Twice a month, we will utilize this blog to showcase some of the employees of Pocono Raceway. Today, we feature Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and Mountain Concessions Coordinator of Special Projects Sandy DeLeon. Sandy is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. and now calls the Poconos home with her daughter Alexa.
Q: Tell us how you started working at Pocono Raceway.
SD: I started in March of 2004 working at the Pocono Raceway Fan Store. Working the cash register, maintaining inventory, and giving track tours in the Pace Car to our customers. I worked there for about six months and then transferred into the office at Mountain Concessions because I had administrative experience. In total, I worked for Mountain Concessions for two years. Then, there was an opening in Operations at Pocono Raceway and I was in that role for six years. Besides handling all of the administrative duties for the department, I dealt with our firemen, police, managers, supervisors, and volunteers and the different lease clients of the track. It was a very busy but I gained a lot of experience and learned a lot. After working in operations, I went back to working for Mountain Concessions handling all invoicing for catering, both NASCAR and lease events. I recently gained a dual role, with some added responsibilities working for President & CEO Brandon (Igdalsky), Chief Operation Officer Nick (Igdalsky) and Chief Marketing Office Ben (May). The majority of my role now is on the administrative side of Pocono Raceway while on the Mountain Concession side of things I still handle payroll, and some accounts payable and receivable.
Q: What attracted you to Pocono Raceway?
SD: My sister Sharon was the Novelties Manager here at Pocono Raceway and had heard of a position opening up here. I was a full time mom at the time and the job was in the neighborhood, it was perfect. So I came in for an interview and was hired right then and there. I loved it, working with all the different people. Me personally, I wasn’t a race fan then, but working here over the years you can’t help having a favorite driver or two.
Q: So every day must be a little different for you?
SD: That is definitely one of the great things about working here. A lot of my work is done before our races and most of my duties are concentrated on pre-race credentialing, invoicing, and purchase orders. On race day my basic responsibility now is monitoring and checking in our guests in the Presidential SkyBox and overseeing and checking in volunteers and servers in the Terrace Club. My other projects are our Kids’ Day powered by Pocono Medical Center and Scout Day.
Q: Do you have a favorite driver?
SD: I wasn’t a race fan when I started but once you are around it, it’s great. Now, I love Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Jimmy Johnson.
Q: What’s your favorite part about race weekend?
SD: The rush of it all. Seeing how happy the fans are. Working alongside my co-workers. Just getting the job done.
Q: What is the best part of the Pocono’s?
SD: The beauty. It is gorgeous here.