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New Voices Under 30: Ian Hillman

Photo: Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
Photo: Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
Photo: Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

Ian Hillman

Vice President, Strategy and Analytics, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

Age: 29
Born: Philadelphia
Education: Columbia University, B.A., economics and political science

About you

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.