SEAT Global Magazine - Sports Industry Case Studies Issue 05 June/July 2017 Special Edition - Page 9

www.seatconsortium.com @SEATconference

Tod Caflisch

Vice President & CTO

Minnesota Vikings

United States

@tcaflisch

When was your first SEAT Event?

SEAT Miami 2008

How would you describe SEAT?

"By far, if I could only attend one IT conference a year it would be SEAT. Besides the incredible locations

and accommodations, the content, networking and site tours are exactly what sports and entertainment professionals are looking for to help keep themselves and their organizations ahead of the competition. I especially enjoy the separate session tracks so I can get a much wider range of exposure to different solutions and topical discussions."

What inspires you?

Positive change. Whether it's personal or professional. I embrace the concept of innovation and look for ways to generate value through process improvement.

What is your dream car/boat/motorcycle?

A 1972 Chevy El Camino SS

What career advice do you have for people wanting to work in the sports industry?

Get some practical experience, even if you need to volunteer. And don't expect to work in the major leagues right away. The minor leagues are a great place to learn the business of sports, and usually faster as the staffs are generally leaner so you wear many hats.

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop? What is your funniest story and what happened?

Many times and it was never funny...

What are you known for? Any particular characteristic, trait, personality?

No cardio...

Favorite quote or words you live by...

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

- Abraham Lincoln

What do you like to do on your spare time?

Going to the gym. Home improvement/landscaping.

Upclose & Personal with a SEAT Advisory Board Member:

4