Dynamic, numerous, and pushed are some phrases that come to mind whilst trying to describe Erick Haskell, COO of Greater China for the Adidas Group. But, reality is, even these formidable adjectives do now not do justice nor come near painting the collective picture of this accomplished, properly-traveled family guy. Furthermore, his unique method to life and enterprise hobbies has caused success at every of his domestic and foreign places stops.
Mr. Haskell best summarized his power and approach to lifestyles during the last 30 years, recalling a quote from his fourth grade instructor, Mr. Christensen:
“You can in no way get lower back a wasted moment.”
And his lifestyles and profession surely encompass this easy, yet profound, motto.
Born in Silicon Valley, Erick Haskell grew up in Southern California. After a brief return to Northern California and a stop in Omaha, he went to school near Denver. He attended George Washington University for his undergrad, George Mason University for a Master’s in International Trade and Finance, and The University of Chicago for a Master’s in Business Administration. His profession has visible stops in Washington, Minneapolis, San Juan, Miami, San Francisco, Phoenix, Tianjin, and Shanghai. He has spent a great deal of his career cultivating and furthering commercial enterprise pastimes across the globe, and extra in particular in Latin America and the Far East (China).
Oh, and did I point out that he also runs marathons. So apropos. In truth he recently ran his private pleasant in Beijing (2:fifty nine, however who is counting), and he’s education for the 2012 Boston marathon. From stocking cabinets to powering begin-up corporations to dealing with commercial enterprise traces and serving as CFO or COO for 3 organizations, Erick has a wealth of revel in and diversity.
And the story isn’t always over. Not even near. Erick is moving ahead at complete throttle, not wanting to waste a single second.
In the interview under, Erick Haskell and I speak business and existence in China, profession range, and work overseas, amongst other topics. Enjoy.
Andrew Nyquist: What did you do for a laugh developing up? And are you able to proportion some reminiscences?
Erick Haskell: As a child, all I cared approximately became sports activities. Although I performed clearly every game at some point, my real love became baseball. Growing up in Southern California, we should play 12 months round and would do so absolutely every day till the solar went down. I turned into the captain of my high faculty baseball group in Colorado, where we nearly won a nation championship.
Andrew: Do you have a favourite sports crew(s)?
Erick: My favored sports teams are a reflection of the various movements that I have finished through the years. I am a large supporter of the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls, and San Francisco Giants.
Andrew: What turned into your first job in high faculty? And first process out of college?
Erick: Perhaps presaging my future profession in retail and customer goods, my first task in excessive faculty become stocking the cabinets within the toy branch at the Target in Littleton, Colorado.
Out of college, I turned into very lucky to enroll in an modern start-up organization referred to as Seed Capital Development Fund, which become one of the pioneers in microfinance. Although microfinance is pretty properly recognized now, it become absolutely unparalleled within the early 1990’s. We specialized in making investments in economic institutions in Latin America that during turn lent money to terrible marketers. It served as a extraordinary foundation for the rest of my profession.
Andrew: When did you make a decision on your modern profession or arena of interest, and how did that come approximately?
Erick: Ever considering a month-long backpacking trip across Europe at the trains following my high faculty graduation, I’ve had the choice to live and paintings distant places. I revel in travelling, seeing new places, and mastering about new cultures.