Local Business Leader Joins Pacifics Ownership Group

Leonard Weingarten Becomes Team’s Seventh Owner

San Rafael, CA– Leonard Weingarten, the Director of Business Development for the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, has joined the ownership group of the San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club.  The Pacifics, three-time champions of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, play their home games at Albert Park in San Rafael.

“I’m truly honored and excited to become one of the Pacifics owners,” Weingarten said, “In addition to my career in business development and marketing, I’ve had some applicable experience in sports marketing and operations that I hope can help the Pacifics continue providing their outstanding contributions to our community.”

The Pacifics, who open their 2018 season at Albert Park on June 2nd vs. the newest expansion team, the Napa Silverados, offer high level of professional, minor league baseball as well as a fun and unique fan experience including great food, family-based entertainment and “outside the box” promotions and special events.

The Pacifics were awarded with the 2015 “Spirit of Marin” Award and were named as the 2015 “Large Business of the Year” by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce in recognition of their commitment to community service and local economic development.  They were presented with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin’s 2017 “Business Diversity Award”.

“We’re thrilled to have Leonard join our ownership group,” said Pacifics Managing Principal Owner Eugene Lupario.  “He has a broad range of experience and tremendous relationships with the local business community that will help us expand our brand awareness and sponsorship base.”

Weingarten joins the team’s current ownership group composed of Lupario, Principal Owner Steve Allen, Owner and General Counsel Leslie Lava, and Owners Brian Sobel, Stephanie Plante and Michael Shapiro.

For more information about the San Rafael Pacifics, please visit www.pacificsbaseball.com.

About Leonard Weingarten

Leonard Weingarten has a rich track record in developing, marketing and managing successful business, nonprofit and civic partnerships, high profile events and economic development and workforce development programs. Currently, Leonard is the Director of Business Development at the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Chamber in 2010, he was a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center, a national (federally funded) program that provides free and low cost services to current and future business owners. He directed various Marin and Sonoma County marketing activities and managed a two-county youth entrepreneurial program that exceeded its student participation goal by more than 700%.

Previously, at Enterprise for High School Students, a San Francisco city-wide youth employment agency, Leonard created a new department spearheading their partnerships with the business sector. During his tenure, Enterprise was nationally honored by the United States Department of Labor. With the United Way of the Bay Area, Leonard had record success fundraising.

Earlier in his career, some of his sports and entertainment achievements included managing marketing and public relations projects for two Summer Olympic Games, working with the Oakland Raiders and on fund raisers featuring Ray Charles. Leonard also designed a sports marketing/event management course which he taught at U.C. Berkeley for five years to an international audience.

Leonard has a B.A. from California State University, Chico and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the San Rafael Leadership Institute and Leadership San Francisco, Leonard serves on the Advisory Board for the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University and at the College of Marin is on the advisory committee for the Business and the Information Systems Department and Friends of the Indian Valley Campus.