Arming the Warriors

Arming the Warriors

By Benjamin Gleisser

With the roar of cheering fans still ringing in his ears months after his Golden State Warriors won their second NBA Championship in three years, Marty Glick, BSBA’70, a minority owner of the Warriors and special advisor to the team’s ownership, is looking to the new season. And trying to answer the question: Can we make a great team even better?

“Our goal is to make the team stay at a very high level, but the system is built to stop you from creating a dynasty,” Glick says, relaxing in his office at Oracle Arena, the Warriors’ home court in Oakland, California. “To be successful for a long time, we’ve got to develop young players. And we just signed a couple of (free agent) shooters. I think we’ll be even better this year.”

Though friends and fans constantly give him their opinions on which player the team should pursue or get rid of, Glick’s job lies more at the business end of the franchise.

Today, Glick, the Warriors’ former chief financial officer, has spent a busy morning in meetings about the construction of the team’s new $1 billion-plus arena to be built across the bay in San Francisco.

“We’re using zero public money,” he says. “I’m proud to say this is one of the only major privately financed arenas in the world. Doing it this way allows us to control the project and build it the way we want to.”

When completed in time for the 2019–2020 basketball season, the waterfront Chase Center will include two office towers offering 580,000 square feet of space, 150,000 square feet of retail space and a public park.

Glick says team ownership decided to build the complex for two reasons: The Oracle is one of the oldest sports arenas — it recently celebrated its 50th anniversary — and the Warriors want to generate a greater fan experience. “Sports marketing is evolving. Not only did we want to build an arena, we wanted to create a sports stadium that was a destination. Something that is unique to the Bay Area.”

After high school, Glick was looking to study business at a small college when a family friend recommended Creighton University.

“There I was, a nice Jewish boy from Chicago going to a Jesuit school,” he says with a laugh. “I also loved politics and in 1968, presidential candidates (Richard) Nixon, (Hubert) Humphrey, (Eugene) McCarthy and (Bobby) Kennedy all came to speak at Creighton. I was always a strong supporter of Bobby Kennedy, and meeting him was life-changing.”

After graduating with an accounting degree, Glick earned a graduate degree in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also is a certified public accountant and chartered accountant (Canada). Glick served on the management teams of Levi Strauss, Genentech, Theravance and PEAK Surgical before joining the Warriors in 2011. He was named special advisor to ownership in 2013.