Andy Dolich, the San Francisco 49ers’ chief operating officer, a man with nearly four decades of sports business experience, tells us about his belief in perseverance, his need for loyalty and the role family has played in his life.
What do you consider to be the guiding principle or philosophy that has gotten you to your current position in life? Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose.
What is the best decision you’ve ever made? Moving to the Bay Area in 1980 to join the Oakland A’s front office and work with the Haas family.
What is the worst decision you’ve ever made? A long list that I add to on a daily basis.
Name a situation in which you had to be the ultimate “good sport.” Seeing the prospective Oakland A’s ownership group, which I was a part of in 1999-2000, turned down by Bud Selig and Major League Baseball.
What quality is most important to you in a friend? Loyalty.
In yourself? A sense of humor.
Naming rights of stadiums is still a major foul with a lot of fans — what are your thoughts on the matter? I would respectfully disagree. Fans deserve the best stadiums and arenas that teams can build. Corporate naming-rights partners are an essential part of the process. We look forward to having a significant partner working with us as we build a new stadium for the 49er faithful.
Who has left the biggest impression on you as you’ve gone through life? Why? My parents, who made it possible for me and my two brothers to pursue our dreams by working their butts off and being great role models.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far? Building a wonderful family with my wife of 36 years and our three children, none who have served long prison sentences.
Most inspiring person? Anyone who works anonymously to improve the lots of those less fortunate than themselves.