QUOTE(g-mann17 @ Aug 26 2009, 09:02 AM)
QUOTE(skip-zip @ Aug 26 2009, 08:35 AM)
Zach and Z...
I want to add a comment that relates directly to the sales portion of having a job such as an AD.
As someone who has been in sales at various levels for a good portion of my career, I clearly understand the value of being familiar with the area. Knowing the characteristics and history of the people you are selling to has advantages, and to a larger extent, already having any kind of relationships with key figures is a considerable advantage. I can count numerous times where people had a leg up on being hired, or promoted, simply due to their knowledge of the sales area, or having pre-existing relationships with potential clients.
This new guy may indeed do a fantastic job selling our athletic programs to the corporate community, and the general public. But in my professional opinion, he will be working with some disadvantages that someone who is already from the area may not have had.
The same disadvantages he had when he started working at Minnesota? Remember, Hunter and Mack were handed 20 million guaranteed for a stadium. They didn't have to make those connections. In fact other than FirstMerit and Towpath Credit Union what other sponsoship money has come in during the last three years?
We still have 4 gates that have no sponsor, we still have a Press Tower with no sponsor, we still have an endzone gameday facility with no sponsor. I know the economy is tough, but really, you couldn't find people to sponsor/endorse these things?
I like Hunter, he's a great guy, I've had great interactions with him, but these were things he in which he was in charge. Remember we were supposed to be at point where bonds were only going to cover 30 million of the original 55 million. We only ever got to 21.5 million (unless i'm missing something that is an epic fail).
It's not a bash on Hunter, but when you are given two candidates and one is familiar with the area and has received only 2 million and the other is a person who had no previous connections to an area
and was able to receive upwards of 80 million, who are you going to pick.
I'm not sold on Wistrcill. He has only done the fundraising/sales portion of the AD job. What if he is too abrasive to Dambrot, Porter, or Mitchell. Or what if he isn't willing to find ways to fund pay increases for top performing coaches? What if he stinks at hiring personnel. Who knows. But at the very least we know he can raise money. And we need money more than anything else right now.
I think you may have missed a few things about his background:
He is from LaCrosse WI - roughly a couple of hours from Minneapolis.
He went to college in Minnesota
He played basketball in college in Minnesota
He worked previously at the U of M right after college.
He also worked at Wisconsin, a school in the neighboring state that is in the same conference.
I hope Tom's skills and knowledge played a part in the success of their new stadium project, and that some of those skills will be helpful to our cause. But, I think it's pretty difficult to even remotely compare the ability to generate support at a Big 11 school in a major US city, to the situation we have here. In fact, I personally feel that we've over-ambitiously put a pretty hefty price tag on some of the remaining sponsorship opportunities. And that's not to say that I don't share in your dissappointment if we have indeed only raised another 2 million beyond the original sponsorships for the naming rights to the stadium and the field.
As far as the numbers go, I think we got 20 million for the stadium naming rights, and 10 million for the field. Can anyone confirm this?
Anyway...back to the purpose of my post. I am ALSO not one of those "it has to be an Akron man" kind of person. I was just merely pointing out the disadvantages of not being from the area, or having experience with the area, as it pertains to being in the field of sales.