Over the last quarter century, Randy Sparks, president and CEO of Team IP, has turned the company into one of the country’s most respected events apparel and marketing outfits. The company currently participates in more than 1,000 events annually throughout the United States. While you may be aware of Sparks’ sharp wit and keen intellect, there’s at least 25 things you didn’t know about him.
1. My favorite sports movie of all time is “Hoosiers.”
2. I never leave the house without a cup of water.
3. If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be prime rib.
4. Growing up, I was sure I would be successful.
5. I know every word to the song “Summer of ’69.”
6. If I could only watch one sport every day, it would be Dallas Cowboys football.
7. My nickname in high school was “Clutch.”
8. Next time the Olympics are in the U.S., they should be held in Los Angeles.
9. At a sports tourism conference or event, you can typically find me networking.
10. I played my best round of golf ever at Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic.
11. The hardest part about working in the sports industry is the competitive environment.
12. I believe the single most important quality in a leader is integrity.
13. Stephen Curry is the sports leader I admire most.
14. My go-to in-flight beverage choice is Starbucks coffee.
15. The destination at the top of my travel bucket list is Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
16. My favorite part of my job is the travel.
17. The last book I read was “The Blessed Life,” by Robert Morris.
18. I think the biggest challenge to hosting a youth sporting event is getting full community support.
19. My least favorite part about social media is unrestrained hatred.
20. In 10 years, I’m betting that the sports industry will be even bigger than it is today.
21. My first job was working the concession stand at the community pool.
22. The last pieces of sports paraphernalia I bought were a Masters polo and cap.
23. The athlete I’d most like to spend a day with is Michael Jordan.
24. The most underrated sport these days is soccer.
25. My dream sports event to attend is a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl.