Networking Speaker November 5
Paul J. Dolan ’76, Owner/Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Indians
The Dolan family's ownership of the Cleveland Indians enters its 21st season in 2020, while Paul Dolan begins his eighth campaign as the primary control person of the franchise after being formally approved by Major League Baseball on Jan. 10, 2013. Paul continues to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Indians, roles that he accepted prior to the 2011 season. He began as Vice President, General Counsel of the Indians upon joining the organization in 2000 and later served as the club's President from 2004-10.
Paul was born and raised in nearby Chardon, Ohio where he attended high school at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. He graduated with a B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University in 1980 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame’s Law School in 1983. Prior to joining the Indians, Paul was a partner at Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, a Chardon, Ohio based law firm.
Dolan is involved in various business interests throughout Northeast Ohio and is engaged with many philanthropic and civic boards throughout the Northeast Ohio community He is currently serving as Chairman of United Way of Greater Cleveland; and is a board member for The Cleveland Clinic, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Playhouse Square Foundation, Unify Labs and Evergreen Cooperatives. Paul has been the co-chairman for VeloSano Bike to Cure in each of the event's first six years (2014-19) and also races as an Indians team member. In January, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission honored the Dolan family with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, which is annually presented to an individual or group that has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the advancement of sports in Cleveland.
Paul and his wife, Karen, reside in Geauga County and have two adult sons, Jack ’11 and Peter ’14.