Downtown Denizen - Sean McDonald

Sean McDonald
Director of Marketing, Downtown Project

What is something about you that most people don’t know?
I was an All Ivy League pitcher at the University of Pennsylvania and threw a no-hitter versus Cornell in the late '90s.

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
In an alternate universe, I think I’d be a history teacher and baseball coach. My mother was a teacher (at the same elementary school I attended) and I was blessed to have a number of great teachers/professors/coaches who have played significant roles in my life. 

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
I was a graveyard forklift operator/truck loader at a Coca-Cola warehouse in New Jersey during my summers off from college. Not only did this job give me a greater appreciation for hard physical labor but it also taught me many life lessons and the importance of an education.

After college in New York City, I reconnected unclaimed assets (stocks and brokerage accounts) with legal claimants. Through estate and genealogical research, I would identify the heirs or estate beneficiaries of these assets and contact them to let them know the situation. It was fun to be able to connect dots and find all the included parties but the first reaction I would always get was I must be a Nigerian Prince with this offer being too good to be true. 

I must say though that my current job is the one that’s most enthralling. 

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you?
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure … than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat"    

~Teddy Roosevelt.  

 Which song would you choose for karaoke? 
I love karaoke. One of my favorite things to do is to sing duets with my four-year-old daughter Chloe who is turning out to be a little ham. Our number one duet is the Annie song “Together At Last” though we have many others such as “Love is An Open Door” from Frozen.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be? 
Don’t ever play cards with a man that has a city or state as his first name such as Minnesota Fats or Cheyenne Sam. You probably also want to steer clear of any women with tattoos of daggers on their right arm.

What is one of your favorite things to do Downtown?
I really enjoy following behind a group of people walking down the street and hearing them talk about how much Downtown has changed. I also enjoy watching kids play at Container Park and strollers come through the gates. It’s great to see the excitement on their faces, or even the faces of the adults when they look around the park. The gratification that comes along with seeing what we’re doing through other people’s eyes is immeasurable.  

In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
The future of downtown will continue to be the spot for locals but we also want to continue to attract tourists and conventions to showcase all that has changed in a very small time. 

What is your favorite downtown venue?
My favorite place is the Dome at Container Park. I’ve spent the last year working to activate the space and at some point over next few weeks we hope to have it open to the public. The possibilities for the Dome are limitless and we have some really great things planned. I see it as the next great opportunity to bring both locals and tourists to Downtown.