Jennifer Bullano Ridgley, vice president of media relations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, sits down with Deb Placey on the latest edition of the "NHL Executive Suite," available on NHL.com and multiple iOS and Android podcast apps.
Their conversation begins with Bullano Ridgley explaining how she first became interested in pursuing a career in hockey and how her first job at Disney World led her to wanting to get involved in sports public relations. She also shares her thoughts on the evolution of the sports industry and explains her role with the Penguins.
Bullano Ridgley discusses working with Sidney Crosby, the crazy media requests he gets, and why there are times when she has to give him special treatment. Placey asks how she deals with stressful moments, and Bullano Ridgley offers advice for those who want to break into her business. She also reveals some of her superstitious quirks, explains why working with former Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was amazing, elaborates on her relationship with former coach Dan Bylsma and current coach Mike Sullivan, and discusses the differences between Pittsburgh's previous general manager, Ray Shero, and current GM Jim Rutherford.
She also talks about some of the challenges of working in a social media world and shares a bit about her personal side during Placey's "Executive Summary" questioning.
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