Daniel Cassidy

Company: Major League Triathlon

Position: CEO
Age: 27

 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Wilton, CT

 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

2.5 years.

 

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I grew up in CT and went to college in Massachusetts (College of The Holy Cross). After college, I moved to NYC with my fiancé (now wife) and worked at Ernst and Young as a financial consultant. I competed in triathlon for 7 years and raced everything from small 75-person sprint triathlons to 70.3 Ironman events with thousands of athletes competing. My wife and I saw an opportunity within the professional side of triathlon and decided to follow our idea. We are now heading into our third season and are growing every day. We now have Olympians, World Champions, Commonwealth Games athletes and some of the top up and coming pros in the world competing in our league. Perhaps most exciting is the fact that the structure of racing we specialize in has just been added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?

I have been involved in a lot of non-profit work. We have worked directly with many locally, including our 2016 MLT Charlotte Non-profit partner, Girls On The Run. We have also supported local non-profits through sponsorships of events that support local non-profits. One of my favorite moments was having one of pro athletes ride as the lead out rider for the 2016 Girls On The Run 5k and attending the event to support the runners.

 

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?

I contribute to the community by supporting local business in my everyday life and by working with local vendors for our Major League Triathlon Charlotte event. We host an event in Charlotte every year (2018 will be the Championship) and we create a fairly large economic impact for the city by bringing people into Charlotte for the event and driving spending for hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. We also support Charlotte through our Pro team that represents the city of Charlotte on a national level, The Carolina Gliders.

 

PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:

I have been invited to speak at several of the biggest sports conferences in the USA. Our biggest accomplishment has been the part Major League Triathlon has played in supporting the addition of Mixed Team Relay to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where it will make its debut.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

As you can tell, I clearly love triathlon. I also love watching/playing other sports, frequenting breweries with my wife, dog and friends, and I have recently developed a love for cooking with my wife.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
-Maya Angelou

 

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?

I see my wife and I having kids and raising them here in Charlotte. We may not have been born and raised here, but we consider it our home and we love this city. Professionally, I hope to build Major League Triathlon into an international brand and grow our team here in Charlotte, creating more jobs and driving a substantial economic impact on the city.

 

CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Ever since we started MLT, we were confident that Mixed Team Relay would get into the Olympics. Now that it has, it is on my bucket list to go to Tokyo and see it debut in person at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

December. My wife and I visited friends in Toronto.

 

WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

The reason I started doing triathlons in the first place was because of an injury in high school. I was swimming a lot and riding my bike because I tore my MCL and needed non-weight bearing exercises to get back into shape. I was swimming and biking a lot. I finally got cleared to run, so my cousin suggested signing up for a triathlon. The rest is history. Without that injury, my life may look very different.

 

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

My mom. She is the smartest person I know and worked her whole life to give me and my two brothers the best possible life. She has been instrumental in shaping the person I am today.

 

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

 

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

Blockers

 

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

The Revivalists at the Fillmore.

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