Howard Pizer, Senior Executive Vice President
Howard Pizer celebrated his 30th season in Major League Baseball and with the White Sox in 2010 and now enters his 32nd season as the club's executive vice president.
In his role Pizer has primary responsibility for the business and administrative operations of the White Sox as well as continuing his oversight of the club's legal matters and governmental relations. The longtime business associate of Jerry Reinsdorf joined the White Sox in 1981 to handle the club's transition from former owner Bill Veeck to the Reinsdorf- Einhorn group.
During his 31-year tenure with the White Sox, Pizer has supervised the franchise's hosting of two Major League All-Star Games (1983 and 2003), the team's five postseason appearances (1983, 1993, 2000, 2005 and 2008), and the 2005 World Series, the first won by a Chicago baseball team in 88 years.
Prior to its opening on April 18, 1991, Pizer's primary focus was on the necessary steps to create new Comiskey Park, now Guaranteed Rate Field. He utilized this experience in connection with the development and operation of the United Center, the state-of-the-art facility which opened for the 1994-95 Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks season. Pizer also played a key role in negotiating the White Sox partnership with U.S. Cellular and remains the team's chief liaison with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), the state agency that serves as owner of Guaranteed Rate Field.
Pizer is responsible for the overall relationships between the White Sox and their concessionaires, Illinois Sportservice, and Levy Restaurants, and he annually has spearheaded the club's ongoing efforts to constantly improve the ballpark experience for fans attending games at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Pizer lends his organizational ability to the board of directors of Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities; Special Children's Charities, the fundraising arm of Chicago Special Olympics; Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago Board of Advisors; and Near West Side Community Development Corp., which is working to spur affordable housing and economic development on Chicago's near west side. The Chicago native also is an active participant in White Sox Volunteer Corps community service events, as well as the club's support of community efforts to develop the Wentworth Gardens and Bronzeville areas near Guaranteed Rate Field. Pizer also serves as vice president and secretary for Chicago White Sox Charities.
Born on October 23, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., Pizer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He is also a magna cum laude graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law. Pizer and his wife, Sheila, have two children: Jacqueline and Rachel; and four grandchildren.
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