along the way in his career that got him there.
Joe Favorito Joins Andy And Jake to talk Storytelling, Listening, and communication skills
Jul 15, 2019 • 37 min
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.
Travis Misner, Manager Partnership Development, Charlotte Hornets Joins Jake Hirshman
Jul 8, 2019 • 29 min
Travis Misner, Manager Partnership Development, Charlotte Hornets Joins Jake Hirshman as the two Ohio Bobcats talk about the journey Travis has had through sports since being a student-Athlete.
FCFL Founder, Sohrob Farudi, joins COO Andy Dolich - League of the Future
Jul 1, 2019 • 32 min
FCFL Founder, Sohrob Farudi, joins COO Andy Dolich to talk about the League of the Future and how it came about from scratch.
Russ Stanley, SVP Ticket Sales and Service - SF Giants, joins Pat Gallagher and Jake Hirshman
Jun 24, 2019 • 43 min
Russ Stanley, SVP of Ticket Sales and Service for the San Francisco Giants, joins Pat and Jake to talk about the tickets part of the sports industry. Past, Present, and Future.
Brandon Averill, AWM Founder Joins Fred Claire and Jake Hirshman
Jun 17, 2019 • 30 min
Brandon Averill, Founder of Athlete Wealth Management, Joins Fred Claire and Jake Hirshman to talk about working on the financial side of the agent world in baseball.
Dedan Brozino, CDO of the Rose Bowl Joins Jake Hirshman to talk relationships, and the journey
Jun 10, 2019 • 37 min
Dedan Brozino, Chief Development Officer at the Rose Bowl Joins Jake Hirshman to talk about relationships, and the journey he’s had through sports and across the country from PA to LA.
Solly Fulp with Learfield-IMGCollege Joins Andy Dolich and Jake Hirshman talking college athletics
Jun 3, 2019 • 42 min
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.
Tom Fox, President of the San Jose Earthquakes Joins Andy Dolich talking Soccer around the world
May 28, 2019 • 42 min
Tom Fox, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, joins Andy Dolich to talk about Soccer, and the future of the game and business.
Ted Robinson, Legendary Broadcaster Joins Pat Gallagher on the Mic
May 22, 2019 • 58 min
Ted Robinson, legendary broadcaster, joins Pat Gallagher on the mic to talk about how he became an iconic figure on the radio and in front of the camera for many teams and sports.
Patty Hubbard, BFWD Founder, Joins Pat Gallagher talking Agencies
May 13, 2019 • 44 min
Patty Hubbard, Founder of BFWD, Joins Pat Gallagher as they talk Agencies within the World of Sports.
Eddie Gill, Former NBA player, now Analyst for the Indiana Pacers, joins 15 Minute Friday
Mar 15, 2019 • 17 min
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 Associate Professor, Joins Life In the Front Office - SouthernCalifornia version
Mar 11, 2019 • 51 min
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.
15-Min Friday - Curiosity with Terrance Thomas, Detroit Lions
Mar 8, 2019 • 26 min
Terrance Thomas, Corporate Partnerships Sales Manager with the Detroit Lions Joins 15 Minute Friday talking about curiosity, networking, and his career experiences thus far!
Jim Kozimor, NBC Sports, joins Andy Dolich
Mar 4, 2019 • 40 min
Jim Kozimor of NBC Sports Joins Andy Dolich in talking about his career in play-by-play, TV, radio, and life-balance with working in the sports industry.
15 Min Friday - Parker Poliakoff, Director of Development at Miami
Mar 1, 2019 • 16 min
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.
President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, John McDonough, Joins Pat Gallagher
Feb 25, 2019 • 41 min
President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, John McDonough joins Pat Gallagher on Life in the Front Office to talk about the fun business and people business of the sports industry!
15 Min Friday with Kyle Burkhardt, Director of Strategy and Insights, LA Clippers
Feb 22, 2019 • 16 min
Kyle Burkhardt, Director of Strategy and Insights for the LA Clippers, joins 15 Minute Friday as we talk about the analytics landscape of the sports industry and what the future holds!
Former Astros President, Pam Gardner Joins Pat Gallagher, talking Women in Baseball
Feb 18, 2019 • 43 min
Pam Gardner, former President of the Houston Astros, joins Pat Gallagher talking Women in Baseball and walks us through some unique experiences in her career.
15 Min Friday hosts Will Baggett with the College Football Playoff
Feb 15, 2019 • 18 min
Will Baggett of the College Football Playoff joined 15 Minute Friday as he talks about his role with the CFP, and his other endeavors as an author of the The Blueprint and his company Executive Image
Dr. Janice Hilliard, former VP of Player Development for the NBA, talks Women in Sports
Feb 13, 2019 • 34 min
Dr. Janice Hilliard, former VP of Player Development for the NBA talks about careers, women in sport, diversity in sport, and her upcoming symposium for women in athletics!
CEO, NHL Seattle, Tod Leiweke Joins Pat Gallagher talking Trust, Culture, and Leadership
Feb 11, 2019 • 31 min
Tod Lieweke, CEO of the new NHL Seattle expansion franchise, joins Pat Gallagher as they talk about trust, character, leadership, and much more!
Ali Speck - 15 Minute Friday - Talent Marketing at ISE Baseball
Feb 8, 2019 • 19 min
Ali Speck Joins Life In the Front Office for 15 Minute Friday as she talks about her role at ISE Baseball in talent marketing and what it’s like to be a female in the industry of agents and brands.
