Timbers President of Business Operations Mike Golub has more than 25 years of 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 is a two-time recipient of the MLS Executive of the Year Award (2011, 2013).
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 of more than 9,000, introduced an award-winning community relations platform, Stand Together, created one of the best in-game stadium experiences in sports and have received numerous local and industry-wide accolades, including the club being nominated by Sports Business Journal as 2014 Sports Team of the Year.
Golub received the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award following the 2013 season in which the Timbers continued to see growth in key business areas, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships and local television ratings. He also received the honor in 2011 in recognition of the team’s remarkable and historic inaugural season in the league.
Previously, Golub served as the Chief Operating Officer for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 2006-08, helping to transform 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 a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Portland Center Stage and serves on the Board of Directors of the Portland Business Alliance, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Sports Authority.He and his wife, Sam, and their two dogs reside in Portland.