have never met an enthusiastic failure,” says Ron Bremner, whom I
first met 35 years ago when he applied to work for a broadcast sales
organization I was associated with.
A graduate of Hillfield College in Hamilton, he was selling
insurance. Ron was a confirmed sports enthusiast, bordering on
having an addiction to sports. His family was made up of fervent
dyed-in-the-wool Tiger Cat fans. During the interview he exuded
confidence, determination and a maturity far beyond his early 20s. I
sensed that here was a young guy who was destined to achieve. He got
the job, and since that fateful day Ron has blazed a trail of
success across Canada and the U.S.
His credentials include radio station sales manager, radio station
manager, and president/CEO of BCTV, Vancouver, one of Canada's
leading TV stations. He was inducted into the broadcast Hall of Fame
in 1998. While at BCTV he was recruited by the Calgary Flames to
become president /CEO of the Flames and the Saddeldome.
During his five years there, the Flames set attendance and revenue
records while recruiting great players, many who are still there.
The Flames won in every category except the elusive Stanley Cup.
After five challenging years Ron was ready for a break. He and wife
Gail embarked on a two-year sabbatical, visiting a number of
countries. In 1994 Ron started the Gold Medal Consulting Group and
accepted an offer to be chairman of PSP in New York, one of North
America's top sports publications companies. Within a year Ron had
sold it at a good profit for the owner. Ron is currently CEO of
Insight Sports Ltd. (http://www.insightsports.com).
"The sports business is an exciting business,” he says. Many young
people want to get into it. But they have to remember that at the
end of the day the sports business is a business. Basic business
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