Derrick Hall: Advocate

Derrick Hall, CEO Arizona Diamondbacks

In the community, Hall has positioned the D-backs as one of the largest philanthropic entities in the Valley. In 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the D-backs’ organization surpassed the $37 million mark in charitable giving since their inception in 1998, including more than $25 million in the past eight years under Hall’s direction. During the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire, the D-backs were able to give back more than $700,000 on behalf of their fans to the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives. In 2008, Hall established the Michael Wogan Season Ticket Scholarship Program, a first-of-its-kind program for fans or existing season ticket holders who may have experienced a change in circumstances, providing families with more than 340 full season tickets for a value of more than $600,000 since its inception.

The unique corporate culture of the D-backs, which was created by Hall, led Yahoo! to deem the club as “the best workplace in sports.” In 2013, the sports industry’s highly-regarded recruiting network TeamWork Online tabbed him as the “Best Boss” in sports and the organization was named the “Most Admired Company for Workplace Culture” by AzBusiness Magazine and Best CompaniesAZ. Fittingly, the D-backs’ physical front office was re-branded the D-backs Culture & Innovation Center in 2013.

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