Meet a Mustang: Michael Proman '99
Each month, the 123 eNewsletter features 10 questions with a member of our alumni community. This month, take a moment to get to know Michael Proman ’99.
Mike is the managing director at Fancam, a company that specializes in large-file images giving fans personalized content and helping brands maximize sponsorships. Fancam takes high-resolution photos—some 4,000 times bigger and more detailed than your average smartphone photo—at premier events throughout the country and world.
In addition to his work at Fancam, Mike is also active on the Breck Alumni Council where he has served since 2010. He currently helps with the CEO (Career Exploration Opportunities) program and is the Alumni Council Service Committee Chair. From 2012-16 he was the co-chair of the Alumni Annual Fund and in 2010-11 he was the 7th and 8th grade football coach.
Mike is a 2003 graduate of Amherst College where he obtained his degree in Asian Studies with a concentration in Chinese and in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.
1. What was the last book you read?
Happy Hippo. And Angry Duck (to my 2-year-old son).
2. Why did you choose your profession?
Pro football wasn’t happening—apparently, not a lot of NFL teams draft kickers out of Division III schools!
I’ve been in sports and entertainment in various capacities since I left college—initially, on the sponsor side and then experiencing things from the property perspective. Being fully immersed in the industry also exposed numerous dysfunctions and inefficiencies, which has motivated and enabled me for more than eight years to identify, develop and implement disruptive technologies that challenge the status quo. I guess you could say I currently reside in the early-stage, sports and technology space, but my parents don’t even know what I do (I’m serious).
Bottom line: Breck does a tremendous job providing a foundation for students—giving them the skills to reinvent themselves. I’d like to believe that I’m a testament of this elasticity, which has supported my career journey (wherever it goes from here).
3. What’s one of the best decisions you’ve ever made?
Marrying my wife, moving back to Minnesota and sending my kid(s) to Breck.
4. Tell us about your favorite Breck memory?
Putting down eight chicken patties at one sitting. I was well on my way to becoming a competitive eater until I realized I clearly don’t have what it takes to devour 70+ hot dogs in 12 minutes.
5. Name three people – living or dead – you would have dinner with.
Nelson Mandela, Amy Schumer and Mark Cuban
6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
Health Manipulation—provide solutions for (in)curable diseases
7. What teacher inspired you most?
Margaret Wong—Despite the fact that my Chinese proficiency is currently a fraction of what it was, she made me appreciate the importance of hard work and persistence more than anyone
8. What words of wisdom would you pass on to your childhood self?
Enjoy the moment and remember that everything happens for a reason.
9. Advice for recent Breck grads?
Whether you like it or not, there’s a sense of responsibility that comes with a Breck diploma. You’ve discovered how to be successful, you’re more fortunate than most people and you have an unquestionably bright future ahead. Use the privilege you’ve earned to make an impact in whatever you do, and in doing so, don’t forget about those who helped you get there and those who didn’t have the opportunities you did.
10. Why is it important for you to stay connected to Breck?
The impulsive answer is my kids, but the real answer is that the theme of “perpetual learning” applies to everyone—especially alums and parents. I’d happily trade a conference call or business trip to spend time with members of the Breck community, particularly students and teachers. They motivate, inspire and teach me more than most of the people I interact with professionally.