Heroes Work Here: Mike Rinaldi

ESPN’s Mike Rinaldi. (Hannah Worster/ESPN)

Editor’s note: In March, the Walt Disney Company and President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced an important new initiative to recruit and hire military veterans across all segments of the company.

Heroes Work Here. Employ excellence. Hire veterans” is Disney’s pledge to find career opportunities for 1,000 veterans over the next three years. The company has launched a national campaign to encourage all employers to hire veterans. Additionally, employees will be encouraged to serve veterans organizations through Disney’s VoluntEARS program.

In honor of ESPN’s Salute to Veterans Week, Front Row spotlights an ESPN employee who also is a military veteran. Today’s profile is Mike Rinaldi, a sixth-year employee who works in ESPN’s Client Technology Services Support Group.

Rinaldi is the associate manager of the Problem Management Team: “We investigate problems within our IT environment to determine the root cause and make recommendations or implement changes, along with other resolver teams, to fix these problems.”

Hometown: Waterbury, Conn.

Branch of Service/Rank: Navy, Second Class Petty Officer, Corpsman.

Where and when did you serve? Naval Hospital; Chicago; West Virginia; San Diego, Calif.; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Desert Shield; Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom 1991-1996.

Favorite sports teams? Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox, New York Knicks, Michigan State football.

Why did you march in the Connecticut Veterans Parade? It’s a great honor to be a part of something that is nationally recognized.

How does your military experience help you in your current role? My military experience helps me in every aspect of my life. It has taught me to have a game plan, make choices, take challenges, lead and teach others. There’s also the lessons of caring for others, teamwork, leadership, strong communication skills and staying collected during stressful situations.

Closing thoughts? I’ve very proud to work for a company that has continued to recognize and have appreciation for ESPN’s veterans. Not only does the company talk about helping, it also follows through on those commitments.

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