Richard L. Andersen, CVE, ICD.D
With over 35 years of experience in professional sports, venues and hospitality management, Richard Andersen, CFE ICD.D is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Seafair, the premier festival management company of the Pacific Northwest. Seafair, an iconic 68-year-old non-profit organization, creates and produces year-round interactive community events. Attracting over two million in annual attendance at sites around metropolitan Seattle, Washington, events include the iconic Torchlight Parade, concerts and major athletic events, one of the world’s largest international air show and hydroplane races and one of the top rated fireworks celebrations in the United States.
Andersen also serves as Principal of Lighthouse Management, focused on “Illuminating Human Potential” by delivering a variety of organizational training, teambuilding, performance evaluations, and facilitation services.
Andersen is a well-known motivational and keynote speaker, sought after for his experience and success in the areas of leadership, career and personal development, strategic planning and team building.
Andersen previously served as President and CEO of one of Canada’s largest multi-purpose entertainment and meeting complexes, Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Preceding Northlands, he served as Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres and General Manager of PETCO Park.
Earlier in his career, Andersen served as President and CEO of Joe Robbie Stadium (now Sun Life Stadium) in Miami, Florida, home to the NFL” s Miami Dolphins and MLB’s Florida (now Miami) Marlins. He also served as a senior member of the Super Bowl XXIX Hosting Committee.
Prior to joining Joe Robbie Stadium, Andersen was Vice President of Administration and Operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates where he provided oversight for the club’s facility operations including their facility management needs at Three Rivers Stadium.
In addition to his work with professional franchises, Andersen has extensive experience working with community leadership in the development of NFL stadiums and MLB ballpark projects.
Andersen has served in a variety of senior roles for the International Association of Venue Managers including as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2012. He is an instructor at the IAVM’s Venue Management School and Graduate Institute, past Chair of its Board of Regents, and serves on the faculty of the Graduate Institute of the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Limited.
Andersen holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business and an International Corporate Directors designation from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He is a past member of the faculty of San Diego State University where he facilitated classes in the Sports MBA program.
Andersen was recently honored by IAVM with the Ray Ward Award for his dedication to excellence in education. He is a past recipient of San Diego’s “Gas Lamp Award” for Business and Civic Leadership, and received the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Award for his cutting edge environmental programs. Earlier in his career, he was named Virginia Citizen of the Year and was also presented the Lee McPhail Award, given annually to Minor League Baseball’s top business executive.