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Spotlight - April 15, 2009
Stephanie Jessop Borges
Director of Marketing & Media for Tennis Week/IMG
Will Rogers once said, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."
She walked into the USTA interview room.She had an aura when she walked in the room. She was happy, confident, attractive, engaging and instantly you knew you wanted to get to know her. The fact that she had played collegiate tennis was helpful. Being a captain and #1 player didn't hurt either. Sales and event planning were also in her background. What took her over the top - a reference at one of her internships. It's the same reference that had to help Stephanie get her new job two years ago.
Some young people graduating from college this year and those who are in transition think that the fact they have graduated from college and were in a sports job ought to warrant another sports job offer. "How come no one looked at my credentials? I was an intern with the Gophers last summer," says a soon to be college sports management graduate. Career services professionals are surprised that one internship in the sports field may not be enough for their students to find employment this year.
But let's be frank. Does the NBA select anyone on draft day just because they PLAYED college basketball? What if they PLAYED for a nationally ranked team? Does everyone who played for a nationally ranked team instantly get drafted?
Every college athlete who has any ambition of taking the step between college athletics and professional sports knows that each statistic is important. Every time he or she steps onto the field or on court, how well he or she performs will be tallied. It"s no different from internships and your day-to-day business work. Every hour you spend working you are building statistics that can separate you from another person. You want to be the best at your company, in your field, in your age group. No, those statistics don't always have to be in sales. They can be in developing new ideas, saving money, working more efficiently, and finding ways to engage the customers more often.
Stephanie Jessop was hired for a membership position with the USTA in part because of her skills. In part because of her engaging personality. In part because of a huge reference from one of her internships at IMG.
Jan Felgate from IMG London hired her as a college intern and this is what she said about the St. Lawrence University educated Stephanie Jessop about 5 years after the internship:
"I've been hiring and managing part-time Wimbledon staff for years. Stephanie stands out as one of the best I've ever had."
The best she's ever had!
Not surprisingly after Stephanie concluded a two-year stint with the USTA she came back to IMG and was hired to sell sponsorships for "Tennis Week" Magazine online.
First impressions...and lasting impressions. A collection of superlatives. No surprise, she aced the interview!
- Buffy Filippell
"She seems she is too good to be true and she is. She's everything and much more. She is."
--Esperanza Calvo, Area Director of Hotels - NH Hoteles
What I do...
Stephanie is responsible for overseeing all advertising and sponsorship sales for TW.com, coming up with new creative ways to integrate brand campaigns such as working with luxury fashion brands, cpg brands and endemics like Rolex, Cole Haan, Evian, Prince, Wilson, etc; working with the editorial team to ensure they have the most up to date tennis information and working closely with agents to make sure we have relevant sponsorship and unique and exclusive stories.
HOW I GOT HERE...
IMG/TENNIS WEEK; New York, NY; 2007 - present
Director of Marketing & Media
G8 MEDIA; New York, NY; 2006 - 2007
Director of Business Development
USTA; White Plains, NY; 2004 - 2006
Manager of Member Events and the Affinity Card
APICE MARKETING; New York, NY; 2004 - 2005
Director of New Business Development
NH HOTELES; New York, NY; 2001 - 2003
Sales Manager, Corporate Accounts
LAST MINUTE TRAVEL.COM; New York, NY; 2000 - 2001
NYC & COMPANY; NYC VB; New York, NY; 1999 - 2000
Manager of Sponsorships and Promotions