BEREA, Ohio - Jimmy Haslam III made his first move as the new team owner of the Cleveland Browns when he introduced Joe Banner as the team's new Chief Executive Officer.
"Joe Banner is a great guy, I hard working guy, a guy who will be good for this organization, this is something I felt we had to get right"
Banner, who was ready to step in and go, flanked by his wife Helaine and his sons Jason and Jonathan, said, "I see a lot of familiar faces here in Ohio and I am happy to be back here."
Banner went on to say, "My goal is to find someone who is doing great and to continue that success to winning on the field."
During Banner's time with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team compiled a regular season record of 162-124-2 and made the playoffs 11 times, winning six NFC East titles, advancing to the NFC Championship Game on five different occasions and making one Super Bowl appearance.
Banner said his goals in Cleveland are simple. "I want to be able to attract very good people and create an environment where they want to stay."
Haslam and Banner addressed the team Wednesday and told the players everything that was going on. Banner wants to make sure the fans are getting the ultimate game day, and on his first game as the team's CEO, he will send out 20 Browns employees to help evaluate the game day experience from the parking lot before the game to inside the stadium during the game.
"We are going to strive for a championship caliber effort from everybody," said Banner.
When asked how quickly Browns fans can expect to see changes, Banner replied, "I think fairly quickly people will see progress. There is a plan that is in place and I think fans will see results."
Banner closed by saying, "Our goal is to win a super bowl and build the best team in the AFC."
Haslam was introduced to Banner three months ago as he was going through the process of purchasing the Browns from the Lerner family. The two have become fast friends.
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