Senior VP, Development and Business Affairs – Tampa Bay Rays
As Senior Vice President of Development and Business Affairs, Michael Kalt oversees business development activities for the Rays. In addition to leading the effort to secure approval for the redevelopment of Tropicana Field and a new waterfront ballpark in downtown St. Petersburg, this includes overseeing the construction of the Rays new spring training home in Port Charlotte, identifying other long-term revenue enhancements, and developing new business lines and partner relationships.
Kalt came to the Rays in March of 2006 after three years as a senior advisor to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. In that capacity, he managed relations between the Mayor’s Office and the city’s Economic Development Corporation, coordinated area-wide planning and economic development initiatives throughout the five boroughs and oversaw the sale of city-owned land that has brought hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue to the city and will spur over three billion dollars in new construction activity. He also served as the city’s point person in negotiations to construct two new Major League Baseball stadiums and an NBA arena, the first new major professional sports facilities to be constructed in New York City in almost 40 years.
Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Kalt was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company where he focused on addressing both strategic and operating issues for media and telecommunications firms.
Kalt received his bachelor’s degree in political science and urban studies from Brown University in 1996 and his juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 1999.