San Diego Business Journal – July 4, 2016 – By Nels Jenson –
You’ll have to excuse Erik Judson if you catch him being nostalgic with the arrival of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Petco Park on July 12. Judson was hired in July 1996 to do whatever San Diego padres executive Larry Lucchino needed to get Petco built for then-owner John Moores. For almost eight years, primarily as VP of development, Judson’s focus was on how to make Petco a successful private-public partnership and a great ballpark experience.
Judson loves how the current ownership continues to improve the venue. “The architecture remains beautiful and is uniquely San Diego,” he said. “It’s taken a long time to showcase Petco nationally. In many ways, this is a completion of a long vision for what a ballpark could be for a community.”
While many other original Petco stakeholders have moved on, Judson has only deepened his San Diego connections. He’s a University of California, San Diego grad, has an MBA from San Diego State University and is now CEO for locally based JMI Sports, which does a variety of sports business consulting. Judson will be watching the All-Star Game from the first-base side tower, the same place where on Feb. 14, 2003, several hours after a “topping off” construction ceremony, he proposed to his wife.