Rick Fuson

By Vinessa Needham | November 14, 2016


Fuson serves as President/COO of Pacers Sports and Entertainment and has been with the Pacers for 35 years. Fuson is a life-long Indianapolis resident and a graduate of Indiana University. Through the years, Fuson has been active in pursuing major events for Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the City of Indianapolis.

Fuson began his career with PSE as the Director of Special events in 1984 through 2001, where he was then promoted to Senior Vice President of PSE (2001-08). Fuson was later promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer to Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

Fuson also served as a representative of the Executive Committee for the 1991 World Gymnastics Championships, as well as chairman for the opening ceremonies. He was co-chairman of special events for the 1991, 1997 and 2000 NCAA Final Four, served on the Local Organizing Committee for the 2006 and 2010 NCAA Final Four. He produced the opening ceremonies of the 2001 World Police & Fire Games and the closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games in 1987. Fuson also served on the Local Organizing Committee for the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008-2012 and 2014 Big Ten Basketball Championships, 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championships, and 2004 FINA World Swimming Championship. He served as co-chair of the 2012 Super Bowl Village Committee.

Throughout his career, he has received such honors as recipient of the Indianapolis Ambassadors 1988 Community Service Award, Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Hospitality”, ”Who’s Who in Sports” and “Forty Under Forty.” He has also been active with the Indianapolis Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the 1985 NBA All-Star weekend, the grand opening of the Indianapolis Zoo in 1988, the White River Park State Games and Indianapolis Downtown Space 2010.

Fuson is a professional member of the International Association of Assembly Managers. He currently serves on the board of directors for Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Urban League and Visit Indy. He is an advisor to the Indiana Sports Corporation Board of Directors and currently serves as chair of the Pacers Foundation.