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Episode Info: Darren is a Strategic Account Manager for Ernest Packaging Solutions, but that is not all.  He is also a Mental Performance Coach, and a college Division 1 Men’s Basketball Referee.  Darren was born and lived in San Diego.  At the age of nine, his family left the gorgeous weather of San Diego to take on Seattle, the “rain capital” of the United States. It was quite an adjustment, but Darren learned to appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  Darren’s love for sports started at a very young age.  He played both basketball and baseball in high school and continued playing baseball in college. After two semesters of college, his course changed and he joined the Navy. The Navy influence sparked a Darren that was more mentally tough with good habits and supercharged towards learning. So Darren returned to college and earned a Bachelor’s and later Master’s degree.  During Darren’s time in college, he was introduced to refereeing basketball first with little kids and then moving up to the college level.  After college, he entered “Darren’s World of Packaging” and worked for several Fortune 500 companies before finding his way to North Carolina.  Darren is married to Jen and they are proud parents of a son and daughter.   We are so fortunate to have Darren, Jen, and the kids as neighbors.  This puts some finishing touches on completing our own little paradise right here in Holly Springs. By the way, if you are up for a pickleball game, Darren is your guy.  In This Episode: [03:07] Welcome Darren Drake our 12th “P” in the pod[cast]. He is a Mental Performance Coach, a college Division 1 Men’s Basketball Referee, and a Strategic Account Manager with Ernest Packaging Solutions. [04:46] After two semesters in college, Darren joined the Navy.   [07:43] He shares about life growing up in San Diego and later Seattle.  His two favorite activities in San Diego were snorkeling and boogie boarding.   [08:17] It was a big change for him moving from San Diego to Seattle.  It took a few years for him to appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.   [08:56] Darren’s dad was achieving at a high level in everything he did and he instilled that same competitive determination and drive into him.   [09:44] He started playing sports at the age of five and especially loves basketball and baseball.  Now he loves to play pickleball.   [12:15] The Navy was an eye-opening experience for Darren.  He was in the Navy for 2 years.   [13:35] When he got out of the Navy he went to college. He had learned to go to class every day, sit in the front row, take notes as appropriate, and create a to-do list.   [14:28] His packaging career actually started with refereeing when he met the VP of Sales of a local company, at a referee camp.  [15:59] Darren has worked in packaging for twelve years.    [16:45] Darren shares about a typical day working as a Strategic Account Manager.  [18:27] In five to ten years, Darren wo...
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