Sunday, July 12, 2009

Signs of Life

I had an interview for a marketing job at the fairly new Chaifetz Arena in Midtown St. Louis. Chaifetz Arena is the property of St. Louis University and primarily the home to their basketball and volleyball teams. However, the university has outsourced the facility management and booking duties to company Global Spectrum- a leading firm in private facility management.

Global Spectrum is a part of Comcast Spectacor which owns a variety of sports and entertainment companies including the Philadelphia Phillies hockey club and Philadelphia 76'ers of the NBA. All in all, it's a mini version of Anschutz Entertainment Group which owned the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.

My main responsibilities would be marketing the arena's concerts and special events, leaving the SLU Billikens branding to the school's athletics department. I interviewed with the assistant general manager and I was surprised to see how young he was. He was probably in his upper 20's. I thought we hit it off well and I was relaxed throughout most of the interview. I felt like we were talking more than interviewing. We talked about music, sports and other things. I have a good vibe about this one, but I had a good vibe with the Rams public relations internship and we all know how that turned out.

I interviewed well, showed humility and eagerness to learn, wrote a hand-written "thank you" card, so I've done about everything that I can do. The rest is up to fate.

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