Sales, Spurs Sports & Entertainment
It was the most thrilling job start ever. On June 2, 2014, Jordan Gillhespy-Edison joined Spurs Sports & Entertainment as a sales representative. Fresh from May graduation (BBA ‘14), Jordan walked into an AT&T Center office, preparing for the Spurs-Miami Heat NBA Finals. Thirteen days later, he stood in a rocking, thunderous arena, celebrating an NBA championship.
“The championship brought celebrations in the office after wins,” Jordan says. “There were dinners, parties. It was overwhelming. Very quickly, I realized I want to be here a long time.”
A native of London, Jordan didn’t know much about the Spurs growing up in Europe. But after joining the Spurs organization, he quickly understood what a sweetheart job he had landed in selling season tickets.
“The Spurs are so loved in San Antonio,” he says. “When you call and speak to someone and tell them where you are calling from, there is automatic excitement. Then on game night, after you’ve worked so hard on the phone to bring people in and you hear the noise in the arena, it’s great knowing you were part of filling all those seats.”
Jordan belongs to a sales crew that has done record-breaking work. More than one month before the 2015-16 opener, the Spurs sold out of their allotment of 13,200 season tickets for the first time in history.
At 6-foot-7, Jordan -- nicknamed “Air London” -- came to the U.S. in 2010, hoping to secure a college scholarship. He played for Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, and transferred to OLLU. After two seasons, Jordan earned an academic scholarship and left the team to focus on his major.
With an eye on a sports industry-related job, Jordan began networking. Hard work and hustle landed him a job with the Spurs. “A lot of people in this business work for teams that never make the playoffs,” he says. “I bypassed all that, went straight to the NBA Finals and won.”