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Greg Bibb: Washington Wizards, Mystics

PROFESSIONAL

What I Like …

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An insight: You can’t move forward by looking in the rearview mirror.

An influential person in my career: Steve Ryan, former president of NHL Enterprises.

An out-of-the-box idea: Bike Share.

A timeless idea: Early bird gets the worm.

A business deal: The NBA’s recent partnership with Ticketmaster.
GREG BIBB
Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Washington Wizards
Chief Operating Officer, Washington Mystics

Where I'm from: Hershey, Pa.

Where I Went to School: Marist College.

My First Job: Factory worker, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup factory


A sports event: Big 33 Football Classic.

A strategy: Invest in people first.

A hire: Laurel Richie as the president of the WNBA.

A brand: Amazon.

A trend: Cause-related marketing.

An innovation: Paperless tickets.

A sports facility: Beaver Stadium.
Beaver Stadium.
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A pro league or team business initiative: NBA’s Chinese New Year initiative.

A story that bears watching: How teams enhance the in-venue experience to meet the innovation in digital, out-of-venue viewing.

An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Bottled water.

A fantasy job: Professional golfer.


What I Like about …

My job: Every day is different and has the potential to positively impact others’ lives.

Sports: Win or lose, there is always more good than bad.

Sports media: Ever-changing as more and more folks have a voice.

Sports technology: Where great passion meets great innovation.

Sports fans: Passionate, engaged and invested.

Competing: Achievement through investment in effort.

The future of sports business: Never brighter. As the world becomes more complicated, the escape and simplicity of the game grows stronger.


What I’d Like To …

Change in what I do: More time to directly interact with our consumers and our co-workers.

See: All seven continents.

See more of in sports: Social responsibility.

See more of in sports business: Women in leadership roles.

See different: More support for female sports and athletes.

Eliminate: Baggage fees.


What I don't like …

Pet peeve: The time between when a plane lands and when you can actually disembark.

In sports: Tie scores.

In business: Deals rather than partnerships.

About sports fans: The occasional confusion around the line that separates passion and avid fandom from malicious and the absurd.


PERSONAL

What I Like …

John Wall.
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That would surprise those who know me: Reality TV.

Above all else: My wife, Tara; my daughter, Adelyn; and my son, Caden.

About myself: Discipline.

Heroes: My mom and my dad.

Players: John Wall, Nicklas Backstrom, Crystal Langhorne.

Teams: All of the D.C. home teams, the Hershey Bears and the Marist College Red Foxes.

Possession: My daughter’s artwork.

Memento: A picture of my grandfather.

Book: “Built for Change,” by T.D. Klein.

Authors: Malcolm Gladwell, Jim Collins and Dr. Seuss.

IPad app: CardMunch.

Trips: Alaskan cruise.

Movies: “Slap Shot,” “The Natural” and “The Godfather.”

TV: “Castle,” “The Bachelor” and “Sports-Center.”

Concerts: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney and U2.

Kenny Chesney.
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Artists: Ansel Adams and Norman Rockwell.

Food: Pizza.

Drink: Good old H2O.

Scent: Cherry blossom.

Vacation spots: Siesta Key, Fla., and Stone Harbor, N.J.

Cars: Bentley Continental GT and Ford Mustang convertible.

Cologne: Creed.

Singers: Kenny Chesney, Sugarland and Alan Jackson.

Quote: “I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.” — David Livingstone.
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