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Phil McCarthy
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Entrepreneur in Residence; Adjunct Faculty
Executives in Residence, Office of Entrepreneurship
Phil McCarthy

Phil McCarthy is an adjunct professor and an executive in residence in the entrepreneurship department at the Daniels College of Business.

Phil started his career as a futures and options trader on the Nikkei for Spear Leeds Kellogg (SLK) on the AMEX in New York City. He then transferred to Singapore for SLK to head operations and trading on the Simex. He returned to the US as a NASDAQ Trader for Troster Singer, a subsidiary of SLK.

After Wall Street, Phil changed his sights for Denver, Colorado, and founded Breakaway Sports, a hockey and lacrosse sporting goods company. He grew the company to seven locations across the U.S. and developed a National Team Sales Division and operated the business for 20 years before a successful exit in 2016.

While building Breakaway Sports ,Phil was also building a real estate company to support his sporting goods business, which he successfully exited in 2016/17, and a performance apparel company, Wicked Smart Apparel, which he successfully exited in 2009.

Today Phil is a director of operations for 3d Lacrosse; an adjunct professor in the entrepreneurship minor at the Daniels College of Business, where he teaches leadership and execution; and an executive in residence at Daniels. He sits on the Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship at DU. He is also the director of failure research for athletes at Columbia University and writes a blog on Athletic Approach at Athlete2lifelite.com. He has been a public speaker, most recently presenting to the CU football team on leadership and financial literacy.

 

EDUCATION

  • MBA, Finance and Marketing, Clarkson University
  • BA, Economics, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

  • Director, Failure Research on Athletes, EPIC, Columbia University
  • Public speaker on Leadership and Motivation
  • Writer, Blog: Athlete2lifelite.com 
  • Adjunct Professor, DU
  • Director of Operations, 3d Lacrosse
  • Coach, business and athletic

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

  • Family time
  • Coaching
  • Speaking
  • Teaching
  • Fitness

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