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How did you get to where you are today? What is your story? What incidents and experiences shaped your career path?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 02 2018
I started out by going to school and getting an accounting degree and the economics degree with an emphasis in accounting. After that I went to the public accounting route working for Arthur Andersen, and I worked there for a couple of years. After that, after working there a couple of years, I went out of the public accounting industry and went into the private side of accounting, so to speak. An opportunity came up with Utah Jazz, and so I applied there and was a Jazz controller for a while. And I have continued career on the accounting, finance side. I've transitioned more into of an analytics type role with the Jazz, with financial analytics and reporting for the Jazz, and really learning about sports and entertainment.

What are the responsibilities and decisions that you handle at work? What are your working hours like?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 02 2018
I'm responsible for all the financial reporting here at the Jazz and Larry Miller Sports and Entertainment. So we handle the Jazz, the Salt Lake Bees and mega complex movie theaters. And we kind of help make finance related decisions in regards to the company and, we evaluate business decisions on that. My hours are typically nine to five, forty hours or so a week, forty five hours a week, depending on the workload or whatever needs to get done. The responsibilities and day to day decisions that I handle at work: And again I'm primarily responsible for financial reporting and analytics. So we handle reporting for the group from a financial perspective, both internally and our board of directors. And then we handle a lot of analytic type projects. So whenever there's a business decision that needs to be made that involves some financial component, we'll help doing analytics on that. My working hours are pretty straightforward. You know, nine to five ish, typically forty to fifty hours a week or so, depending on what needs to get done.

What tools (software programs, frameworks, models, algorithms, languages) do you use at work? Do you prefer certain tools more than the others? Why?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 02 2018
Software models, algorithms, etc that we use at work... So we have our general Ledger software that we use. We have a data warehouse, Teradata that we use. We have a whole BI (business intelligence) team that helps kind of do all the work to get that stuff loaded. Once it's integrated, we just use some standard tools that we can run SQL queries against that Teradata warehouse. We also then push our reporting up, either into Excel or into a program called Domo. We use a lot of dashboard operational reporting or we use Tableau for specific analytic type projects.

What things do you like about your job? Were there any pleasant surprises?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Kanika Meadh on Tue Oct 02 2018
So the things that I like about my job: It's just a fun place to work. It's a good company to work for that always keeps me on my toes.

What are the job titles of people you routinely work with? What strategies or approaches did you find to be effective in working with them?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 02 2018
I work a lot with our BI team. Again they're primarily doing ETL work. It kind of helps to know what they're doing. We also work with our sales guys a lot. It's been helpful to have a general understanding of what they're doing and to know that they're the experts, and that you're here to just assist them.

What major challenges do you face in your job? Can you discuss a few accomplishments, and challenges that you overcame and felt proud of?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 02 2018
Some of the major challenges that we face in our job or just with the industry itself... with the sports and entertainment, we're are always trying to make sure we capture those entertainment dollars. That's always a challenge just in our industry. Outside of that, just job specific: Just making sure that data is accurate. It's always a challenge, there's tons of data out there and making sure that we're giving accurate and impactful answers to questions out that people ask us.

What qualities does your team look for while hiring? How does your team interview candidates?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 02 2018
The qualities of people that I look for when I'm hiring: I look for specific job skills. If I'm trying to hire someone who's experienced, I want relevant job experience. It helps to have someone of a technical background in my role. Even though its financial analytics, there's just so much data out there to have database knowledge and structure and SQL. But more importantly, I wanna make sure these people know how to learn, because there's certain things we can teach on the job. So that they can learn is more important than anything else I think.

What are some future career path(s) for you? What skills, certificates, or experiences do you plan on acquiring?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 02 2018
Future career paths: I'm pretty content with my job. Where I'm at, I continue to always learn and gain more and more knowledge as it comes, especially on the data side. Part of my role is you get to know how to go out there and get data. So specific skills just on the database side with SQL and big data, and AI (artificial intelligence) and learning stuff are kind of important skills that I think are going to be there in the future.

What were the responsibilities and decisions that you handled at work? What were your working hours like?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : VP of Finance, Utah Jazz
Summarized By: Kanika Meadh on Tue Oct 02 2018

What prompted you to pick this program? What other programs or Universities did you consider? What did you like about the program?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : BS, Accounting, UC Santa Barbara
Summarized By: Kanika Meadh on Tue Oct 02 2018
Why I picked my degree at the UC Santa Barbara for Bachelors in Accounting degree: I've always liked numbers. I liked math and I started taking those classes down there at Santa Barbara. I didn't really know what I wanted to do before that. But I really liked the classes that came easy to me, and it seemed like something I could make a career out of.

How did the program prepare you for your career? Think about career fairs, networking events, resume & interview help, classes and alumni support.

Asked by Jeff Musk

Nathan Kenyon

VP of Business Analytics and Reporting, Utah Jazz
Accounting, BS, UC Santa Barbara
Greater Salt Lake City Area
for : BS, Accounting, UC Santa Barbara
Summarized By: Kanika Meadh on Tue Oct 02 2018
I think the degree in Santa Barbara helped me, prepare me for a career, gave me a lot of groundwork in basics to get that degree in Accounting. It also taught me how to network which I think was important. There was a lot of recruiting events for the accounting firms. So that taught me some networking skills and kind of make those connections that helps in your career.

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