Dynamic Leaders with Colin Cerniglia; Episode 47: From The Locker Room to Entrepreneur with Derrell Smith

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On today's episode of the Dynamic Leaders podcast, Colin is joined by Derrell Smith. Derrell is the Founder and CEO of 99 Eats - a Brooklyn based company with the goal of connecting people through food and experiences. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Derrell spent five years in marketing and played two seasons at Linebacker and fullback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans. He is a graduate of the Martin J Whitman Business School at Syracuse University.

Topics include: Darrell's Who Are You segment (2:15), his journey to SU to play football, the NFL and his career-ending neck injury (4:09), what is was like being around top-line leaders in the NFL (7:16), the mentality it took to switch positions once he got to college (8:54), why he's always embraced leadership responsibilities even without official titles (11:57), how he remained a positive influence during leans years at SU (14:11), what it was like having a new head coach for the second half of his collegiate career (19:54), cultural differences between college football and the NFL (24:40), the moment his football career ended due to a severe neck injury (27:36), why he got into entrepreneurship  and how sports influences his work (35:30), why he decided on food for his business model (43:34), they talk about why courage is an important leadership pillar in his life (46:23), and who a Dynamic Leader is in his life (53:54).

Get in Touch with Derrell:

Instagram: @rellycrocker and @99eats


Intro Music: Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet (May 24, 2004)

Outro Music: Take It Easy - Eagles (Live: July 27, 1980 - Santa Monica, CA)

"Who Are You" Segment: Who Are You - The Who (August 1978)


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