David Highmark’s Top 4 Sports Highlights
As the president of sports management for FineMark Bank, David Highmark helps professional athletes achieve their financial goals. An athlete himself, David’s life has woven together his love of both sports and business for more than 30 years. Here, he shares four of his most memorable highlights.
# 1 Fulfilling a Dream
Despite throwing seven no-hitters in high school (still a state record in Indiana, I believe) and having scouts at all my games during my senior year, academics we always the priority in my family so I never considered a professional contract and opted instead to attend college at Dartmouth. Playing pro ball was always my ultimate sports dream, however, and nothing will ever top being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles after my junior year at Dartmouth. Unfortunately, a torn rotator cuff ended the dream the spring training following my rookie year, and it was officially time to get a “real job.”
# 2 Working for a Legend
After graduate school, I went to work for two years as an assistant athletic director at the University of Miami under the legendary Pete Elliott, who coached football at Oklahoma, Nebraska, Cal and Illinois. Pete was probably my favorite human being of all time. He was genuine, thoughtful, charismatic and lit up a room. He later went on to coach with Bud Wilkinson with the St. Louis (football) Cardinals before ending his career as the executive director of the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
#3 Breaking the Curse
Although we grew up in Indiana our entire family were Red Sox fans. Two of my favorite athlete clients played on the 2004 and 2013 World Series championship teams and were major contributors during those championship seasons. Not only was I thrilled to see the Red Sox end the long drought of years without a championship, I was even more excited to see my friends be a big part of baseball history!
# 4 Living the Ups and Downs
Having over 170 clients competing year-round allows me something to tune in to almost every day. From hoping they make the cut at a golf tournament to baseball players striking out three times only to drive in the game-winning run to winning a Grand Slam tennis title and everything in between, I am constantly rejoicing over their triumphs and agonizing over their defeats. It’s equal parts exhilarating and draining, but always worth it, as these aren’t just clients—they are my friends.