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Islanders hiring ticket-sales account managers

Kerry Cornils, the Islanders director of customer service,

Kerry Cornils, the Islanders director of customer service, interviewing Ricardo Molina, of College Point, in an undated photo. Photo Credit: New York Islanders

While the initiative may not be in response to President Barack Obama’s jobs speech, still, “we have our own economic stimulus” going on at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, said Paul Lancey, senior vice president of the New York Islanders Hockey Club.

That would relate to a marathon of job interviews Monday and Tuesday, as the team is looking to hire about 30 full-time and 20 part-time ticket-sales account managers.

As a counterbalance to recent worries related to terrorism and the economy, “It’s exciting to have this conversation,” he said.

Among the factors leading to the need for increased staff – an uptick in Islander ticket sales, he said, as well as more shows coming the Coliseum’s way as a result of the temporary closing of Madison Square Garden.

Besides motivation, other qualifications being sought? For junior level positions, a sports marketing degree is preferred, Lancey said. But experience with ticket sales for, say, opera or Broadway shows, will also be considered.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate spreadsheet know-how, good verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to do PowerPoint presentations.

Also required, said Lancey – attending all games and events. People get excited over that, he said, until they realize they won’t be “sitting in the stands watching.  . . . This is a real business. This is a real job.”

Learn more about the application process for these positions, as well as a number of internship opportunities, click here to visit

Photo: Kerry Cornils, the Islanders director of customer service, interviewing Ricardo Molina of College Point.

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