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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rick Welts Get Deserving Promo ...

News Item: Welts Promoted... This just in..

Was very glad to see this.. but we knew that Rick is one of the very best in sports history long before he joined the Phx Suns. Getting Rick to the Suns was one of JC and Bryan C's greatest moves EVER. May God Bless Them all and let's hope for dozens of years of success for Rick in Phx with his new title at the Suns.

PHOENIX (AP) --The Phoenix Suns have promoted president Rick Welts to chief executive officer, a title previously held by managing partner Robert Sarver.

Welts, a marketing specialist with long NBA ties, came to the Suns in July 2002 as president and chief operating officer. He joined the NBA in 1982, and by the time he left in 1999, he was serving as the league's executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of NBA Properties.

Welts began his basketball career as a Seattle SuperSonics ballboy in 1969 and eventually became the club's public relations director.

"During Rick's seven years with the Suns he has distinguished himself as one of professional sports' best operators,'' Sarver said in a statement. "Our creativity and success in areas such as marketing partnerships, technology, branding, customer service and this year's NBA All-Star events have all been a result of Rick's leadership.''

PS: TL's quick view:

Here's a quick list of the best NBA and other sports front office people.. No order, just all a tie for first..

Brian McIntyre
Rick Welts
Rod Thorn
Wayne Embry
Adam and DJS, of course.. 5*s
Bryan Colangelo
Mitch Kupchak
Chris Brienza
Tim Frank
RC and Pop
Jan Volk
Joel Litvin
Julie Fie
Paula Hanson
Bob King
Steve Patterson
Donnie Walsh
Alex Martins
Bob Price
Cheri White hanson
Tod Rosensweig and Jeff Twiss
Matt Dobek and Tons of PR people
Pete Rozelle
Pete Abitante
Bernadette Cannon (one of the very best sports minds in history)
Jim, Sean, Craig and the USA people
Bob Condron
Kevin Sullivan
Pat Riley
Ed Markey
Mark Broussard
Gary B, the boy barrister
Rich Gotham- has earned his way high on this list.
Mark Lev
Ray Ridder
Dave Allred
Tom Ambrose
Timmy D
Tommy Sheppard
Ed Oliva (MSG)
Jack Swope
Arthur Triche
Stan Kasten
Josh, of course.
David Benner
Josephine Traina - possible #1 ranking for all time bldg people.
Ticket sales miracle workers, Joe O'Neil, Stephen Riles
Tom James
John Black
Lon Rosen
Chris Mullin
Mark Pray
Dave Trotter - the guy who would give Josephine a run..

Apologies to others... so..
I could go on and on... will continue another time..

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