As the new guy, Eric and Pete asked that I introduce myself with a blog post. I guess that’s their way of Rookie Hazing, which is just fine by me. Better than taking a paddle to the backside or chugging a gallon of milk, right?
So, how did I end up here? That’s a good question, since I literally have zero background in competitive running. While I grew up in the Philadelphia area playing pretty much every competitive team sport known to man, running was never on my radar. Honestly, I hated running even to train for the sports I did play. Don’t get me wrong; I certainly have a ton of respect for the track stars and long distance runners, it just wasn’t what I was interested in during my younger days. I needed to be chasing a ball around, have some physical contact or score a goal to keep me engaged and excited. Lucky for me, I had an older and younger brother who were wired the same way. We’d much rather tune in to a baseball game blowout than a political debate. It would be an understatement to say that we grew up in an absolute madhouse (I mean that in a good way).
After college, I ended up in San Diego for no real reason other than to try something new and different. I had no clue what my career path was and wrestled with countless ideas. I remember one day, I was going through my usual routine of searching for jobs online and contemplating which direction I wanted to go with my life, when it just clicked: “Sports.” How did I not think of this sooner? My whole life, my biggest passion and entertainment source had been sports and I never once thought about it as a career choice. A big part of me felt like a total idiot for just realizing this, but even more so, I was excited and relieved. I found an awesome local company online that was in the sports marketing and event management space, sent an email and started an internship a week later. From the moment I got my foot in the door, I knew this was the industry for me. I was truly happy to wake up and go to work, which is something I questioned I would ever find.
All good things must come to an end. When it came time to look for the next opportunity roughly 4 years later, I was pretty surprised San Diego did not have as many opportunities in sports as I had anticipated. Convincing myself that maybe it was time for a new chapter, I ended up taking a chance and leaving the sports industry to see what else was out there. While I enjoyed my time away from sports and learned a ton of valuable lessons, the passion was just not there at the end of the day and something was missing.
Then, out of the blue, the HP Movement opportunity arose and I knew right away this way meant to be. After 2 long years away from the industry, I’m beyond excited to join the HP Movement team. While I’ve only been here a short while, it’s refreshing to wake up each day happy and motivated to get to work. I’m looking forward to accomplishing some great things with the HP Movement team!
That’s the quick version of how HP Movement ended up getting stuck with me. I’d be happy to bore you to death with more of my life story over a pint sometime!