Dan Marino NFL legend to offer leadership advice

Legendary quarterback Dan Marino will be in Cayman next month to share his secrets of success, on and off the field, with business leaders. 

The former Miami Dolphins star, recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, is visiting the island to give a speech at the THRIVE leadership event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Friday, Oct. 23. He will also attend a charity beach barbecue the following day. 

Mr. Marino told the Cayman Compass many of the skills he developed on the field translate to the boardroom. 

“It is really about people and relationship-building, working together with common goals and having a passion for what you do. 

“Football is not just about the quarterback. There are so many people involved, working together to win a football match. It is never just about one person. That is the case in business and life too,” Mr. Marino said in a phone interview. 

Off the field, he has made cameos in a handful of movies, including a part in the Jim Carey movie “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” and he briefly had an ownership stake in a NASCAR racing team. 

He also established the Dan Marino Foundation with his wife, Claire, after their son was diagnosed with autism. 

“We have raised a lot of money and been able to help a lot of people through our charity,” he said. “It is something we are very proud of.” 

Mr. Marino’s appearance at the leadership event will involve a 60-minute speech and question-and-answer session, and will focus on leadership and teamwork. It is part of the THRIVE event series organized by Gamut Global Events, which brought motivational guru Jack Canfield to the island earlier this year. 

Mr. Marino will also host a charity beach barbecue on Seven Mile Beach in front of the governor’s residence. 

Though Mr. Marino, 54, has been retired for some time, he says he may chance his arm for some touch football while in Cayman. 

“I’m sure I will throw the ball around a little bit on the beach,” he said. 

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