Today was my last day at AOL. It’s been a terrific 14-year run. I feel blessed and fortunate to have worked at such a great company. Yes, we’ve been taking heat from a lot of people over the past years, but I take great pride in being a part of the AOL family.
I’m leaving to launch my own relationship management agency — JLynn Associates, focused on Sports and Entertainment. A vast majority of time was spent in Business Development and Account Management for AOL’s numerous strategic sports partnerships, including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, NHL, WNBA, Turner Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, ABC Sports, WWF, PGA, Athlete Direct, STATS, SportsTicker, NTN, etc.
I feel like it’s now time to better leverage my sports rolodex — so after discussing this at length with my group of advisers and confidantes, it’s time to move on. Plus, I’ve worked at major media companies for nearly 20 years now — I’m interested in trying something new and different.
I have so many wonderful memories from my AOL days. Yes, I was fortunate to attend Super Bowls, World Series, NBA All-Star Games, NBA Finals, Olympics, World Cups, Stanley Cups, NASCAR races, etc. And, I very much enjoyed the past couple of years working on our Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
My key takeaway is the people I met — I was fortunate to work with so many terrific and talented people. I met one of my primary mentors in life at AOL — and I’ve mentored over 40 co-workers over the years. And, I’ve met many friends who are and will continue to be life-long friends. Also, a large number of former clients have also become very good friends.
My nickname, at various times, was the “Mayor” of the AOL campus and “Mayor” of the sports industry. Yes, I’m a people person. But, it’s because I was surrounded by so many terrific people at both AOL and within the sports industry.
Thus, I owe a deep debt of gratitude to AOL. I’m proud to be a 14-year veteran of AOL and will continue to be a member of the AOL family for life. I wish my colleagues there tremendous success. And, I look forward to connecting with and working with some of my former co-workers.
Thank you, AOL, you have made such a large, positive influence in my life. I would mention names of people that positively impacted me, but that list would be far too long and I wouldn’t want to leave anyone off the list.
It’s been a roller-coaster ride … from being the third-ranked online service provider when I joined … to acquiring the largest media company in the world a few years down the road … to the ups and downs over the past decade. But, it’s been well worth the ride … and I leave the campus today with enormous pride and joy. It’s all good. Peace.
March 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm
Best of luck, Jimmy 🙂 Hope all is well!
March 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Congrats on the next phase of your career, Jimmy!
March 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm
That is so wonderful Jimmy! Congratulations on your new endeavor. I won’t wish you luck, I know you’ll do well.
March 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm
Big news. Good luck Jimmy! Wishing you much success with your new venture.
March 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm
Jimmy — congrats on the new gig. Sounds like it’s right up your alley. Too bad today is your last day, as I’m actually coming to Dulles next week to resume my monthly trips back to the mother ship (yes, I am working remotely from Chicago).
Keep in touch and give me a ring if you are out this way, as we have great sports connections in the Windy City!
Would love to catch up one day soon….Kent DeCesare
March 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Whoa! Jimmy! You were still there? You may be the Mayor of Sportsville, but you’ll always be a rock star to me.
March 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm
You my friend will be very successful with your new venture! I am happy to hear about it and am very excited for you.
March 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm
Many congrats…I hope our paths continue to cross in the future!
March 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm
Congrats, Jimmy. I’m sure you’ll be a phenomenal success!
March 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm
Congrats, Jimmy. All the best in your new endeavor. I look forward to hearing about its success!
March 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm
Jimmy – all the best in your new venture – I have no doubt that you’ll be doing more great things.
March 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm
Congrats and best of luck Jimmy! I think it’s an awesome move and you’ve got nothing but greatness coming your way. Cheers!
March 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Wish you all the best Jimmy …. Hope your new venture brings you to South Florida soon 🙂
March 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm
Will be curious to see what comes next!
March 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm
And just think, I knew you when you had only been there 4 years. Congrats
March 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm
whatever you do Jimmy, it will be done well. May God put wind in your sails as you launch this new adventure.
March 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Congrats and best of luck with your new venture! You are the major, I agree ;0) Everyone in this field knows Jimmy Lynn.
March 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm
Congrats and what exciting news. Wishing you nothing but success in your new gig, but I know you’ll rock the sports industry out on your own. Don’t be a stranger if you come up to NYC– we miss you!
March 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Congratulations, Jimmy. There is life after AOL, and it sounds like you’re going to do great! Let’s do lunch, again. My turn to buy. 🙂
March 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm
Congrats and best wishes … I have no doubt a great new chapter is ahead for you!
March 21, 2009 at 6:26 am
This is big Jimmy, very exciting. You are going to do great! Wishing you all the best.
March 21, 2009 at 10:41 am
You are the “Mayor”. You have always been someone with tremendous integrity and honesty. It has always been a pleasure working with you and becoming your friend.
AOL will not be the same without you. I’m confident that you will do quite well during this next phase.
March 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm
Congrats Jimmy! I’m sure you’ll be missed. Wishing you all the best.
March 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm
Welcome to the world of self-employed! Best of luck in your new endeavor, Jimmy!
March 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm
Those press conference we did with the NFL coaches were very fun! Good luck! Margaret
March 30, 2009 at 9:53 am
Hey Judge — There’s always someone who’s late in getting the word. In this case,it’s I! But I’m sendiingmy best wishes for your complete success in your new endeavor. Please keep me posted.
April 1, 2009 at 9:35 pm
Welcome to the roller coaster world of the small business person and entrepreneur. There are plenty of thrills and chills.
Hope that we can find something on which we could team up! And, you know I’m hear if you need anything!
All the best. I’m sure that soon I’ll be seeing you talk about your business success story with other entrepreneurs on The Big Idea TV show.