SBD/August 18, 2011/People and Pop Culture
What I Like.... With TaylorMade-adidas Golf President & CEO Mark King
Published August 18, 2011
one done on the golf course
What I like in an insight: The only secret to life: Get up early, work hard, take responsibility.
An influential person in my career: Former boss CHUCK YASH. He challenged me to do more!
An out-of-the-box idea: Painting a driver white.
A timeless idea: Treat people fairly.
A business deal: Any that is done on the golf course.
A sports facility: Lambeau Field.
A sports event: Watching my daughters play softball.
A strategy: Speed. I'd rather be fast and wrong than slow and right.
A hire: My assistant that I hired 11 years ago.
A brand: adidas.
A trend: The way people consume information.
An innovation: Original r7 driver, the first to incorporate movable weight technology.
A pro league or team business initiative: MLB: my favorite pastime.
A story that bears watching: "Lombardi" -- so inspiring!
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: The remote control.
A fantasy job: A cabdriver in Chicago or New York City.
What I like about my job: Being surrounded by talented and passionate people from all over the world.
Sports: I like everything about sports: entertainment, excitement, competition, fun!
Sports business: I get to work in an industry I love.
Sports media: I love the storytelling and how they can romanticize. Especially golf and baseball.
Sports technology: The impact that advancements in technology have had on performance.
Competing: Someone wins, someone loses.
The future of sports business: Incredible growth fueled by new media.
Sports fans: How crazy they are!
What I'd like to change: Airline service. I just want someone to care!
Change in what I do: Relax a little bit.
See: Fenway Park.
See more of in sports: More selfless athletes who use their fame for a positive influence.
See less of in sports: Annoying commentators. Let the moment happen!
See more of in sports business: Authenticity.
See less of in sports business: Dishonesty.
Eliminate: The goalie in soccer.
What I don't like in general: People who are late.
Pet peeve: People chomping on food.
In sports: Instant replay.
In business: Marketing spin. I hate when brands mislead the consumer.
About sports fans: How inconsistent they are. Love your team, win or lose.
What I like that would surprise those who know me: I go to bed at 8:30pm.
Above all else: My daughters.
About myself: Still passionate about my job and industry I started in 25 years ago.
Heroes: VINCE LOMBARDI, my mom, my daughters.
Players: WAYNE GRETZKY, BRETT FAVRE, MAGIC JOHNSON.
Teams: Green Bay Packers.
Possession: Baseball glove.
Memento: Favre jersey.
Time of year (because): Fall. Football.
Book: "Golf in the Kingdom," by MICHAEL MURPHY.
Author: JAMES PATTERSON.
Magazine: Sports Illustrated.
Gadget: Wine opener.
iPad app: iTunes.
Chores: Doing laundry. Hey, I don't mind it.
Hobbies: Jogging, watching ESPN and (of course) golf.
Movie: "Tommy Boy."
TV: Fox News.
Concert: JOHN DENVER.
Food: Pizza, hamburgers.
Dessert: Ice cream.
Drink: Coffee, and lots of it.
Scent: Bratwursts grilling on football Sundays.
Vacation spot: Pebble Beach.
Singer: ZAC BROWN.
Quote: "Don't confuse activity with achievement" -- JOHN WOODEN.