Portland Timbers COO Mike Golub named 2013 MLS Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Major League Soccer announced that Portland Timbers Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mike Golub has been named the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year for 2013 as part of the league’s year-end award, recognizing individuals and clubs for outstanding contributions off the playing field. The Timbers received a total of five awards for 2013.
Golub was named the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year for a second time, also receiving the honor after the club’s inaugural MLS season in 2011. Under Golub’s leadership, the Timbers continue to see growth in key business areas, including tickets, corporate partnerships and local television ratings. The club has sold out 51 consecutive home matches since joining MLS in 2011. Portland sold out its season tickets for 2013, capping season ticket sales at 15,250 seats, and currently has a Season Ticket Waiting List numbering over 7,500 fans.
With more than 25 years of experience in professional sports management, Golub became the COO of the Timbers in March 2010, and oversees all business operations of the club.
The Timbers were the recipient of the Community Relations Department of the Year, presented by MLS WORKS for a second consecutive season. Portland also received Operations Staff of the Year and Security Staff of the Year, while staff member Chris Wilson was awarded the Supporter Liaison of the Year.
Additionally, the Timbers’ ticket sales department had two sales executives, Pat Rice and Katie Hoffner, recognized for their success in 2013.
2013 MLS Club and Executive Awards Winners
Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year – Mike Golub, Portland Timbers
Ticketing Executive of the Year – Chris Lawrence, Seattle Sounders FC
Ticket Sales Team of the Year – Sporting Kansas City
Ticketing Sales Innovation Award presented by the National Sales Center – FC Dallas
Marketing Executive of the Year – Mikkel Strøjer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Corporate Partnerships Executive of the Year – Matt McInnis, FC Dallas
Corporate Partnerships Team of the Year – Real Salt Lake
Partnership Marketing Team of the Year – Toronto FC
Local Digital Editor of the Year – Yvan Delia-Lavictoire, Montreal Impact
Social Media Activation of the Year - #fishcam, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Article of the Year - “Sudden death of daughter Elysa has Rojas family on a mission to help others,” Colorado Rapids
Video of the Year - Y. P. Lee's last match, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Public Relations Team of the Year – Sporting Kansas City
Club Broadcast Staff of the Year – Seattle Sounders FC
Merchandiser of the Year – Jon Waldron, Colorado Rapids
Community Relations Department of the Year presented by MLS WORKS – Portland Timbers
Operations Staff of the Year – Portland Timbers
Match Presentation Staff of the Year – Seattle Sounders FC
Supporter Liaison of the Year – Chris Wilson, Portland Timbers
Best Game Day Experience for Visiting Supporters – New York Red Bulls
Security Staff of the Year – Portland Timbers
MLS Team Administrator of the Year presented by Sportscorp Travel – Jason Gove, New England Revolution
MLS Athletic Training Staff of the Year presented by Mueller Sports Medicine – Real Salt Lake
Equipment Manager of the Year – Nolan Myer, Seattle Sounders FC