All guns blazing
Written on the 7 October 2009
Katie Tomlinson is the general manager at the Gold Coast Blaze. While the team is looking to notch some early wins and bolster its balance sheet after a lackluster season last year, it’s all guns blazing for the woman behind the scenes as she strives to create a force in the NBL.
Last year was a tough one for the Blaze. How difficult is it to secure funding and key sponsorship with a largely unproven track record?
You are now vying for market share with three national sporting codes following the runaway success of GC United. What strategies are being implemented to ensure the Blaze can operate as a profitable entity?
Tell us a bit about your background and what you bring to your job as general manager of a national sporting franchise?
What other business interests do you have and how do you juggle the demands of multi-tasking?
How important are mentors today and what’s the one key piece of advice that has helped you in your career?
Both Gavin and our Blaze board consultant John Quinn, give me the praise I need sometimes to bounce back from a hit and they are always happy to listen when I need to talk.
Naomi Lawrence from Career Intelligence works with our basketball players as a career adviser and she also helps me a lot with structure and planning at the office. Paul Broughton from the Titans is someone who often gives me a pat on the back and tells me I am doing a good job. I am not sure if Paul knows just how much I value that gesture as he is one person who knows exactly how tough it is for us. And then there is Dave Claxton. Dave is the best. He is the easiest person in the world to work with and when there is a crisis you can absolutely count on Dave to be calm and take the right direction. I couldn’t do my job without his mentoring.