74 POSTS 0 COMMENTSWorking construction during my college summers I learned two important lessons from the jobsite foreman who asked a colleague if he had 20 years of experience or one year of experience 20 times: you’re never as good as you’d like to be, and no matter what your experience level, no job is beneath you as an opening to learn something new. I joined ESPN in January 2000 and continue to be amazed by the constant evolution of the company and the things I get to do in this job. Depending on the day, I can work with high-ranking executives or entry-level employees, and I embrace all of it as an opportunity. A majority of my time is spent on our college sports properties, but I also oversee how ESPN branding appears in external movies and television shows (think ESPN “The Ocho” in Dodgeball). I grew up in a town just a tick north of Pittsburgh where I spent my childhood playing sports with the neighborhood kids (whatever happened to the pick-up game?), spent way too much time trying to master Atari and Nintendo, and expended an immense amount of energy – and blood – on BMX bikes and skateboards. Luckily, I didn’t break any major bones. I graduated from Pitt (Hail to Pitt) and remain a fan of all things Pittsburgh: Panthers, Penguins, Steelers, Pirates and Primanti Bros. And, on occasion, when I’m not paying attention, you can even hear my Pittsburghese rear its head.
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