Molly Mazzolini named to 2016 Sports Business Journal Game Changers Class

Mazzolini is one of Infinite Scale’s three founding partners and its director of brand integration. She co-founded the Salt Lake City company in 2002 with partners Amy Lukas and Cameron Smith, spinning off of their design jobs at the 2002 Winter Olympics. 

“It was kind of a no-brainer,” Mazzolini said. “We had incredible resources from the Salt Lake Games and people who wanted to help us out. It all seamlessly started to come together.”

Together, the trio leads a company that has grown to 30 employees, all designing spaces at sports facilities tied to sponsor and team integrations, directional signs, halls of fame, and a variety of other services that fall under how fans experience a venue, Mazzolini said.

Infinite Scale’s current projects include Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, where its responsibilities include designing the naming-rights logo in conjunction with the pizza restaurant sponsor and Olympia Entertainment, parent company of the arena’s prime tenant, the Detroit Red Wings.

The firm recently completed its work at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings’ new home. Infinite Scale designed about 15 sponsor integration spaces inside that $1.1 billion facility.

All told, Infinite Scale has done work at 48 venues during the past 14 years. The company also designs branded elements for special events such as the Super Bowl, dating to the 2005 game in Jacksonville.

The firm’s first venue-specific client was BYU in 2004, with Infinite Scale designing the school’s hall of fame, a three-story museum featuring more than 100 years of sports history on campus.

“There was no place to bring it all together,” Mazzolini said. “There was memorabilia stored in janitors’ closets and under bleachers, even in [former BYU quarterback] Steve Young’s storage unit in Provo. I told [former BYU Athletic Director] Val Hale we were forever grateful for giving us a shot.”

— Don Muret

  • An attribute I look for when hiring: Personal yet professional style. Style is definitely intangible yet can be found in ways candidates present themselves and their work experience. Smart moves like advance research, a well-designed résumé and handwritten thank-you notes go a long way.
  • A networking tip I’ve learned: Building the relationship first to see if working together is going to result in the right capability and personality fit.
  • Biggest challenge I face working in sports: Not having enough time to watch as a fan and to play as a participant.
  • Best advice I’ve received for career development: Carefully consider the long-term effects of a short-term decision.
  • Woman in sports business I’d most like to meet: Anita DeFrantz — the perfect example of an athlete who performs exquisitely on and off the field of play.
  • Most memorable sporting event attended: Watching the 2002 Olympic Winter Games closing ceremony. I surprised my mother with tickets a few hours before the event. It was stellar to see the flame extinguish and the entire Rice-Eccles Stadium party. Salt Lake was a newly recharged city with the energy of so many people who came for the Games.
  • Groups supported: Home base is Salt Lake City, and my husband and I support the local arts culture such as the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and the Natural History Museum of Utah. I also sit on the Downtown Alliance and Salt Lake Chamber executive boards in an effort to stay close to our business community and preserve our amazing downtown culture.
By: Don Muret 
Published: September 12, 2016 

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