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Hard work, loyalty paid off for Hurricanes VP

Posted June 30

As a guy who grew up entrenched in baseball and basketball, Brian Tatum's professional path getting put on ice, surprised him as much an anybody.

"I never thought I would be in hockey when I first started my career in sports," said Hurricanes Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Brian Tatum. "But, I saw my first game and I thought, 'this is it.'"

Tatum started as an intern in the PR Department as the franchise re-located to Raleigh

After receiving his master's degree from NC State in sports management, Tatum took a job as a ticket sales account representative.

"At that time we were travelling back and forth from Raleigh to Greensboro, selling tickets in anticipation of the building opening here in Raleigh," said Tatum.

As Carolina rose to NHL relevancy, he also climbed the corporate ladder, relocating upstairs to the hockey department in 2000. One of the behind-the-scenes cogs that made Carolina tick during their Stanley Cup run.

"When you do reach that level, it's extremely exciting to see how everyone supports you when you reach that point," Tatum said.

In April, Tatum was rewarded for his 15 years of service, promoted to vice president and assistant general manager.

"Every day that you can wake up and enjoy going to work is a good thing," Tatum said. "There's a lot of people that don't always enjoy going to their job and I think working in this industry is something you can always say, it's different every day, you never know what to expect. So, every day you come in there's new opportunities, and new chances to learn. I'm really excited about it."

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  • Jimmytwotimes Jul 1, 9:58 a.m.

    Wow, I would never have guessed you can end up a team VP by starting out as a ticket sale intern. Inspirational story, I would have guessed you have to have been a former player or coach of some sort to get this job.

  • vt94hokies Jun 30, 9:13 p.m.

    Decent story by WRAL.

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