Next Up: Tyler GaetanoNext Up, HR
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Position: BMW Golf Cup Account Trainee
Q: Favorite sports teams?
A: Vikings, Yankees, Bulls, Flyers
Q: Go-to karaoke song?
A: Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
Q: Fun fact?
A: “One of my lifetime goals is to see a game at the stadium of each team in the four major U.S. pro sports leagues. I’ve made it to 31 so far.”
Q: A quote you live by?
A: “Only your urgency is your urgency.”
When Tyler Gaetano leaves his home in Shelton, CT (which he proudly notes is the home of the Wiffle Ball) every morning, he knows that he will soon be entering an office where his work is truly valued.
As one of the Trainees on the BMW Golf Cup account, Tyler helps coordinate over 50 amateur golf events around the country for the BMW Golf Cup program. Alongside supervisor Tim Westervelt and other fellow trainees, the team travels to qualifying events at private country clubs where they are responsible for all BMW brand activation, including a hole-in-one competition for a new BMW.
The team also works directly with local BMW dealers as well as the host clubs to ensure the events run as smoothly as possible. Tyler, who enjoys being given the opportunity to have exposure to all aspects of the event and interact with clients and participants, has traveled to Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago in the last few months alone.
Despite all this travel, Tyler manages to help out on other programs. “BMW has a lot of exciting opportunities going on across different accounts, so whenever I have a chance to help another team out, I jump at it,” he said.
He even finds the time to play on Octagon’s championship-winning softball team as well as the soccer team, where he finished the season as the team's leading goal-scorer.
Tyler hopes to continue learning about client services and sponsorship within the sports world and he put that dream into motion prior to his senior year at Wake Forest. During those few months, he learned his most valuable lesson to date: “You make your own luck.”
He cold-called about 40 NFL agents before one of them finally decided to take him under his wing. He learned a ton about the industry in a short, trial-by-fire summer role and launched his career in sports, which he hopes to continue long into the future with Octagon.