President -- Business Operations
Rick Schlesinger is in his 17th season with the Milwaukee Brewers and first as president of business operations after being promoted to his current position on January 23, 2019. He previously served as executive vice president of business operations (2003-10) and spent the past eight seasons as chief operating officer (2011-18).
Schlesinger oversees the organization's business affairs, including finance, human resources, information technology, legal, sponsorships, marketing, ticketing, communications, broadcasting and non-baseball special events. Additionally, he oversees the Phoenix Spring Training complex operation as well as the operations of the Brewers-owned Class-A Carolina Mudcats.
In nearly every aspect of the business, the Brewers have eclipsed records during Schlesinger's tenure. In 2018, over 2.85 million fans attended games at Miller Park, representing the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that the organization has exceeded the 2.5 million attendance mark. The team has sold in excess of 2.3 million tickets for 13 consecutive seasons, making the Brewers one of just eight Major League teams to reach that level each year since 2006.
Under Schlesinger's guidance, the Club has enhanced the fan experience at Miller Park on numerous fronts. In 2017, the Brewers initiated a complete transformation of the food and beverage hospitality experience, which marked the largest Club-funded project in the history of Miller Park. Those efforts were honored with the 2017 Ballpark Digest Award for Best New Concessions Experience. Last season's most notable upgrade included a renovation of the PNC Club Level concourse, which serves as a popular destination for suite patrons and ticket buyers.
The most significant investment for 2019 is the renovation and complete rebuild of the Arizona-based facility, Brewers Fields of Phoenix. The $60-plus million project includes a new clubhouse building with locker rooms and vastly improved facilities for all of the baseball operations functions. It also features a wide array of fan enhancements, including new concessions, retail stores, seating and scoreboard.
Over the years, the Brewers have expanded their reach into the community to include the rebranding of Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. and the introduction of several new initiatives to benefit area causes.
Prior to joining the Brewers, Schlesinger served as vice president of business and legal affairs/assistant general manager for the Anaheim Angels from 1998-2002 after previously working in motion picture development and production for Walt Disney Pictures and Television.
Schlesinger is actively involved in several charitable and community activities, including membership on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History Board of Visitors.
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. After graduating from Harvard, he spent six years at the Los Angeles law firm of Latham and Watkins before joining Disney.
Schlesinger is a native of Bayside, Wisconsin, and resides in Oconomowoc with his wife, Kate. They have five children: Bradley, Sam, Katie, Molly, and Mathieu.