Future Industry Leaders Scholars Profile: Jarred Law

“Sports has always had an important role in my life so it’s what I know and more importantly it’s what I love.”

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This summer, the SFIA will acknowledge five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry who have been selected as the 2017 SFIA Future Industry Leaders Scholarship recipients. All five recipients will be present at the fifth annual SFIA Industry Leaders Summit this September 13-14 in Chicago.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the SFIAinsider blog, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be highlighting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners, in order of participant’s response. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight in the lead up to this prestigious networking event.

This week, we meet Jarred Law, a Category Manager for Accessories and Apparel at Under Armour.

SFIAinsider: Why did you apply to the Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program?

Jarred Law: It sounded like a great way to further develop my business acumen and it was too enticing to interact with the leaders of the industry to pass on the opportunity!

SFIAinsider: What made you want to work in the sports and fitness industry?

Jarred Law: Sports has always had an important role in my life so it’s what I know and more importantly it’s what I love.  When I finally caved in and accepted the fact that I was going to be a professional athlete working in sports and helping athletes seemed like a great consolation prize.

SFIAinsider: What exactly do you do in your current position?

Jarred Law: I am responsible for running Under Armour’s football equipment and apparel businesses.  I’m working with a great team to make football athletes better through passion, design and innovation.

SFIAinsider: What do you find the most enjoyable part of your work?

Jarred Law: The two most enjoyable parts of work for me are:

1. Getting to work with the best minds in product, marketing and sales that challenge me to be the best that I can be and

2. Seeing product that you have put blood, sweat and tears into on the field of play and helping give athletes that one extra advantage they are looking for.

SFIAinsider: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Industry Leaders Summit?

Jarred Law: I touched on it before but I’m really looking forward to networking with some of the sharpest minds in the industry and expanding my knowledge in the industry.

SFIAinsider: What is your favorite sports memory from your lifetime?

Jarred Law: Playing my first lacrosse game in college.  I was lucky enough to play as a freshman and stepping onto the field with my teammates that first game was a great feeling that all of the hard work that I put into the sport was paying off.

SFIAinsider: Do you have a favorite sports movie?

Jarred Law: Remember The Titans- It does a great job of showing the power of sports and the on and off the field aspects that make it so great.

Future Industry Leaders Scholars Profile: Michael Wright

“The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the positive impact that our donations have on the community, and sharing that impact with the sporting goods manufacturers that have provided us with equipment.”

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This summer, the SFIA will acknowledge five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry who have been selected as the 2017 SFIA Future Industry Leaders Scholarship recipients. All five recipients will be present at the fifth annual SFIA Industry Leaders Summit this September 13-14 in Chicago.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the SFIAinsider blog, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be highlighting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners, in order of participant’s response. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight in the lead up to this prestigious networking event.

This week, we meet Michael Wright, a Community Partnerships Manager at Goodsports, Inc.

SFIAinsider: Why did you apply to the Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program?

Michael Wright: I applied for this scholarship because I was interested in attended the Industry Leaders Summit and felt that this opportunity would provide me with the chance to network with a number of proven professionals in the sporting goods industry.

SFIAinsider: What made you want to work in the sports and fitness industry?

Michael Wright: Growing up I loved playing sports and being active, but I knew from an early age that I was not going to make it as a professional athlete.  My drive to still somehow be involved in athletics lead me to working as a student equipment manager throughout my time in college.  In that role, I became very familiar with how the back-end of athletics work, which in turn heightened my interest in the industry.

SFIAinsider: What exactly do you do in your current position?

Michael Wright: Good Sports is a non-profit organization that gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.  As the Community Partnerships Manager, my role focuses on overseeing our equipment distribution process, ensuring that we are maximizing our impact on children in the community, while also building relationships in the sporting goods industry to source additional donations of excess equipment that companies may have.

SFIAinsider: What do you find the most enjoyable part of your work?

Michael Wright: The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the positive impact that our donations have on the community, and sharing that impact with the sporting goods manufacturers that have provided us with equipment.

SFIAinsider: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Industry Leaders Summit?

Michael Wright: I am looking forward to networking with so many established professionals in the sporting goods industry, and hopefully building longstanding relationships with this group.

SFIAinsider: What is your favorite sports memory from your lifetime?

Michael Wright: I grew up in a small town in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.  My graduating class in high school had only 77 kids, however in very Hoosier-esque style, my basketball team made the state finals during my senior year.  While on that postseason run, I was very much a role player on that team and did not see the court much, but in my first ever state playoff game I had a double-double while leading my team to the second round.

SFIAinsider: Do you have a favorite sports movie?

Michael Wright: Rudy.  No matter how many times I watch that movie, it never gets old.

Future Industry Leaders Scholars Profile: Ben Bloomfield

“Sports and Fitness is a broad industry category that is quickly changing with increases in technology and overall modernization.”

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This summer, the SFIA will acknowledge five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry who have been selected as the 2017 SFIA Future Industry Leaders Scholarship recipients. All five recipients will be present at the fifth annual SFIA Industry Leaders Summit this September 13-14 in Chicago.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the SFIAinsider blog, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be highlighting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners, in order of participant’s response. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight in the lead up to this prestigious networking event.

