Raymond Ridder, Golden State Warriors
|Raymond Ridder with Warriors center Damian Jones
Golden State Warriors
Vice president of communications
Ridder plays a critical role in shaping the image of the white-hot franchise that draws global attention. During his two-decade tenure with the Warriors, Ridder has mastered the messaging of the current NBA champions, who are now building a $1 billion arena in San Francisco. The industry has taken notice. Last season under Ridder’s leadership, the Warriors for the fourth time won the Professional Basketball Writers Association’s Brian McIntyre Media Relations Award. The Warriors are the only NBA team to have won the award four times, a testament to Ridder’s influence within the industry.