Chairman and Principal Owner
Mark Attanasio enters his 19th season as chairman and principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Over the course of Attanasio’s leadership, the Brewers have been one of the National League’s most competitive teams, holding the fourth-highest winning percentage in the NL since the 2005 season (1443-1372, .513). The Brewers have reached the postseason four times in the past six years, missing out in 2017 and 2022 by a single game both times. The team holds the third-highest winning percentage in the NL since 2017 (481-390, .552), trailing only the Dodgers and Braves. Milwaukee is one of just four teams to win at least 86 games in each of the past five full seasons (not including 2020), joining the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers.
Over the past 19 years, Attanasio has been committed to the fan experience, and through significant investments, American Family Field is consistently rated as one of the best venues in sports.
Attanasio has also worked to maintain continuity among the organization’s business and baseball operations leadership as well as with manager Craig Counsell, who continues to be the longest-tenured manager in the National League. Attanasio remains focused on his longstanding objective to establish the organization as a champion both on and off the field, and he continues to work diligently to uphold the four cornerstone pledges he made to the Brewers and to the community when the team was purchased in 2005:
- FIELDING A PERENNIALLY COMPETITIVE TEAM
Attanasio works closely with Matt Arnold, the baseball operations staff and Craig Counsell in their efforts to build a sustainable inflow of young talent that supplements the team’s veteran players to field a perennially competitive roster.
The 2022 roster featured prominent contributions by several players drafted or signed and developed in the team’s farm system, including pitchers Aaron Ashby, Corbin Burnes, Peter Strzelecki, Brent Suter, Devin Williams and Brandon Woodruff as well as infielder Keston Hiura and outfielders Garrett Mitchell and Tyrone Taylor.
Homegrown pitchers Burnes and Williams were named National League All-Stars and represented the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic in Los Angeles. Burnes became the first pitcher in franchise history to lead his league in strikeouts as he paced the National League with 243.
Mitchell and left-handed pitcher Ethan Small received their first taste of the Major Leagues in 2022. The next wave of young talent is on the cusp of the big leagues as infielder Brice Turang and outfielders Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer had strong seasons in Triple-A last season.
At only 18 years old, outfielder Jackson Chourio enters the 2023 season ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in the Minor Leagues by Baseball America after winning Carolina League Most Valuable Player honors in 2022.
In addition, the Brewers have added to their homegrown talent by trading for key pieces in shortstop Willy Adames, catcher William Contreras and first baseman Rowdy Tellez over the past two years.
- DELIVERING THE BEST FAN EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE
Attanasio greatly values and appreciates the unwavering support of Brewers fans. Since 2008, the team has ranked in the top 10 in total season attendance eight times - besting teams in much larger markets - exemplifying the power and passion of the Brewers fan base.
Attanasio’s ongoing commitment to the fan experience has included funding numerous enhancements at American Family Field over the years.
This season, the Brewers will introduce the new J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard at American Family Field. The working brewery will feature specialty beer brewed onsite by the Master Brewers at Leinenkugel’s as well as a full-service bar and restaurant experience in one of the ballpark’s most premier locations overlooking left field.
This season will also see the rollout of a new state-of-the-art audio system, marking the first time the American Family Field sound system has been upgraded since the ballpark was built more than 20 years ago.
- REMAINING A LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY
Throughout Attanasio’s tenure with the Brewers, he has remained personally dedicated to and involved with Brewers Community Foundation (BCF), the Club’s charitable arm. Since 2010, BCF has donated more than $50 million to local non-profits supporting health, education, recreation and basic needs.
In 2022, more than 150 non-profit organizations received funding through the Foundation’s initiatives. In addition to the fans’ support of the Foundation, all players, their families, team executives and front office staff contributed their time and/or financial resources in 2022.
- BEING AN ORGANIZATION WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO WORK, WHETHER ON THE FIELD OR BEHIND THE SCENES
Attanasio has continued to deliver on his commitment to ensure the Brewers are one of the best places to work, not only in Greater Milwaukee, but in all of sports. Throughout his tenure as principal owner, the organization has grown as a desirable destination for some of Major League Baseball’s top players, front office personnel and business executives.
Under Attanasio’s leadership, the organization has created a culture focused on best practices and achieving excellence across all areas and departments. He has guided the development of an effective diversity and inclusion program, advancing a strong culture of inclusion and engagement to enhance the Club and the overall community. This includes providing all Club employees, including game-day staff, training and leadership development with an emphasis on embracing diversity, innovation and service to the community.
BEYOND THE BREWERS
Attanasio has been an accomplished investment management executive for more than 35 years. In addition to his role as chairman and principal owner of the Brewers, he is a managing partner of Crescent Capital Group, LP, a Los Angeles-based alternative asset management firm that he co-founded in 1991.
Attanasio holds positions on several not-for-profit boards, including Heal the Bay, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Harvard-Westlake School. He also has a leadership role as chairman of Major League Baseball’s Investment Committee, and he previously served on the Executive Council. Additionally, he is a member of LA2028, the bid committee that successfully secured the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Attanasio is also an investor in the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Attanasio received his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. He and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, Dan and Mike, and two grandchildren.