Dane WalkerManager, Contract Services
Dane is the Manager of Contract Services at EdgeLink, responsible for assessing and evaluating potential partnerships, contract negotiations, budget consultation, new business development, account maintenance and public relations.
Prior to joining EdgeLink, Dane worked for eight years as the Northern California and Pacific Northwest Scouting Supervisor for the St. Louis Cardinals. He facilitated public relations between the St. Louis Cardinals and his territory, determined value for potential prospects, and led contract negotiations with agents of drafted prospects in a period that included the Cardinals’ 2004 National League Championship and 2006 World Series title. Before becoming a scout, Dane played professional baseball for seven years in the Oakland Athletics organization.
Dane’s experience on the business side of baseball gives him unique insight for assessing personalities, background, fit and talent.
Dane lives in Lake Oswego, OR with his wife and two children. He is also currently the Head Coach of Lakeridge High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team.
Getting the Edge on Dane
Unloading trucks at UPS.
I was really excited to get my first taste of the real world when I signed up to work at a place called Dalton’s Family Steakhouse. I became the best dishwasher they had ever brought on board and was quickly promoted to cook. At 16 years old, I and a classmate from high school, slung the spatula with precision for meals that catered to our “senior” population. Liver and onions could not have been prepared better at a four star restaurant. The speed, elegance of presentation and taste were second to none. Nobody could brand the checkerboard grill marks on a steak at a higher level.
“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.” – Anon
Favorite thing to do outside of work:
Embarrassing story about yourself:
I about passed out completely during my wedding ceremony. The best man (Mike Miadich) had to drag me to a bench so I could recover and resume the wedding. (Junior High choir teacher always told us to make sure not to lock your knees, I guess that’s why!!)
Things your mother would approve of:
I always say “please” and “thank you.”