A nine-year veteran at CSM, Brian Hancock is a man who wears many hats. The director of production operations is instrumental in planning the critical details that goes into many of the team’s events each year.
But, when down time calls he heads to the breathtaking island of St. Thomas. Could it be because family lives there or the libations greet him upon arrival? You decide for yourself.
- You joined CSM Production nine years ago. What was the first thing you thought when you got the job?
“Why is Jacob editing videos in the closet?”
- What is the most rewarding part of your job as director of production operations?
“Seeing a well planned and executed job come together. That and an empty warehouse!”
- What has been your best mistake?
“I was sitting on the beach catching some rays when I got a call asking if I was going to make my flight to Cincinnati for the first ever NASCAR race in Kentucky Speedway. Oh boy, I drove straight home and made a flight late that day. Some schedules got crossed, and I thought I was going up the next day with a different crew. For those that travel, you know the feeling of showing up at the airport and wondering where am I going today? I was on the road a lot back then and you know what you get when you assume. Really, I learned that events are in the details. Everything is about the details. That's what matters most; that and Kiss concerts.”
- The best concert I’ve ever helped produce was …
“I was a system tech for a Dierks Bentley concert at Appalachian State. I’m a pretty solid fan but outside of some of the older Speed Street concerts, it was right up there. Free show in the summer and one of the first shows we did on their field turf. They had a solid crowd and he worked hard. It was a good show.”
- What is the worst career advice you ever received?
“Worst – ummm maybe do something you love and you will never work a day in your life?? I love my job. I wouldn’t have done it for this long without having a passion for what I do, but a 4 a.m. call to start a 16-hour day to go load in a show where the weather forecast is 95% chance of rain is work. No matter how you cut it! (but this would never happen right!?!)”
- You have a Springer Spaniel and a Jack Russell Terrier. What’s the funniest thing they’ve done to date?
“I have a one-year-old Springer and an eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier … anyone need a dog with some energy? Can’t pin point one funny thing they do but short list is:
1)Bark as loud as possible first thing in the morning. Its maddening but I also laugh because he’s just so excited for the day.
2)Runs directly to any mud he ever sees and makes sure he gets all four paws in it. He has white feet so it looks like he’s wearing red boots about 60% of the walks we go on.
3)Sleeps on his back with all four legs going in different directions. He’s a real mess!”
As for the Jack Russell, well I’m sure there are NASCAR fans who would love to go the places that dog has been … all over Daytona International Speedway, the NASCAR offices, back stage for awards shows and press conferences. Heck, he’s flown and traveled all over the country. He may have status on American come to think of it.
- Favorite airport and why.
“STT! One of my uncles lives in St. Thomas, and it’s great to see family. Plus they literally greet you with shots. It also means I’m on vacation. The flight is direct from CLT. You land right over beautiful blue water with steel drums playing in baggage claim. Even if you leave your wallet in the bathroom someone will find you and bring it back still full of money.”
- If you could have done anything outside of what you are doing, what would it be?
“IT. So much of what we do now-a-days requires some level of networking capabilities. Plus I could’ve learned some useful stuff like how to reset your browser home page to YouTube videos, print most places, vlan’s, WIFI … oh my!”
- What’s your biggest pet peeve when driving?
“When I’m on a 2-lane road and there is traffic. What good does it do for you to get right up on my bumper. There is a line of 200 cars in front of me. Where are you gonna go? So I intentionally leave a good 75 or so feet between me and the car in front. If you wanted to get there sooner you should have left earlier!”
- What’s one question I should ask the next person who does 10 questions?
"Where would you go in a time machine?"