Each month we’re talking to a board member to help our members learn more about the men and women leading the Downtown Seattle Association. This month, we’re featuring Executive Committee member Fred Rivera, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Seattle Mariners.
Why did your organization join DSA?
The Seattle Mariners understand the importance of a safe, healthy and vibrant downtown, and are committed to participating in efforts with others in the business community to make Seattle a world-class city. The DSA has long been a community leader, convening downtown businesses and residents to solve problems and develop a vision for the future of Seattle. As members of the downtown community, the Seattle Mariners view DSA as a place where it can meaningfully participate in solving challenges and creating opportunities.
How do you approach your role as a DSA board member?
The DSA board offers an opportunity to gather information, provide input on DSA’s mission and strategy and take actions to better our community. The information DSA provides at board meetings and other convenings is incredibly valuable to understanding our city’s biggest issues, which often impact our business. We want to be at the table learning about those challenges and participating in finding solutions that will benefit our community and ultimately our fans.
What gets you up in the morning?
Challenges, competition and my kids. I’m very competitive and live for overcoming challenges, whether personal or professional. And of course my children, who are often challenges themselves, give me a lift each and every day.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten?
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden
What is the best part of working downtown?
The energy and diversity of offerings. From Belltown to Pioneer Square, each neighborhood offers something excitedly different, from restaurants and bars, to arts and entertainment establishments. From my office at the ballpark, I can stroll to Pioneer Square, have lunch in the International District, or ride LINK to Westlake to take in a movie. Having these diverse opportunities at my fingertips is the best part of working downtown.
What are your hobbies?
I’m a baseball junky, year-round. Outside of baseball, I enjoy watching movies (Coco is amazing), reading (Springsteen’s Born to Run is a great read), and working out.
If you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?