GoJackets.com recently had the opportunity to interview Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. In January 2013, Bobinski succeeded Dan Radakovich and took over the job of athletic director at Georgia Tech after serving as athletic director at Xavier for 12 years. Today, we bring you part 5 of that conversation with the focus of this conversation on the contingency and business plan for the GTAA.
When Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski arrived at Georgia Tech, he noticed that everyone was doing their own thing. Tech has been without a contingency plan and an overarching business plan for the entire organization for the modern era. However, that is about to change. Tech has brought in a consultant to move things from an idea to a plan.
The idea of for the contingency plan was first presented at the recent board meeting. When the plan is finally implemented, Bobinski is looking at a five year horizon. The consultant will analyze the decision making of the athletic association.
Bobinski knows that if you’re going to invest in a business, you’re going to ask, what’s your plan? “We’re looking for a clear sense of identity, direction, and vision.”, said Bobinski. Georgia Tech doesn’t want an investor to get ten different answers from ten different departments in terms of direction.
The question that needs to be answered is what does Georgia Tech want to look like collectively down the road? “We’ll get a broader sense and it will work its way down to a more specific unit base,” said Bobinski. He knows that getting to that point will take some work.
The goal for Bobinski is to get everyone in the building to get a sense of what they want to do. “Everyone had their own definition in their department.” Bobinski understands that there needs to be individuality, but he also understands that there has to be a common thread running through the building. “That’s what we have been lacking.”
Having a sense of direction in which to make decisions is the goal with the contingency planning. “We want to lay it out where people can get to and understand it.”
The plan will help determine what they aspire to be. Some of the coaches have already volunteered to serve on the committee. “The only way it works, said Bobinski, is for a lot of people to get involved.” Bobinski feels that it’s good for them to have some ownership. “It’s important that we have a sense of who we are.”
The goal is to have the plan finished by the fall. They know that is an aggressive timeline but they feel it can be done.