Adam Skibek

Senior Account Executive/Youth Leader Coordinator

Maine Red Claws

Affiliate of the Boston Celtics

NBA D-League

I remember Algebra like it was yesterday and the relationship between letters and numbers. It almost seemed more like a competition to figure out the equation and get the correct answer. I had a professor that used to say, “Ehh you were close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades”

Math was a cool subject because you didn’t have to BS your way through it. You either knew how to solve the problem or you didn’t. I was a visual learner and really benefitted from seeing problems on the board and practicing them for homework.

In my job our goal is to sell tickets to an arena with 3,045 seats. We have different ticket prices from $6-$30 and Courtside Seats and Suites ranging from $50-$90 a seat. I’m constantly calculating cost for customers and when the renewal period comes around for season ticket holders we use percentages. For example a 25% down payment reserves someone’s seats for the following season. I consistently have a calculator open on my desk to check my math, but find that with almost every conversation math problems are discussed between me and the consumer. Sales have commissions tied to it and goals for group sales and season tickets. The other program I use daily is excel. Excel allows me to keep accurate numbers on my sales, commission revenue, and I can track my weekly/monthly and yearly goals. Excel has a lot of formulas that help make this part of my job very easy and I recommend to all students to learn asap.

I always thought real world problems, take probabilities in sports; if you can relate to the class outside of the classroom then you’ll probably see more interest in the coursework from each student. Math is everywhere, let the students steer the discussion, but use math to benefit their problem solving solutions.

If I could change math, I’d allow the kids to use calculators and phones to solve problems. Let them use the tools they have anyways and teach formulas to be memorized.