President of Business Operations
Rick George, who has spent nearly 30 years as a sports executive on the professional and collegiate level, was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Rangers in October 2010. George, who joined the Rangers after a seven-year stint with the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, works closely with CEO & President Nolan Ryan and members of the club's business operations team.
George served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations for the PGA TOUR from June 2008 until joining the Rangers. He was responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the PGA TOUR, including Player Relations, Competitions, the Rules Committee, and Tournament Business Affairs. In that role, he worked closely with the tournaments and TOUR staff assisting in obtaining and renewing title sponsorships and working with the Tournament Business Affairs team to help tournaments with revenue generating opportunities.
Rick joined the PGA Tour, Inc. as the first President of the Champions Tour in January 2003 and was instrumental in helping grow revenues and increase sponsorships for its events. George added the responsibilities of Executive Vice President, Championship Management in December 2006 while continuing as President of the Champions Tour.
Prior to joining PGA TOUR, Inc., George was the President/CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, a 501c3 organization whose mission is to raise money for children's charities through the production of golf related events, from August 1998-January 2003. He was a key part of rebranding the Foundation, increasing charitable giving for the Foundation and created numerous new initiatives in his role. His experience on the collegiate level includes positions as Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at Vanderbilt University from 1991-98; Assistant Athletic Director, Football Operations at the University of Colorado from 1987-91; and Football Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Illinois from 1983-87. Rick serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Rangers Foundation, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum, the j.k. livin foundation, and the North Texas Chapter of the National Sports Marketing Network and is a member of the Bayou District Foundation Advisory Council and the Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative Executive Committee.
A four-year starter in football and a 1982 graduate at the University of Illinois, George and his wife Nancy have two daughters, Jenni and Christi and reside in Colleyville.
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