Those of you that know me have heard me talk about my friend Mike Metze. Let me tell you some background. When I first started in the stadium business nation(14 years ago), I was supposed to go to the University of Texas and meet with a local high school band director at X time and at X gate. Well, the band director was Mike Metze. I had no idea what I was doing and neither did he. But we figured it out in time.
He does not know this but he will now. You know those people that come in your life and you're not sure why but you're just glad they did? Well he is one of those people for me. I was 18 years old and I remember hating when the first season was over because I would not interact with my new friend for another year. So time rolls on and I learned my new friend had some entrepreneurialship in him. I have probably learned more from what he does not say than what he says. You would never know his age because he does not act it. You can tell how in love he is with his wife by the lack of comments he makes when a cute girl goes by.
Lots of little things like that I have watched for the past 14 years. He was the band director for the first nine years then he retired. I asked him to keep helping me. He is the only one that can handle that account. He also has been through all the girlfriends, different staff members, I have had - well I will just say he has been a great friend for 14 years and then through all the things that have gone on with me in that timeframe.
He never complains, never says he is tired, and is always willing to help. There have been times he had to get to the stadium at 5 AM and times he could not leave the stadium till 4 AM. Never a complaint. I think another reason I am drawn to him is he is very positive and solution oriented. I literally could not have grown my stadium business without him. I look forward to the next 14 years. Thank you for all your help, friendship, and humor. Check out www.mikemetze.com