Editor’s note: In March, the Walt Disney Company and President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced an important new initiative to recruit and hire military veterans across all segments of the company.
“Heroes Work Here. Employ excellence. Hire veterans” is Disney’s pledge to find career opportunities for 1,000 veterans over the next three years. The company has launched a national campaign to encourage all employers to hire veterans. Additionally, employees will be encouraged to serve veterans organizations through Disney’s VoluntEARS program.
In honor of ESPN’s Salute to Veterans Week, Front Row spotlights an ESPN employee who also is a military veteran. Today’s profile is Paul Sucec, a U.S. Army and Army National Guard vet and 15-year ESPN employee.
Sucec is a senior marketing manager in Customer Marketing and Sales (CMS). Sucec’s job description: “I work in the Marketing Services group in ESPN’s ad sales division, ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales. I develop materials — PowerPoint decks, videos, printed collateral and a lot more — our salespeople use in making sales pitches to advertising clients.
“For a major beer advertiser, I helped compile the pitch presentations for all of their brands, design supporting printed material, and produce a welcome video from one of our talent. And for our NFL coverage, I assisted the development of the presentation that explains our coverage to advertisers and how fans can’t get enough of it. We also created emails that ad sales sends to their clients to keep them up to speed on ESPN’s unrivaled NFL coverage.”
Hometown: Stratford, Conn.
Branch of Service/Rank: Army and Army National Guard, Specialist (E4) Signal Support Systems Specialist.
Where and when did you serve? Florida ARNG 93-95, Army 95-97, New York ARNG 2001-’05 (Iraq 2004).
Favorite sports teams: Chicago Bears.
Why did you march in the Connecticut Veterans Parade? It’s a great time to get together with veterans from across ESPN and represent our company. I’m proud to be a veteran and let others know ESPN really supports those who serve and have served.
How does your military experience help you in your current role? Teamwork.
What does the military teach you that can be applied to civilian life? Structure and discipline.
Closing thoughts? I’m proud to work for a company that cares and supports the military community.