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Jill Driban, The Montag Group

Photo: The Montag Group
Photo: The Montag Group
Photo: The Montag Group

When The Montag Group merged with IF Management and Vision Sports Group in 2017, the agencies turned to Jill Driban to help them integrate into one company. That work involved instituting best practices in all areas of the combined companies, including contract administration, recruitment, marketing and social media.

Driban recently was promoted to vice president of talent from chief of staff at TMG, which represents more than 200 broadcasters, coaches and sports and entertainment executives. She is involved in the management of all of the agency’s clients, including Scott Van Pelt, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mary Carillo and James Brown.

Jill Driban

Vice President, Talent and Events, The Montag Group

Born: Philadelphia
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A.

“Jill oversees the client management business for our company and there is nothing that happens in that area that she is not involved with,” TMG CEO Sandy Montag said. “The service that she provides for our clients and the logistical support is of utmost importance to us and what makes our company special.”

Driban is involved in every conversation regarding clients TMG may sign. She is often the person who is called if there is a problem that needs fixing. “I do a lot of troubleshooting,” she said. She also is involved in the “onboarding” process when clients join the agency, including ensuring that contracts are signed.

Driban is a details person. “The most satisfying thing in the world to me is being able to cross something off a list,” she said. — Liz Mullen

Getting to know...

Favorite day-off activity: Listening to live music.

Guilty pleasure: Hallmark Channel.

Misperception of working in sports business: The fact that people think you can just get tickets to everything, like they are growing on trees.

Woman in sports business you’d like to meet: Megan Rapinoe. She’s just a badass.

Role of sports in social issues: This is a tough question for me because I am really torn. Sports and athletes in general who are front and center have such an amazing platform to express their thoughts, opinions and causes they support. However, I do think there is a slippery slope when someone wants to just watch their favorite team or player and that gets overshadowed by the conversation.