Executive Insider

Fred, Andy, Pat and Jake talk with men and women who have and are shaping the sports industry.

october 24, 2019

Shannon Ford, Sideline reporter for the Cincinnati Reds and Columbus Blue Jackets

october 21, 2019

Kylann Ward, Associate Director of Creative Services at Purdue Athletics

october 17, 2019

Russ Wilde, COO Front Office Sports

october 14, 2019

Bob Hamer, Founder of Sports Business Solutions

october 10, 2019

Stephanie Martin, co-founder of BWFD and co-author of the Big Game, talks about developing your brand, and how to do so. Your brand is unique to you and not anyone else.

october 7, 2019

Tom Fox, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, shares his insights and stories on brands and how they relate to the rest of the industry, and sports. He also dives into your personal brand.

october 3, 2019

D.J. Allen, former Senior Associate AD at UNLV, now personal and professional career success coach, dives into how to be Great. D.J. powerful shares insights into how to think differently and gain unique perspectives.

September 30, 2019

Rick Burton, former executive in sports with the USOC, and multiple other organizations. Rick is now the David Falk distinguished professor of sport management at Syracuse University. He dives into how the industry is changing, and what the world of academia has taught him about the world outside the front office.

September 26, 2019

Louie Iglesias, a former student athlete, former sports industry professional, and now banker, shares his insights on what he learned from being in the sports industry, teaching, and how that translates into other industries.

September 23, 2019

Johanna Way, Director of Property Consulting at Turnkey Intelligence, dives into her unconventional story on how she got into the sports industry from growing up in Australia to backpacking South America for a year to working in the NFL. She’s got all sorts of stories. But she focuses on the Journey as it never stops! 

September 16, 2019

SVP, Event Strategy and Services, SF Giants, Sara Grauf joins the podcast to talk about the events side of the business in sports. She dives into her career with the Giants, and the behind the scenes perspectives of running large scale events. 

September 12, 2019

Jake hosts Jamie Zaninovich, Deputy Commissioner and COO of the Pac-12 Conference, to talk about diversity of experience, and what he has learned along the way through his experiences in college athletics. 

August 26, 2019

Chad Cardinal, Regional Director of the Aspire Group, joins Andy Dolich and Jake Hirshman to talk about his journey through ticket sales, the foundation of soft skills built through sales experience, and how to get better every day with 5-15 minutes of professional development outside of the office daily.

August 19, 2019

Aspiring to be like Bernie Mullin, Founder of the Aspire Group talks the sports ticketing industry with Pat and Jake as they dive into how he Founded the company, where it is heading, and where tickets are heading the industry of sports.

August 15, 2019

Haynes Hendrickson, GM of Turnkey Intelligence Joins Jake Hirshman to talk about the data side of the industry that many aren’t aware of. We dive into sponsorships, revenue generation, and networking.

August 12, 2019

Episode 50! Female Leadership with Marie Tuite, SJSU AD as she joins Pat and Jake to talk College Athletics. Marie is one of 10 D1 Female Athletic Directors and shares her insights on the industry, and what it’s like to be in that position.

july 29,, 2019

Brad Mangin, a well-known sports photographer, joins Pat Gallagher and Jake Hirshman to talk about his career as a professional photographer in the sports industry. Brad discusses what his journey has been like, the games and events he has been a part of, and where the photography aspect of the industry is heading.

july 22, 2019

Jeff White, Chief Legal Officer for the NJCAA, Joins Jake Hirshman as they take a look into Jeff’s first and only job in sports...and all of the steps along the way in his career that got him there.

july 15, 2019

Joe Favorito, long time communications/PR exec, joins Andy and Jake to talk about what’s he’s learned from his career including Storytelling, Listening, and how to communicate as the world around us changes.

july 8, 2019

Travis Misner, Manager Partnership Development, Charlotte Hornets Joins Jake Hirshman as the two Ohio Bobcats talk about the journey Travis has had through sports since being a student-Athlete.

july 1, 2019

FCFL Founder, Sohrob Farudi, joins COO Andy Dolich to talk about the League of the Future and how it came about from scratch.

june 24, 2019

Russ Stanley, SVP of Ticket Sales and Service for the San Francisco Giants, joins Pat and Jake to talk about the tickets part of the sports industry. Past, Present, and Future.

june 17, 2019

Brandon Averill, Founder of Athlete Wealth Management, Joins Fred Claire and Jake Hirshman to talk about working on the financial side of the agent world in baseball.

june 10, 2019

Dedan Brozino, Chief Development Officer at the Rose Bowl talks about his path within the sports industry, and provides advice for students who are currently in school, trying to get into the industry.

June 3, 2019

Solly Fulp, Senior VP at Learfield-IMG College talks about college athletics within the sports industry, and provides advice and insights for those looking to get into college athletics and sponsorships.

may 28, 2019

Tom Fox, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, talks about his path along with Professional Soccer within the sports industry, and provides insights into the future of Soccer and sports globally.

may 22, 2019

Ted Robinson, Legendary Broadcaster talks about his path within the sports industry, and provides insights about the broadcasting landscape within sports.

may 13, 2019

Patty Hubbard, Founder of BFWD talks about agencies within the sports industry, and provides advice for students who are currently in school, trying to get into the industry.


march 11, 2019

Jeff Fellenzer, Associate Professor at USC, talks about the sports industry, and provides advice for students who are currently in school, trying to get into the industry.

