Eli Sherman Pillar of Achievement- 2018
Stan Kasten became the Dodgers' President and CEO on April 30, 2012. The team has topped the Majors in attendance each season since his hiring, while making improvements to Dodger Stadium to keep the leagueís third-oldest stadium among the best baseball facilities. For the past 40 years, Kasten has been a highly respected sports figure and developed a reputation for creating winning franchises by relying on three pillars - scouting and player development, enhancing the fan experience, and community outreach - to establish franchises built for long-term success on and off the field.
Last year the Dodgers captured its First National League pennant since 1988 and have won five consecutive NL West titles, doing so for the First time in franchise history. The Dodgers have maintained one of baseballís top-rated farm systems and, in 2017, the club was recognized as Baseball Americaís "Organization of the Year," honoring the team for its success from top to bottom.
Kasten, the Los Angeles Sports Council's 2013 Executive of the Year, is on the board of directors for the LA84 Foundation as well as LA2028, the group running the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He became the First sports figure to hold the title of president of three different teams in three different major sports simultaneously, doing so with MLB's Atlanta Braves, the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, and the NHLís Atlanta Thrashers.
Kasten, at the age of 27 in 1979, became the youngest general manager in NBA history with the Hawks - a position he held until 1990. He became the Hawks' president in 1986, and built the team into a perennial contender - with a stretch of seven consecutive playoff appearances in the 1990ís. He also became the First - and only - NBA executive to win back-to-back Executive of the Year awards in 1986 and 1987.
Kasten became president of the Braves in 1986. From 1987-2003, the Braves won more games than any other MLB team and won 14 consecutive division titles (1991-2005), five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series.
In 1999, Kasten added the title of president of the expansion Thrashers, as well as chairman of the newly constructed Philips Arena. Kasten held all three positions until 2003, when he stepped down. From 2006-2010, Kasten was president of the Washington Nationals.
A native of Lakewood, N.J., Kasten is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School. Kasten and his wife, Helen, have four children: Alana, Corey, Sherry and Jay.