Mentor Series: Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon

By Emily Freehling, April 21, 2017

USA Triathlon’s National Events Director Brian D’Amico always tries to see the big picture of what his organization is working on and meet the needs of the people who make those plans happen.

It’s a lesson he learned more than four years ago working at United Soccer League under then-president Tim Holt.

“From when I began as an intern until I was senior director of youth league development, I cannot begin to count the number of times Tim took time out of his chaotic schedule to work through potential challenges,” says D’Amico. “Tim’s effectiveness in ensuring all individuals within the organization were treated with the utmost respect is a trait of his I still try to emulate today.”

Holt, who is now managing director of San Antonio FC, always made an effort to see potential problems from the perspective of the outside organizations USL partnered with, D’Amico says. That’s a lesson he continues to remember in his daily work.

In managing USL’s staff, plus an organization made up of multiple leagues and teams, Holt kept the people, politics and all current issues at the forefront of his mind. That way, D’Amico says, Holt never needed a refresher at the beginning of a conversation.

It all goes back to the lesson of valuing people on the individual level, D’Amico says.

“It goes a long way to know your colleagues not only respect your work for the betterment of the organization, but that they know you value them as individuals.”

Have a mentor you’d like to highlight in a future Connect Sports article? Email Matt Swenson at mswenson@connectmeetings.com to share your story.

 

Jennifer Todd, co-founder and executive vice president of strategic partnerships of The Basketball Tournament, explains her unlikely path to TBT.

The NCAA is seeking bids to host the NCAA 2021 Division III Field Hockey Championship, to be held the weekend before Thanksgiving. RFPs are due July 15.

David Siegel, the president and CEO of the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, talks life with the Dodgers

Slated to host the NFL’s Raiders starting in the 2020 season, Las Vegas Stadium has also landed another marquee football attraction: the Mitsubishi Motors

Latest