Dave Kaval was hired as the President of the San Jose Earthquakes in October of 2010. He oversees the business and technical sides of the franchise and was instrumental in the development and construction of Avaya Stadium.
Avaya Stadium opened to great reviews on March 22, 2015 and the Quakes have sold out every home game during the venue’s inaugural year. Avaya Stadium is the Bay Area’s first soccer-specific stadium and is the culmination of 40 years of professional soccer in the South Bay.
Kaval’s tenure has been filled with many memorable moments, ranging from a Guinness World Record for the largest participatory groundbreaking ceremony to a Supporters’ Shield. He was also named to the Sports Business Journal’s 40-Under-40 class, a Silicon Valley Business Journal 40-Under-40 recipient in 2012 and signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers to play the first-ever event at Levi’s® Stadium on Aug. 2, 2014.
Since Kaval signed on, the club has seen a significant boost in ticket sales, merchandise and sponsorship revenue. Even before the Earthquakes broke ground, luxury suites for the new stadium were sold out. The team also hit a major milestone on June 27, 2015 with 50,422 on hand for a 3-1 Earthquakes win against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium, the largest non-doubleheader attendance in club history. In 2013, the Earthquakes sold out Stanford Stadium for a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against the Galaxy. The Earthquakes have tripled their ticket sales revenue since Kaval joined the club.
Kaval led the club’s reunification in 2014, culminating with the unveil of a new logo and jerseys on Jan. 30 at San Pedro Square Market in Downtown San Jose. After nearly two years of focus groups, research and studies, Kaval and his team brought all generations of Earthquakes fans together with a logo that gave tribute to the many iterations of professional soccer the Bay Area has hosted since 1974.
Away from the field, Kaval actively communicates with fans through his blog on the club’s website, sjearthquakes.com, Twitter (@QuakesPrez) and through office hours each Tuesday from 3-5 p.m.
Prior to joining the Earthquakes, Kaval founded the Golden Baseball League in 2003 with fellow Stanford Business School graduate Amit Patel. Kaval was responsible for raising the initial capital to launch the league and attracted a number of investors from around the country to fund the venture. He also negotiated a number of major corporate partnerships, including the multi-million dollar league naming rights agreement with Safeway. Kaval served as the President of the Yuma Scorpions, Long Beach Armada and Chico Outlaws teams, as well as the Arizona Winter League. The Golden Baseball League included 12 teams in three different countries. Under Kaval’s leadership, the league turned an operating profit in multiple years.
In addition to his time with the Golden Baseball League, Kaval worked at Key Bank, served as a Business Analyst for Accenture, and was the Director of Business Development for Sparks.com. Kaval has also spent time in the Office of the President of the United States on the budget for National Security. He is a recognized expert by the Superior Court of the State of California on the subject of minor league baseball and the business of professional sports. He lectures in a variety of programs at Stanford University, including the Graduate School of Business, and is a Director of the Workforce Investment Board in San Mateo County.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kaval earned a B.A. in 1998 and an M.B.A. in 2003 from Stanford University. He currently resides in Menlo Park with his wife and two daughters.
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