Dean's Leadership Forum - Peter Ueberroth

Peter Ueberroth


Peter V. Ueberroth serves as the managing director of Contrarian Group, Inc., an investment and management company.The group invests in small and medium size companies and takes a management role providing strategic guidance. In July of 1999, Ueberroth successfully orchestrated the purchase of the Pebble Beach Company; bringing it back to United States ownership after years of foreign ownership. Ueberroth now serves as owner and co-chairman of the Pebble Beach Company.Ueberroth is a member of the board of directors of The Coca Cola Company, Aircastle LTD, Easton-Bell Sports and The Irvine Company, and is a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2004 through 2008, Ueberroth served as chairman of the United States Olympic Committee. From 1980 to 1984, Ueberroth served as president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC), the private non-profit organization responsible for staging and operating the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Under his leadership and management, the first privately financed Games resulted in a surplus of $238 million that continues to support youth and sports programs throughout the United States.

Ueberroth founded First Travel Corporation in 1962. When he sold the company in 1980, it was the second largest travel business in North America with over 300 wholly owned retail travel agencies.

Career Achievements

Peter V. Ueberroth serves as the managing director of Contrarian Group, Inc., an investment and management company. The group invests in small and medium size companies and takes a management role providing strategic guidance.

In July of 1999, Ueberroth successfully orchestrated the purchase of the Pebble Beach Company; bringing it back to United States ownership after years of foreign ownership. Ueberroth now serves as owner and co-chairman of the Pebble Beach Company.

Ueberroth is a member of the board of directors of The Coca Cola Company, Aircastle LTD, Easton-Bell Sports and The Irvine Company, and is a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

From 2004 through 2008, Ueberroth served as chairman of the United States Olympic Committee 1984-1989.

Ueberroth served as the sixth Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

From 1980 to 1984, Ueberroth served as president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC), the private non-profit organization responsible for staging and operating the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Under his leadership and management, the first privately financed Games resulted in a surplus of $238 million that continues to support youth and sports programs throughout the United States.

Ueberroth founded First Travel Corporation in 1962. When he sold the company in 1980, it was the second largest travel business in North America with over 300 wholly owned retail travel agencies.

Awards

Ueberroth has been the recipient of numerous awards, some of which include:

  • TIME magazine’s Man of the Year, 1984
  • The French Legion d’Honneur.
  • Sports Torch of Learning Award and Scopus Laureate award from the American Friends of the Hebrew University
  • Man of the Year from The Sporting News
  • 2009 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
  • 2009 Sports Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award 

Ueberroth was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization for 22 years and served as its international president in 1981.

Education

He has received honorary degrees from:

  • Notre Dame
  • Pepperdine
  • Ohio University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic
  • U.S.C.
  • Holy Cross
  • Lafayette
  • Maryland
  • San Jose State
  • Claremont-McKenna
  • Loyola-Marymount
  • Monterey Institute

As an author Ueberroth’s book, Made In America was a best seller and was published by William Morrow in 1985.