The CEO of Power Plate International, who used to be the CEO of Nautilus, had an interesting side gig last fall.
While doing research for another story, I came across an item about Gregg Hammann and his job as a high school football coach in Iowa. And here I thought that because Power Plate was in California, you had to live there to work there.
Instead, Hammann lives and works in Dyersville, IA, famous for the "Field of Dreams." That's baseball. We're talking football now. Specifically, Dyersville Beckman High football, which went 4-6 last fall in Hammann's first season.
"We were supposed to be 0-9, and we ended up making the playoffs," Hammann told me this morning.
Hammann actually has coached high school football for more than 10 years, including a stint in Vancouver, WA, where he lived while he was at Nautilus. He was a wide receiver at the University of Iowa in the early 1980s. In addition to Nautilus, Hammann also has worked at Coca-Cola and Levi Strauss. After leaving Nautilus, Hammann came back to Iowa and spent two years as an assistant football coach in his native Bellevue, IA, before landing at Beckman. He was named Power Plate's CEO last year.
Traveling for his day job is not as bad as you'd think. From nearby Dubuque, IA, Hammann can make flights to anywhere, whether it's Power Plate's headquarters in Irvine, CA, or business trips to London, Amsterdam or Shanghai.
But his ultimate getaway is a high school football field.
"A couple hours a day gives you a little break, freshens your mind a little bit," Hammann says of coaching.
Hammann encourages his employees at Power Plate to give back to the community.
"If we can connect it up with something that's related to our product line, that makes it even better," Hammann says. "We've got a lot of folks on our staff that coach youth sports. I just try to lead by example."