It has been a very fulfilling four (4) years working for Solar Entertainment as head of sales and marketing. We tried a lot of things. Some worked, some didn't. Solar certainly is much bigger now since 2005 when I first started but I've decided to accept an offer from another company so it's time to remember why Solar was such a great experience for me.
10. Great clients. I was able to work with many in the media and advertising industry who know their stuff and how the television business works.
9. Acquisition of the PBA. The process of winning a tv coverage bid and the continuing efforts to improve the league was very satisfying.
8. Great partners. You can't get any better than working with the NBA, the PBA, the IOC, the PGA, Top Rank, GMA7, IMG, and many others who were very professional in the way they handled things. It was also great to work closely with the sports media.
7. Olympic Experience. I was part of the team who brought the most comprehensive coverage to the Philippines and was able to generate the highest amount of sponsorships ever. The experience in Beijing was also priceless.
6. Covering the NBA Allstars and the China Games. The learnings of running a big time sporting event and being part of the on cam talent pool for the international coverage is something I will never forget.
5. Donaire/Viloria. To know that you can mount a world class sporting event gives a lot of satisfaction from what I was a part of in Solar.
4. Meeting NBA Superstars. Being able to interview the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Dwayne Wade along with many other NBA players was a dream come true.
3. Great Team. It was an honor to have worked with such a talented and competent group in Solar. I have made some very good friends along the way and that is something I will always be thankful for. From my bosses to the managers, the company is in good hands with visionaries and passionate people.
2. BTV. To conceptualize, launch, and implement Basketball TV was something I will always be proud of.
1. Manny Pacquiao. It was surreal to be right in the middle of the rise of the Pacman the last 4 years.
There were others that deserve mention including working on the 2006 World Cup coverage in the Philippines, producing and hosting In The Zone (ITZ) and conceptualizing Sports Desk along with pioneering the Philippine Collegiate Championships (and maybe even more stuff that escapes my memory at the moment) but I decided to limit it to 10 things.
It was certainly a packed four years!