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  • Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping is approaching one year with the organization and has settled into his office at EverBank Field. He was named president of the organization a year ago today. He estimates he spends about 30 percent of his workday in the office, spending the bulk of his time meeting with staff, customers and organizations at the stadium and throughout the area.
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  • Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping takes a call Monday in his office at EverBank Field. Jaguars owner Shad Khan named Lamping as president a year ago and he started two weeks later. Lamping marks one year on the job Feb. 27.
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  • Lamping holds a miniature helmet from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville. “I’ve got a lot of respect for the work they are doing on that campus,” he said.
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  • The Jaguars will play the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27 at Wembley Stadium in London. It will be the first of four games the Jaguars will play in London over four years. A model of the stadium sits next to a book about it in Lamping’s office.
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  • A mural of EverBank Field takes up substantial wall space near Lamping’s office.
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  • Lamping and his family on the field at Busch Stadium after the St. Louis Cardinals won the 2006 World Series. From left, wife Cheryl, son Brian, daughter Lauren and son Tim. Lamping was president of the Cardinals from 1994-2008.
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  • A football with the Jaguars new logo.
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  • While working for New Meadowlands Stadium Co., Lamping had the opportunity to meet soccer icon Pele when the American and Brazilian national soccer teams played an exhibition at MetLife Stadium. Pele was an ambassador of the Brazilian team. A friend surprised Lamping with the jersey months after the match.
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  • A football from the inaugural year of New Meadowlands Stadium, later named MetLife Stadium. Lamping served as president and CEO of New Meadowlands Stadium Co., where he ran MetLife Stadium from 2008-12 before joining the Jaguars.
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  • One of the significant autographed pieces Lamping owns — a picture of MetLife Stadium signed by all of his co-workers at New Meadowlands Stadium Co.
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  • Another significant autographed item is from the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
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by Joe Wilhelm Jr., Staff Writer

Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping was named president of the organization a year ago and started the job two weeks later, on Feb. 27.

He's well settled into his EverBank Field space after 12 months with the National Football League franchise, although he estimates he spends about 30 percent of his time in the office and the rest in the field.

"Nothing puts cold water on teamwork more than someone who sits back in an office all day," said Lamping, who is as mobile during the week as he is on game days.

"Nothing is more important than getting around and talking with people in the organization about how we are progressing. It allows for a much better understanding of what is going on within the organization," he said.

Lamping has logged some miles on foot.

He attends and speaks at business and civic organizations and is known to circulate through the crowd on game days at EverBank Field to see how the organization is operating.

He was spotted in the crowd last Aug. 10 during the first preseason game of the year as he watched the fans' reaction to "The Prowl," which was created in the 2012 season to improve the fan experience. Before taking the field, players can interact with fans.

Lamping could not define a typical work routine "because every day is different," he said. As president, he is in charge of the business side of the organization, while General Manager Dave Caldwell runs the football side.

Lamping reviews his schedule each morning to confirm his appointments and discuss the plan for the day.

"We try to move quickly and be nimble to meet the needs of our customers," said Lamping.

He is one of the few sports executives to have received both a Super Bowl ring, with the New York Giants in 2012, and a World Series ring, with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. He wants to help the Jaguars experience that success.

Lamping had served as president and CEO of New Meadowlands Stadium Co., a joint venture of the NFL New York Giants and New York Jets to develop and operate MetLife Stadium.

"You hire the right people, provide the resources they need to get the job done and recognize that there is always need for a little good fortune," said Lamping.

"We tell our staff, rather than focus on the destination, let's focus on the journey and get better every day," said Lamping.

"Working this way, ultimately, they will find themselves arriving at some place they never imagined," he said.

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