Name: Alan Avidar
Company: Philadelphia Union
Position: Account Executive

Q: How did you become involved with the Philadelphia Union, and what do you do there?

A: I worked in New York City in financial services for six years, quit my job to pursue a career in the sports industry and was accepted to a ticket sales training center for Major League Soccer.  I then trained for six weeks in Blaine, Minnesota where I scored an interview with the Philadelphia Union and got the job. I am an Account Executive selling full and partial season plans, group tickets, corporate partnerships, youth soccer partnerships and public partnerships.

Q: What’s the most interesting or best part of your job?

A: One of the most appealing parts of my job is talking soccer all day long, every day.  I get to engage with fans on the phones and promote soccer in the US.  Being at all the home games at PPL Park is great too!

Q: What do you think the Philadelphia region offers young professionals?

A: Philly has some really good restaurants at reasonable prices.  It’s also right in between New York City and Washington DC so you can take quick weekend trips for fun.

Q: How long have you been a member of YPN? What motivated you to join?

A: We’ve had representatives from The Philadelphia Union attending YPN events for two years and I personally have attended events for about a year now.  I wanted to attend YPN events to make professional contacts and friends with people that would help my career as well as promote the Philadelphia Union.

Q: What has been your favorite YPN event?

A: McFaddens at Citizens Bank Park where we got to hear Scott Palmer, the Director of Public Affairs for the Philadelphia Phillies speak.  He had some inspiring words for young professionals in the sports industry like myself.  I also met another Account Executive from the Flyers who gave me some professional advice.   Overall it was great event and I got a lot out of it.

Interviewed by Maureen Pinchock, Marketing Communications Manager, SAP America Inc.