Welcome to Quick Q – Monday Media’s weekly series dedicated to finding out more about the personalities that matter most in the media landscape.
Each week, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age ask figures across corporate media, business, sport, federal politics, radio, television and culture to answer questions about their lives, careers, hobbies and news habits.
This week’s conversation is with Dino Mezzatesta, chief executive of the Cronulla Sharks.
Cronulla Sharks chief executive Dino Mezzatesta says the best piece of advice he has received is to perfect the art of listening.
How did you get your big break?
I owe this to James Strong – one of the best, if not the best, businessmen to have existed. Sadly, we lost James 10 years ago.
What are your daily news media habits?
Start with a check of all mentions of Cronulla Sharks, then check stadia funding updates.
Which living person do you most admire?
Other than all of my family and partner, my Dad.
Your guilty streaming pleasure?
Sooshi Mango skits followed by Joe Avati skits, so close to home.
Sooshi Mango comedy members (L-R) Carlo Salanitri, Joe Salanitri and Andrew Manfre. Credit:Paul Jeffers
Which phrase do you overuse?
That’ll do me.
What did you want to do when you grew up?
Become a lawyer – thankfully got talked out of it.
What was your first job?
Qantas Airways, in reservations.
Facebook or Instagram?
Hopeless at both.
Recommend a podcast…
Matty Johns Face-to-Face with Nicho Hynes.
What’s one vice you wish you could give up?
Cheese with a nice red – maybe just the cheese.
The song that’s always on high rotation?
Heroes – David Bowie.
Bucket list: Watching Liverpool in a Champions League final.Credit:
What are you reading?
A Father’s Son – Mat Rogers.
Favourite movie of the past decade?
Just Go With It (2011, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston).
Top of your sporting bucket list?
Watch live anywhere in the world Liverpool in a Champions League final.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Perfect the art of listening.
What are the three things you couldn’t live without?
Homemade meals (maybe more homemade wine), walking as many times a week as I can and travelling, especially to see family overseas.
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