What do the first two hours of your day look like?
I go into each day with a plan from having written out my “to-do” list the day before and immediately jump on it. If there is an issue that arises that needs direct attention, I will address that, then get back to the intended tasks.
Name one go-to resource (or two or three) that helps you with your duties.
Programs like TeamWorks are a great program to have in this industry, but the best resources you can utilize with operational duties are people that you have formed and maintained a relationship with; people that you know will give you a straight forward answer no matter the scenario. For me, it is people like Armani Perez, Shane Elder, Tyler Cook, Jody Wright, or Mark Robinson. Whether it is a rule interpretation or a question about how to structure or organize something, I know I can call these guys and many others and I will get the help that I need.
If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I came into this new situation at Kent State University ready to learn and work hard for Coach Sean Lewis. He sets the tone for the new standard within the FLASHFAST Family and has empowered me to assist in implementing his vision. Looking back, my advice would be don’t change a thing; take your lumps as they come but continue to move the family forward.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish within the next year?
I want for the Kent State FLASHFAST Family to win the MAC Championship! There is no other goal.
Best career or work advice you ever received?
I don’t believe there has been any advice that has stood out for me, instead, what I have learned over the longevity of my career. This industry is all about the people; those who surround it, whether directly or indirectly. The student-athletes, the coaches, those who cut the grass on the practice fields for you, the IT people who keep your computers running, the people who make and serve the food you eat, etc. Although we, as people who work in operations, are in such a hurry to get things done, we always need to remember to be respectful and simply say please and thank you for the work that others do for us. Be appreciative because you can’t do it all on your own.
First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work?
Erik Korem is the person who first pulled me into football operations while I was at Florida State. I was very blessed, at the time, to be working with Matt Ayer (Asst. DPP), Christian Sanders (On-Campus Rec Coord) and Bob LaCivita (DPP) in the recruiting department at FSU, but after speaking with Erik and him giving me the opportunity to help with HS summer camps in 2012, I knew this was what I wanted to do for a career.