Sunday, March 8, 2015

Speaker Spotlight: Bob Hamer

Recently, Bob Hamer, founder and owner of Sports Business Solutions, spoke to SBC members. Bob, a native of Southern California, graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business management. U of A doesn't offer a sports management program, just like Wisconsin, so he joined a sports business club similar to SBC. Bob has had experience in the sports industry working for the Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns, and now he currently runs a company called Sports Business Solutions which is dedicated to helping people find jobs and internships in the field of sports.

Bob started in sales, but was able to work upwards in the industry by focusing on three things, which he also suggested SBC members do, too.

  • Commitment to learning and growing--be open-minded
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Have the right attitude--control the "controllables"
He had other pieces of advice for the members in attendance as well. Bob stressed the need to begin to network, and that starts by being active when guest speakers come in to talk--get to know what they do. Each speaker is a new and unique opportunity to network. He also noted that SBC members should take advantage of having social media platforms to make connections and network--mainly because these options didn't use to exist! Sites such as LinkedIn and are very important, so Bob suggested making accounts on each if you haven't already done so.

Bob shared pointers as well about simple steps that can be taken to get in the position you want to be in.

  • Companies are looking for someone who wants to be there and believes in his/her abilities
  • There's a different path for every position in sports, with many ways to get in--there is no one direct path
  • Understand what skills you need to develop to put yourself in the right position
  • Do everything you can to gain an advantage over other possible candidates, whatever that may be
  • Research positions beforehand
  • Figure out what interests you
  • Once you do those things, go all in!

A very special thanks to Bob for making the trip to Madison to speak with SBC!

Also, please feel free to fill out a free profile on his site: 

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