Sr. Manager, Ticket SalesAtlanta Braves
Richard Thornton is the Sr. Manager, Ticket Sales with the Atlanta Braves. In this role, Richard oversees 15 team members that focus on a few key areas for the Atlanta Braves. Their responsibilities include Business to Business Membership Sales and an entry level sales trainee program. The sales trainee program is an inside sales program that looks to hire recent college graduates and introduce them to sports ticket sales. Over the last 10 seasons, this group has generated millions in revenues and been a great asset for the team as a large portion of the full time staff in the sales department originated in this role. Finally, Richard manages all of the ticket broker relationships for the Atlanta Braves and works to ensure that mutually beneficial connections are created and maintained.
Richard holds a B.S. in Sport Management degree from Georgia Southern University. After his first few years with the Braves, Richard enrolled at Mercer University and received his M.B.A shortly thereafter. Currently, Richard serves as a board member for the Mercer University Advisory Board that works with the Sports Business program to generate new ideas for the university and help students learn more about the sports industry.
Richard has been married for 13 years and enjoys coaching his two boys (Avery, 11 and Connor, 8) in youth athletics.