2011Dec 13

Pointstreak Sport Technologies and SPAD – A Winning Combination

Pointstreak Sports Technologies, recently profiled in Sport Business Journal, is a 10-year-old Toronto firm, that produces Web-based scoring and statistical systems for 3,000 professional and amateur sports leagues worldwide. According to Pointstreak data, the company serves 2.6 million players in hockey, baseball, soccer and lacrosse, according to Pointstreak data. Several @LU_SPAD Alumni are employed by Pointstreak, and below is an interview with recent SPAD 2011 Grad Alex Lea on his employment with Pointstreak as shared with SPAD Blogger Andrew Berlingieri:

Q: How did you hear about/gain interest to apply at Pointstreak?

Two of my friends who had graduated ahead of me held current positions at Pointstreak. They had informed me that there was a new basketball division opening up. Considering my basketball background and experience with the SPAD program, it seemed like a perfect fit.

Q: Can you give us a brief background on what working for Pointstreak entails?

Pointstreak provides technology driven sports management solutions to amateur and professional sport organizations. My current position is as an account representative where my responsibilities are to sell the Pointstreak solutions to clients and then manage the accounts that go along with these sales.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your experience at Pointstreak thus far.

Pointstreak has been an incredible experience so far. Being placed in a sales environment is a tough task right out of university but it has challenged me in ways that I have not faced previously. The added pressure in a sales environment gives you the incentive to work hard in order to meet quotas and goals. The office environment has been incredibly easy to adapt to as Pointstreak provides a young yet knowledgeable environment.

Q: How is SPAD playing a role in this new company?

Every day I can apply knowledge from the SPAD program whether it’s day-to-day business knowledge or sports related issues. The biggest role that SPAD has played in this company is the sales course taught by Professor Tom Blake. His knowledge and sales methods that brought me out of my comfort zone in class, has allowed to me apply these techniques to the job and be successful.

Q: Do you have any advice for SPAD students graduating in 2012?

One piece I would give students that are graduating in 2012 is to take everything you can out of the sales course with Tom. You will soon learn the connections and knowledge that Tom Blake possesses that will contribute to a successful future out in the business world.

Alex hopes to continue and expand his experience at Pointsreak, using the knowledge he has gained from the SPAD program. On behalf of SPAD, I would like to thank Alex for his time and wish him well as he continues to make @LU_SPAD proud.

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