President and Chief Executive Officer
Texas native George Postolos became President and CEO after the purchase of the Houston Astros by Jim Crane and his partners in November of 2011. George had worked with Jim for five years in pursuing an MLB franchise before ultimately completing the purchase of the Astros.
From the start, Jim and George have been clear about their long-term plan for the Astros: develop the best young talent in baseball to make the Astros a perennial contender and be the most accessible organization in sports in order to strengthen relationships with customers, fans and the community. After one season their plan is already yielding results.
Since naming Jeff Luhnow as the Astros 12th General Manager, the Astros farm system has jumped from the bottom to the top, as evidenced by performance on the field and the projections of the media. Prior to the 2013 season, ESPN.com's Keith Law ranked the Astros as the No. 4 farm system in baseball, a significant jump from the No. 27 spot the team occupied prior to the 2012 season. Three of the Astros affiliates reached the postseason in 2012, with two going on to championship series, and one, the Lancaster Jethawks, clinching the California League Championship title. Minor leaguers Carlos Correa, Jonathan Singleton, George Springer and Jarred Cosart were all named to MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list for 2013, further evidence that the Astros talent is vastly improved.
The Astros leadership maintains constant dialogue with customers and fans through season ticket holder events, fan forums, surveys, focus groups, community events and sales calls. This fan-friendly approach has resulted in numerous first-year initiatives to strengthen the organization. Minute Maid Park now has more affordable tickets, more reasonably priced beer and allows fans more flexibility to bring their own food and water. Team philanthropy has also become more focused on the Astros' three charitable pillars of the military, cancer research, and youth baseball/softball and refurbishing those fields in the inner city. In addition, 2013 marks the debut of the new Astros brand. The new uniform, logo, and return of long-time favorite mascot Orbit are all based on fan feedback and draw on the team's rich heritage. The launch of the brand has been met with incredible fan approval and support. The new look will be featured not only on the uniforms, but also within Minute Maid Park, as it undergoes renovations to incorporate the new team colors - blue and orange - and new logo - the star and block "H".
Although 2013 will mark only his second full season as an executive in Major League Baseball, George established a solid reputation in the professional sports world at an early age. In 1998, he joined the Houston Rockets as COO, and by 2002 was named President and CEO. During his tenure, Postolos helped the Rockets franchise triple in value, while spearheading the development of the Toyota Center, which opened in 2003, and a groundbreaking local television partnership.
George also worked to bring the 2006 NBA All-Star Game to the Toyota Center, to launch a new Rockets uniform and logo, and to develop award-winning television, print and billboard advertising campaigns. In 2002, at age 38, George was honored as a member of the SportsBusiness Journal's 40 under 40, as one of the country's sports executives to watch.
In 2006, George left the Rockets to start The Postolos Group, LP, an investment and advisory firm that specialized in the sports and live entertainment business.
Prior to joining the Rockets, George served as Special Assistant to NBA Commissioner David Stern in 1997-98. In that role, he assisted Stern with matters pertaining to administration and management of the league including collective bargaining, efficient operation of league offices, national television, international expansion, and retail brand extensions.
George graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He practiced law for six years prior to becoming a sports executive.
George grew up in San Antonio, TX, where he gained much of his business, marketing and customer service acumen from his father, Luke, who owned and operated the Old San Francisco Steak House Company. George also sold season tickets and program advertising for his hometown San Antonio Spurs under owner and family friend Angelo Drossos.
George and his wife, Nicole, reside in Houston with their two daughters and one son.
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