You Make the Call: Hire a Team President!

Hello, please have a seat. I've called you, one of the best head-hunters in all of professional sports, here today because Major League Baseball has already approved an expansion team in baseball. I can't say where this club will play, but let's just say Thermopolis High School has already begun selling season tickets.



We called you in to help us choose the first Team President for this new club. I've brought in a few sample resumes of some experienced candidates. Because I want you to be impartial, and to protect their identities, I have redacted the names of the organizations they have worked for. Please take a minute to look over their credentials. At the end, I will reveal their identities.

Candidate A

Age: 35


B.S., Economics, Harvard University, 1998, cum laude

Work Experience:

Goldman Sachs - Real Estate Finance 1999-2004

  • Helped to orchestrate controlling interest purchase of the XXXX XXXX, a Major League club
  • Worked in mergers and acquisitions and the Merchant Banking Division

XXXX XXXXX - Director of Strategic Planning, VP of Planning and Development 2004-2008

  • Initiated re-branding of club including new team nickname and new uniforms
  • Relocated a series of home games to XXXX in an effort to expand team brand across the state
  • Team enjoyed record retail merchandise sales, television and radio ratings, and internet hits as a result

XXXX XXXXX - Team President 2008-present

  • Won two division titles and won a league championship in the organization's first ever post-season experience
  • Ranked third in "best spenders" in all of sports by "Business Week"
  • Organization ranked in top three in all of sports in "affordability" and "best bang for buck" by ESPN
  • Named to the "Forty under 40" list by Street & Smith's Business Journal honoring top sports executives under the age of 40

Other Activities

  • Member of the XXX Baseball Foundation, the Hillsborough Education Foundation, and Starting Right, Now.
  • Chairman of XXXX Partnership's Council of Governors.

Candidate B

Age: 65


Alvin Community College (TX) - did not finish

Work Experience:

Major League Baseball - Pitcher 1966-1993

  • Eight-time All-Star, 324 career wins
  • Holds all-time strikeout records (5,714), threw a MLB-record seven no-hitters
  • Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999

XXXX XXXX - Special Assistant to the General Manager 1994-2004

  • Assisted in the club's baseball, marketing, and public relations activities
  • Organization reached its first ever post-season, winning three division titles in four years

XXXX XXXX - Special Assistant to the General Manager 2004-2009

  • Assisted the baseball operations staff in a variety of areas on the major and minor league level
  • Organization won its first ever league championship

XXXX XXXX - Chief Executive Office and Team President 2008-present

  • Organization won back-to-back league championships, the first two in its history
  • Club enjoyed the highest increase in attendance from 2008-2009
  • Club was named the Top Minor League Organization in baseball by Baseball America in 2012

Other Activities:

Owner, Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks, two of the most successful minor league baseball teams

Chairman of the Board, The Express Bank

Compensated Spokesman, Advil

Candidate C

Age: 45


B.A., University of Notre Dame, Business Administration, 1985

MBA, Duke University, 1992

Work Experience:

Price Waterhouse - 1985-1988

I.C.I./Fuller O'Brien Paints - 1988-1997

XXXX XXXX - Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 1997-1998

XXXX XXXX - Team President 1998-present

  • Ball club made four consecutive post-season appearances
  • Instrumental in land acquisition in XXXX for potential future stadium site
  • Named limited partner of organization in 2005
  • Named to the "Forty under 40" list by Street & Smith's Business Journal honoring top sports executives under the age of 40

Other activities:

  • Team President, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
  • Board of Trustees, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)
  • Board member, 2012 Summer Olympic Bid, San Francisco

Candidate D

Age: 52


B.A., Business Administration, Drury University, 1985

Work Experience:

Wal-Mart - Stockman, Assistant Manager 1980-1985

Video rental store/Jewelry retailer - Owner 1986-1993

Glass Enterprises Real Estate - Real Estate Developer - 1986-1993

XXXX XXXX - Baseball Operations Assistant - 1993-1996

XXXX XXXX - Assistant Director of Personnel - 1996

  • Coordinated and developed the Latin American program that netted stars like Carlos Febles, Jose Rosado, and Ambriorix Burgos

XXXX XXXX - Team President, 1997-present

  • Ball club enjoyed an 83 win season in 2003, their first winning season in almost a decade
  • Organization named Minor League Organization of the Year in 2011.

Other activities

  • Board member, XXXX XXXX baseball organization

A pretty impressive list of candidates, no? Let me know which one you think is the most qualified, then scroll down and I'll reveal the names of these accomplished Team Presidents.

Candidate A is Matthew Silverman of the Tampa Bay Rays

Candidate B is Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers

Candidate C is Michael Crowley of the Oakland Athletics

Candidate D is Dan Glass of the Kansas City Royals

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