All American Auto Mall in Old Bridge Updates

Episode 33: Guest Michael Greengarten, Assistant Director of Development for Rutgers Athletics

April 15, 2021 Jason Savino, Marketing Director, All American Auto Group Season 1 Episode 33
All American Auto Mall in Old Bridge Updates
Episode 33: Guest Michael Greengarten, Assistant Director of Development for Rutgers Athletics
Chapters
0:00
Introduction
0:30
Welcoming Guest Michael Greengarten
1:19
R-Fund
2:43
Rutgers Annual Day of Giving
4:59
Michael's Experience in Indianapolis for March Madness
7:35
Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC)
9:34
Successful Rutgers Sports Programs
13:13
All American Auto Group, Proud Partner of Rutgers Athletics
14:38
Michael & Automotive
All American Auto Mall in Old Bridge Updates
Episode 33: Guest Michael Greengarten, Assistant Director of Development for Rutgers Athletics
Apr 15, 2021 Season 1 Episode 33
Jason Savino, Marketing Director, All American Auto Group

Jason welcomes Michael Greengarten on the podcast this week for episode 33. Mike is the Assistant Director of Development, Communications & Engagement for Rutgers Athletics. They discuss the partnership between All American Auto Group and Rutgers Athletics. Mike talks about his role at Rutgers, the R-Fund and the Annual Day of Giving. He also discusses his experience in Indianapolis for March Madness and the recent success of Rutgers Athletics.

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Jason welcomes Michael Greengarten on the podcast this week for episode 33. Mike is the Assistant Director of Development, Communications & Engagement for Rutgers Athletics. They discuss the partnership between All American Auto Group and Rutgers Athletics. Mike talks about his role at Rutgers, the R-Fund and the Annual Day of Giving. He also discusses his experience in Indianapolis for March Madness and the recent success of Rutgers Athletics.

Jason Savino:

Hey everyone, I'm Jason Savino, the Marketing Director for the All American Auto Group. And this is the All American Auto Mall in Old Bridge Updates podcast. Last episode. So this is Episode 33. Last episode, I talked about our deal with Pete Alonso talks about the upcoming Bronco roadshow event. So check that episode out for some of those updates. This episode, I have very special guests. I have Mike Greengarten with us. He's the Assistant Director of Development, Communications and Engagement from Rutgers University and Rutgers Athletics. So thanks for joining Mike.

Michael Greengarten:

Thanks for having me, Jason.

Jason Savino:

I appreciate it. So tell us a little bit about your position at Rutgers.

Michael Greengarten:

Well, first of all, thank you to you and the all American auto group for having me on. I appreciate our partnership here at Rutgers. I'm at Rutgers. What I do, I work in our development office, which is the orphan team. So what makes you have a fundraising arm and we are that fundraising arm. So whether you want to donate $1 or $100,000, or $100, it doesn't matter. We're here to help support our student athletes or Scarlet knights, student athletes by being the athletics fundraising arm. So that's what I did.

Jason Savino:

So tell us a little bit about more about the our fund and kind of, you know, what it goes to and how it supports the athletes?

Michael Greengarten:

Sure. So the orphan, again is the fundraising arm of Rutgers athletics, we fundraise donations or gifts, anywhere from again $1 to $15 million, it doesn't matter. But we raise money for facilities. So we just had the brand new rW j Barnabas health, athletic performance center go up for men's basketball, women's basketball, gymnastics and wrestling programs, as well as it's a nutrition area for all of our student athletes and a study area and a tutoring area. And then we also just raise funds for the newly opened Gary and Barbara rockin Academic Success Center, which houses are the cross programs and soccer programs, and is it also houses our Academic Services team, our leadership academy ltsp. And it also moved a lot of the athletic department staff into one roof, which has really never happened before. So we raise money for those facilities, and we help get that going. We also raise money for scholarships. And then anything in between so tutoring, nutrition, travel, anything like that. We help raise money for to support our student athletes.

