Welcome to our new “LinkedIn To Callaway” Series. We’re giving you an inside look at some of the coolest jobs at our Company, straight from the people who live them every day. In our first installment, we hear from our friend and College Tour Rep, Matt Haneline.
What’s it like to work with some of the best college players in the country? And what does it take to a job where you’re constantly working with coaches, players and dozens of schools? “Matty” gives us the rundown in our Q&A session.
1. Matt, what’s your job title at Callaway?
Matt Haneline: I’m our collegiate rep, and my day-to-day responsibilities include managing the relationships that we have currently with elite college players in Divison I or Divison II, perennial all-Americans, seniors that are going to graduate and turn professional, coaches, and agents that are looking to represent these players.
So my number one objective is to build relationships and recruit with those players as well as try to get product in play anywhere that we can.
2. Not a bad gig. What’s the biggest highlight of your job?
MH: The highlight is at the end of the day, when I finish I felt like what I did helped somebody and made an impact, and helped them get one step closer to obtaining their dreams. There’s just a ton of satisfaction that I get from knowing that what I do on a day-to-day basis makes an impact on these guys’ lives and what they do.
3. You Have A Very Unique Position. What Are The 3 Most Important Skills You Need To Do It Well?
MH: The most important one is time management. Because I work with players all over the globe, so I’m constantly getting emails, phone calls, texts at all hours of the day, so being organized and having really good time management skills.
Flexibility would be the next one, because especially when it comes to travel you’re always at the mercy of Mother Nature and stuff that’s outside of your control. And then the third thing, you just have to be personable. You have to be outgoing and generally care about what’s going on in these kid’s lives and what you can do to help them.
4. If I Wanted To Do Your Job, What’s The Biggest Piece Of Advice You Would Give Me?
MH: The biggest piece of advice I can give you outside of the technical aspects of club fitting is just have a positive attitude and be honest, and if you don’t know the answer just say it.
So many times I’ll get a question and I don’t know the answer, and I’ll say I don’t know the answer but I’ll find out and get back to you. But just have a positive attitude and be honest with people and that’s about it.
5. You’re A Self-Proclaimed Golf Nut. So Tell Us, What Are Your Top 3 Courses?
MH: This is in no particular order: Torrey Pines because it’s obviously local (to San Diego) and it’s so much fun to play. Big Horn just because the environment out there is so cool, whatever goes, whatever you want to do, you’re out there to have fun and play. Big Horn is a favorite just because of the atmosphere.
And the third one would be (Matt thinks about it for about 45 seconds)…Oakland Hills because out of all the places that I’ve played it was one of the best pure golf courses. The way that I judge a good golf course is that I would want to play it every single day and not get bored.
You have to hit so many shots and you have to think your way around the course and by the end of the day, you finish the 18th hole and you’re bummed out because there are no more holes to play.