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Volume 22 No. 19
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Kevin Warren: Always a mentor

What others are saying about the Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer

Chris Cooper

Vice President, Football Administration, Cleveland Browns

 

“I learned a lot from Kevin, but the one thing that still resonates the most is his willingness to open his door to a young and inexperienced kid like myself. He did more than just give me access, he asked for and valued my opinion and input and treated me as if I were a valuable member of the team from the minute I walked in the door. As much as Kevin’s success is due to his drive and intelligence, he taught me — through his actions — that humility, compassion and respecting others are just as important, if not more so.”

 

 

Jason Cohen

General Counsel, Dallas Cowboys

 

“He has that rare blend of book smarts and street smarts, can just as easily navigate the board room as he can navigate the locker room. … I worked with Kevin, as he would say, not for Kevin. … He was always encouraging my point of view even if I had nothing substantive to share. He was an open book and challenged me to find the why in the deal, not just the how. He spent so much time mentoring me and others that it’s no surprise there’s so many successful sports executives that have branched off Kevin’s tree.”

 

 

Ahron Cohen

President & CEO, Arizona Coyotes

 

“There are so many things I’ve learned from Kevin, such as impeccable attention to detail, creative problem-solving, perseverance, dedicated leadership and humility, to name just a few. The one characteristic that stands out above all others and the thing I strive to emulate the most is how much Kevin genuinely cares for others and how he uses his position with the Vikings to meaningfully impact his community and make it a better place to live. I firmly believe that Kevin’s infectious ability to make a positive difference in so many peoples’ lives is a significant reason why the Vikings have become one of the model sports franchises.”

 

 

Kieron Frazier

Associate, Greenberg Traurig

 

“Kevin Warren has been a mentor and a second father in a lot of capacities. He has taught me diligent work ethic, he has fostered my growth regarding confidence and integrity. He has taught me to be a team player. He taught me that the only bad question is the question not asked. He has taught me and continues to encourage me to constantly challenge myself in all areas of my life personally and professionally, to never be content, complacent or satisfied with being an average father, attorney, supervisor or employee. To continuously work towards becoming the best person I can be in all that I do at all times.”

 

 

Steve Argeris

Vice President & General Counsel, Carolina Panthers

 

“Kevin sees the big picture as well as anyone in the league, and knows where things are headed faster than anyone. His vision for the Vikings has made everything they do a standard-setter; they’re as well-regarded as it gets. When you’re looking for best practices or solving the difficult problems that clubs face, more often than not you’re going to seek out advice from Kevin or his staff. The scale of the franchise’s ambition and achievements under Kevin is incredible.”