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Favorite Event - Brian Anderson
"This is my first semester as a part of the club, and I really enjoyed hearing from the more famous people, such as Brian Anderson, as I found it really inspiring to hear how just an average person was able to transform their career and become so well known."
Average Rating of Club Events
"I liked that all of the members on the exec. board made it clear that we are always welcome to reach out for anything. Also really easy to attend meetings online."
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Q & A
How has your experience at Kohl’s helped you with your day to day with the Brewers?
I found it very beneficial to begin my career at a Fortune 500 company like Kohl’s. As an entry level employee, I had access to plenty of great resources as well as great people to help me develop professionally. These are resources that would not necessarily have been available at a smaller organization such as the Brewers. I started off with a strong set of skills and experiences that have helped me succeed with the Brewers, where I’m afforded much more autonomy (but also more responsibility) within my position.
Did you always know you wanted to go into sports? What ultimately drew you to the industry?
I grew up dedicating just about all my free time to watching or playing sports, so I think subconsciously, yes! I’m pretty sure I was reading and analyzing Brewers and Bucks box scores by the time I was 5 years old. It never really hit me that it could be a profession until late high school / early college, however. I was actually this close to studying Physical Therapy at Marquette instead, so the attraction to the industry was there – it was just a matter of how I would become involved.
What does a typical day look like for you?
The answer to this question definitely depends on what time of the year or month it is. During the season, most of the focus is on recording and analyzing our revenues and expenses related to hosting games, operating the stadium, etc. As you would imagine, the number of financial transactions that occur from March-October are significantly higher than the rest of the year. In the off-season, we participate in the financial audit process, complete our annual budget and tackle different projects that allow us to be more efficient in our roles once the next season comes around.
Are there particular parts of your job that you enjoy doing over others?
Part of my role is to essentially serve as the controller for our Advanced A team, the Carolina Mudcats. The Brewers purchased this minor league franchise in 2017, and I was involved in accounting for that initial transfer of ownership. Ever since then, I’ve presided over their budgets, forecasts, reporting, etc. I’ve learned a ton by being able to support all sides of the business. Plus, I think minor league baseball is an essential part of Americana! It’s very rewarding to be involved.
The other rewarding part of my job relates to a similar role that I’ve taken on for our non-profit arm, the Brewers Community Foundation. I had literally zero experience in non-profit accounting prior to this job, so there was a steep learning curve for sure. It’s been a wonderful experience so far though, and I’m always proud of how much our organization does for the surrounding Milwaukee community.
What was your favorite memory at UW-Madison?
Hands down, the basketball team’s national championship run in 2015 (JUSTISE WINSLOW TOUCHED THE BALL AND WE ALL KNOW IT). The atmosphere at the Kohl Center that season was absolutely electric. To cap it all off, I was in the second row for the Final Four win against Kentucky, which I guarantee will forever stand as the best night of my life.
What about a favorite SBC memory?
My favorite SBC memory was the winter trip we made to Chicago. I believe we visited Big Ten HQ, Big Ten Network, ESPN Chicago and the Chicago Bulls. At each stop, we were able to take some pretty exclusive tours as well. Add tickets to both Chicago Wolves and Bulls games, and you’ve got one amazing trip. I don’t think I realized at the time how special of an opportunity that was.
Any advice for our members who are specifically pursuing a sports career in finance?
First of all, try to gain experience in the sports industry, even if it’s not finance related. Despite majoring in accounting, I was fortunate enough to intern for the UW Athletics Marketing Department my senior year, where I learned a lot about the inner workings of sports. I would also stress the importance of continually adding new skills and experiences that you can reference on a resume or in an interview. The number of finance jobs in sports is pretty limited, so you’ve got to make sure you’re ready to separate yourself from the pack when a position opens up. Lastly, I would recommend setting up alerts to notify you when those jobs hit the market! I can personally thank WorkInSports.com for discovering the Brewers posting.
If you could go back in time and get two tickets to any sporting event in history, what event would you pick and who would you go with?
Although I work for the Brewers, my first love has always been the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately, until recently, that’s been a pretty sad and disappointing existence. For that reason, I would go back to April 1971 with my older brother to watch the Bucks clinch their one and only NBA Championship with Oscar and Kareem. Now I’m just waiting for my guy Giannis to sign the supermax and bring another title back to the 4-1-4.
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