Saturday, October 10, 2015 @8am
About our event this Saturday –
- “Select-A-Seat” – 10-2 p.m. at the Portland Expo – Free to the public
- It is an open house to show off our renovated Portland Expo – with new, comfortable seating options!
- Half-Court Challenge – 10 a.m. – fans can attempt a half-court shot on the Expo parquet. If they make it, they win a 2015-16 Red Claws season ticket. No limit to number of winners.
- Media Hot Shot Challenge – local TV and radio “celebrities” compete in a skills competition, with the winners receiving a donation to the charity of their choice, courtesy of the Red Claws. – 12 p.m.
- NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner will be on hand for Saturday’s event.
William J. Ryan Jr. began his professional career as an attorney, practicing corporate law in Portland. He practiced law for four years before embarking on his career in the sports business at McDougall Sports Marketing. While at McDougall, Ryan primarily worked in sponsorship sales for NASCAR and Indy Car teams. Leveraging the knowledge of the auto racing business gained while at McDougall, he purchased Oxford Plains Speedway in 1998.
Ryan was honored for his operation of the Speedway by industry group Racing Promotion Monthly three times, including being named the Northeast Region Promoter of the Year in 2008. He sold Oxford Plains Speedway in the fall of 2012.
In 2007, Ryan was approached with the idea of bringing an NBA Development League team to Portland. He and his father, former TD Bank CEO William J. Ryan, Sr., formed a local ownership group made up of leaders from across Maine’s business community. After two years of work, the Maine Red Claws opened their inaugural season in the fall of 2009. Ryan is the Principal Owner and Chairman of the team.
Ryan also has investments in real estate, restaurants and early stage technology companies. In addition to his business interests, Ryan has been involved with a number of non-profits. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Portland Museum of Art, the Portland Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas College.