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Chip Maxson


President/COO - Sacramento River Cats

A Midwest native, Chip played baseball at Olivet Nazarene University and received an MSE in Sports Management from Baylor University. After a couple of internships with the Kane County Cougars and Memphis Redbirds, Chip took the next step selling tickets for the Frisco RoughRiders.

In 2008, Chip moved to Tacoma, WA, as the Vice President of Ticket Sales for the Tacoma Rainiers and was instrumental in the renovation of Cheney Stadium which won Ballpark Digest's 2011 Renovation of the Year award.

Chip joined the River Cats in 2012 and has focused on leadership development, creating a positive sales culture, developing new premium and social spaces, upgrading digital and video components, and emphasizing strong community involvement.

Chip was highly involved in the River Cats affiliation switch to the San Francisco Giants which helped the team lead all of MiLB in attendance during the 2015 season. The decision was made in 2017 to bring the food and beverage operations in-house and Maxson played a significant role in the creation and operation of River City Concessions. The 2019 season was a year to be remembered as Chip was integral in negotiating a new stadium naming rights deal with Sutter Health. In addition, he was named the Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year, and the River Cats became the only team to win three Triple-A National Championships.

Maxson was named one of Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2015 and was one of Sacramento Magazine’s 100 Notable Business Leaders in 2021. Chip was part of the Leadership Sacramento Class of 2020 – Best Class Ever!

Outside of work, Chip serves on the boards of Youth for Christ/Campus Life, The Daniel Summit, and the William Jessup University Business School Advisory Board. His wife, Allison, is a physical therapist and an elite runner who ran in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. Allison and Chip have a young daughter, Joelle, and they hope she gets her mother’s athleticism!

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