Friday, April 20, 2012
Five Magical Seasons - Just The Beginning
We've won awards in professional sports for our in game entertainment. We've grown our attendance every single year since we started. Five years ago it was "Who are the Lake Erie Monsters" and now it is "Have you heard how much fun the Monsters games are?"
I'm sure there are many out there that still question who we are and what we are about. To those of you in that category I challenge you. Call me personally, any time, and I'll bring you out to a game. You will not be disappointed. I am a die hard, lifelong, Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians fan, but as I've mentioned there is something very special, something very different about coming to a Monsters game. Five years ago I couldn't have cared less about hockey and I had no interest in going to a game. But once you see this sport in person, and you feel the emotion and energy of the Monsters brand, you will wonder why you haven't been coming to these games since the beginning.
For me the last five years have meant so much more than wins and losses, sports, and far more than all the accolades and accomplishments that we have achieved. It has been about the journey. It has been about all those countless hours that our team has spent busting our asses to move this business forward, an inch at a time. It has been about all the times where we had to take two steps back to take one step forward. The two hour meetings where some of us left dejected, frustrated, crying, and wondering how we could possibly accomplish the goals we were tasked with. It has been about building a culture that makes this one of the most enjoyable and rewarding places to work anywhere in the world. A group of people that truly believe in each other, and believe in the vision of our organization.
We've made a lot of mistakes along the way. I've certainly made my fair share personally. But there is not a single thing that I regret or would take back if I had the chance. Success can't happen without first experiencing failure.
Posted by McBone at 11:05 PM