Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission
In May of 2004, Ralph Morton moved to Seattle where he continues to serve as the Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission (SSC). The SSC’s mission is to make Seattle a world-class sports community. It is a local non-profit whose goal is to significantly increase economic impact and promote Seattle as a premier destination through sports and recreation. The primary focus is to attract and create major national or international events, promote existing assets and serve as an advocate for the sports industry in Washington State.
Projects have included NCAA and Pac-12 championships and tournaments, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, the Boeing Classic, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, U.S. Olympic Dive Trials for Diving, the World Cyber Games, FIFA World Cup bid, SUBWAY® Washington Games, the Sports Star of the Year awards and many other events.
Prior to coming to Seattle, Ralph served as Vice President of Events for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF) where he held leadership roles on numerous events such as Super Bowl XXXI & XXXVI, Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four, New Orleans Bowl, Louisiana Games, AAU Junior Olympics and SEC Basketball Tournaments. Before his work with the GNOSF, he was Vice-President of Operations for the Acxiom Grand Prix Du Mardi Gras, a world-class auto race held on the streets of Downtown New Orleans and was an Entertainment Coordinator for Aggreko Entertainment Services.
Ralph is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he studied sports management and currently resides on Mercer Island with his wife Laura, three daughters and son.
Friday, March 1, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Concurrent Session D2 – Connecting BC and Canada to the World Through Partnerships