Jason Savino:

Wow. That's great, because a lot of stuff you got going on there a lot of new stuff at Rutgers. That's great. I know. Previously, what with my conversations with the brokers, universities, you guys have brought up the annual Day of Giving that had recently passed. Can you talk about that a little bit?

Michael Greengarten:

Sure. So every single year, we have an annual they've given. So it's called Giving Day. This happens across the country. But at Rutgers our day this year was March 24. And we actually set a record for the most donations. Should I say the most dollars given in a single year we raised over $600,000. Yeah, so that was a total win for for student athletes for rockers. And that's only to athletics, so the university raise more money, but and then again, every year, we have usually between 915 100 donors that give on a single day of giving. So again, it ranges from $1 $200 to $1,000. And anywhere in between and anywhere above. But we really truly appreciate our fund donors and our student, our student athletes, our fans, our staff for taking part in Giving Day.

Jason Savino:

That's incredible. Why do you think in your opinion, you were able to break the record? Especially, you know, given the environment right now, how crazy it is, do you think that actually helped with it being a pandemic and people trying to help more? or Why do you think this year you broke a record?

Michael Greengarten:

I think our fans and our donors and orphaned donors still want to support our student athletes. Our student athletes are back on campus, and they're competing in their respective sports. So men's basketball, women's basketball, wrestling, lacrosse is rowing, field hockey, everyone's back on campus, and one's competing for the, you know, the black car. And our fans know that and they see the successes we're having both on the field in the classroom in the community, and they just want to support any way they can. And giving they gives our fans the platform and that day to be like, okay, we want to support how we're going to support when we get support. Oh, it's giving day. Let's give on Giving Day and help our student athletes because they are giving there are all characters we need to give all right back for them.

Jason Savino:

Very cool. Very cool. So let's Let's dive into some of the successes because, you know, I follow the Twitter now like crazy the account for Rutgers athletics and it seems like there's a big win every other day and crazy things are happening there. So, I know you were in Indianapolis for March Madness, talk about kind of that experience and the success of the basketball squads.

Michael Greengarten:

First of all, I wish all of our fans could have been in Indianapolis for March Madness to see our men's basketball program compete. You know, in the NCAA tournament, I wish everyone could have went to the women's program, and went to San Antonio and went to Texas to see and when we compete, and I wish our fans could have went out to St. Louis to see a wrestling program compete. Because the successes there were incredible, too. We, for the first time ever, we had three all Americans in one single NCAA championship for wrestling, nice women's basketball program was to succeed in the NCAA Tournament coach trainer continues to Hall of Famer that she is continues to, to make that program what it is, and it's been a just a model of consistency every single year. And then our men's program, honestly, you know, coach, Michael, I've run through a wall for him. And he knows that. And the way he's built this program has been with integrity and with class, and he's done it the right way. And that all culminated right Indianapolis, for our fans couldn't even be there. So I truly wish our fans could have been there to see this through. But to the fans that were there, and just obviously, the experience of being out there was just incredible, because if you think about it, it's the first time at least, that I believe in history that every single team has been in one singular location for an NCAA tournament in Indianapolis. So we had 68 teams in one location playing at what 878 venues. So the fans that were out there, just the sheer excitement that you felt just being there, even though it was still COVID. And even though protocols were still closely kept and tight, and people obviously had to wear masks everywhere you went. It was still an incredible experience. The first game being Clemson, I'm pretty sure I cried. Just just being there and seeing that that big block on the scoreboard, you know, the way that afterward and seeing how much it meant to the fans that were there and the fans that were at home on social media. It was it was truly incredible experience and I'm very lucky to have been a part of it and to see it but I truly wish all of our fans could have been there and been there throughout the year the rack. I don't know if you've been Jason and I'm pretty sure you have but the rack probably the it's the best venue all across college basketball and its most electric. I don't care if it's 8000 fans, I don't care if you're sitting the 300 level. There's no bad seat in the arena, the student sections incredible just how loud it gets. I get the chills and our fans get the chills every time you're there. And a big moment happens we're going to 10 Oh run other coach calls timeout. The band plays the fight song everyone's going nuts. It's it's the best venue in the country. And you know, I don't care what anyone else says. But it was a great experience being out in Indy.

