Thanks to those of you for coming to the blog … I started blogging regularly last Fall. It’s been fun thus far. Most of the blogs are focused on the passions in my life … Sports, Philanthropy, Education, Diversity, Family and Friends.
My background? I just left AOL this past Spring after a wonderful 14 years there. I’ve started my own strategic advisory firm, JLynn Associates, which is focused on Sports Marketing, Sports Media, Clubs / Athletes and Sports Retail.
My most recent position at AOL was as the Vice-President, Diversity Partnerships and Strategic Relationships — managing the 13 employee affinity groups and non-profit partnerships … my first 11 years at AOL were spent doing business development, strategic planning and account management for our Sports partnerships, including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, NHL, MLB, NFLPA, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, ABC Sports, WWF, STATS, SportsTicker, NTN, Rodale, etc.
I also teach two courses at Georgetown University. I’ve taught Sports Marketing Strategy, which is in the McDonough School of Business, for the past four years. I also just started co-teaching a graduate class, Sports Executive Leadership, the Sports Industry Management program.
I also work with over 10 non-profits, including the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Foundation, Asian-American LEAD, Giving Back Fund, Capitol Movement Project, Super Leaders, Year Up, Posse Foundation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, America’s Promise, etc. Other new ones include Greater DC Cares and the Case Foundation. My roles vary – either as a board member, advisory board member, mentor, connector, advisor, volunteer, etc.
Thanks for those of you that send comments and suggestions. I greatly appreciate the input – and it keeps me to keep doing this on a regular basis.
January 13, 2007 at 3:53 am
So, this is my first blog. Thanks one of my “social networking” co-workers, I’m up and running. It’s a rainy day in Washington, DC but at least it’s not that cold – otherwise, it’d be snowing.
I’m very much looking forward to the NFL play-offs this weekend, in particular the AFC games, which feature two great match-ups.
December 2, 2008 at 5:03 am
hey Jimmy, glad you posted this url on your FB page. I will be back often. I am thinking of some ways to donate my time to community programs here in Los Angeles. Its a new direction for me as I start to fight against free time with work but I am driven to do what I can at this point. I hope all is well with you. Happy belated Thanksgiving
December 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm
I am glad to say that I have known you and that I know you now.
I am proud to know the person that you have become, and of all the great work that you do. You are truly a credit to all the people that you support and know.
I love reading your blogs. As I work hard to do my part for my community in Florida, I hope that one day I can also be of service to you, doing the great work that you do in my hometown, Washington, D.C.
When things are tough, I read your blogs and they inspire me.
Take care. Hope to see you soon.
Sean Mahan, M.D.
January 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm
Jimmy – I really like your blog – this is tremendous…I saw Bankoff’s comment in Facebook and had to check it out….glad that you are doing well…Happy new year and be well..>SR
January 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm
As a former student I’m glad to see you still love teaching and your students are an engaged as ever. They are lucky to have someone like you who is so eager to share your knowledge and experience with them. Your class is extremely special in that it focuses on the world of sports btu really helps to tie everything we learn in 4 years together in an engaging and exciting context. Best wishes in 09′
Matt H MSB 07′
January 13, 2009 at 9:13 am
Thanks for the kind words. I really enjoy it when the students “get it” and appreciate the work we put it into it as well as the line-up of guest speakers we provide each semester. Also, each year, there are a handful of students that stand out for their class participation and follow-up. You were certainly one of the students that clearly stood out in ’07. Best of luck w/ your coaching career and other endeavors.
January 23, 2009 at 11:12 pm
Hi Jimmy – I found my way to your blog because your Inauguration Day post and mine both got pinged on someone else’s blog! Fascinating place, this blogosphere . . .
I laughed when I saw that you were in your 14th year at AOL. I thought wow, he started at the same time I did. THEN I realized that you started as an employee, I’m just a customer!
Anyway, I love reading the descriptions of peoples’ passionate reactions to this time in history. Thanks for sharing yours, and stop by my corner of the blog world any time . . .
May 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm
Jimmy: I am a GEICO associates and very please to see you in GEICO today (GEICO’s Asian-pacific American Heritage Month) but have no chance talk with you. Thanks your experience sharing and that is great.
June 17, 2009 at 9:20 am
I’m a reporter for Media Life, an online publication for media buyers and planners. I’m working on a story about WNBA jersey ad sales, and I wanted to see if you were available for an interview. You can reach me at email@example.com and we can set something up. Best, Toni
August 1, 2009 at 1:03 am
I was at the pageant also. Does the winner win on her overall points – being the most points? Someone at the pageant told me the contestants are ranked according to how the judges like them in all areas and that the point scoring does not apply to the final outcome. That seemed strange to me. So why would they have scoring if they are not using it to designate the winner??
September 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm
I Think you could bring Brazilian players to play in Us and help to the futebol over here grow. As you visited places like Buzios and Rio in Brazil you could find a lot of good talents that are not famous yet.
January 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Great blog, Happy New Year, glad you had a great time in Brazil. I look forward to seeing you in the Capstone classes this semester.
January 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm
Thanks, Amer. I’ll see you in class. Hope all is well with you.
January 14, 2010 at 2:37 am
It’s great to know that you blog!
January 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm
Thanks, Andy. Looking forward to a great semester. See you soon in class. Maybe I’ll blog someday about the Raiders?!
April 24, 2010 at 2:06 am
Just catching up on your happenings and really happy to hear your writings and hear of your non-profit work. Very involved with mine out here on the west coast and would love to catch up. Life’s a crazy ride and glad to turn a corner and see your name.
June 20, 2010 at 12:04 am
DJ- you have come quite a long way since Zama. i am very impressed. can you have Pete e-mail me?