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Matt Savant

President of Business Operations, San Diego Gulls

Matt Savant is president of business operations for the San Diego Gulls hockey team. Savant brings to the team 17 years of marketing, advertising and fan development experience. He is the primary liaison between the Gulls and the team’s parent club, the Anaheim Ducks. He oversees all business operations in San Diego. Prior to coming to San Diego, he spent 13 years in various positions with the Anaheim Ducks, starting in 2003 as the team’s marketing manager. Before starting his professional career, Savant played college hockey for three years with the Bowling Green State University’s Falcons in the Mid-American Conference.

ALMA MATER: Bowling Green University

FUN FACT: He has two junior Olympic Gold medals from roller hockey.

PERSONAL CHALLENGES: “Losing my stepfather in 2000. He was a great source of inspiration and leadership.”

BUSINESS ADVICE: In the words of my stepfather, “Find a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”