#024: Turning a California Hockey Dream into a Sports Business Reality – San Diego Gulls Hockey Club

Matt Savant (@msavant88), President of Business Operations of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club, San Diego, CA    Summary: Matt Savant grew up playing hockey but put his passion aside to begin a career in marketing at a toy company. Shortly after, he decided to return to what he loved and became the marketing manager for the Mighty Ducks. Throughout his time with the Mighty Ducks he faced adversity and proved to everyone that he was a valuable asset to the Mighty Ducks team. While working there he helped create a program that creates youth reading and physical education programs for elementary students. Now as the President of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Team Matt uses his experience with the Mighty Ducks to grow and strengthen the Gulls brand Links mentioned from this episode: Matt Savant Gulls President of Business Operations Matt Savant on Twitter Linkedin Ducksscore.com Michael Schulman Ari Segal Valley View Casino Center San Diego Gulls San Diego Gulls Facebook San Diego Gulls Instagram Gulls Twitter Harvest Meat Company Greater Omaha Packing Co AHL Melissa's Produce Anaheim Ducks Training Facility Grill Grate Ole Hickory Pits Weber Grills Del Mar BBQ State Championship Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival Upcoming BBQ Events and Competitions  Thank you to Jet West Band for our epic Intro Jingle! Jet West Band Helpful Quotes/ Notable Pieces of Advice from podcast:   “Companies that take pride in the small details and care about their consumers on a personal level”   “Promote from within, brand development has to come from the top and all the way down” “If you do not listen to the fans, they will go away” “Investing money on social media is the main way to connect with fans” “The path to your dreams may not be easy, but it is possible!” Get in Touch Derek Marso – https://twitter.com/MarsoDerek Shawn Walchef – https://twitter.com/shawnpwalchef Cory Wagner – www.twitter.com/TheFifthPofmkt Valley Farm Market – www.valleyfarmmarkets.com – www.instagram.com/valleyfarmmarket/ Cali Comfort BBQ – www.calicomfortbbq.com/ – www.instagram.com/calicomfortbbq/ – www.twitter.com/calicomfort Behind The Smoke -www.instagram.com/bbqwarstories/ – www.facebook.com/bbqwarstories/ – www.twitter.com/bbqwarstories Email – behindthesmoke@calicomfortbbq.com Honorable Mentions: Ole Hickory Pits: www.olehickorypits.com/ Grill Grates: https://www.grillgrate.com/ Weber Grills: www.weber.com/US/en/grills Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival Photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SVBBQFestival/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1688443121186369 Upcoming BBQ Events and Competitions: http://bbqaoa.org/bbq_events/

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