How’d You Get That Awesome Gig, Don Green?!

Name: Don Green
Occupation: President of the Canadian Country Music Association
Location: Downtown Toronto
First Job: Throughout high school I worked part-time at Canadian Tire in my hometown of Peterborough as an Automotive Parts Clerk.  
Best Job: I have to say my current one.  I get to work within a genre of music that I have loved all my life.  
Greatest Professional Challenge: At the moment, finding balance between a busy family life and the demands of travelling and events after business hours. 
So how did you get this awesome gig anyways? My son played rugby with the son of Ted Ellis, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors. Ted and I got to talking one day and he told me about their current job search for someone with a business background to head up the CCMA. I was looking for a new challenge and after going through the interview process I was very fortunate to be selected. Goes to show you never know when an opportunity will present itself…  
What do you like best about what you do? Throughout my life I have always loved and been inspired by country music so to be part of this world is amazing. I like the balance of delivering our traditional annual events and programs with the creative long term strategic planning of what we can be in the future. Having members that are passionate and supportive of the CCMA is a great blessing.  
Any special skills required? I had the great opportunity to have many diverse management roles and responsibilities working in a large corporation (Bell Canada) for over 20 years. Having the experience and foundation in an array of business fundamentals has given me the confidence to lead and hopefully drive greatness.
Favourite experience on the job: I find the challenge of breaking down barriers that are in the CCMA’s way to surpass their goals and deliver its mandate is the most rewarding.
Advice for people who want your awesome gig: Time management is key. Constantly take the time to ensure every project/activity is still aligned to your overall mandate and goals. Though difficult within a small team with big deliverables, you have to make the time to be able to break free of the day-to-day execution to also think and plan out long term. Take the time to continually build new and maintain existing relationships.  I make sure my calendar every week ensures I have time to do the above.  
Favourite Canadian music venue: Ah, so many to choose from… but I have to pick Massey Hall.  
Favourite record at the moment: As the leader of a national music association, do I even dare pick one song over another? One performance this year during Country Music Week that still haunts me though is “Save Yourself” by The Heartbroken.     

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