Chief Operating Officer - Mike Golub
Timbers Chief Operating Officer Mike Golub has more than 25 years experience in professional sports marketing and management, including a wealth of experience in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.
Golub assumed the position of COO with the Timbers in March 2010 and helped lead the organization during its highly successful ascendancy to Major League Soccer. In his position, Golub oversees all business operations for the Timbers and was named the 2011 Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year in MLS in recognition of the team’s remarkable and historic inaugural season in the league.
Under Golub’s guidance, the Timbers have indelibly changed the landscape of sports in Portland, while becoming a national success story and a model professional sports franchise. The Timbers have sold out all of its regular season games, forged industry leading corporate partnerships, created a season ticket waiting list, introduced an award-winning community relations platform, Stand Together, and have created one of the best in-game stadium experiences in sports.
Previously, Golub served as the Chief Operating Officer for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers from 2006-08, transforming the team’s business and brand into one of the most successful in professional sports. With Nike (1996-99), he was a founding member and director of Nike Sports Entertainment, a global sports marketing division that established new strategic alliances and created and administered Nike-owned sporting events.
Golub also brings considerable experience in a variety of major league sports. He served as the Executive Vice President for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies from 2000-05 and was the Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Marketing Officer for the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers prior to joining the Trail Blazers in October 2006. Golub managed the National Basketball Association’s Events Division from 1991 -1996 and began his career in sports as a producer for Major League Baseball Productions.
Golub graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Government and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University.
Golub is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Portland Center Stage and serves on the Board of Directors of the Portland Business Alliance, the Children’s Cancer Association, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Sports Authority.
Mike his wife, Sam, and their two dogs reside in Portland..