Forty Under 40 memories: Jaime Faulkner
Chief Executive Officer, E15
Selected to Forty Under 40 class in 2016
What do you remember most about being named to Forty Under 40?
When I got the call, I couldn’t wait to tell my husband Colin, who had previously been selected as a Forty Under 40 winner. I knew he would be super proud. I think I may have teased him that SBJ should have picked me before him … but what can you do?
What impact did it have on your career?
I was selected for Forty Under 40 not too long after we launched E15, and it brought recognition to the great work that our team has done for our partners. It affirmed that E15 was on the right track and making a true impact on the industry.
What does being selected for Forty Under 40 mean for professional development of young executives?
People in the sports industry work really, really hard. Getting your foot in the door in this industry is incredibly tough, and when people get in they give it all they have. Being selected as Forty Under 40 is validation and recognition from your peers that you are a leader, and all that work is worthwhile and is making an impact.
Are there any other thoughts/memories about Forty Under 40 that you would like to share?
When they interviewed me for the article, they asked me to finish the sentence “2016 will be a great year if …” I answered: “If the Cubs win a World Series, it will be a great year.” Clearly, my predictive skills are amazing, and I like to take credit for breaking the curse. It was a great year, and Forty Under 40 really kicked it off.
Another thought I’d add is that when I meet really sharp, young people in sports, I often say to myself “they should be Forty Under 40.” You start to look for that quality in people you come across in the industry. That’s a real testament to the impact of the recognition.