Doug Fillis was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration in July, 2012. His responsibilities include oversight of fundraising, men’s and women’s basketball, concessions, apparel and licensing. Fillis, most recently was the Associate Athletic Director for Development at Rutgers. Prior to that Fillis spent five successful years at the U.S. Military Academy where he oversaw development, major gifts and revenue generation.
Fillis is known for his ability to generate revenue. He has drastically increased revenues at both Rutgers and Army via contributions, corporate partnerships, ticketing, premium experiences, naming rights, concessions, merchandise, and auctions.
Since joining Rutgers, Fillis was able to secure nearly $1M in new revenue in an agreement with MillerCoors. This deal was the first of its kind at Rutgers University. Fillis also led the effort to overhaul the concessions and catering businesses which is conservatively projected to yield a minimum of $10M in new revenue for Rutgers Athletics in addition to $4M in capital improvements. While managing a team of nine in development, Fillis has athletics on pace to eclipse the $100M campaign goal. Also under Fillis’ leadership Rutgers Athletics has launched several new initiatives including Men’s Basketball Hospitality, expanded courtside seating, increased suite sales, launched the Block R Party, online auctions, as well as online renewals for donations.
While at West Point, Fillis helped to grow the annual fund to an all-time record. Fillis was integral in securing major gifts to support football, lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s soccer, hockey, baseball, gymnastics and track and field. Fillis was also responsible for corporate partnerships in concert with Army Sports Properties. Fillis secured partnerships with Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, The Thayer Hotel, EMCOR, Lockheed Martin, Bank of America and most notably a naming rights deal with Siemens. Fillis also negotiated agreements for concessions, sideline partner, and ticket software which all drove increased revenue to the Army Athletic Association.
Under Fillis’ management football suite revenue increased 300%. Fillis also created and implemented several revenue generating premium areas at Army Basketball, Football and Hockey. Fillis had also been responsible for several special projects including, the relocation of the Corps of Cadets in Michie Stadium and the Select-Your-Seat process, managing the business plan for the Army at Yankee Stadium Series, Army-Navy site selection committee, and collaborating with the Naval Athletic Association on the Army-Navy game sponsorships.
Fillis received a bachelors degree in Media Studies from Sacred Heart University, a masters degree in Mass Communication from Iona College and a graduate certificate in Sports Management Finance and Development from New York University. In 2008, Fillis was honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a “Hero Among Us” recipient.
In 2011,Fillis was named an adjunct professor at New York University and teaches Sport Management to undergraduate students. Fillis resides in Hoboken, NJ with his wife Jessica and their dog Rex.