Whenever Tim Mead’s name is mentioned, the same responses always comes up. “A great guy, what a nice person. Always takes the time to talk to me.” Tim Mead is the vice president of Communications for the Los Angeles Angels. As the 2009 Major League Baseball Season gets ready to begin, I thought it was a good time to feature our weekly 10 Topics with Tim.
Name: Tim Mead
Title: Vice-President, Communications
Team/Organization: Los Angeles Angels
Years with Organization: 30th season, 29th full-time
- Describe your position’s current responsibilities.
I am presently in charge of Media Relations, Broadcasting and Community Relations, as well as oversee the Publications Director.
- Tell us about your first job in sports.
The Angels were actually my first job in professional sports. I joined the organization as an intern in 1980 after three attempts. I was eventually ”hired” in June of 1980. After concluding my internship, I was told there would not be an opportunity to return in 1981. However, as the result of an opening in Stadium Operations in January, 1981, I was hired by the organization. Two days later a secretary in PR resigned, I was transferred to that position and the rest, as they say, is history.
- What was best advice ever received?
Preston Gomez once told me to “Look, Learn and Observe.” I continue to do that to this day. I also heard Gene Mauch tell one of my bosses, “Don’t tell me it cannot get done. Find a way to get it done.” I have not forgotten that either. He was not being mean-spirited, rather he was emphasizing the point hat certainly what he was asking was difficult at the outset, but it could be accomplished.
- What sports memory are you most fond of telling to others?
Obviously winning the World Series in 2002 and having to come back from a 3-2 deficit and winning Game Seven at home to do it was incredible. But as much as I would like to say the games and performances are the biggest stories, I would say that the friendships with the players as individuals and how they have sustained through the years is perhaps as meaningful to me as anything.
- Describe the area(s) of opportunity for growth in your business.
Success on the field breeds countless opportunities for the organization in so many areas such as sponsorship, broadcasting, Community Relations endeavors, etc. I believe that during these tough economic times we simply need to get better at what we already do well!
- What are the biggest challenges that face your business today?
As is the case with most industries around the country, and perhaps even the world, economics is the most difficult. We need to continue to be a very consistent and stable organization, something I think our owner has put us in the position of accomplishing.
- What is the best way to get a full time job in your sport?
I believe there is very little opportunities greater than an internship. Practical application and experience opens countless doors and enhances one’s growing network. Most of these jobs are rarely advertised, and difficult to attain. The more exposure one can create within the organization, the better the opportunities. Also, DO NOT give up your pursuit.
- How has this business changed in the last five years?
Two of the bigger changes involve the ever-changing media world and the reduction of newspapers, along with the increase of electronic press such as websites, bloggers, etc. Traditional media is fading. The other change that is impacting all of sports and entertainment is the involvement of the secondary ticket market and its impact on ticket pricing, purchasing and availability.
- What are the kinds of things do you look for in an employee?
Loyalty, work ethic, dedication, the ability to multi-task, personality and perhaps above all – passion!
- Finish this sentence. If I had to do it all over again, I would start by…..
hoping I had the opportunity to repeat what happened the first time around!