Mark Your Calendars! The ESABA Gala is Back and it will be an East Side Revival!
May 18, 2017
Mueller Memorial St. Paul
Contemporary Hall Room
835 Johnson Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55106
$39.00 (Early Bird Special Pricing!)
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President, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx
Chris Wright is entering his 13th season as President for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx and his 26th season with the organization. He previously served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
In his current role, Wright is responsible for supporting the business operations of both teams. A constant fixture in the Twin Cities’ corporate community, Wright manages several of the organizations’ most integrated partnerships including Target (arena naming rights partner) and Mayo Clinic (practice facility naming rights partner). Additionally, he is heavily involved in the arena renovation, a $130 million project that began in the spring of 2016. In 2014, Wright led the sales efforts and development of Mayo Clinic Square, a state-of-the-art practice and performance facility. He is also assisting the ownership group of the Minnesota United as it prepares to enter into the MLS family. A true believer that a healthy culture is a winning culture, Wright helped author the organization’s vision statement: Believe, Inspire, Unite.
Prior to joining the Timberwolves, Wright spent three years working for the state of Minnesota, initially as a consultant working on bids for major national and international events, including the programming of the $17.4 million National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. Wright also served as general manager for two Major Indoor Soccer League Teams, the Pittsburgh Spirit (1981-86) and the Minnesota Strikers (1986-87).
Wright graduated from Carnegie College of Physical Education in Headingly, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He is very involved in and consults with many local charities and youth sports programs. He was elected to and serves on the advisory board of the Minnesota State University Sports Management Program. A native of England, Wright currently resides in Eden Prairie, MN, with his wife Walla. Wright also has a daughter Christy, two sons Jeff and Ned, daughters-in-law Amy and Laura and grandson Brennan.