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march 5, 2019

Jim Kozimor, broadcaster of the NBC Sports Crew talks about his play-by-play career across the industry, and the various aspects of working in sports, and work-life balance.

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February 25, 2019

John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, and former President of the Chicago Cubs talks about his career in Chicago and the various aspects that have lead to his accomplishments and decisions.

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February 18, 2019

Pam Gardner, Former President of the Astros, joins Pat Gallagher as she talks about her career with the Astros, and women in baseball.

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february 13, 2019

Dr. Janice Hilliard, former Vice President of Player Development of the NBA, talks about her career, female and diversity topics across working in sports.


February 11, 2019

Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle expansion franchise, joins Pat Gallagher as they talk about customer service, culture, leadership, and communication.

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february 5, 2019

Ron Seaver, Founder of the National Sports Forum joins Andy Dolich to talk about the upcoming 2019 NSF in Las Vegas and how it all got started!

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February 4, 2019

Pete Paciorek, Athletics Director at Principia College joins Life in the Front Office to talk about character, life skills, and college athletics.


January 28, 2019

CEO Rose Bowl Darryl Dunn joins Fred Claire to talk careers, and dive into Darryl’s experiences and the sports events business in Pasadena.

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january 21, 2019

San Francisco Giants CIO Bill Schlough Joins Andy Dolich to talk about Giants, technology, careers, life, and the Bay Area.

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January 21, 2019

Cooperstown President Jeff Idelson joins Pat Gallagher to talk baseball, the Hall of Fame, technology, public relations, and more.

Steve Brener

January 14, 2019

Steve Brener, President of BZA, joins Fred Claire to talk about their PR careers at the Dodgers, and what Public Relations and Communications looks like in today’s day and age.

Jake Hirshman

January 7, 2019

Andy Dolich takes over as the host to start 2019 off by and introduce the host of Life in the Front Office Jake Hirshman, and dive into his young career thus far.

Rick White

January 6, 2019

Rick White, President of the Atlantic League, joins Fred Claire to talk about the landscape of baseball in parts people may not know about. They dive into how to get started in sport and what life lessons they’ve learned through their careers.

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december 24, 2019

CRO of the 49ers, Brent Schoeb joins Andy Dolich as they talk sponsorships, technology, and work life balance.

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december 20, 2018

Dr. Marissa Nichols, Director of Leadership and Career Development at Boston University Athletics and Dr. Nancy Lough from UNLV provide insights and advice to student-athletes, anyone wanting to work in college athletics and women wanting to work in sports.

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december 12, 2018

San Francisco Giants EVP Staci Slaughter joins Pat Gallagher to talk about career paths, communications, work-life balance, and women in sports.

Chris Smith

December 11, 2018

CEO of Athlete Network, Chris Smith, and VP of Partnerships Brett Fuller join Life in the Front Office as they talk about their business, student-athletes, networking, and what it’s like to be entrepreneurs in the sports industry.

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december 6, 2018

Fred Claire talks with guest Ari Kaplan who is entering his 31st year in Major League Baseball and has worked with more than two-thirds of the organizations around the league. Fred and Ari talk about the upcoming Winter Meetings, analytics, and where the game is heading in the future with the advancement of analytics in the game.

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november 26, 2018

Rick Welts, President of the Golden State Warriors, joins Pat Gallagher as they talk about enjoying the journey and life lessons learned through sports.

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November 11, 2018

CEO of Teamwork Online, Buffy Filippel Joins Andy Dolich as they talk about various topics about the Landscape of the Sports Industry, getting into sports, and how the industry is changing rapidly.


october 23, 2018

Bill Shumard joins the show with Fred Claire and the two dive into finding fulfillment in working in sports and how to network, including your advisory board, and circles of 12.

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october 16, 2018

Pat Gallagher talks about standing out and how to do so. He covers one of his favorite topics in being a problem solver and not a problem creator. Pat provides great insights from his experiences in sports business industry.


october 9, 2018

Andy Dolich sheds some light on his theories on leadership within the business of sports. Andy goes over his eight scopes of leadership and eleven T's of leaders.


october 4, 2018

Fred Claire talks abour mentorships, being a mentor, and how to find a mentor. This episode reaches all parties involved in how to get the most out of mentor relationships.


september 27, 2018

Pat Gallagher provides insightful advice, stories, and wisdom for those looking to get into the entertainment business we call sports business.

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september 21, 2018

Andy Dolich, our 2nd featured star of the show talks about his life in the front office, and his journey through 45+ years of sports in the industry. He covers everything from his career, to lessons learned, to advice for those seeking one, and what he is up to now.


september 14, 2018

Life in the Front Office starts its Journey with the first episode introducing Fred Claire, and exploring his career and the impact he’s made in other lives.