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Rick Schlesinger

Hospitality | Sports
President – business operations
Milwaukee Brewers |  Milwaukee

Rick Schlesinger oversees business operations for the Milwaukee Brewers, valued at $1.28 billion according to Forbes. With more than 2.4 million fans attending Brewers’ home games annually, the franchise has focused on the fan experience and improving ballpark amenities. Notably, Schlesinger oversaw the 2021 transition of the name of the team’s home from Miller Park to American Family Field, under the reported $4 million annual naming rights deal with the Madison-based insurance company.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., Harvard University

Business leaders you would like to have dinner with: “Fred Smith, founder of FedEx, and Howard Schulz, CEO of Starbucks. I spend money with these two companies on a daily basis, and I would like to learn how they have managed to grow their operations while maintaining quality and customer service.”

First job: “Garbage man for the Village of Bayside. I learned to show up for work every day and give your best effort every day.”

Biggest risk you’ve ever taken: “Quitting a high-paying law firm job to work for The Walt Disney Company in motion picture finance and development.”

Why you’re excited for the future: “Our country and our people. As Winston Churchill said, ‘We invariably do the right thing after first exhausting all other alternatives.’

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