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Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories

Oct 13, 2017

Matt Savant (@msavant88), President of Business Operations of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club, San Diego, CA 



  • Matt Savant grew up playing hockey but put his passion aside to begin a career in marketing at a toy company. Shortly after, he decided to return to what he loved and became the marketing manager for the Mighty Ducks.
  • Throughout his time with the Mighty Ducks he faced adversity and proved to everyone that he was a valuable asset to the Mighty Ducks team. While working there he helped create a program that creates youth reading and physical education programs for elementary students.
  • Now as the President of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Team Matt uses his experience with the Mighty Ducks to grow and strengthen the Gulls brand

Links mentioned from this episode:

Matt Savant Gulls President of Business Operations

Matt Savant on Twitter


Michael Schulman

Ari Segal

Valley View Casino Center

San Diego Gulls

San Diego Gulls Facebook

San Diego Gulls Instagram

Gulls Twitter

Harvest Meat Company

Greater Omaha Packing Co


Melissa's Produce

Anaheim Ducks Training Facility

Grill Grate

Ole Hickory Pits

Weber Grills

Del Mar BBQ State Championship

Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival

Upcoming BBQ Events and Competitions

 Thank you to Jet West Band for our epic Intro Jingle!

Jet West Band

Helpful Quotes/ Notable Pieces of Advice from podcast:


  • “Companies that take pride in the small details and care about their consumers on a personal level”


  • “Promote from within, brand development has to come from the top and all the way down”
  • “If you do not listen to the fans, they will go away”
  • “Investing money on social media is the main way to connect with fans”
  • “The path to your dreams may not be easy, but it is possible!”

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