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Forty Under 40
Published March 21, 2011, Page 8A
BRENDAN GAUTHIER/BOSTON RED SOX
But Gilula nonetheless has methodically overseen a dramatic, 10-year ballpark renovation process totaling more than $285 million, serving as a key lieutenant to team President Larry Lucchino, that has likely preserved the facility for at least another generation and has become an industry model for the restoration of older sports facilities.
“I still get chills coming to work, walking through the doors of our office out into the ballpark,” Gilula said of Fenway Park. “It’s still a pretty intense feeling.”
On top of helping shepherd the series of major ballpark renovations, Gilula has been involved in nearly every other significant effort pursued by the Red Sox and parent company New England Sports Ventures, including the ongoing development of the club’s spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., slated to open next year; the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park; a now-regular summer concert series at the ballpark; and an international soccer friendly held there last summer between Celtic and Sporting Club of Portugal.
“Last year was a very eventful year that obviously began right from the first day with the  Winter Classic,” Gilula said. “But we are now building up to the crescendo of next year and the 100th anniversary of the ballpark. It’s an exciting time to be around here.”
Title: Executive vice president of business affairs
TEAM: Boston Red Sox
Education: B.A., Princeton University, 1998
Family: Wife, Robin
Career: San Diego Padres, 1998-2002; joined the Red Sox in 2002
Last vacation: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
What's on your iPod: Anything that can get me through workouts at the gym
Guilty pleasure: None. I take no pleasure in guilt.
|Best stress release: 300 yards right down
the middle of the fairway …
Pet peeve: Lack of follow-through
Greatest achievement: I believe it is still
ahead of me.
Greatest disappointment: My father not
being alive to share this phase of my life with me
Fantasy job: PGA Tour pro
Business advice: Trust is much easier
maintained than it is regained.