Senior Vice President, Development and Business Affairs
As senior vice president of development and business affairs, Michael Kalt manages business development activities for the Rays. Kalt oversaw the construction of the Rays year-old spring training home in Charlotte County and is currently leading the team's effort in evaluating options for a new major league ballpark. His responsibilities also include identifying other longterm revenue enhancements and developing new business lines and partner relationships. Kalt serves in a similar capacity for Sunburst Entertainment Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rays which serves as a vehicle for the franchise to invest in new sports and entertainmentrelated business opportunities.
Kalt came to the Rays in March 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 areawide planning and economic development initiatives throughout the five boroughs and oversaw the sale of city-owned land that 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, 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 currently serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas, Hernando, and Citrus Counties, the Pinellas County Urban League and the Rays Baseball Foundation. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and urban studies from Brown University in 1996 and his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1999.