Jack Caress, President and CEO
President & CEO, Pacific Sports LLC
President, Triathlon Business International
President & CEO, American Triathlon Group
For more than 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. In 2013, Caress was appointed to the Los Angeles Sports Council and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
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 Herbalife Triathlon, Rose Bowl Half Marathon, Kring & Chung Newport Beach Triathlon (oldest triathlon in the United States), Brooklyn 15k, Triathlon Eugene (the Oregon Challenge), Long Beach Triathlon, L'Etape du California, Cleveland Triathlon, U.S. Open Triathlon and the Brooklyn 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.
Jack can be reached by email at Jack@PacificSportsLLC.com
Jack is supported by a team of event producers and support staff, including:
- Jake Caress
- Luke Caress
- Todd Stauder
- Staci Brode