Bermudian Visits Japan In America’s Cup Role

May 22, 2016

As part of her role as personal assistant to America’s Cup legend and SoftBank Team Japan Skipper and CEO Dean Barker, Patrice Phillips recently travelled to Japan with the team for crew selection trials and to meet with sponsors, with the Bermudian saying she is “extremely lucky and grateful” to hold the position.

With SoftBank Team Japan’s base now officially open in Dockyard - the group recently hosted more than 500 guests during their official opening – and with the America’s Cup event approaching, Ms. Phillips’ role with the team continues to evolve and expand, with more information on her experiences following below

Patrice Phillips SoftBank Team Japan Bermuda May 19 2016

1] What does a normal day look like for you working as Dean Barker’s assistant?

There are no two days the same and that’s what I love most about the job. I started a week before the Bermuda World Series in October [2015], so my first few weeks consisted of coordinating interviews, catering, changing schedules and trying to remember everyone’s name!

Of course my tasks have multiplied since then, now involving coordinating appearances, travel, social functions, the upcoming Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events, and other projects both big and small. It’s certainly an adventure.

2] How did you get the job?

I was recommended by a recruiter. I had the opportunity of meeting him through my old job and then by coincidence a recruiter recommended me for the position.

3] What sort of opportunities have you had through this position?

Six weeks into the job, I was on a plane heading to Japan for crew selection trials and to meet our sponsors from SoftBank, Yamaha and 2XU!

I’ve also had major learning opportunities and exposure to marketing, branding, sponsorship, event planning and media thanks to my talented colleagues, and have even picked up one or two Japanese words!

4] How does it feel working for an America’s Cup team?

I feel extremely lucky and grateful. I never imagined I’d work for an America’s Cup team, let alone as Dean Barker’s PA!

5] What is the best part of your job?

I get to work with and learn from incredibly talented people with great personalities and loads of experience. Also, being part of such a large, spectacular event that will impact Bermuda in a positive way.

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  1. Jiggs Bda says:

    Well done Patrice,

    Very happy for you

  2. O.M.G says:

    Great job what an experience congrats Patrice

  3. Dangel says:

    Great article Patrice!! I know you will do well and most importantly this is an ‘incredible pit stop’ on your journey that has been orchestrated by God.

  4. Ladeej says:

    This is an awesome opportunity for a very deserving young lady. Congratulations Patrice and all the best!

  5. swing voter says:

    kool…..I hope they pick up more local talent

  6. Karen Roberts-Ray says:

    Congratulations Patrice!! Sorry just reading this article now. What an experience and you know all your family is so very proud of you. You can further develop the skill set you are learning now to other arenas in your life that come to fruition!! Well done.

  7. Bdabie says:

    No better person for the job.