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SBD/December 17, 2012/Franchises
Blazers President & CEO McGowan Discusses Staff Culture, Plan For Team In Profile
Published December 17, 2012
TIGHTER SHIP: McGowan said that he is “under no directives" from Trail Blazers parent company Vulcan Sports & Entertainment. McGowan said his orders are "to simply run a better organization and improve the results.” McGowan: "I'm a real active president. I'm an operator. I will have more direct reports than previous leaders had, that's just my style.” To improve the results, McGowan has “ambitious goals.” If things “go right, by the start of next basketball season, a sponsor will have purchased seven-figure-a-year naming rights for the Rose Garden.” Boxing, tennis and a wider variety of concerts “will fill the Rose Garden more often.” And the four contracts “that expire this summer -- the arena management company, food and beverage, ticketing and radio rights -- will be negotiated to benefit both the Blazers and their customers, not simply renewed on good faith.” McGowan has “inherited a staff that is not accustomed to his competitive focus on numbers and goals.” The team had “become a happy and comfortable place to work in recent years, a calculated result by former president Larry Miller, who resigned in July after five years.” Some staffers “wondered if McGowan was stripping the Blazers of their family-oriented culture and replacing it with a robotic, corporate approach.” McGowan: “I want morale to be based on accomplishing things together, not because we are letting people come to work whenever they want, or wear whatever they want, or because they do a bunch of staff get-togethers” (Portland OREGONIAN, 12/16).