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.