Jason Savino:

Yeah, no, I've been to the rack. Last year actually, it was one of the last games before the COVID shutdown. So I went to the Rutgers against Maryland game where Rutgers actually like killed them. This great game, obviously me and my brother, who's the general manager here. He's a big Maryland fan. So he was a little upset with the outcome. But when you know, you guys hosted us, because we were going to start our partnership. So is this kind of amazing day that we had there and then the game was awesome. I was blown away by the atmosphere. I highly recommend anybody going and checking it out. It was it was truly a great experience. You know, Rutgers athletics does a great job there. And it was a fun game again, except for my brother who he's he's a terps alum, so he wanted that he wanted them to win there.

Michael Greengarten:

We need to get him back out there for the next SERPs loss of the rack. So no

Jason Savino:

matter we'll definitely be there. So tempted to wear some turps apparel, but tell him you can't do that. Rutgers is hosting us and look what happened Rucker That's right.

Michael Greengarten:

Jason, you did it. Right.

Jason Savino:

Yeah. So that that was fun. That was great. Um, so yeah, we know the successes of you know, basketball, we know that that footballs on the horizon and they're going to be hopefully very successful. What other and you had mentioned wrestling what other sports programs have been really successful that some of you know those major ones or the major fans might have missed.

Michael Greengarten:

I mean, if you just look at what's going on this spring, it'll it'll say you know, tell everything that you need to know field hockey right now is ranked number six in the country. They just swept the number four team in the country. Northwestern saw that it doubleheader of this past weekend. Our Men's Lacrosse program is number seven in the country. They've had quite A few wins this year big time wins. And I can't wait to see you know what they do in the in the big 10 tournament. Rolling is ranked 11th. I mean, we're right on the banks of the old garden and our rowing team under coach price has done incredible things. And every time I go to the rack, or or new athletic performance center, I see rowing, always practicing, they're always outside, you know, you're practicing and doing everything they can to do to get better every single day. And I'll give coach price a ton of credit. They work so hard. At their craft, Women's Soccer is ranked 22nd. And they're in the semifinals of the big 10 tournament. I think they're playing today. I got a look. So they're playing today, I believe in the NCAA tournament in the big 10 tournament. They're number 22 in the country, and then women's across it's number 24 in the country. And they're doing incredible things. So I mean, on top of that, or men's golf program, women's programs are doing great things. Swimming and Diving had a great year. So you know, you put everything together in our I've never been I've been around rockers since I was three years old Jason. And I've never been more excited about Rutgers athletics in general, not just basketball, not just football, not just wrestling. I've never been more excited about Rutgers athletics than I am right now. If you I stock, now's the time to buy stocks, softball, baseball, everything is just exploding. So if you want to, you know, take part, if you want to be a bandwagon, fan, anyone out there and you're like, I want to support a college, now's the time to support ruckers if you if you're someone that you know, is thinking about coming to Rutgers as an as an undergrad, just to just to come to Rutgers and be student, I would not recommend any other place other than Rutgers University.

Jason Savino:

Wow, that's great. I love your energy and passion to really come through. And I mean, listen, as an Auto Group, my family, you know, family owned and operated here, we grew up on Long Island. So ruckers was always a little far away from us to really follow sports wise. But you know, so many of our employees are ruckers alarms, or have family members and rockers. So you know, throughout the tournament throughout the sports, especially after we got involved with our partnership, you know, the amount of text I was getting during March Madness. And like I said, because you know, we're a part of the Twitter account when you guys put out the schedule and stuff. We're one of the sponsors, I kind of follow that I get the alerts. And like I said, I just see all these victories that you guys are posting about it just like crazy. It does seem like an exciting time right now for Rutgers athletics, for sure.

