Corey Weinberg

Posted on March 3, 2017

Corey Weinberg is 27 years old and rents the second floor of a Victorian flat built in 1901 at 15th and G streets in downtown Sacramento. Two years ago, he landed a job as coordinator of membership development and sales campaigns for the Sacramento Kings, a team he says he’s followed “all of my life.” After he says that, he grins. “Well, not quite all of my life,” he confesses. “I was negative 3 years old when they first came here.”

Weinberg had previously worked in California politics—for Assemblyman James Gallagher, State Senator Jim Nielsen and Congressman Doug LaMalfa—but says those jobs “weren’t a fit” for him. “My heart was never there,” he says. “People in the office would be talking about an upcoming bill and I’d keep changing the subject to who won a game last night. That’s what I grew up doing—watching and playing sports.”

Being hired by the Kings, he says, “was a dream come true. I truly wake up every morning with a smile on my face.”

Over dinner at La Taqueria on J and 38th streets, Weinberg talks about his job and the town. He says his responsibility is “the fan experience. I specialize in groups. I (oversee) the swag bags people get and I help them do fun things like come onto the court for post-game free throws or form a high-five squad as the team runs through the tunnel on their way to or from the court. Sometimes I arrange for kids to stand next to the players during a ceremony or after-game photos.”

Weinberg doesn’t sell tickets. Instead, “I step up once the group’s been sold. How can you not love a job where you’re making people happy?” After the game, Weinberg asks the group he’s escorting if they had a good time. “I don’t ask them about the talent on the floor or the score. I ask them about the experience of being here—which I think is going to be even more enthusiastic when Golden 1 opens.”

The job—and living close to the new Golden 1 Center—is also making Weinberg happy. “I love this city,” he says. “People mock it if they’ve never seen it. The arena is going to transform it.”

He says that his job and living downtown provide him with “a great group of people to hang with and a great place to meet up. There are countless bars and restaurants down here. You can walk and bike everywhere. And almost all the people I spend time with are other young professionals.”

Asked if he enjoys the relative safety of moving through town after dark with other young people, Weinberg says, “Oh, I do a lot of things by myself. I always feel safe here. I never walk down the street looking over my shoulder.”

Weinberg says what he likes most about working for the Kings may be this workplace rarity: “Everyone gets along. And the Kings are great about keeping us posted on opportunities (for advancement) within the organization.”

As dinner ends and he prepares to head back to midtown, Weinberg is asked if he’s given much thought to what happens next in his career. “I hope to be with the Kings for as long as the team will have me,” he says. “And hopefully, that’ll include a couple of championships.”