Enter the Miami Dolphins Business Combine. Kaleb Thornhill, the Dolphins Director of Player Engagement, had spent the last few months curating an extensive player learning experience headed by Mr. Stephen Ross. Players spend the week broken up between three sectors: Related, RSE Ventures, and Blink Fitness. Speaking to CEO's, COO's, and Presidents about their companies. This is where I find myself early Monday morning, listening to plans for Hudson Yards overseen by Mr. Ross.
I chose to take on RSE Ventures, being interested in brand building and business development, what better way to learn than to hear from people like Matt Higgins, Co-Founder and CEO of RSE Ventures or Gary Vaynerchuk, Founder and CEO of VaynerMedia. This was my time to immerse myself in curiosity, where I can gain insight from companies I knew nothing about. Established people like Charlie Stillitano spoke on the business of soccer while Jen Ross and Christina Ros Blankfein, young owners of BeMixed, told us how they used creative ways to get people to try their products. Peering into these companies while receiving first hand advice has given me the tools to take my own ideas through a rigorous vetting process.
Perhaps the biggest lesson from this eclectic group was their common denominator, resiliency.