Director at 49ers, EDU & Managing Partner, at EDU Academy
Best pitch presenter you’ve ever seen
It wasn’t a pitch exactly but Simon Sinek. Incomparable control of a room.
Best sports marketing campaign (that wasn’t yours)
I’m probably dating myself by saying this but “Bo Knows” by Nike. If it’s recent, anything featuring USWNT soccer, I absolutely love that team.
Best agency (that isn’t yours)
Don’t really work that much with agencies but if I have to pick one I guess Wasserman
Best young industry talent
49ers EDU Senior Manager Sofy Navarro
Best sporting event attended
Hmm. Probably the Carrier Classic – first basketball game played on an active US Aircraft Carrier. North Carolina vs. Michigan State.
Best sporting event on TV
SF Giants series-clinching win vs. Philadelphia in the NLCS in 2010.
Best brand ambassador
Shaq and it’s not close. He makes you love him no matter what he’s pitching.
Best industry event or conference
Very difficult to choose. I just completed Global Sports Week in Paris and it was outstanding.
Best influence on your career
Best dinner companions (min 4, max 6)
My wife, Jimmy Fallon, Neil De Grasse Tyson, Michelle & Barack Obama, Pharrell
Best job in the sports biz
Best professional regret
Waiting so long to get into teaching
Best skill you most covet
Building things with my hands
Best trait you admire in others
A good attitude
Best overrated virtue
Best film containing a scene depicting the sports business
Best book recommendation
All time: On the Road. Recently: The Dog Stars
Best bar or pub
Any will do
Sushi Garden in Soquel, California
Best holiday resort
Anywhere in Hawaii
Best box set