RICK BLANGIARDI

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Rick Blangiardi – Senior VP and GM of KGMB9 TV, Board of Central Pacific Bank

It has been more than 30 years since Rick Blangiardi first stepped in to the television industry, and to him, the journey to the top was a slow but fulfilling endeavor. Rick’s career in the broadcasting business has brought him to different locations around the United States. He has worked with CBS Television in New York, KPIX5 in San Francisco, River City Broadcasting in St. Louis, Missouri, and Premier Horse Network in Los Angeles. Early this year, he has gone back to his roots to become senior vice-president and general manager of KGMB9.

Before his career in this industry, Rick was head coach and defensive coordinator for the University of Hawaii football team. He has spent many years living a dream as an athlete and eventually a coach. However, necessity forced him to change course and find a more lucrative profession to support his family.

The transition was hard for Rick as he faced uncertainties in a career unfamiliar to him. He started as a local sales manager for KGMB. But as he slowly climbed up the corporate ladder, he realized the similarities between coaching a football squad and managing a corporate team. Rick never really left the sport after all.

Greater Good Radio brings back Rick Blangiardi–coach and mentor–and his story on focus and resilience. In this interview, Rick shares how he is able to put his mind into an entirely new prospect as he veers away from an already realized dream. He also talks about the importance of inculcating a sense of purpose in the team so that each member appreciates his role as an individual component of a much larger structure.

Listen to this interview and learn more about Rick Blangiardi’s inspiring story.

BIO:
RICK BLANGIARDI

January 2006 – Present Senior Vice President & General Manager
KGMB9
Honolulu, Hawaii
November 2005 – January 2006 Senior Vice President & General Manager
KHON2
Honolulu, Hawaii
July 2002 – November 2005 Senior Vice President & General Manager
KHON2 and KGMB9
Honolulu, Hawaii
November 1999 – July 2002 President
Telemundo Group
Los Angeles, California

1997-1999 Chief Executive Officer
Premier Horse Network
Los Angeles, California
1994-1996 Group President
River City Broadcasting
St. Louis, Missouri
1993-1994 Vice President & General Manager
KPIX 5 Television
San Francisco, California
1992-1993 Vice President, New Business Development
CBS Television Network
New York, New York
1989-1992 Vice President & General Manager
King 5 Television
Seattle, Washington
1984-1989 Vice President & General Manager
KHNL 13 Television
Honolulu, Hawaii
1977-1984 General Sales Manager (1982-1984)
Local Sales Manager (1975-1977)
Account Executive (1977-1979)
KGMB Television
Honolulu, Hawaii
1975-1977 Associate Head Football Coach & Defensive Coordinator
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
1972-1975 Assistant Football Coach
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

Education
Masters in Education, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 1973
Bachelor of Science, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 1969

Military
United States Naval Reserve, Honorable Discharge, 1970

Boards
Central Pacific Bank
Hawaii Food Bank
Aloha Council Boy Scouts
Ahahui Koa Anuenue
Chamber of Commerce
Aloha United Way
Honolulu Boy Choir

Links:
KGMB9 TV

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Episode 115