Rod Harys is the CEO of FAN+, a Global Sporting & Entertainment Experience Platform.
Q: What would you like to see your team accomplish in 2019?
Since launching in 2018 our teams have been able to build a really strong foundation for our platform and we are proud of it. Everyone has worked incredibly hard and getting the platform up and running. In 2019 I would like to see the business continue to grow and established ourselves in both the UK and the USA. 2019 is about scaling and expanding.
Q: Who is your role model or hero?
Roger Federer, a great inspiration who challenges himself and keeps winning.
Q: What is your favorite book?
I have read many great books, it would hard to pick one. I love sporting autobiography’s as they let you in to the mindset of the athlete. They tell you their own journeys and personal highs and lows
Q: Do you use any specific method or system to run daily operations?
We have a great team at FAN+ and a very successful investors group that help us day to day. One exercise however that is incredibly important is that to kick off each day we have a face to face meeting to get an understanding on what is happening in each person’s space. We look at how we can work as a team to achieve our daily goals. The open communication really works for our team.
FAN+ is a very creative space so we have learnt to adapt to embracing curveball and opportunities to come up unexpectedly, we quite often find ourselves working on the fly, which gives the team a bit of a buzz.
Q: Why did you choose your present industry at this time?
I see FAN+ as working across several Industry’s’ Not only are we involved in sport and entertainment, but we are also working in the tech space. Each of these industries are currently going through massive growth and transformations and it is really exciting to be part of this growth. I love sport and I love technology, so it feels like I am actually being able to have my cake and eat it too sometimes.
We wanted to share FAN+ and promote our achievements to date to a large audience.
Q: What is the best/worst moment you can remember in your career?
The best moment was I was identified to run a major sporting Basketball team The Sydney Kings here in Australia and becoming General Manager at the age of 33 was not only challenging at times but also very rewarding. The position was the launch pad into the sporting industry for me and has really opened up the doors and opportunities for me.
Q: Looking back - if you could advise a younger version of yourself to do something different - what would it be?
Be mindful of taking too many meetings or lining up too many projects. I would advise that to be successful deliver several projects extremely well rather than trying to be everything to everybody. Always ask yourself what you will get out of this meeting? I have made the mistake of taking too many meetings and saying yes and time waisted with no outcome or agenda.