Ron Fowler is the Executive Chairman and co-owner of the San Diego Padres and the Chairman and CEO of Liquid Investments, Inc. He is a principal and board member of both Beer Capitol Distributing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and of Columbia Distributing in Oregon and Washington. Recognized as a beverage industry leader, Ron has chaired or been a member of numerous corporate and association boards over the past 40 years.
Ron was named to the Major League Baseball (MLB) Executive Council in 2017 and currently sits on MLB's Pension Committee and Labor Policy Committee. From 2015-2016, he served as chairman of the Labor Policy Committee's negotiation with MLB Player's Association on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that ensures labor peace through 2021.
Ron's special interest is higher education. In 2016, Ron and his wife Alexis, pledged a $25 million endowment gift to San Diego State University's (SDSU) College of Business Administration that will provide scholarships and professorships, develop a lecture series, and provide international experiences and expanded programming for SDSU business students. He was the primary financial contributor and chaired the successful campaign to create the Entrepreneurial Management Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) and served as the first chairman of its board of governors. He is chairman emeritus of the SDSU Campanile Foundation and past chairman of the President's Advisory Board. In 2005, Ron received an honorary doctorate from SDSU. Since 1996, Ron has served on the University of San Diego's Board of Trustees and currently serves as board chair. In 2008, Ron received the John F. Cade Award in Entrepreneurship. And in 2014, Ron received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, both from the University of St. Thomas.
An avid sports enthusiast, Ron chairs the Executive Committee of the San Diego Hall of Champions. From 1987-1991, he was the Owner/Managing General Partner of the San Diego Sockers professional soccer team. In 1991, he was recognized as "San Diego Sports Businessman of the Year." He chaired the Mayor's Task Force on Padres Planning, was the founding chair of the San Diego International Sports Council, and chaired the San Diego Super Bowl Task Force and the 2003 Super Bowl Host Committee. Ron's efforts were instrumental in San Diego being awarded the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star game.
Ron has been recognized many times for his leadership roles in athletics, entrepreneurship and community service. In recent years, he received the first Chairman's Award from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, was named Herb Klein Civic Leadership Honoree by the Regional EDC, received the Downtown San Diego Partnership's Alonzo Award, and was Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Diego County's Person of the Year. In 2013, he was honored with the Guthrie Award by the Huntington's Disease Society of America and was named "Sportsman of the Year" by the San Diego Hall of Champions. Last year, Ron was honored by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce with the Herb Klein Spirit of San Diego Award. In 2018, the Hall of Champions' annual Community Champion Award was renamed the Ron Fowler Community Champion Award in honor of Ron's "unending generosity to San Diego, the Hall and its community programs."
Ron and his wife, Alexis, are the parents of five children and grandparents of two girls.