2023 ALSD Visionary Award Winner: Mel Raines

Mel Raines | President & COO Pacers Sports & Entertainment, ALSD 2023 Visionary Award Recipient

Annually, ALSD presents one individual with the esteemed Bill Dorsey Visionary Award.

ALSD’s clear choice for 2023 is Mel Raines, President & COO, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, who will be honored at the 33rd Annual ALSD Conference & Tradeshow in the Pacers home city Indianapolis, Indiana.

“In a visionary, we look for someone with a solid foundation, foresight to revolutionize an operation, and fortitude both personally and in the team she’s built," says Amanda Verhoff, ALSD President and Executive Director. "Mel represents these intangibles and more. Wait until you hear her path to Pacers leadership. We are truly honored that Mel has accepted.”

In a feature interview, Mel reflects on her work experiences and foundation built to get her where she is today. She talks about tackling the big projects, and illustrates how ambition helps establish a sense of presence. She also explains how the parallels of politics and sports helped set the stage for her leadership at Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

Take 10 minutes with Mel, and also check out special features of the Gainbridge Fieldhouse multi-year renovation, which attendees will see at ALSD 2023 next July.

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