Michael Greengarten:

It's nonstop. I mean, the past few weekends, we've had 10 1214 wins, just continually winning and even, you know, all of our sports are just competing at the highest level and not just on the in competition, but in the classroom too. We're breaking records, you know, in academics. And then, you know, when we had students on campus, the amount of hours that they that they have in community service in just volunteering and taking part in the larger community, you know, around New Brunswick, Piscataway, um, you know, it's it's truly outstanding, and I'm so lucky to be a part of it. And I'm so happy that all American auto group is part of it, too.

Jason Savino:

Yeah, I appreciate that. We're so happy. And to give everybody a background. I've talked about it on a previous podcast episodes, but basically, Rutgers University is probably I don't know, 20 minutes, 25 minutes from our location here at Old Bridge. And we have, you know, sold fleet vehicles to Rutgers University for years. We're one of their bigger free fleet providers, and the opportunity with records and athletics came up to be a proud partner of them. And you know, we took it, we were excited. We knew that the sports were really starting to get traction across the gambit, like you said, and we're very excited to be part of it. So I appreciate that. And I love the passion. And like I said, all of our employees that went there, everybody's excited about it all. So

Michael Greengarten:

right now, and the leadership that we have, you know, with President hollaway coming in with our athletic director Pat Hobbs, Deputy Sarah Bumgarner. You know, my boss, Carly north of that and Liz Boyd just we have incredible leaders here. And that just trickles down to to our staff to our tour programs. And then just to the general you know, student body and like I said, there's no better time to be a part of Rutgers University and Rutgers athletics and right now, so I'm truly happy you guys are a part of this

Jason Savino:

great stuff. Great stuff. All right. If you got a couple more seconds, I had to cover a little car questions that I just do it with all my guests. So it was kind of kind of rapid fire. But what was your first vehicle

Michael Greengarten:

2005 black Ford Taurus. I bought it used at 60,000 miles and that puppy took me a long way.

Jason Savino:

That's awesome. So I've had a lot of guests on here. My employees Ford employees, even Subaru employees I think you're the first guest to actually have their first vehicle be a Ford. So that's great. Let's go

Michael Greengarten:

have it be the first guest.

Jason Savino:

That's awesome. And if you don't mind saying what are you driving now?

Michael Greengarten:

I'm driving a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Jason Savino:

Okay, so we'll change that over time. I'll get you in here. We'll get you over for that's easy. Last question, what was the longest or craziest road trip you've ever taken?

Michael Greengarten:

driven to Montreal? Wow. Okay, that was a fun one. Driving the Canada is always fun. I've driven up to Maine in my Ford tour. So when I had my my stepdad Kevin was the athletic director of Bates College up in Maine. Bates. So my mom and Kevin lived up in Maine. And I drove that Ford Taurus 2005, four tours from New Jersey to Maine. I think 16 times I counted. Wow. So and that's seven hours one way. So both ways. It's like 14 hours so afford. I gotta tell you, it held up a lot. Despite those 16 times, driving up and back from Maine, to Maine, so I love that trip.

Jason Savino:

It was very, that's crazy. That's crazy. The Ford Taurus. I mean, yeah, it was a beast, you know, always high in the rankings with sales throughout the country. So

Michael Greengarten:

no doubt.

Jason Savino:

All right. Well, Mike, I really appreciate it. I look forward to having you on again. You know, let's get football going. Let's get into the fall and some of these next set of sports and we'll have you back on.

Michael Greengarten:

Thank you again and thank you for supporting Rutgers athletics. Appreciate the all American auto group really good. I appreciate it. Thanks, Mike.

Introduction
Welcoming Guest Michael Greengarten
R-Fund
Rutgers Annual Day of Giving
Michael's Experience in Indianapolis for March Madness
Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC)
Successful Rutgers Sports Programs
All American Auto Group, Proud Partner of Rutgers Athletics
Michael & Automotive