2011Oct 14

SPAD Strikes the Lightening!

By SPAD Blogger Andrew Berlingieri

For the past month, Garrett Hamel has been working for the Tampa Bay Lighting of the NHL. Garrett was asked to provide a brief summary of how his internship is going so far in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Here is what Garrett had to say:

“My internship with the Tampa Bay Lightning is in the Marketing and Corporate Communications departments. My role is mainly that of a project supervisor as I, along with my manager, am responsible for ensuring all marketing and communication materials that require any form of design gets produced on time and to the desired quality. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I’m required to coordinate and work with every department in the organization since at one point or another they all need some type of materials produced or ordered.

Garrett takes in an NFL Game

The Lightning organization is currently undergoing a huge brand transformation with a new logo and marketing campaign to start the 2011-12 season. The St. Pete Times Forum, the Lightning’s home arena, is also undergoing major changes thanks to a $40 million privately funded renovation courtesy of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. The brand transformation and arena renovations have certainly added to the excitement of my internship as I am being provided an insider’s look at how an organization and facility undergoes such extravagant changes.

As far as my other experiences while I’ve been here in Tampa, there have been a few memorable ones.  I had my first live NFL game experience at the Monday Night game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts. I was able to be in the left outfield seats at Tropicana Field for the miraculous game 162 of the MLB season between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. With the Lightning’s home opener coming up on October 17thI’m sure there will be many more great and exciting times ahead.”

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