SBJ/October 10-16, 2011/Game Changers
Game Changers: Jill Gregory
Published October 10, 2011, Page 6A
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Gregory, with nephews (from left) Tate, Blake and Reid Hall, would like to manage an overseas event.
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- First job: Retail employee in the pro shop at a tennis club in Modesto, Calif.
- Crowning professional achievement: The transition of Winston Cup to Nextel Cup.
- Biggest professional disappointment: I have managed or worked on many major sporting events … but all have been here in the U.S. I haven’t enjoyed the experience of being immersed in an event overseas, from an inside perspective, and if I had a career miss, that would be it.
- Woman in sports business you’d most like to meet: Robin Roberts. I have heard her speak several times and have been very impressed, but have never had the opportunity to meet her.
- The biggest challenge I face working in the sports business is …: Time management.
- One attribute I look for when hiring is …: Attention to detail.
- Ten years from now, I hope to be …: Owning and running a winery in California.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“She’s always had a good grasp of the sponsor issues and what a sponsor expects, but she’s worked hard to understand the team dynamics and the dynamics inside NASCAR. It’s made it easier for us to surface issues of concern and for them to communicate more effectively with the teams.”
- Ben Schlosser, chief marketing officer, Richard Childress Racing