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David M. Zubrzycki

Operations Management | Deep People & Performance Focus

CORE LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Business Continuity

Workflow Management

Stakeholder Engagement

Event Logistics

Brand Integrity

Broadcast Media

Tactical Problem-Solving

Public Speaking & Presentations

Communicating Strategy

Process/Policy Best Practices

CAREER OVERVIEW

Mission-driven professional with 20+ year record of success in sports and entertainment, media industry. Potent leadership style employs "get it done" sense of urgency approach to drive operational efficiencies and conquer complex business challenges.

Progressive career trajectory includes 4 promotions attributed to laser focus on 3 key principles:

  • Mature Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Accountability

IMPACT: Strategic thinker with execution-focused mindset, history of capitalizing on opportunities to sharpen performance. Polished, confident communicator, consensus builder championing culture and engagement.

CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION: Reputed for interpersonal expertise, mentoring, high-performance teaming. Curbed talent flight. Anchored employee retention at 90%.

“When it came time to navigate the NBA through a major event (like the NBA Finals), Dave was clearly at his best. His vast experience and leadership was always a huge key to our success.” SVP, NBA Entertainment (LinkedIn Extract)

CAREER PROGRESSION & PERFORMANCE

Studio Production Manager, reporting to SVP, Operations & Engineering

MLB Network/NHL Network, Secaucus, NJ                                       April 2013 – Present

Award-winning TV networks devoted to live game telecasts, original/special event programming, highlights, analysis.

Hired to work lockstep with show directors, production, technical, engineering teams. Encourage collaboration, spearhead solutions, orchestrate workflow, command respect of >45 freelance personnel daily in ever-changing live TV environment. Implement contingency plans with calm, systematic approach.

Seized operations linchpin role marshaling immediate resources for breaking news, pre-tapes, talkbacks, demos. Freed up overburdened Manager, Studios Operations to zero in on special event planning, short and long-term strategic crewing, budgeting.

◆Defined crew schedules across a multi-shift operation yielding strong increases in operational efficiency during 10-16 hours of LIVE in-season programming.

Shouldered studio operations integration with >20 member senior production team. Sharply boosted collaboration via informal, formal needs analysis. Strengthened camaraderie, trust.

Mobilized resources (staff, lighting, props) for tech checks, show rehearsals. Set stage for flawless execution against highest industry standards in programming, production, presentation excellence.

Two-time Sports Emmy Award recipient (Outstanding Technical Team Studio). Honor bestowed in recognition of excellence in sports TV programming among industry peers ESPN, FOX, TNT, NFL.

Senior Director (October 2001–July 2011)                                                                           Director (October 1999–October 2001)                                                                             Operations Manager (October 1996–October 1999)

NBA Entertainment, Secaucus, NJ                                                                                                  Media company that manages NBA, WNBA, G League TV, film, music, digital media, photos, footage licensing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rose through ranks providing senior-level leadership in multi-faceted positions linking employee, vendor, client relations, operational streamlining. Key senior management liaison on multiple steering committees, tentpole event working groups. Reported to Senior Vice-President.

NBA EVENTS SNAPSHOT

NBA All-Star Weekends (1994-2011)

NBA Finals (1992-2011)

NBA Global Games (2006, 2007, 2010).

Took on pre-planning logistics reins for >10 domestic, international NBA/WNBA/USA Basketball events per year. Assignment Desk lead to NBA Events for lodging, meeting space, catering, IT infrastructure. On-site troubleshooter

Facilitated prudent strategic, business, operational planning steering credible insights, counsel, value added recommendations to senior management.

Jump-started soured internal relationships to halt years of interdepartmental friction. Ramped-up networking efforts, revived essential communication pipelines. Within 3 years, all but eliminated entrenched us versus them staff mentality.

Tightened compliance controls. Counseled 6 core business units to meet aggressive, overlapping event deadlines. Achieved 100% compliance >10 years.

Fueled cultural change efforts restoring fiscal responsibility. Slashed carefree event spending, enforced revised financial protocols, despite staff’s intense resistance to change.

Authorized $200K in purchase orders annually, ushering in new accountability culture in budget management, planning, forecasting, financial transparency.

Saved $144K annually in staff retraining costs. Overcame high industry turnover challenge. Built success culture through employee engagement, won loyalty.

EDUCATION

Mini-MBA Business Essentials- Rutgers University

BA in Communications- Rowan University (Cum Laude)

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m consciously aware of the “leadership shadow” that I cast upon others and act in accordance with my values. I strive to be consistent in my leadership position: passion, operational efficiency, performance excellence, lifelong learner.