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Behind the Champions: Mackenzie Roth

Women's basketball has always been a huge part of Mackenzie Roth's life, and now that she's a Sales & Service Consultant for the Indiana Fever, she's living her dream in a way, being part of a championship organization in her favorite sport. "I grew up playing basketball," Roth says, "looking up to so many of the players that are still currently playing. I went on to play in college as it was always a dream of mine. I will forever be an invested fan in the sport." In her current position with the Fever, which she has been with for a year and a half, Mackenzie has learned one thing above all while working with her team: "Together we can achieve anything."

What's your favorite part of your job?
MRRepresenting a championship team and selling something I believe in and truly enjoy.

What are the biggest rewards of your job?
MRThe biggest reward is the opportunity to interact with so many different people.

Talk about the importance of being able to build relationships in your job?
MRDifferent relationships are what make the world go round. Each interaction you have during a phone call or a conversation could lead you to another avenue within the scope of business.

Your job requires a lot of interaction with fans. What stands out most to you about Fever fans in particular?
MRTheir dedication and love for the team. They're unlike any other fans out there; they've invested not only their money with the organization, but also their heart and soul.

The Fever proved they are great competitors on the court. How important is it for you to be competitive in your position?
MREveryone has to have some sort of a competitive nature. It's extremely important in this line of work because it is our job to continue to make sales goals and bring more people into the arena, setting the bar higher. I am competitive in that I always try to beat past goals and continue to achieve various business and personal goals. I find it very difficult to be successful without being competitive. They go hand-in-hand.

What was it like to be part of a WNBA Championship run? MRIt still seems unreal to me to this day that it happened. It seems like it all went too fast now that it's over. It was truly incredible to hear the phone ring off the hook to purchase standing-room only tickets.

Do you have a favorite moment from the Fever's title run? MRThe moment the buzzer sounded and we won the title, celebrating with the staff and knowing that all of our hard work had paid off. The long hours and sleepless nights were all worth it for that one moment!

How did the Fever winning the WNBA championship inspire you personally? MRIt took many years to get the championship, but the organization never stopped believing. That really inspired me.

Other than the players and coaches, what makes the Fever a world champion organization? MRThe fans that have been here from the very get-go, whether they are here in the arena or watching from afar. Without support for women's sports, there wouldn't even be a WNBA.

What advice would you give to someone interested in a career in sales with a professional sports team? MRThis isn't a 9-to-5 job; you must have a willingness to work long hours. Also, love people, as it is your job to build and maintain relationships.