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New Voices Under 30: Ash Ainbinder

Ash Ainbinder

Director of Business Development, Sports, CLEAR

Ash Ainbinder’s breakthrough partnership with the UFC to stage live events in Jacksonville and Phoenix during the early months of the pandemic built trust in traveling to live events. This led to a strong corporate relationship with Endeavor and its return-to-work protocols.

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Age: 29
Born: Long Island (Baldwin), N.Y.
Education: Hofstra University, B.B.A.; University of South Florida, M.S./MBA, sport and entertainment management

More About You

Most important lesson of the past 18 months: “There’s a lot of ugly time spent on something beautiful, but you can’t be afraid of authenticity in the journey and owning failure along the way.” 

Go-to person when I need help: Katie Burbige. Katie is a best friend, a sister, a mentor, my biggest supporter, and most importantly someone that just makes you feel “at home” when you need feedback. Relationships are the single most important thing in the world and having one you can depend on no matter the situation is the greatest gift you can ask for.

My inspiration: This has always remained constant for me and that’s because inspiration never came from one person. It was always a collective of individuals that woke up and choose to act selflessly to better those around them. To open doors, create opportunities, and have non-bias action for good all while finding their own solitude to ensure their glass is full to give first endlessly.

In the Industry

What drew me to a career in sports: Sports brings people together. I fell in love with the idea that I could be a part of something so big that someone could look back and talk about it for the rest of their lives — their first game, the winning touchdown, the “do you remember when” moments. 

Most exciting aspect of sports business: The evolution of touch points in the fan journey. There are so many unique ways a team can be a part of the game-day experience. We’re building affinity beyond the ticket.

Sports industry needs to do a better job of … : Creating intersections and relationships outside of sport to develop a variety of skill sets for those early in their career while also attracting top talent into the industry.

In 10 years, I hope to be … : Reflecting on moments where I chose adventure rather than settling for something comfortable.

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