Director of Human Resources for the Boston Red Sox
If someone told Mike Danubio ’95 when he was in college that he would be the director of human resources for the Boston Red Sox, he would not have believed it. But with a Messiah business degree in hand and a passion for human resources and talent acquisition, that is exactly where he is today—playing a key leadership role in the hiring, employee training and employee relations for the front office operations of the team in Boston, Mass.
Prior to joining the Red Sox organization though, Danubio had an interesting career path that led him to where he is today.
As a business student at Messiah with an accounting concentration, Danubio met with recruiters from the top accounting firms, either in class or at department networking events. Determined to score that prized first job, he was persistent and landed a position in the Boston office with the assurance and advisory services group of one of the top four U.S. accounting firms: Deloitte and Touche.
“When I first applied, I did not get the interview at Deloitte – at the time, no one in the Boston office had heard of Messiah College,” said Danubio, “but I wasn’t taking no for an answer. I knew my classes with professors Tom Chilcote and Jim Krimmel gave me a strong technical background, and the strong emphasis the department put on writing helped prepare me, too. I gathered the Effective Writing curriculum along with actual assignments and sent them along. I don’t know if that’s what made it happen, but I got an interview shortly after sending those materials and they offered me a job on the spot. I’m thankful my professors knew having effective writing curriculum was important for us as accounting majors.”
Danubio went directly to Deloitte and Touche’s assurance and advisory services practice working for a variety of clients. Intrigued by the recruiters who had visited his accounting classes at Messiah though, he helped the firm’s recruiters, attending college fairs, participating in meet and greets and becoming an advocate for the company.
After four years on the client service side of the business, he then moved to the firm’s recruitment department where he led all Boston-based campus recruiting for a year and then landed a job with Staples to build and manage the company’s first ever campus recruitment program. After seven years with Staples, Danubio spent a short time at CVS and then moved to Hasbro where he developed the first talent acquisition center of excellence for the well-known toy and game company.
Though he enjoyed his job with Hasbro, Danubio couldn’t resist exploring the possibility of a job with the Red Sox when a networking call came his way. “All the elements fell into place,” he said. “I truly want to become a head of human resources at some point, so transitioning from recruitment to general human resources for an iconic brand that I love was a great move.”
So for the past eight months, Danubio goes to work every day at Fenway Park, interacting with employees—many he says who’ve been working there longer than he has been alive—building relationships, looking for new talent and building programs that save time, money and increase the overall quality of the workplace.
Danubio offers this advice for job seekers: Use your network, follow your passion and outlast the competition. Just like any batter swinging for the majors, there are a lot of people stepping up to the plate to get that dream job.
“I would have never imagined that I would be working where I am today, especially in my sophomore year of college as a new accounting student,” said Danubio. “It’s hard to know where you’re going to be 15 years down the road when you’re in college, but the best advice I can give is to embrace the opportunities because you never know where you’ll end up.”
Erin Bray ’10
Posted on December 5th, 2012