Annual Dinner featuring Peter McLoughlin '79 and Pablo S. Torre '07
Join Seattle Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin '79 and ESPN Sportswriter and Columnist Pablo S. Torre '07 for our 41st Annual Dinner where we will discuss all things Seattle Sports and elect the new Harvard Club of Seattle President and Board.
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 6pm to 9:30pm
Location: The Rainier Club
Address: 820 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
Dress code: Business formal
Event program: The Harvard Club of Seattle will review the past year's programs, honor our Volunteer of the Year, elect new Board Members, and Pablo S. Torre '07 will interview Peter McLoughlin '79 about the Seattle Seahawks. Attendees will have networking opportunities with our speakers and The Harvard Club of Seattle Board.
6:00 - 6:45 pm | Networking
6:45 - 7:30 pm | Dinner followed by a short Harvard Club of Seattle Program and Officer Elections
7:30 - 8:30 pm | Pablo and Peter live interview
8:30 - 9:30 pm | Audience Q&A
Please purchase tickets before June 13, 2015 so that we may provide an accurate head count to the Rainier Club for catering.
In your RSVP, please indicate whether you have dietary restrictions or prefer the vegetarian entree. If you already bought your tickets but did not indicate dietary restrictions in your RSVP, please email us at Club@HarvardSeattle.org to let us know.
The link to purchase tickets will be available right up to the Annual Dinner on June 18 to allow for flexibility of your schedules. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate dietary restrictions if you RSVP after June 13.
Your ticket includes a 3-course dinner with wine pairing.
Seasonal Mixed Greens with Poached Rhubarb, Minted Celery, Pistachios, Goat Cheese and Rhubarb Vinaigrette
Standard: Cider Brushed Breast of Chicken Simply Roasted with Creamy Potato Puree, Seasonal Vegetables and Sherry-Shallot Jus
Vegetarian: Seasonal Asparagus and Pea Risotto with King Trumpet Mushrooms, Caramelized Shallots and Moscto Cotto
Salted Caramel "Swirl" Cheesecake Tart with Graham Cracker, Vanilla Laced Pears and Caramelized Orange Anglaise
Coffee / Decaf / Tea
If you have specific food or allergy restrictions, please indicate this in the comments section when you purchase your ticket(s) and we will do our best to accommodate. The Rainier Club is handicap accessible. For parking information, please download this map for self-service parking lots around The Rainier Club.
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Speaker BiographiesPeter McLoughlin '79 serves as president of the Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal, Inc., and CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment. He is responsible for all financial and business operations, sales and marketing, sponsorship, and administration of the Seahawks. Additionally, as president of First & Goal, Inc., McLoughlin directs the management of CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and WaMu Theater. He is the club’s chief representative at NFL owners meetings and also serves on NFL committees for Business Ventures, Digital Media, Stadium Security and Fan Behavior.
Since joining the Seahawks, McLoughlin and his team have negotiated a multi-year stadium naming-rights partnership with CenturyLink, as well as long-term partnerships with Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Delta Air Lines, HomeStreet Bank, Microsoft, Russell Investments, Sharebuilder, State Farm, Safeway, Starbucks and Verizon. McLoughlin established a Fan Advisory Council in 2013. A group of 12 season ticket holders meet quarterly with McLoughlin and Seahawks executives to provide an open dialogue, sharing their thoughts and ideas in the evaluation and enhancement of the overall Seahawks fan experience. It is this commitment to the fans that helped Seattle rank no. 1 in the NFL in the 2013 Voice of the Fan Survey and Fan Experience Expert Review.
McLoughlin began his professional career at NBC Sports, working there from 1979 to 1985. For the next 21 years he served in a variety of executive roles at Anheuser-Busch, including vice president of Corporate Media. In addition, he led negotiations for beer sponsorship of more than 80% of U.S. professional sports teams and stadiums, as well as league partnerships.
From 2006-2010, McLoughlin served as CEO of the St. Louis Blues Enterprises. During his tenure, the Blues achieved significant increases in revenue, season-ticket holders, sponsorship sales and a dramatic re-connection with Blues fans.
A graduate of Harvard College (Mather House), he and his wife, Kelly, have five children and live in Seattle.
Pablo S. Torre '07 is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com; a panelist on Around the Horn and The Sports Reporters; and a back-up host of Around the Horn, Olbermann and Highly Questionable.
He joined ESPN in 2012 from Sports Illustrated and joined Sports Illustrated in 2007 from Harvard College (Quincy House), where he wrote a thesis about child homicide in America and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with highest honors.
Features he’s written have been honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers; the U.S. Basketball Writers Association; the Best American Sports Writing (Notable); the Society of Professional Journalists; GLAAD; the Boxing Writers Association of America; Mental Health America; and the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Broke, a 30 for 30 documentary, was based on his reporting on athletes and financial health. Those stories also led the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to sue the firm Triton Financial for defrauding investors in a multimillion-dollar scam. (A federal jury would find Triton’s CEO guilty on 39 criminal charges.)
He’s spoken at Harvard Law, Stanford's Graduate School of Business, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Columbia Journalism School, Williams College and the Asia Society, among other physical locations.
Special thanks to James K. Doane '75 for helping to make this event at The Rainier Club possible.