NFL Alumnus Dustin Lyman: Tight End to CEO

Former Bears tight end Dustin Lyman is a tough competitor whether in the boardroom or on the slopes.

Lyman is a Colorado native who played five NFL seasons before retiring after the 2004 season. He then stayed in Chicago and worked in the financial services area during the day and attended the prestigious University of Chicago at night to earn an MBA.

“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do after I stopped playing,” he says. “I just knew that I wanted a break from the game to start something that was a career completely different from football. ”

He certainly succeeded in doing just that. A decade after his Bears days, he became Vice President of Finance for Mrs. Fields Famous Brands in its corporate office in his home state. Three years later, Lyman was elevated to Chief Executive Officer for that iconic brand.  

He credits our great sport for much of his business success.

“I had to take my determination, focus and level of effort up a notch to a level I didn’t even know was possible,” he explains about his NFL career. “Going through that process of preparation really enabled me to do things after football that I’m not sure I would have been able to do.”

Lyman  enjoyed tremendous success with Mrs. Fields but he knew there was at least one more career move for him. 

Late last year, he accepted the role as President & General Manager of the Copper Mountain resort in nearby Frisco, Colorado. Lyman has ambitious plans to expand the resort’s snowmaking capacity by 50% and develop summer activities so that Copper Mountain becomes  a year-round family destination.

We at NFL Alumni wish Dustin Lyman only cold, snowy winters and warm, sunny summers in the near future. The rest will be in the confident hands of this successful former tight end.

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