Name: Duane Lewis
Current Job Title: Commissioner
Company Name: Central Hockey League
First sports job: Counselor at Youth Sports Camp
College education: B.A. in Economics
Executive most admired: Roger Goodell
Brand most admired: Southwest Airlines
I was lucky enough to intern several summers at the NHL Office, which gave me a taste of what it was like to work in a league office at the highest level of hockey. After my college years, I played professional hockey in our league for a season, and then came to the Western Professional Hockey League (now d.b.a. Central Hockey League) in August of 1997. I have been here for 14 years, and the last 3 in the position of Commissioner out of the Hockey Operations Department. I now oversee the league in terms of the day-to-day operations, expansion, and support for our member clubs. It is very rewarding when you see a franchise be successful, and the way it changes the entire community with their support for their professional sports teams.
Tell us a little about your first job in the sports industry. How did you land it?
My actual first job was a counselor for many years at a youth sports camp, and it was through our high school teachers that I knew. As far as my first real full-time sports job it was here at the WPHL as Manager of Hockey Operations. I played in the League in the first year of operation, and applied to the League Office for any openings there or with a member club. They offered me the job and I donít even remember asking what it paid, but that it was exactly what I wanted to do, and I got to move to Phoenix.
How does working in sports differ from working in other industries?
This is a tough question for me as my entire life has been spent in hockey in some capacity. The fact that you work in an industry that most people are involved with in thei...
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