It’s been rewarding for us to recognize Learfield Legends – employees who consistently perform at a high level and who exemplify the company’s high expectation for delivering outstanding customer service while upholding our core values. Legends are nominated by others from within the company and demonstrate proficiency in responding to customer needs and finding solutions for improving company performance.
Eleven outstanding individuals have been recognized as Legends since program inception in 2011 (in alpha order): Doug Bax (VP-National Sales, Midwest); Jim Carabin (General Manager, Crimson Tide Sports Marketing for University of Alabama); Mike Cornelius (Business Manager-Accounting/HR); Anita Debo (Director-Business Development for Hawkeye Sports Properties for University of Iowa); Sandy Dulle (Benefits Administrator-Accounting/HR); Roger Gardner (who joined Learfield in 1982 while a student at Mizzou); Georgia Musterman (Receptionist-Jefferson City HQ); Keith Sampson (Executive Producer, Broadcast Operations); Pam Smith (Help Desk Manager-IT Group) and Barry Spiegelberg (former Associate GM for Beaver Sports Properties supporting Oregon State).
Additionally, the late Charlie Peters, VP Technical Operations and Chief Engineer, was named a Legend in 2014, the same year of his untimely death. Peters began his 30-year Learfield career in 1984, and in 2015, Learfield renamed its operations center in Jefferson City, Mo. as a tribute to his dedication to the company over three decades. The Charlie Peters Operations Center serves as the hub of Learfield’s radio broadcasts nationwide, providing production, distribution and technical support for over 100 collegiate partners across the U.S. and is a meaningful reminder of his legacy with us.
In order to give you a look in, see how we honored Keith Sampson in our Plano headquarters (and then his return to Jefferson City, Mo. offices). He was our most recent Legend, awarded in March 2017, with presentation by our President & CEO Greg Brown. He actually recruited and hired Keith 28 years ago!