Executive Vice President, Business Operations
Rob Matwick joined the Rangers in June 2008 as Executive Vice President, Ballpark Operations. He has been handling facilities, event and ballpark operations, security, parking, concessions, merchandising and management of the centerfield office building since that time. In 2014, he was promoted to his current role and added oversight responsibilities for business operations, communications, shipping and receiving, information technology and finance.
Matwick was the organization's primary liaison with the City of Arlington in the club's negotiation of a Master Agreement announced in May of 2016, which authorized the City to call a bond election in November of that year. In advance of the election, Rob worked on the "Vote Yes!" campaign, which resulted in Arlington residents approving the ballot language by a 60-40 margin. The citizen approval will allow the Rangers and City to build a state-of-the-art, retractable roofed ballpark in Arlington, with a value estimated at $1 billion, and to extend the lease agreement between the partners until January 1, 2054.
Beginning in 2014, Matwick led the team in discussions with The Cordish Companies, a world class development firm based in Baltimore, which is widely considered the country's leading developer of mixed use/entertainment developments. By the close of 2015, the Rangers, Cordish Companies and City of Arlington reached agreement on a $200 million dollar public-private partnership called Texas Live!, which will feature dining, entertainment, hotel and convention facilities. In September of 2016, the same partnership announced an expanded $250 million first phase of the project, which increased the total development to more than 500,000 square feet. Texas Live! is expected to open its doors in March of 2018, adjacent to Globe Life Park.
From 2009 through the 2015 season, Rob oversaw the major capital improvements at Globe Life Park, including the addition of Home Plate Seats, installation of new video boards and audio systems, the reconstruction of Vandergriff Plaza, and the renovations of the Hall of Fame, Capital One Club, Jack Daniel's Club, suites kitchen and the Cholula Porch.
In the summer of 2015, Rob worked with the City of Surprise on an extension of the club's lease agreement, and the renovation of the training facility in Arizona, which was completed on time for the start of spring training in 2016. He has also supported the Baseball Operations staff in site acquisition and purchase of land in the Dominican Republic for construction of a Rangers Academy in that country.
Matwick serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Rangers Foundation, the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Arlington Entertainment Area Management District. Rob is a member of the Stadium Manager's Association and the International Association of Venue Managers. In addition, he provides additional community service as part of the management committees of the annual Texas Christkindl Market, the Arlington Entertainment District sculpture trail project, and the City of Arlington's Transportation Advisory Committee.
Rob is in his 32nd season in major league baseball. Prior to returning to the state of Texas, he was named Vice President of Communications for the Detroit Tigers in January of 2007. The following year, he added oversight of the ticket sales department for the Tigers and oversaw both areas until joining the Rangers in June 2008.
Previously, Matwick spent more than 21 years with the Houston Astros, where he worked in the roles of Director of Media Relations (1985-99), VP of Operations and Communications (1999-2000), and Senior VP of Ballpark Operations and Customer Service (2001-06). He was instrumental in many aspects of the construction of Minute Maid Park and oversaw all aspects of ballpark operations once the facility opened in 2000.
Matwick was recognized by Major League Baseball with the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence in 2001, was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2012 was named MLB Professional of the Year by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.
Prior to beginning his pro baseball career, Rob served as Sports Information Director at Wichita State University and worked in the sports information department at the University of South Carolina. He was also a sportswriter for the Aiken (SC) Standard.
A native of McKeesport, PA, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, where he was also senior captain of the men's basketball team. He earned his master of mass communication degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Rob and his wife Kelly have a daughter, Mackenzie, and reside in Southlake.
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