Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns President of Business Mike Golub has more than 30 years of experience in professional sports marketing and management. Golub joined the Timbers in 2009 and helped lead the organization during its highly successful launch to Major League Soccer. Golub – who oversees all business functions for the Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and Portland Timbers 2 (T2) – is a two-time recipient of the Doug Hamilton MLS Executive of the Year (2011, 2013). Under Golub’s guidance, the Timbers and Thorns have indelibly changed the landscape of sports in Portland, while becoming a national success story and a model professional sports franchise on and off the field. Both teams have received numerous local and national awards including multiple national nominations for Best Sports Franchise.
Golub also brings considerable experience in a variety of major league sports. Previously, Golub served as the Chief Operating Officer for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers from 2006-08; 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, was a founding member and director of Nike Sports Entertainment and managed the National Basketball Association’s Events Division from 1991-96. Golub 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. He serves on the board of directors of the University of Portland, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland Center Stage (past Chair), Oregon Special Olympics and is Chair of the Portland Business Alliance
Mike, his wife, Sam, and their two dogs reside in Portland.