This week, we meet Ben Bloomfield, an Account Manager & Sales Analyst at Akervall Technologies, Inc. (SISU Mouth Guards)

SFIAinsider: Why did you apply to the Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program?

Ben Bloomfield: I’d been intrigued about this program since I first heard about the event. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with relevant executives, and I was excited about the chance to be recognized as a future industry leader. My goals are to expand my industry network and knowledge-base, both personally and professionally.

SFIAinsider: What made you want to work in the sports and fitness industry?

Ben Bloomfield: Sports and Fitness is a broad industry category that is quickly changing with increases in technology and overall modernization. It’s interesting to observe the changing of common trends, specifically with the expansion of eCommerce and the decline of brick and mortar establishments. During my undergraduate years, I was an intern at SISU Mouth Guards. Being a part of this rapidly expanding small business is what fueled my passion for sports and fitness.

SFIAinsider: What exactly do you do in your current position?

Ben Bloomfield: I am the lead dental Account Manager and Sales Analyst here. Besides working to grow our dental sales, I also help coordinate daily sales team operations, serve as a software administrator, assist with international account management (distributors), and travel to various expos and tournament sponsorship events.

SFIAinsider: What do you find the most enjoyable part of your work?

Ben Bloomfield: I enjoy connecting with our wholesale clients and end-users to learn about their experiences with our brands.

SFIAinsider: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Industry Leaders Summit?

Ben Bloomfield: At this year’s ILS I’m most looking forward to the networking opportunities, and the chance to connect with industry executives!

SFIAinsider: What is your favorite sports memory from your lifetime?

Ben Bloomfield: I’d say my entire collegiate golf experience combined makes for a lifetime of favorite memories. 

Future Industry Leaders Scholars Profile: Colin Johnson

“I look forward to meeting with and learning from the most influential people in the sports and fitness industry.”

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This summer, the SFIA will acknowledge five young professionals in the sports and fitness industry who have been selected as the 2017 SFIA Future Industry Leaders Scholarship recipients. All five recipients will be present at the fifth annual SFIA Industry Leaders Summit this September 13-14 in Chicago.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the SFIAinsider blog, in collaboration with SFIA Weekly, will be highlighting exclusive interviews with each of our five winners, in order of participant’s response. We are honored to have the opportunity to put them in the spotlight in the lead up to this prestigious networking event.

This week, we meet Colin Johnson, a Test and Certification Program Lead at VICIS.

SFIAinsider: Why did you apply to the Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program?

Colin Johnson: It wasn’t on my radar until one of our VP’s suggested that I apply.  That got the wheels turning and after learning a bit more about the Industry Leaders Summit, I came to the realization that I was a good candidate for the Scholarship Program and could really benefit from the opportunity to participate in the summit.

SFIAinsider: What made you want to work in the sports and fitness industry?

Colin Johnson: I’ve been an active person my entire life, playing hockey from a young age and participating in countless other sports and recreational activities over the last 30 years.  From adult rec leagues to constant outdoor adventures, I’m always seeking out new ways to keep myself moving.  So, it’s no surprise that for the last 8 years of my career, I’ve been involved in testing and/or designing products that promote an active lifestyle with a focus on keeping people safe. 

SFIAinsider: What exactly do you do in your current position?

Colin Johnson: Most of the engineers at VICIS wear many hats and I’m no exception, but my primary focus is keeping the test lab running smoothly.   In addition to making sure all our testing is done correctly and efficiently, I must also ensure that the test data we generate is of the highest quality.  When developing a product that keeps athletes safe, high-confidence test data and thoughtful interpretation of that information is essential.

SFIAinsider: What do you find the most enjoyable part of your work?

Colin Johnson: The people.  I’ve always found the people I work with and the resulting personal and professional relationships to be invaluable.  I’ve been fortunate to work alongside motivated, smart, and generally good people.  I try to remind myself that without the human component, nothing in this industry is possible.

SFIAinsider: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Industry Leaders Summit?

Colin Johnson: I look forward to meeting with and learning from the most influential people in the sports and fitness industry.  The opportunity to interact with these folks on a personal basis is rare and not something I take for granted.  In addition, I hope that I can offer some fresh perspective on the next generation workforce and how companies can set themselves up for success in coming years.  

SFIAinsider: What is your favorite sports memory from your lifetime?

Colin Johnson: I was a freshman in high school and had been called up to the varsity hockey team.  I had to skate hard every day to prove I deserved a spot on a team made up of guys that seemed twice my size.  It was our first playoff game of the season, which just happened to be against our cross-town rival and in front of a packed house.  The game was tied up in the third period and I was battling in front of the net; holding my own, if only just.  A slap shot from one of our defensemen came in fast and low.  I gave one final push to get my stick free and tipped the shot into the top corner of the net, just out of reach of the goalie’s glove.  The crowd erupted and my team swarmed me in celebration.  I had just scored the go-ahead goal and I was thrilled.  We walked out of the rink with a win that night but it’s not the win that stays with me.  It was the experience of working hard for something that seemed improbable, if not impossible, that still reminds me what it is to persevere.  It’s a lesson that applies to far more than sports.

SFIAinsider: Do you have a favorite sports movie?

Colin Johnson: Remember the Titans.  It’s a great movie about how a sport can bring people together and break barriers that seem otherwise insurmountable.  And the soundtrack is pretty great too!