While catching up with my Tampa Bay Business Journal reading, I found this blurb by editor Alexis Muellner:
Entering the 2015 season, the Tampa Bay Rays front office staff has representatives on a combined total of 52 charitable advisory/foundation boards in the Tampa Bay area. Those organizations are focused on issues involving education, arts and culture, health/wellness, economic development, education, sports/recreation and tourism. Rick Vaughn, the Rays’ VP of Communications, shared those details with me.
According to their website, the Rays front office consists of 193 people. This includes broadcasters, ticket sales, senior front office, and everyone in between. While executives are probably members of high profile boards, less experienced employees may be board members of young professional groups or charity organizations. So we can’t say any personnel aren’t “qualified” to be board members.
Regardless of who and the prestige of their organization, that 27% of all front office employees are in community leadership positions is a good thing. Involvement is good for the brand, the culture, and the community.