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Leaving time to fish

Don Garber admits he’s not a morning person. He rarely rises before dawn and he usually gets into the office around 9 or 9:30 a.m. His energy increases as the day goes on, and he doesn’t leave the office until around 7 or 7:30 p.m.

On his way home, he often squeezes in calls to owners like Joe Roth, who says he feels like every conversation, “no matter how important,” always occurs as Garber is headed for the tunnel between New York and his home in New Jersey. Once home, Garber spends time with his wife and 17-year old son before capping off the day with work and e-mail until midnight.

Despite the demands of the job, Garber tries to make time for other things. On a recent weekend, he capped off a daylong trip to Philadelphia with FC Barcelona CEO Joan LaPorta by meeting his wife, brother, sister and respective spouses in New York’s meatpacking district for dinner.

That Sunday, he visited the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx with his wife and then drove to a farm he and several friends own in western New Jersey. They have a fly-fishing club on the farm and Garber, an avid angler, tries to fish for trout there at least once a week.

“He has unbelievable energy,” said his wife, Betsy. “He’s always on the go.”

— Tripp Mickle

For an hour-by-hour look at a recent work day for Garber, click here.
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