Eagles president Joe Banner spoke at Temple University last week during the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management’s ongoing Executive in Residence program.
Perhaps the most interesting question came from a student who asked about the balance of profit margins vs. victories. Banner did not hesitate: the Lombardi Trophy is the ultimate goal above all else.
“That isn’t even a decision that takes half a second,” he said.
Banner said the commitment to build the Linc helped establish an organizational culture built on the singular goal of a championship combined with principled and passionate leadership.
Banner also recounted how he was in Hawaii interviewing for a teaching position when longtime friend Jeffrey Lurie called him about making a bid on an NFL team.
Lurie had bid unsuccesfully on the New England Patriots. He bought the Eagles in 1994.
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