Program Description: Hiring, Training, and Motivating in the minor league sports environment
Hitting home runs begins by developing each team member’s role through effective training, and capitalizing on each of their skill sets and position responsibilities.
In this tour of the Chattanooga Lookouts facility, we will hear firsthand about the different training conducted for the various positions including Game day Staff, Interns, Seasonal, and Full time team members. We will also discuss some of the challenges for these as new staff may join each season.
In addition, attendees will be provided a tour.
- Understand different positions requires different talent development and training
- All team members, whether full time, part time, and/or seasonal have an integral part to play to help "win the game"
- There is room for fun in learning
Andrew Zito, Vice-President
Andrew was born in New Jersey and moved to Fort Myers, Florida on his 1st Birthday. He moved to Chattanooga in January of 2012.
Andrew is a graduate of UCF in Orlando, Florida where he completed his education with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Sports Business. At UCF, Andrew worked in hospitality at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. When not working at the Hard Rock, he volunteered at sporting events, worked game days for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was an intern for the Orlando Predators.
The Baseball Winter Meetings were held in Dallas, TX in December of 2011. It was there that Andrew met with and received an offer to start his career in baseball with the Chattanooga Lookouts. Just three weeks after that meeting, he moved to Chattanooga, TN.
January 4, 2012 was his first day of work with the Lookouts as the Food and Beverage Intern. He quickly learned that working in baseball was more than about just baseball. It is about providing opportunity and creating lasting, memorable experiences. At the end of that season Andrew was offered an opportunity to join the team full time, in the group sales department.
Now the Vice President, the Lookouts have provided Andrew with more than just employment over the last seven years. They have provided a path for personal and professional growth. Opportunity for growth has come in many forms including: working with community organizations to help raise funds and awareness, coordinating charity walks, volunteering in civic organizations like the Chattanooga Chamber, and forming meaningful relationships with so many people in the community.
In recognition of his work with the Lookouts and the community, Andrew received several accolades. In 2018, Andrew was named the Southern League’s Outstanding Employee of the Year and was recognized as a member of the United Way’s Emerging Leader Hall of Fame. Last year Andrew’s North Chattanooga Council was named the Chamber’s Council of the Year.
When not at the ballpark Andrew loves to root for the Miami Dolphins, golf, drive his jeep with the top off, and enjoy all the great outdoor resources that Chattanooga provides. When asked about his time in Chattanooga, Andrew often replies: “Chattanooga just feels like it just gave me a big ‘ole hug”.