Today, I had the pleasure of meeting David Brandon, albeit in a group setting. I went on an excursion trip put on by Domino's Pizza and UM's Career Center today and we met with a lot of people David has had a lot of influence over the last 11 years.
Here are just some observations I made about him and the place he runs, for those of you interested in our new AD.
- Man, he runs a really tight ship. Everyone we met with was very very enthusiastic, passionate, smart, well-spoken, and focused. Everyone had a very evident sense of ownership in the Domino's brand and understood their role.
- He sat down at talked with our group for about 45 minutes. He is, for lack of a better phrase, the man. I was able to ask him how he was able to build such a strong, focused team and how he was able to create a sense of ownership for everyone in the building. His response was that he "funds growth with talent" and that managing and cultivating the most talented environment is his main objective.
- He talked about leadership and "winners". He said that his favorite times to be in a leadership role is when the "shit is flying" and things are not going well. That is when you find out the qualities of the people around you. He made a specific reference to Rich Rodriguez in this role. I got the sense he is very, very confident in Rich.
- Some joker told him that he should "redshirt Devin" and his lighthearted, sarcastic response was, "Oh yeah, that's a new one. I haven't gotten any advice about the football team lately".
Overall it was a really good experience, and I have a lot of faith in him now that I've seen exactly how motivated his team and company is. He has surrounded himself with some excellent talent at Domino's and I'm excited for his tenure at Michigan.