Patrick Joseph Gallagher
(born February 23, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois
) is the current Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Alternative Golf Association
(known as "Flogton") and was the formerPresident of San Francisco Giants
Enterprises and is Chairman Emeritus of the San Francisco Convention and Tourism Bureau
The longest serving executive in San Francisco Giants history, Pat Gallagher is credited for being one of the most creative marketing and business minds in professional sports. The son of an engineer, Gallagher began his career in marketing with Sea World
amusement parks in San Diego
. In 1976, while working at Marine World
amusement park in Redwood City, California
, Gallagher was hired by Giants owner Bob Lurie
as the team's Marketing Director, a relatively new concept at the time.
After leaving the Giants in 2009, Gallagher along with inventor Bob Zider and Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy
created the Alternative Golf Association with the goal of developing and introducing new approaches to the game of golf that are more fun and more accessible for recreational players but can be played on existing courses and within the existing framework of the industry.
Faced with the task of filling infamously cold Candlestick Park
, Gallagher rose to the occasion with some of the most brilliant marketing concepts of the time. With campaigns such as the Croix De Candlestick
(a button given to any fan who braved the elements... Read More