Jimmy Pedro is a portrait of passionate determination.
Pedro, a co-worker at Monster, has had winning a medal on his mind for a long time. He'd walk down the Clock Tower Place corridors, his broad shoulders and firm handshake clues of the collateral damage he would leave in his wake in Athens. It wasn't until he put you into a headlock with his laser-beam eyes did you realize he was competing on a level most of us will never know.
Pedro, 33, came home last week with a bronze medal in judo, a winner of one of America's 103 medals at the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens. His family, friends and Monster colleagues met him at the airport to congratulate him. The long road to Athens was over. But what a journey.
Pedro won bronze at the '96 Games in Atlanta but finished a disappointing fifth at the 2000 Sydney Games. He came to work at Monster in 2001, heading up the Olympic marketing program. At the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Pedro found those inner competitive voices taunting him and decided to give the Olympics one last shot.
He trained hard. He worked himself into terrific shape, and in just two short months regained the No. 1 spot in the 73kg (161 pounds) division. As the countdown to Athens ticked, Pedro seemed to be out of the office more than in. He was competing, practicing, working out. Monster was one of his strongest supporters, and every time Pedro got in front of the company to give an update, he acknowledged the company's support.
And now he's back, wearing his bronze, the only American in the history of the Olympics to win multiple medals in judo. We'll all slap him on the back today, shake his hand and ask if we can touch the medal. He'll tell us stories and make us laugh.
There's an Olympic medal winner in the house at Monster. How's that for daily inspiration on your job?