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Get To Know: Lance Evans

Senior vice president, Sports | MGM Resorts

Lance Evans — Get To Know
Lance Evans, middle, with, from left, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jason Day.

Lance Evans, senior vice president, sports for MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, shares his thoughts on leadership, what advice he would give a younger him and his vintage extravagance.

The First Call: Briefly, describe what you do for a living.
Lance Evans: I oversee all sports-related business for MGM Resorts, including marketing strategy, events, partnerships, betting, experiential activations and related business, like corporate partnerships, group and premium sales.

TFC: What time do you wake in the morning, and what time do you typically start the workday?
LE: 6 a.m., wake and 9 a.m. work.

TFC: What are key elements to leadership or to being a good leader? 
LE: Listening and trust.

TFC: What changes, if any, have you made based on the events of the past year? 
LE: Too many to name.

TFC: What's the secret to your success?
LE: Prioritize and communicate.

TFC: Who is your role model?
LE: Not sure I have a role model, but I genuinely appreciate the style and decision-making of Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA.

TFC: Knowing what you know today, what professional advice would you give a younger you?
LE: Get an advanced degree (Masters, JD, etc.), Start your career in something you are passionate about and work smart.

TFC: What’s the last book you read?
LE: “Leaders Eat Last,” by Simon Sinek.

TFC: What’s the last movie you saw?
LE: At the theater? “F9”. At home? “Black Widow”.

TFC: What’s on your playlist?
LE: Depends on mood, but it leans to country.

TFC: What is your handicap index?
LE: 2.1.

When I’m not at work, you can find me …
LE: At my kids’ activities or on the golf course.

TFC: What is your greatest extravagance?
LE: My 1970 Ford Bronco … and an assortment of putters that can't seem to fit me right.

TFC: What was your path to the golf industry?
LE: Sponsoring athletes.

TFC: What are the favorite golf courses you have played?
LE: Augusta National, Cypress Point, Oakland Hills, Shadow Creek and Riviera.

TFC: Which golf courses do you belong to?
LE: Southern Highlands Country Club.