Inspiration comes from the most bizarre places. Whether I take the subway and I see this really great group on the side doing something fun or I even go to other teams and I see what they do and I add our Brooklyn twist to it. I’d like to take everything that we do to the next level that creates more interest and keeps the fans engaged.
How large is your team?
I have a total of 14 people on my team. Directly and then indirectly I have the dancers, the kids so there’s probably another 60 people and with game night staff there’s probably another 60 or 70 people.
You’ve worked at a few places prior to coming to Brooklyn. How does working here compare to your previous job?
I’ve been around for 30 years. I started with the Lakers and then I went to the Knicks and here. I think what’s consistent is just the love of entertainment. At each location I was at different times of my life personally. I was in L.A. when I was in my 20’s, and they were winning championships. There was a different owner and it was a different experience.
It’s an awesome time to be in Brooklyn now. It’s great to open Barclays Center. It’s humbling to be a part of such a big project.
What’s the most exciting aspect about your job?
The ability to be consistently creative. To come up with fun ideas that feed into our fans and the diversity of our fan base to come up with ways to make them “ooh” and “ahh”
To date, what’s been one of exciting events that you planned?
Everything has its own special moment. Working with John Forte last season at the Brooklyn chant was something that I was very proud of. I think creating an atmosphere that feeds into Brooklyn is a proud moment when the fans interact and are engaged. I take all the small wins into one big win.
Who’s your favorite player?
I don’t have a favorite player. I’ve been in the NBA for 30 years. I can’t say that I have one favorite player. I’m probably more old school than anything and I’ll give you the old school names like Magic Johnson. I used to work for the Lakers so I’m old school. I definitely like more of the old school way of playing the game than I do new school, but they’re all incredible athletes.