President - Business Operations
Rick Schlesinger enters his 18th season with the Brewers and second in his current position after being promoted on January 23, 2019. He has previously held roles with the organization as executive vice president of business operations (2003-10) and chief operating officer (2011-18).
Schlesinger oversees the organization’s business operations, including finance, human resources, information technology, legal, sponsorships, marketing, ticketing, business analytics, broadcasting, communications and non-baseball special events. In addition, he also oversees the team’s Spring Training complex in Phoenix and the operations of the Carolina Mudcats, the organization’s Class-A Minor League affiliate.
The Brewers have established new records in nearly every aspect of the business during Schlesinger’s tenure. In 2019, over 2.9 million fans attended games at Miller Park, marking the 12th time in the past 13 seasons that the organization has surpassed 2.5 million in attendance.
In 2019, the organization completed two significant initiatives. First, the team undertook an extensive renovation of its Phoenix-based Spring Training complex, American Family Fields of Phoenix. The $60-plus million project included a new building housing the Major and Minor League clubhouses as well as vastly improved facilities for all baseball operations functions. It also featured a wide array of enhancements to the fan experience at the complex, including new concessions, retail stores, seating, and scoreboard.
Second, the team introduced a new logo and uniform system centered around a modernized version of the iconic Ball-In-Glove logo, which was first introduced in 1978. Four new uniforms were included in the new system, including a cream-colored home uniform with an industrial font.
This season, the Brewers will introduce two new fan experiences at Miller Park. The Restaurant To Be Named Later replaces Friday’s Front Row Grill and features a menu that celebrates a variety of Wisconsin favorites with twists on classic food and beverage offerings. The team is also adding a new bar and viewing deck located in left field on the Loge Level to be known as the Miller Lite Landing.
Prior to joining the organization, Schlesinger spent five seasons (1998-2002) as vice president of business and legal affairs/assistant general manager for the Anaheim Angels. He previously worked for Walt Disney Pictures and Television in motion picture development and production and at the Los Angeles law firm of Latham and Watkins.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, Schlesinger received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (cum laude) in 1986. A native of Bayside, Wisconsin, Rick currently resides in Oconomowoc with his wife, Kate. They have five children: Bradley, Sam, Caitlin, Molly, and Mathieu.