New Voices Under 30: Ian Hillman
Vice President, Strategy and Analytics, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
Education: Columbia University, B.A., economics and political science
Could not go a day without: Mobile LTE (and hopefully soon 5G).
Most common misperception of your generation: That millennials have a poor work ethic.
Go-to person when you need help: My fiancée, Liv. She’s a great sounding board to clear my head and stay even-keeled.
In 10 years I hope to be … : Fulfilled.
There’s a unique relationship with your customers in sports that does not exist in other industries.
In the Industry
Biggest surprise at career’s start: The amount of collaboration and best practice sharing between teams.
Most exciting aspect of sports business: Tapping into the passion of sports fandom.
Questions for networking: No specific set questions — just active listening to have a more engaging conversation.
How should sports aDdress social issues? Sports should act as a uniting force to bring people together. Sports teams have an obligation to use their platform to give back and support their local communities.
Sports industry needs to do a better job of … : Monetizing out-of-market fans.