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Matt Silverman

Vice Chairman

Matt Silverman begins his first season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and 15th season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Together, he and Brian Auld lead both clubs’ operations both internally and externally. Prior to joining the Rays, Silverman worked closely with Stuart Sternberg at Goldman Sachs and orchestrated Sternberg's purchase of controlling interest in the franchise. Silverman is board chairman of Starting Right, Now, which helps homeless high school students reach their potential. He is in his fifth year as the first chairman of the board of the Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay, a national nonprofit providing youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. He also serves on the board of the Rays Baseball Foundation.

In 2010, Silverman received the George M. Steinbrenner III Citizen of the Year Award from the Sports Club of Tampa Bay. Street and Smith's Business Journal has twice named Silverman to its "Forty Under 40" list honoring accomplished and promising sports executives under age 40. The Dallas native first met Auld in high school, and they graduated one year apart.

He holds a bachelor of economics degree from Harvard University. Matt and his wife, Andrea, reside in St. Petersburg with their daughters Alexa, Samantha and Casey.

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