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President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors

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Rick Welts is an American sports executive, serving as the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to that post, Welts had also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Suns from July 2002 until September 9, 2011. From 1996 to 1999, he was the third-highest-ranking official in the NBA as its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Welts attended the University of Washington where he joined the Delta Chi Fraternity.

He worked for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1969 to 1979 in various capacities, from an initial stint as a ballboy to director of public relations when the SuperSonics won their (to date) only NBA Championship in 1979. Welts later worked at the NBA's league offices from 1982 to 1999, eventually rising to the positions of executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of NBA Properties. During this time, he was credited with the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend concept in 1984 and, as the agent for USA Basketball, the marketing campaign for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics "Dream Team." He was named Brandweek's 1998 Marketer of the Year for his work with WNBA President Val Ackerman in launching the WNBA.

On May 15, 2011, Welts publicly came out as gay in an interview with The New York Times.He is the first prominent American sports executive to come out and be openly gay. Welts is a member of the Advisory Board for You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.

Welts's first partner, whom he had met in a Seattle restaurant in 1977, died in March 1994. Welts was in another relationship from 1995 to 2009, which ended in part because of Welts' requirement that their relationship be hidden from public view.

On September 9, 2011, Welts announced he was resigning his position with the Suns in order to relocate to northern California and live with his new partner there. A few weeks later, Welts signed on as team president for the Warriors.

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Rick Welts

President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors

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Rick Welts Biography

Rick Welts is an American sports executive, serving as the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to that post, Welts had also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Suns from July 2002 until September 9, 2011. From 1996 to 1999, he was the third-highest-ranking official in the NBA as its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Welts attended the University of Washington where he joined the Delta Chi Fraternity.

He worked for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1969 to 1979 in various capacities, from an initial stint as a ballboy to director of public relations when the SuperSonics won their (to date) only NBA Championship in 1979. Welts later worked at the NBA's league offices from 1982 to 1999, eventually rising to the positions of executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of NBA Properties. During this time, he was credited with the creation of the NBA All-Star Weekend concept in 1984 and, as the agent for USA Basketball, the marketing campaign for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics "Dream Team." He was named Brandweek's 1998 Marketer of the Year for his work with WNBA President Val Ackerman in launching the WNBA.

On May 15, 2011, Welts publicly came out as gay in an interview with The New York Times.He is the first prominent American sports executive to come out and be openly gay. Welts is a member of the Advisory Board for You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.

Welts's first partner, whom he had met in a Seattle restaurant in 1977, died in March 1994. Welts was in another relationship from 1995 to 2009, which ended in part because of Welts' requirement that their relationship be hidden from public view.

On September 9, 2011, Welts announced he was resigning his position with the Suns in order to relocate to northern California and live with his new partner there. A few weeks later, Welts signed on as team president for the Warriors.

Rick Welts Videos

  • NBA Executive Rick Welts On Coming Out - YouTube
  • KQED NEWSROOM: An Interview With Golden State Warriors ...
  • Rick Welts Speech At Warriors Parade Rally Oakland - YouTube

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  • How to book Rick Welts?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rick Welts for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rick Welts, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rick Welts or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rick Welts?

    Booking fees for Rick Welts, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rick Welts, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rick Welts?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rick Welts for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rick Welts for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rick Welts or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rick Welts or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rick Welts is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rick Welts for your event is available upon request. Rick Welts generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rick Welts for an upcoming event.

Rick Welts Speaker Videos

  • NBA Executive Rick Welts On Coming Out - YouTube
    KQED NEWSROOM: An Interview With Golden State Warriors ...
  • Rick Welts Speech At Warriors Parade Rally Oakland - YouTube
    Rick Welts' Golden State Warriors Interview: Real Sports with Bryant ...

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