The 35U began with a vision to inspire the leaders of tomorrow by telling them about the leaders of today. With millions of people involved in government, education, business and community service across the country, it sometimes may be hard for the 35U to connect to leaders individually simply due to an age barrier. The 35U to us is any young adult from the ages of 18-35 in this country. These individuals have a voice – they can vote, serve, and most importantly, they can make a difference for future generations.
Today’s Q&A feature is Sam Tiger, Founder & CEO of Sam Tiger Management. Sam Tiger Management is a Sports and Entertainment Agency. Prior to the launch of Sam Tiger Management, Sam spent time working in Marketing, Events, and Player Relations for ESPN West Palm, The Orange Bowl Committee, and The Chick-Fil- A Peach Bowl. She is a NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor as well as a Marketing Representative for NFL, CFL, and Celebrities.
Sam is an inspiration to the youth that want to pursue a career in entrepreneurship and management. We caught up with Sam to find out what leadership means to her and what advice she would give to the next generation of leaders.
Why did you choose this career path?
I chose this career path because I always had a passion and desire to work for and represent professional athletes in their careers. I believe society does not credit athletes enough for the work they do off the field, the differences they make in their own communities, and the changes they help create so I felt it was almost my duty to fight for them in ways much bigger than their on the field stats and accolades.
Who were your mentors along the way?
Throughout my entire life my father has always been a mentor and my biggest supporter and fan. I always admired his work hard, never give up, and demonstrate your abilities approach to life and his own career. In my life and career, I’ve tried to do the same. In the sports world I’ve always looked up to female trailblazing sports agent, Kelli Masters. Kelli has truly paved the way for women in the agency world. I’m extremely thankful to call her a mentor and friend.
How do you define a leader?
I define leadership as the ability to convey your goal, message, or mission through your own actions that results in inspiring others to do the same.
What obstacles/struggles did you face while pursuing a career in Sports and Entertainment Management?
The sports and entertainment industry are very difficult to break into. Although I did numerous internship and assistant positions during and after college, I always felt compelled to pursue my dream of becoming an NFL agent. It wasn’t until I launched my agency in 2016 that I felt struggles that turned into my strengths. By that I mean I was a small fish in a big pond who needed to make a name for myself. How did I do that? I kept showing up despite feeling different (as a female in a male dominated industry), nervous, and feeling uncertain. However, I kept showing up and learned to open doors for myself.
What projects are you currently involved with in the community that engages the next generation of leaders?
I actively mentor young men and women who have an interest in sports management and entrepreneurial ventures. I take pride in being involved in the Lynn University community to hopefully inspire and assist students in being confident to follow their dreams.
What advice would you give to the next generation of leaders that want to pursue a career as a sports agent?
I would tell the next generation of leaders who want to pursue a career in sports to not be afraid to kick open your own doors. There is never going to be a red carpet waiting for you to the ‘perfect’ opportunity but if you work hard, network, align with the right individuals and mentors, and stay true to your morals the right opportunities will come to you.