CHARLOTTE – One of the first Carolina Panthers employees David Tepper met was security officer and team ambassador John Coleman, who mans the front desk at Bank of America Stadium.
During a site visit in the midst of the bidding process, Tepper and Coleman hit it off, which is what generally happens when anyone comes into contact with the affable greeter who has worked for the Panthers since 1996.
“He’s very people oriented, and so am I. He meets ya where you’re at,” Coleman said of his initial conversations with Tepper. “It was like he had known me forever.”
On his way out, Tepper asked Coleman for his business card, to which Coleman replied that he didn’t have any.
“We’re going to make sure you have some,” Coleman recalled Tepper saying.
Fast forward to July 16 – about a week into the Tepper era as Panthers owner – and Coleman has his business cards. Tepper hand-delivered them, as you can see in the video below.
“He’s a man of his word,” Coleman said.