Come get to know the World Surf League's CEO!
Bloomberg Business is, like, the holy grail of business news. Founder Michael Bloomberg was once mayor of New York City and outlawed big sugary drinks. The publication, both in print and online, features investment plans, money stuff, and people who make money. Also, Paul Speaker, CEO of the WSL.
He was featured in the “HOW DID I GET HERE?” segment and here are some quotes:
“I was class vice president, editor of the yearbook and newspaper, and head of the float and prom committees. I played football, basketball, track, and some baseball.”
“They’d done some official Olympic winter sports videos. I wrote them letters saying I could ski backward and hold a camera.”
“I was an economics major. I loved the people but could not wait to go make money.”
“I worked on Super Mario Bros. for 18 months. It was a game changer for me.”
“Everybody would be like, ‘Oh great, the idea guy’s here. Let’s let him come up with some ideas.’ I was 29 and didn’t know it was a stupid title.”
“I saw that the surf tour needed help, so I flew to Australia to meet with the board of the Association of Surfing Professionals. It was almost a year of negotiation.”
“We’re the governing body of professional surfing—we changed the name to WSL last year—from junior programs up to our world championship tour. It’s incredible fun.”
Which is your favorite? I like the part about incredible fun.
I also like how handsome he was in high school.
Go HERE for a complete timeline of the man’s career and inspiration like, “Know when to adjust and when to stay the course.”
P.S. Do you know what snowboarders call it when skiers ski backward?