TeamWork Online Celebrates 100,000 Real Career Connections for Sports and Live Event Professionals

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Expansive Intuitive and Innovative Network Pairs the Best Candidates with Leading Organizations

“Buffy and TeamWork are the best source of candidates,” said Houston Rockets President Tad Brown

TeamWork Online (, a pioneer in the employment process for the sports and live event industries, recently placed their 100,000th hire through the TeamWork network. Founded in 1987 as one of the first firms of its kind, TeamWork has set the industry standard for enabling real career connections, education and networking events.

Buffy Filippell, who prior to founding the TeamWork companies (TeamWork Online, TeamWork Consulting and products, TeamWorkU, MVP Access) was the first female agent at legendary representation firm IMG, and one of the first to focus on the sports industry when recruiting for Korn/Ferry, credits the success of TeamWork on the nearly four million strong TeamWork network of candidates and employers.

“Sports and live events are passion industries,” said Filippell. “We are incredibly fortunate to share that passion with industry leaders - many of whom started with us more than 25 years ago - who are now at the forefront, leading the most recognized and respected organizations throughout the world. Without that shared passion, we would not have made it to 10,000 hires, let alone 100,000.”

One of the elements that has positioned TeamWork as the premier career connections company in the industry has been the ability to provide access to a huge pool of qualified and interested candidates for organizations at every level or sport, or in any part of the world. Prior to the creation of TeamWork, the hiring process was often more about “who you know” than a matching skill set, and there were rules governing the movement of current employees to other organizations.

Through the application of efficient, intuitive technology, education, high-touch events and personal consulting, TeamWork has connected candidates and organizations from entry level in the rookie leagues to the C-suite in the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL and league offices. They’ve been able to provide outstanding ROI to organizations by expediting and enhancing the process, and have seen multiple placed candidates become the leaders for the next generation. TeamWork has consistently embraced technology. Their online database is second to none, and they continually enhance the backend offering, while also embracing the speed and connectivity provided by social media channels.

Len Komoroski, currently the CEO of Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena, is a two-time TeamWork hire and his organization begins and often concludes their search process through TeamWork.

“Buffy cares deeply about the industry and the TeamWork network,” said Komorski. “They are truly a part of almost every organization in sports, and certainly in the NBA. What’s most impressive - and important - is they have opened the industry to people from anywhere, helped tremendously in our diversity efforts and have a process that is both efficient and value driven.”

Of the 100,000+ hires made through TeamWork, 17% have been in both the NBA and MLB, 12% in the NFL, and 10% in the NHL. While percentages of females in front office positions are typically less than 30% at best, 42.3% of all TeamWork hires are female, and a nearly equal percentage of females make up the more than 3.8 million candidates in the TeamWork network. Additionally, TeamWork has among the 100,000 several multi-generational success stories, where parents and kids have both been TeamWork hires.

“Buffy and TeamWork are the best source of candidates,” said Houston Rockets President Tad Brown, who has also been a TeamWork hire. “They truly understand the industry, what makes a successful candidate, and they provide an environment that promotes and creates the connections we need to move forward.”

“I could not be more proud of our team, our network, and to be a part of this world,” said Filippell. “It is an honor to celebrate the past, present and future of the sports and live entertainment industries.”

About TeamWork
Since 1987, TeamWork has developed and delivered products and services that form a welcoming environment to an expansive community of sports and live event professionals and organizations, enabling real connections that make a difference not only in careers but also in organizational success. Since its founding, TeamWork has enabled the hiring of more than 100,000 sports and live event professionals. Learn more at, follow on Twitter @teamworkonline Facebook/TeamWorkOnline LinkedIn and Instagram teamworkonline.

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