Arts/Entertainment/Sports

MATT SILVERMAN

PRESIDENT, TAMPA BAY RAYS, ST. PETERSBURG

A former executive for Goldman Sachs, Silverman directs operations for the Rays and the team’s New York-based principal owner, Stuart Sternberg. The Rays pioneered a statistically driven approach to both evaluating talent and on-field strategy, remaining competitive as a small-market team in the American League east division traditionally dominated by the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. “We are innovative, mission-driven, progressive, analytical and community-minded,” he says.

Until the season was disrupted by the coronavirus, the Rays were seen as contenders for the World Series in 2020.

Silverman, who has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, is the father of three daughters. “The challenges of attempting to balance a profession and have a family was something I did not fully understand 15 years ago,” he says.

He recently served as chairman of Starting Right, Now, an organization for homeless youth that provides one-on-one mentoring, a stable home, assists with employment opportunities, teaches financial literacy/life skills and promotes educational achievement. His role, he says, “has been the most transformative charitable work of my career.”

KEN BABBY

FAST FORWARD SPORTS GROUP

Mark Bellissimo

Equestrian Sports Productions

Matthew Caldwell

Florida Panthers Hockey

Tony Dungy

Broadcaster

Tom Garfinkel

Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium

STEVE HOGAN

FLORIDA CITRUS SPORTS

NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKAR

CHAMPION WOMEN

Derek Jeter

Miami Marlins

Shahid “Shad” Khan

Jacksonville Jaguars

JUDY LISI

STRAZ CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Alex Martins

Orlando Magic

Duncan McClellan

Duncan McClellan Gallery

JUDITH MITCHELL

RAYMOND F. KRAVIS CENTER

Jay Monahan

PGA Tour

KATHY RAMSBERGER

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

KAY RAWLINS

ORLANDO CITY SC

Matt Silverman

Tampa Bay Rays