By: Ashvin Nagarajan
On January 16, Brandon Steiner, Founder and CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, visited James Caldwell High School seniors to give a motivational talk and model a TED Talk for the upcoming Senior 20 presentations. He shared anecdotes and life lessons that helped him go from selling newspapers at the age of 10 to owning a company with over 100 employees and worth well over $50 million. Mr. Steiner addressed the monumental changes that would soon befall seniors after graduation, and he provided suggestions to help students make the most out of the transition.
Following the talk, a few students had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Steiner personally about career choices and advice for the future. In the dozens of assemblies I have attended, I cannot recall another speaker who has stayed behind to field questions and has taken a genuine interest in the futures of our students. These are the type of presentations that truly make an impact within the student body and inspire students to uncover their purpose.
Some of the many positive comments regarding the assembly are presented below:
“I enjoyed seeing Mr. Steiner speak. Seeing how he founded this renowned company with nothing but hard work and a few good ideas was inspiring, and as a sports fan it was really cool to be in the same room as someone who has had such a big impact on the industry and changed how fans interact with the game forever.” – Kevin Perry
“He was a pretty witty and innovative businessman and I respect his attitude about working hard while staying connected with friends and family. I have a lot of his company’s memorabilia and his idea for capturing moments for people really shines with his products so I’d consider him a success.” – Alex Rosa
“He was really personable and it was a great way for people to see firsthand that you don’t need to be the smartest person in the world in order to be successful – it just takes hard work and creativity. He came from nothing, became something, and shared with us the most important things he learned.” – Julie Schmidt