BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President & CEO, Pacific Sports LLC
For over 30 years, Jack Caress has been producing and marketing participant sports events. He is the founder and President of Pacific Sports LLC and a Founding Member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Triathlon America, Inc. Caress is an Operating Partner for VO2 Partners in New York and a consultant for both the Gerson Lehrman Group and ForensisGroup. Since the firm’s inception Pacific Sports has produced over 430 multisport events throughout the world. Jack has also been an active member of the academic community serving as a professor at Chapman University in the School of Business & Economics for 10 years, as the Director of the Freshman Seminar Program in Political Economics at Chapman for three years, and currently as an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco in the graduate program in Sports Management.
Pacific Sports owned and produced the Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championships in 1996 in addition to producing 12 United States Championship races. Currently the firm operates the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon, Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon, Rose Bowl Half Marathon, Newport Beach Triathlon (oldest triathlon in the United States), Brooklyn Bun & 5k, Triathlon Eugene (the Oregon Challenge), Long Beach Triathlon, Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure, Los Angeles, Amgen Tour of California L'Etape du California, and the Cleveland Triathlon. Pacific Sports served as Executive Producer for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water which took place in over 100 cities worldwide, including events directly produced by the firm in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
In 2005, he was a founder and co-owner of the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series bringing together the six major championships of Olympic distance triathlons. His firm has paid out in excess of $3.2 million dollars in prize money and generated more than $65 million for charitable causes.
Caress’ career in sports marketing and production began at International Management Group (IMG) in Cleveland as a consultant in the Athletics & Fitness Division. This led to the founding of Pacific Sports and the launch of several events as well as ongoing consultation with sports clientele on sponsorships, sports marketing and athlete representation. He was selected by the Los Angeles Sports Council to be the venue director for triathlon in the 2012 & 2016 bids for the Olympic Games and named in 1996 as Race Director of the Year by USA Triathlon. Prior to IMG, he was a consultant with Touche Ross, & Company where he earned his CPA.
Caress has competed in over 400 participant sporting events including the Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Kona on four occasions. He was a member of the 1975 NCAA Championship golf team at UC Irvine where he now serves on the Athletic Director’s Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council.
Currently Caress consults for the Forensis Group and Gerson Lehman Group and serves in the Mentor Program at the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He has provided expert commentary on CBS, NBC, ESPN, Fox and Cablevision Sports and served as Executive Producer on broadcasts for both the Los Angeles and Cleveland Triathlons. Jack has edited two books in political economics entitled “The Global Citizen” and “War, Peace, and Justice” and been published in both financial and sports journals writing on the business of sports and financial management.
Pacific Sports LLC
Pacific Sports LLC is a premier sports consultation firm, specializing in event production, management, and corporate sports marketing development. Having produced over 300 sport events in the United States, including the 1996 Triathlon World Championships and 12 U.S. Championships, Pacific Sports LLC is dedicated to the creation, development and management of participant and endurance sports including those of running, swimming, and cycling. Pacific Sports was a founder of the LifeTime Fitness Series comprising the major championships at the Olympic Distance in the United States. The firm has produced events around the world including the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon, Dow | Live Earth Run for Water, Rose Bowl Half Marathon, and Cleveland Triathlon. Pacific Sports is a Delaware based Limited Liability Company with offices in Anaheim, California. The firm was founded in 1983.
Pacific Sports owns and operates the following properties (not including our management and consulting projects):
- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon presented by Herbalife
- Rose Bowl Half Marathon
- Triathlon Eugene
- Kring & Chung Newport Beach Triathlon
- Cleveland Triathlon
- Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon Dallas
- L'Etape du California (Amgen Tour of California)
Major Corporate Clients of Pacific Sports LLC (partial list):
- Herbalife International
- Toyota Motors U.S.A.
- Life Time Fitness Corporation
- Kring & Chung, LLP
- Janus Capital
- Orbea US
- TYR Swimwear
- Nestle Waters
- SC Johnson
Major Charitable Relationships of Pacific Sports LLC:
- United Cerebral Palsy
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Train 4 Autism
- University of California, Irvine, Athletic Foundation
- Stand for Hope
- Comprehensive AIDS Resource Education Program at St. Mary Medical Center
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Help Grow the Industry Team up with industry leaders to guide the future
- Help Your Business Learn best practices, latest trends, share ideas
- Help Grow the Sport Work together to attract more participants to the sport
TBI is a multisport industry organization of businesses and individuals who support the growth and success of triathlon as a business and a sport.