Jim Lites, president and CEO of the Dallas Stars hockey team, enjoys the reputation of being one of the finest administrators in professional sports.
He is responsible for all aspects of the Dallas Stars and the team's business operations, and he reports directly to owner Tom Gaglardi. Lites also returns as an Alternate Governor on the National Hockey League's Board of Governors, a role he held from 1982-2007.
Over the years, Lites has served on the Board’s marketing, broadcasting, expansion and game committees.
His discussion topics at the McKinney Chamber's CEO Series luncheon on Tuesday, July 24 will include personal experiences in the sports industry and with the Dallas Stars, as well as how to create a following and building a team from bankruptcy. His commentary can be related to many types of business.
In a brief Q & A session with the McKinney Chamber, Lites shared his insight on managing from the top:
Q: We all know that being a CEO of any company comes with its challenges. What is your recipe for success?
A: Be intelligent, hire good people, delegate responsibility to them effectively, listen and act decisively.
Q: Who do you look up to as a mentor?
A: If I had to pick one person in my career, it would be Mike Ilitch -- for all of the reasons that I listed in my previous answer.
Q: In your spare time, what do you like to do (hobbies, etc.)?
A: Improving my golf game.
Nicolette Daugherty, Events Manager at the McKinney Chamber, said having Lites speak during the CEO Series luncheon "is a very exciting opportunity, and we hope to see you there!"