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Richard Andersen
Chief Illuminations Officer
Tel (206) 747-4544

With over 36 years of experience in professional sports, venues and hospitality management, Richard Andersen, CFE ICD.D is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Seafair, the premier festival management company of the Pacific Northwest. Seafair, an iconic 69-year-old non-profit organization, creates and produces ten weeks of interactive community events including a torchlight parade, international air show and hydroplane races and the annual Family Fourth of July celebrations, at a variety of sites around metropolitan Seattle, Washington.
Andersen is a well-known motivational and keynote speaker, sought after for his experience and success in the areas of leadership, career and personal development, strategic planning and team building. He previously served as President and CEO of one of Canada’s largest multi-purpose entertainment and meeting complexes, Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Preceding Northlands, he served as Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres and General Manager of PETCO Park.
Earlier in his career, Andersen served as President and CEO of Joe Robbie Stadium (now Sun Life Stadium) in Miami, Florida, home to the Miami Dolphins and Florida (now Miami) Marlins. He also served as a senior member of the Super Bowl XXIX Hosting Committee.
Andersen has served in a variety of senior roles for the International Association of Venue Managers including as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2012. He is an instructor at the IAVM’s Venue Management School and Graduate Institute, Chair of its Board of Regents, and is on the faculty of the Graduate Institute of the Venue Management Association (Australia and Pacific).  He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business and an International Corporate Directors designation from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Andersen is a past member of the faculty of San Diego State University where he facilitated classes in the Sports MBA program.


Russ Simons
Managing Partner/Chief Listening Officer
Tel (816) 352-6494