Forty Under 40 memories: Howie Nuchow
Co-Head, CAA Sports
Member of the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame after being selected in 2003, 2007 and 2008 when he was an executive at Mandalay Sports Entertainment and CAA Sports.
What do you remember most about being named to Forty Under 40?
I remember having an incredible sense of pride when I opened the letter from the Sports Business Journal informing me that I had been selected to the list. I don’t think I have had a bigger smile on my face for something in my professional career than when I read those words. Being selected to the list had been one of my goals since reading the list the first year it came out and felt like it was going to be a goal beyond reach at the time.
What impact did it have on your career?
The award, which I received while working in Minor League Baseball, gave me the confidence that I might be able to succeed on another level.
What does being selected for Forty Under 40 mean for professional development of young executives?
For me, it was that extra boost in confidence, telling you that your work matters and you have made an impact on the industry. I think it gives you a moment to stop and take note of how many champions you need in your career to help you accomplish something like this. Hopefully, you will want to pay it forward to the next generation after recognizing that you can’t get there without having others rooting for your success.
Are there any other thoughts/memories about Forty Under 40 that you would like to share?
I loved when the awards class would get together for the picture. I enjoyed meeting the group of winners from the industry as I had appreciated the great work of so many. A lot of times, I was meeting these men and women for the first time and was able to tell them how big of a fan I was of their accomplishments. This helped forge relationships that I really have enjoyed over the years. I recall meeting Adam Helfant for the first time, when he was working at Nike, and I was extremely proud to share the award in 2003 with my cousin Ethan Orlinsky who won as an executive at Major League Baseball.