SBD/September 9, 2010/Sports Industrialists

What I Like.... With Winstead PC Chair & CEO Denis Braham

Braham Has Worked With Clients Including Texans, Cowboys
In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, Winstead PC Chair & CEO DENIS BRAHAM, who leads the national sports practice for his law firm, working with clients that include the Cowboys, Texans and Chiefs. Winstead attorneys worked closely with the Cowboys as they pursued their new stadium, and the firm also represented bond insurers financing New Meadowlands Stadium. Braham also serves as general counsel for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and was lead counsel for the Houston Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee.

What I like as an insight: The key to any successful relationship, business or personal, is listening and making the effort to see the other person’s point of view.

An influential person in my career: My grandfather, who taught me core values, work ethic and the value of education.

A timeless idea: Work hard to succeed. It doesn’t come any other way.

A business deal: Helping BOB MCNAIR win the 32nd NFL franchise to put the Houston Texans on the field.

A sports facility: Cowboys Stadium and Reliant Stadium: two landmark projects.

A sports event: Super Bowl XLV: It will be quite an extravaganza.

A strategy: Build consensus to create a winning result.

A brand: Jaguar. It’s hard to beat a British icon.

A trend: Technology is making us think faster, respond more quickly and work harder. We need to be cautious that technology does not substitute for good due diligence.

An innovation: E-ticketing.

A pro league or team business initiative: Cowboys teaming with Yankees on Legends.

A story that bears watching: The Super Bowl at New Meadowlands Stadium (brrrrrrrrr).

An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Smartphones.

A fantasy job: Astronaut: very cool and great people.

What I like about my job: My clients and their multifaceted projects. Every day creates new challenges requiring innovative solutions.
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