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Dane Walker

Director, Contract Services

 

Dane is the Director 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.

“Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

Fun Questions Title

What was your first job?

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.

What is your favorite quote?

“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

What are some things you do that your mother would approve of?

I always say “please” and “thank you.”

Blog Posts Authored by Dane

The 5 Essential Elements of Successful Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a popular buzzword among business leaders, CEOs and senior executives. Everyone, it seems, has a story about the digital transformation project their organization undertook. Far fewer companies, however, can offer examples of successful digital transformation. That’s because only about 14 percent of respondents to a McKinsey Global Survey on digital transformation reported […]

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Lowering the Average Cost Per Hire of IT Talent

Not every talent acquisition expense is set in stone. Certain costs, like salary requirements and benefits, almost have a minimum buy-in due to the competitive nature of the talent market. Other expenses relating to the actual hiring process allow for more wiggle room, if business leaders know which processes to streamline and where the average […]

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