Erik Judson is principal of JMI Sports, a company he co-founded in 2006 with John Moores, the former owner and chairman of the San Diego Padres. As principal, Judson determines strategic direction for the company, while overseeing day-to-day business operations. He also leads business development, manages client relations and is actively involved in the implementation of each project. Judson and JMI Sports have a highly successful track record managing large sports facility developments, including: PETCO Park, on behalf of the San Diego Padres; Goodyear Ballpark, for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds; and Matthew Knight Arena, home of the Oregon Ducks. On such complex projects, Judson’s strong leadership and collaborative approach has proven effective in enhancing the development process and improving the end product.
Prior to founding JMI Sports, Judson spent ten years with the San Diego Padres. He joined the organization in 1996 as special assistant to the president and CEO, Larry Lucchino. As the first hire dedicated solely to managing the design and development of the team’s new ballpark, Judson was involved in every aspect of the project from the earliest stages of planning through the successful opening of PETCO Park in 2004. During his tenure with the club, Judson was named vice president of development and ultimately was promoted to executive vice president of external affairs.
A former professional baseball player in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, Judson holds a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Judson and his wife Erin have two children, Elliana and Easton, and reside in San Diego, Calif.