The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
The Perfect Game Foundation and Del have helped me tremendously in the past year. In April, they allowed me to attend the Orlando Magic Sales Combine which was a great learning experience into inside sales and throughout my job search process, Del has been a mentor who has helped put everything into perspective. Del also introduced me to important people in the industry like Pat Williams and Marci Doyle who have also been a tremendous help. Del’s commitment to being a mentor and helping those who desire to work in the industry shows and with the competitive nature of this industry, having a mentor like Del on your side is invaluable.
It is important to network and develop relationships. Take the time to speak with those in the industry, as anyone willing to take time out of their busy schedules to speak with you is a valuable resource to take advantage of. My internship came as a result of who I knew and who I met with.
"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).