2015-Friday, September 11th – Succession Planning – Lessons from the Athletic Field of Play



About Our Speaker


Joseph A. Bailey III, Managing Director

Joseph A. Bailey III is a Managing Director and the leader of RSR Partners Global Sports Practice. Mr. Bailey, who has extensive experience in the global sports industry as a leader, adviser and recruiter, was the CEO of the NFL Miami Dolphins Football Club, Dolphin Stadium and Dolphins Enterprises, Deputy Commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, COO of the World League/NFL, and VP of Administration of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Most recently, Mr. Bailey served as the Acting Commissioner of the Big East Conference on behalf of 21 university presidents.

Mr. Bailey has been a successful CEO who has led sport-oriented enterprises in the US and internationally. He has experience in virtually every facet of the business including strategic vision development and leading and building teams to launch, turn around, and grow complex businesses. Joe has a strong record for revenue and content creation and for driving culture change, workforce diversity, brand recognition and loyalty, business development, experiential marketing, and stadium and team operations. A thought leader on the future of leadership and global sport, Joe is a frequent speaker and media guest.

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Sport 360, Joe advised businesses in the global sport industry on strategies and tactics to maximize innovation and talent. He is a member of Duke’s Fuqua Center of Leadership and Ethics Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor for Duke Sports Medicine Feagin Program, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and member of the U.K.-based Beyond Sport Advisory Board. He also serves as a special advisor to an international Olympic committee and an international management consulting firm.

Prior to joining RSR Partners, Joe established a global sport leadership advisory group for an international leadership consulting firm. The Group advised on effective leadership and solving complex problems that involved vision, strategic alignment, general management/ execution and talent management. The practice served owners, boards, companies, associations, federations and government entities – all involved in the “global sport ecosystem.” The U.S. Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Major League Soccer and various private equity firms were clients.

In 2005, Joe was named CEO of Dolphins Enterprises where he was responsible for the NFL Miami Dolphins franchise, 75,000-seat Dolphin Stadium, and its 170-acre complex. As an agent of culture change, he combined customer service, cutting-edge technology, and entertainment to create the gold-standard guest experience coined “The Gateway to the Dream.” He also re-branded Dolphin Stadium as the “Stadium of the Americas.” All properties were sold in 2009 for $1.1 billion.

Before joining Dolphins Enterprises, Joe launched the Sport, Entertainment and Media practices for a premier global executive recruiting firm, where he established himself in leadership and talent management consulting and served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas, Houston, and flagship New York offices. Joe recruited for and consulted with the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Olympic sports organizations, cricket, rugby, and gaming. In nine years, he conducted more than 200 executive searches in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, India, and China.

Earlier, Joe owned a diversified, independent sport strategy consulting firm, where his work ultimately led to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association responsible for improving the economic viability of the $100 billion North American thoroughbred racing industry.

Prior to that, Joe co-founded and became the Chief Operating Officer of the World League/NFL, where he was responsible for launching and leading the first intercontinental American professional football league. The league operated successfully in five countries including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Spain.

Joe entered the sport industry with the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Over his 19-year tenure he held roles including player personnel, business manager, and eventually vice president of administration, and chief operating officer. Joe was a contributor to the long-running success of the Cowboys, created the “Americas Team” brand and negotiated all player contracts. During his tenure there the Cowboys won 13 divisional titles, five NFC titles, and two Super Bowl championships. In 1985 and again in 1989 Joe participated in the sale of the team and stadium, the latter representing the largest transaction in sport history at that time.

Joe has held numerous board positions with for-profit and philanthropic organizations. He is a frequent media guest speaker on “Leadership and the Future of Global Sport.” Additionally, he has been a frequent speaker and media guest on national and international television, radio, and online programs. The Sporting News called him “the most influential executive recruiter in sport” and included Joe on its list of “The 100 Most Powerful People.”

Joe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He and his wife, Charlotte, live in New York, New York and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Meeting Details:
Time: Friday, September 11, 7:00 – 9:00am
Location: Umstead Hotel and Spa
Includes breakfast and networking time
Attendance/Membership: The most senior HR leaders in the Triangle, by invitation only.

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