Dave’s leadership has created a host of accomplishments for him over the years, including running the world’s most prominent sports agency as the former CEO of Leigh Steinberg Sports and Entertainment and now Sports 1 Marketing, as its co-founder and CEO. He expresses four core principles of gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication in all his work and relationships with others, enabling him to thrive as a leader and mentor to countless individuals. As a leader, Dave dedicates time and energy to a variety of humanitarian causes and foundations, which earned him 2016 Sports Humanitarian of the Year from Variety Magazine. He is aware of the charitable potential he holds as a leader and, therefore, strives to give back every opportunity possible as a result. Dave’s efforts leading the Sports 1 Marketing team has yielded multiple awards and recognitions, including the International Business Awards’ Gold Stevie for Best Sports Mobile/Site App, 20th Best Entrepreneurial Company on the Entrepreneur 360 List, inclusion on the Inc. 5000 List, and was recognized by OC Business Journal as one of its Civic 50. His leadership style focuses largely around his four core principles, which are reflected in the company’s everyday culture and dynamic.
Dave’s mission in life is to empower people to empower others to be happy. The reason he spends so much time writing his best-selling books and speaking at events and engagements around the world is that he wants everybody to understand that happiness is the enjoyment of the pursuit of your potential. As part of his mission, Dave is a Chancellor for Junior Achievement Worldwide and has spoken at the mentorship group’s events across the world. His four core principles (gratitude, empathy, accountability, and effective communication) allow him to connect with others, giving them strategies and tools to develop a positive perspective on life. For example, Dave advocates saying “thank you” to start and end each day, as the easiest way to change your life for the better. He seeks to demonstrate that simple expressions of these core principles can make a large impact across countless aspects of one’s life.
Dave currently sits on the board of forty-four different charitable and local business organizations, including the Crescent Moon Foundation, Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, Unstoppable Foundation, the Transformational Leadership Council, OCTANE Business Incubator, and Athlete Network, among many others. Dave and Sports 1 Marketing have also successfully raised millions of dollars for charity, provides scholarships to dozens of needy students, and even support an entire village in Africa through their work with the Unstoppable Foundation. This is not his only global impact, as Dave is a Chancellor for Junior Achievement Worldwide, a youth organization which is dedicated to providing opportunity and mentorship. He has spoken at JA events in Europe and North America like their Global Leadership Conference and is currently prepping for a Caribbean JA excursion. Dave also runs his life and business coaching program, Meltzer Mission, which has affected the lives of thousands of people over the years.
Dave’s honesty is what I admire most about him. As one of his core values, honesty is valued and taught by Dave to all his employees (and everyone he interacts with). He teaches the positive effects of the truth in the aspects of business and life. One of Dave’s favorite sayings is, “The truth vibrates the fastest” out of everything in the universe, which is why the truth is at the forefront of every situation. He encourages everyone to live closer to the truth, often setting an example by illuminating his mistakes in the past and present.
A donation of that size would enable the Crescent Moon Foundation to expand the number of scholarships granted in the upcoming year. These scholarships are awarded to deserving young men and women in their pursuit of their potential, those who work to give back to their own communities. Money can often function as a barrier in the lives of many individuals hoping to attain their goals. Dave and his business partner Warren Moon are aware of this challenge that younger students face, which is why they have both made countless efforts to give back to address such issues and help elevate such people. The money would be used to provide opportunities to deserving students who demonstrate a commitment to their community, excel in leadership and academics, and exemplify need. There would likely be a donation to the Unstoppable Foundation as well, to help foster sustainable growth in developing areas of Africa. The Foundation provides economic opportunities, clean water, healthcare, food and nutrition, as well as schooling for children and families in need.
There just aren’t many CEOs who are built with the unstoppable drive to serve others, like Dave Meltzer is. He requires every project his company takes on to have a charitable component because of his belief in the importance of serving and empowering other people. Dave encourages everyone to operate from a position of abundance, rather than scarcity, believing that there is enough in the universe for everyone to be happy. He instills principles into the people he comes across which forever change their lives and empower them to be happy.