In the Ring

Domonique Dolton, a promis­ing Detroit­based boxer, is man­aged by David Se­gura, the founder and CEO of the tech firm Vi­sion IT.

Inc. (USA) - - CONTENTS - By David Whit­ford Pho­to­graphs by Ike Edeani

David Se­gura’s grand­fa­ther fled the Mex­i­can Revo­lu­tion in 1917 for work on the assem­bly lines in Detroit— “from the state of Mi­choacán to the state of Michi­gan,” he used to say. Se­gura’s first job out of the Univer­sity of Michi­gan was at Ford, but not on the fac­tory floor; he had a com­puter science de­gree. When he quit three years later, at 25, to start his own soft­ware devel­op­ment firm, his blue-col­lar dad thought he was nuts. Se­gura’s first two cus­tomers sold hot dogs and tor­tillas; to­day, Vi­sion IT has 850 em­ploy­ees world­wide, a ros­ter of For­tune 500 clients (in­clud­ing Ford), and more than $100 mil­lion in rev­enue. “You get to a point in your ca­reer when you’ve had some suc­cess,” says Se­gura, “and you’re in a po­si­tion to re­ally im­pact some­one else.” Se­gura spends about 20 hours a month work­ing with Dolton—help­ing book fights, man­age a so­cial me­dia pres­ence, and choose ap­pro­pri­ate en­dorse­ments, among them cloth­ier Detroit Vs Ev­ery­body. So far, he’s in­vested $35,000 in travel, train­ing, and mar­ket­ing, and he’s yet to see a re­turn. But that could change. Cham­pi­ons fight for seven-fig­ure purses and sign lu­cra­tive endorsement deals, and the man­ager takes a cut.

Spe­cial In­ter­est David Se­gura, 47, grew up go­ing to fight nights at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michi­gan, with his dad. This night, he’s in a ring­side seat at the Dort Fed­eral Credit Union Event Cen­ter in nearby Flint, watch­ing his boxer take on an...

In the Arena Not to be over­looked, says Se­gura, is the “awe­some cool fac­tor” of man­ag­ing a pro­fes­sional boxer—even one ap­pear­ing on the un­der­card this night in Flint. Se­gura en­listed his staff at Vi­sion IT to work on lo­gos and mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als...

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