YCP@Work: Nate Tile, York Revolution
Nate Tile graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from York College in 2000. He currently works as the Vice President of Business Development for the York Revolution. He is also active in the community, serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties, Explore York, and the Southern York County Business Association. He is also the Fundraising Committee Chair for the Rainbow Rose Center, and a member of the Marketing Committee of the YMCA of York and York County. And, he coaches and is President of the Suburban York Softball Club.
What made you choose to pursue a degree in this field?
As a kid I was always coming up with wacky, creative ideas and had a knack for convincing people to do things. I wanted to work in a field where I could use creative ideas to help businesses grow. I've spent a career in advertising sales, including my current role with the Revolution. The best part of my job is coming up with wacky promotions for my customers.
Describe a typical day on the job.
As the VP of Business Development, I'm running the sales side of our organization. That includes everything from major advertising and sponsorship campaigns to large company events at the ballpark. I have a significant personal sales responsibility and spend a good deal of time in consultative meetings, presenting proposals, prospecting, and cold-calling. As the leader of the team, I also find myself helping the account executives in their business development efforts. This could entail joining on sales meetings, coaching, and mentoring. On a baseball game day, you might find me greeting fans at the gates, helping to clean up the ballpark, or putting the tarp on the field. A game day is often a 14-hour day for me. You never know what you might get into working in professional minor league sports.
What is most challenging about a career in this field?
The most challenging thing about working in professional minor league baseball is the limited resources as a small business and long hours over the summer.
What do you like best about your career?
I love the people. For me, it's all about relationships—from fans to business partners to my colleagues and the leaders in our community. Working with the Revolution is hands down the best place to make great connections
What advice would you have for a student who is just starting out in this major?
My degree is in Marketing. My advice would be to keep an open mind to the many opportunities that are available to you. In my case I chose a career in sales, which has afforded me many great opportunities and has made me a well-rounded professional.