Providing an upscale game day experience for scholarships donors, Executive Suite Ambassadors of Auburn University uphold a long lasting tradition.
“The best part about being a Suite Ambassador is the opportunity to network with some of the most influential people connected to Auburn University, specifically Auburn Athletics,” said Jessica Turner, Suite Ambassador floor captain. Turner is one of two floor captains. She maintains the 3rd floor, while Bobbie Barton is the captain for the 4th floor.
Suite Ambassadors are located on the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Ambassadors only work in the east elevator lobby, the 3rd suite level, or the 4th suite level, in comparison to Jordan-Hare Ambassadors who can be found throughout the entire stadium.
Game days for a captain differ from the rest of the Suite Ambassadors. Captains are in charge of enforcing and reinforcing policies set in place by Auburn Athletics as well as making sure the team understands and follows those rules. Captains are also in charge of mediating any issues that are brought to attention.
Suite Ambassadors who are not a captain have many responsibilities also. “We each have our own suite that we take care of,” said Kate Wehrfritz, Suite Ambassador of two years. “We go in and make sure they are happy and have everything they need, and if they do need anything we act as a liason between us and the cleaning and catering crews.”
To become a Suite Ambassador, you must go through an interview process. The interview will take place in front of a panel including Assistant Athletic Director for Premium Seating and Hospitality Janie Boles, Assistant Director of Premium Seating and Hospitality Kristi Phillips, Captains Jessica Tuner and Bobbie Barton, and a few veteran ambassadors.
Recruitment for Suite Ambassadors begins in late January, and interviews begin in March. “Informational sessions are held, which gives potential employees the chance to visit the Athletic Complex, hear from Janie Boles and the assistant athletic director of donor services and annual giving, as well as veteran Suite Ambassadors,” Turner said.
A typical football season for a Suite Ambassador entails working all home games. However, when Auburn football plays bowl or championship games, the Suite Ambassadors are given an opportunity to attend the game at a small price.
“Athletic employees are allowed to purchase tickets to those events for next to nothing, allowing us to spend more time with our co-workers in the off season, so to speak,” Turner said.
Average hours that a Suite Ambassador will work range from three hours before the game to staying after the game as well. “Ambassador’s have the option to work Fridays between 12 p.m.-5 p.m.,” Turner said. “The hours are very flexible.”
Although the hours can be long and tiring, the benefits to being a Suite Ambassador are endless. Networking connections, tips, free admission to basketball and football games and a job to add to your resume are just a few of the benefits that are offered.
Executive Suite Ambassadors of Auburn University is not only a great way to get involved, but it is also a job. “Bring your love for Auburn football to the stadium each week you have to work,” Turner said. “Donors can sense the sincerity and they feed off that.”