Each year the National Sports Forum features 80+ speakers from a variety of leagues, organizations, agencies and top spokespeople within the sports industry.
Below are the speakers for the 2017 National Sports Forum.
Dave St. Peter
Dave St. Peter was named the fourth president in Minnesota Twins history on November 26, 2002. He oversees the team’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and interaction with Major League Baseball. St. Peter played a central role in the approval, design, construction and opening of Target Field, which was named 2011 Sports Facility of the Year by the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily. He also recently led the Twins effort to secure and host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; expansion of the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL – named Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Major Ballpark Renovation of the Year; as well as the team’s partnership with Hennepin County on the design and programming of Minnesota’s newest intermodal transit hub - Target Field Station. At age 49, St. Peter completed his 27th year with the Twins. He joined the organization as an intern in 1990 and over his first decade with the franchise held a variety of positions including Pro Shop Manager, Communications Manager, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. As the club president, the Twins established a new single season franchise attendance record in 2010 by attracting more than 3.2 million fans to Target Field while the team was recognized by ESPN as having the best stadium experience in all of professional sports. St. Peter’s leadership has been integral in the team’s growing corporate partnership base; development of the “Magic Moments” customer service initiative; the “Go Twins, Go Green” environmental stewardship platform; expansion of the Treasure Island Baseball Network; aggressive community outreach; and enhanced alumni involvement -- including creation of the Twins Hall of Fame. St. Peter has been part of a leadership team helping the franchise win six American League Central Division championships (2002-04, 06 and 09-10). During St. Peter’s leadership tenure, the Twins have twice been named “Organization of the Year” by Baseball America (2002 and 04). In 2006, the entire Twins organization was recognized as the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s “Sports Person of the Year.” The franchise received the Atlanta Sports Council’s Horizon Award (2002) as the Professional Sports Organization of the Year while the Twins Community Fund was a 2000 recipient of the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Quality of Life Award and a 2006 recipient of a Project Evergreen Award. The State of Minnesota named the Twins organization a Yellow Ribbon Company in 2014. Five of the past six years (2010, 2012-2015) the Twins have been honored by the Star Tribune as one of the “Top 100” workplaces in Minnesota. In 2011, the Twins were the recipient of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s “Living the Dream” Award. St. Peter has also been named to the Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” lists. In the community, St. Peter currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest, the YMCA of the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance and 2020 Partners. St. Peter was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1989. Dave, son Jack and twin sons Eric and Ben make their home in Chanhassen, MN.
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