Founder of National Sports Forum, Ron Seaver talks NSF with Andy Dolich
Feb 5, 2019 • 34 min
National Sports Forum Founder Ron Seaver talks the upcoming NSF in Las Vegas with Andy Dolich
Pete Paciorek, Athletic Director at Principia College talks Character and Life Skills
Feb 4, 2019 • 41 min
Pete Paciorek, Athletic Director at Principia College talks character and life skills as he discusses what sports and working in sports can teach you about life!
15 Min Friday with Brett Baur, Senior Manager Partnership Sales at the Pittsburgh Penguins
Feb 1, 2019 • 17 min
Brett Baur, Senior Manager of Partnership Sales at the Pittsburgh Penguins Joins 15 Min Friday on Life in the Front Office
Rose Bowl CEO Darryl Dunn Joins Fred Claire talking careers
Jan 28, 2019 • 40 min
CEO Rose Bowl Darryl Dunn Joins Fred Claire talking careers as they dive into Darryl’s experiences and the sports events business in Pasadena
15 Minute Friday with Drew Fuemmeler from the Phoenix Suns
Jan 25, 2019 • 17 min
Drew Fuemmeler with the Phoenix Suns Joins host Jake Hirshman on the 15 Minute Friday series as he talks sponsorships, analytics, and the Suns!
SF Giants CIO, Bill Schlough, Joins Andy Dolich on Life in the Front Office
Jan 21, 2019 • 47 min
SF Giants CIO Bill Schlough Joins Andy Dolich as they talk about the Giants, technology, careers, life, and the Bay Area.
Cooperstown President, Jeff Idelson Joins Pat Gallagher talking Baseball and the Hall of Fame
Jan 21, 2019 • 41 min
Cooperstown President, Jeff Idelson joins Pat Gallagher to talk Baseball, the Hall of Fame, technology, public relations, and much more!
15 Minute Friday with Harrison McIntire, Digital Strategist at Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing
Jan 18, 2019 • 15 min
15 Minute Friday with Harrison McIntire, Digital Strategist at Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing talks about his experiences thus far and his 2 minute drill reveals some great insights and advice.
Steve Brener, BZA President Joins Fred Claire, talking PR and the Dodgers
Jan 14, 2019 • 39 min
Steve Brener, President of BZA, joins Fred Claire I’m talking about their PR careers at the Dodgers and what Public Relations and Communications looks like now in today’s day and age.
Getting to know your host, Jake Hirshman, Life in the Front Office 2019
Jan 7, 2019 • 34 min
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 - Talkin’ Baseball and Life Lessons
Jan 6, 2019 • 51 min
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.
CRO of the 49ers, Brent Schoeb Joins former COO of the 49ers, Andy Dolich
Dec 24, 2018 • 35 min
CRO of the 49ers, Brent Schoeb joins former COO of the 49ers, Andy Dolich as they talk about Sponsorships, Technology, and Work Life Balance.
Dr. Marissa Nichols and Dr. Nancy Lough talk College Athletics and Women in Sports Business
Dec 20, 2018 • 48 min
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…
EVP of the San Francisco Giants, Staci Slaughter, joins Giant Legend Pat Gallagher
Dec 17, 2018 • 38 min
EVP of the San Francisco Giants, Staci Slaughter joins Giants Great Pat Gallagher as they talk about career paths, communications, work-life balance, and women in sports.
Chris Smith and Brett Fuller from Athlete Network join Life in the Front Off
Dec 11, 2018 • 33 min
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.
Ari Kaplan and Fred Claire - Analytics and Baseball
Dec 6, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Rick Welts, President of the Golden State Warriors joins Pat Gallagher - Enjoying the Journey
Nov 26, 2018 • 42 min
Rick Welts, President of the Golden State Warriors, joins Pat Gallagher as they talk about enjoying the journey and life lessons learned through sports.
CEO of Teamwork Online, Buffy Filippel Joins Andy Dolich - Landscape of the Sports Industry
Nov 11, 2018 • 42 min
CEO of Teamwork Online, Buffy Filippel Joins Andy Dolich as they talk about various topics about the Landscape of the Sports Industry, getting into sports, and how the industry is changing rapidly.
Bill Shumard, CEO of Special Olympics Southern California and Fred Claire - Fulfill and network
Oct 22, 2018 • 49 min
Bill Shumard, our first guest joins the show with Fred Claire and the two dive into finding fulfillment in working in sports and how to network, including your advisory board, and circles of 12.
Separating Yourself with Pat Gallagher
Oct 15, 2018 • 53 min
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.
Leading with Leadership - Andy Dolich
Oct 8, 2018 • 47 min
Andy Dolich sheds some light on leadership and his theories on leadership within the business of sports. Andy goes over his 8 scopes of leadership and 11 T’s of leaders.
Talking Mentorships with Fred Claire
Oct 4, 2018 • 38 min
Fred Claire talks abour mentorships, being a mentor, and how to find a mentor. This episode reaches all parties involved in how to get the most out of mentor relationships!
Pat Gallagher, A Giants Giant
Sep 27, 2018 • 32 min
Pat Gallagher provides insightful advice, stories, and wisdom for those looking to get into the entertainment business we call sports business.
Andy Dolich, A Man of Many Leagues
Sep 21, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Fred Claire - A Dodger Legend
Sep 14, 2018 • 36 min
Life in the Front Office starts it’s Journey with the first episode introducing Fred Claire, and exploring his career and the impact he’s made in other lives.