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New Voices Under 30: Matthew Levin

Matthew Levin

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Worcester Red Sox

A lifelong baseball fan, Matthew Levin’s work on the Pawtucket (now Worcester) Red Sox’s Dining on the Diamond fan experience allowed the team to keep every front office member on staff at full salary during the pandemic.

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Age: 29
Born: Highland Park, Ill.
Education: Boston University School of Management, B.S./B.A., accounting and management information systems (summa cum laude); New York University, M.S., human resources management
Family: Spouse, Mollie

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Most important lesson of the past 18 months: The importance of being entrepreneurial and adaptable to change. The global pandemic threw a curveball for everyone in the industry, especially for Minor League Baseball teams as the entire 2020 season was canceled.   

Go-to person when I need help: My wife, Mollie, is my go-to person. She is a creative problem solver and pushes me to evaluate all my options. Most importantly, she does this all with a smile on her face and keeps the situation positive.

My inspiration: Larry Lucchino has been a key mentor throughout my career. He has taught me the importance of providing a first-class fan experience because “we are in the yes business.”

In the Industry

What drew me to a career in sports: To quote Commissioner Selig, “baseball is a social institution.” I love the way sports connect various generations and people from all walks of life. My best childhood memories involve going to sporting events with my parents and grandparents. I knew I wanted to create these memories and experiences for others.

Most exciting aspect of sports business: I love the immense data that exists around a fan’s interactions. I enjoy utilizing this data to improve a team’s financial metrics while enhancing the fan experience.

How my generation is changing sports: [By] using technology to improve fan engagement and experience. Examples include pioneering mobile ordering, frictionless checkouts, and loyalty programs.

Sports industry needs to do a better job of … : Looking at other industries as a source for innovation.

In 10 years, I hope to be … : Part of a Major League Baseball team’s senior management.

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