Date(s) - 12/07/2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm
4 Yawkey Way
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Boston Red Sox, Bank of America, The Great Fenway Park Writers Series & BoSox Proudly Present:
Red Sox President Sam Kennedy & Dave O’Brien of NESN
In Dialogue: The Red Sox in 2018
6:30 pm Dinner
Wheels Up – Fenway Park (adjacent to Game On)
Sam Kennedy – Biographical Brief
Sam Kennedy, President of the Boston Red Sox, is in his 15th year in the organization, having succeeded his mentor, Larry Lucchino, as club President in October of 2015.
A native of Brookline, MA, Kennedy was among the first executives that Lucchino – who currently serves the organization as Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus – brought with him from the San Diego Padres to join his partners John Henry and Tom Werner in Boston shortly after acquiring the club from the Yawkey Trust in 2002. Since joining the club that year, Kennedy has been an instrumental part of the revitalization of the Red Sox brand, the financial stability of the franchise, and the preservation and protection of Fenway Park. Kennedy and his staff have dramatically increased all club revenue streams over the past decade. Under his leadership, the club sold out 794 consecutive games at Fenway Park, dating back to May 2003, establishing a Major League Baseball record. Kennedy and his team have set the industry standard in the area of corporate sponsorship, premium seating, and merchandising, and they have established Fenway Park as one of the premier destinations in New England for non-baseball events such as concerts, outdoor hockey games, soccer matches, and corporate functions.
Sam attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where he played baseball and earned a degree in American Studies in 1995. At Brookline High School, he played ice hockey and was the captain of the baseball team. In 2004, Kennedy was sworn in as a board member on the Massachusetts Governor’s Committee for Physical Fitness and Sports. Sam serves on the board of the Wellesley Youth Hockey Association (he also serves a coach) and The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Sam and his wife of fifteen years, Amanda, reside in Wellesley, MA with their 12-year old son, Jimmy, and 11-year-old daughter, Ally.
Dave O’Brien – Biographical Brief
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, Dave O’Brien grew up in Marshfield and later New Hampshire before studying broadcasting at Syracuse University. From 1987 to 1992 he worked as a sportscaster in Atlanta, Georgia, calling play-by-play for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves in 1990-91 as well as college football and basketball games for Georgia and Miami, garnering the Georgia Associated Press’ “Best Sports Play-by-Play” accolade in 1988 and 1991.
O’Brien then broadcast for the Florida Marlins from the team’s inaugural year in 1993 through 2001, including their first World Series win in 1997.
He came to Boston to join Joe Castiglione in the WEEI radio booth, calling Red Sox games, before being chosen to join NESN as the voice of Red Sox over television.
O’Brien is also heard over CBS-Sports calling college basketball games.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Debbie Nason O’Brien, for over 25 years. The couple have a son, Michael, and two daughters, Samantha and Katie. They live in Rye, New Hampshire. Michael serves with the 82nd Airborne Division.
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