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Tues. May 30, 2017      6 p.m.

The Century Association

Join our distinguished group of University of Washington alumni and friends for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and lively conversation at The Century Association, located at 7 West 43rd St., New York. We will be joined by Rick Welts, president and COO of the Golden State Warriors.

Cost: $50

The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. Attire is club dress code: jacket and tie for gentlemen, business attire for ladies. All are welcome, whether or not you work on Wall Street. Space is limited. You may also RSVP by phone at1-800-289-2586. The registration deadline is May 26.

2017_Rick_Welts_210x232 Rick Welts, president and COO of the Golden State Warriors

One of the most respected business executives in the NBA, with over 40 years of experience in the league, Rick Welts is currently in his sixth season as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. Welts, 63, owns an impressive and all-encompassing résumé that includes a myriad of different capacities spanning virtually every level of an NBA operation. He owns the rare distinction of being part of championship teams in the NBA (2), WNBA (2) and NBA Development League (1).

A native of Seattle, Washington, Welts began his NBA career in 1969, at the age of 16, as a ball boy with the Seattle SuperSonics. He spent 10 years with his hometown team serving a number of roles, including as the team’s director of public relations during back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals (1978 and 1979) and the SuperSonics’ lone NBA Championship in 1979.

After leaving the SuperSonics, the University of Washington product spent the following three years (1980-1982) at Bob Walsh & Associates, a sports marketing firm in the Seattle area. His non-NBA résumé also includes serving as president of Fox Sports Enterprises (1999-2000).

In May of 2011, in a front page story in the New York Times, Welts became the highest ranking executive in men’s professional team sports to publicly acknowledge he is gay. In September 2014, he was honored by GLAAD, the nation’s LGBT media advocacy organization, with the Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. A member of Delta Chi fraternity while attending the University of Washington, in 2015 he was named “Delta Chi of the Year’ by the national organization.

Welts currently serves as a board member of San Francisco Travel, the Bay Area Council and the Warriors Community Foundation. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Direct Elect Committee, the NBA’s Team Advisory Committee, and Global Inclusion Council.

We would like to extend our thanks to the generous hosts for this event:

Alan Delsman, ’70, Deutsche Bank AG New York
Lex Gamble, ’59, Gamble & Associates
Susan Hullin, ’66, Arrowwood LLC
Mike Jeffers, ’62
Mark Lawrence, ’94, BlackRock
Steve Looney, ’71, ’74, Peale Davies & Co., Inc.
Peter Majar, ’87
Charlie Short, ’87, Marathon Asset Management
Norm Slonaker, ’62
Bill Wappler, ’84, Balyasny Asset Management
Jon Yourkoski, ’96, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

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