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Harold Hughes, MBA

Harold Hughes, MBA, CEO of BandwagonB.A. ’08, MBA ’14 - Part-Time Traditional Program
Current position: Founder and C.E.O. BANDWAGON™

No one appreciates the world of college sports and understands the fans who support their teams unconditionally, quite like Harold Hughes. The devoted Clemson Tiger fanatic has taken sports loyalty to the next level, melding entrepreneurial enthusiasm with a pure love of the game. Hughes recently launched BANDWAGON, an online secondary ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy, sell and trade tickets to sporting events, with an emphasis on college games.

Hughes said the idea for BANDWAGON has its roots at Clemson. "I was talking with my Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers about our bucket list of historic football stadiums to visit," said Hughes. The Clemson season ticket holders wondered what they'd do with their Clemson tickets while road-tripping. "This led to a discussion about a ticket trading network," Hughes said.

When Hughes assessed his secondary ticket marketplace competitors, he realized the $15 billion industry lacked niche markets. He set his sights on the collegiate sports market and launched BANDWAGON on September 1, 2015. In less than two months, BANDWAGON has gained hundreds of users, made thousands of dollars, attracted the attention of investors and opened the doors in markets as far flung from Clemson as Eastern Washington and Notre Dame.