John Beaven Rumors
The back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have promoted John Beaven to Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales and Services and Raymond Ridder to Senior Vice President of Communications, the team announced today. Beaven will continue to report to Warriors Chief Revenue Officer Brandon Schneider, with Ridder continuing to report to Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts and Warriors President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Bob Myers.
John Beaven tried his best to not be defined by Sept. 11, 2001. He lost his father that day, forever linking him to this infamous piece of American history. But he refused to let grief be the axis on which his world revolved. He was determined to live in a manner that deemed his tragedy a hurdle and not a hindrance. Now, as he is upon the 15th anniversary, now that he has risen to the ranks of vice president in the Warriors organization, it is clear how 9/11 ended up defining him after all.
Beaven is now entering his 14th season with the franchise. He is Vice President of Ticket Sales & Services for a franchise that has maxed out its season tickets and has 32,000 on its wait list. That’s not just surviving, but thriving. And some of his dad’s attributes helped him along the way: calm, levelheadedness, a dry wit, consistency, likability. “He’s a very logical guy,” mom said. “There is a spark of slightly wicked humor in him. I would say I recognize that one. Athleticism — his dad didn’t go into sports but he was a physical guy.”
Now, sitting in an empty office in the Warriors’ downtown headquarters, nearly 10 years removed from the uprising inside a hijacked 757, some 2,000 miles from where United Airlines Flight 93 slammed into a southwestern Pennsylvania field with such ferocity that the pieces of debris found after impact were smaller than a phone book, details have been lost to time. Or maybe John Beaven just doesn’t want to remember. Beaven does not immediately recall how many times he has been to the crash site that claimed his father and 43 others on Sept. 11, 2001. He figures, after some conversation, there were two visits. He didn’t even remember one of the trips until his mother reminded him a few weeks ago. Beaven went then while on his way to Pittsburgh for hip surgery. He cannot say for sure, in the surreal aftermath of that day, whether he met President George W. Bush at the White House first and then went to Shanksville, Penn., or whether it was the other way around.
Beaven lost his father that day. But he makes clear in a morning break from his duties as the Warriors’ executive director of ticket sales that he did not lose his identity. He does not remember details others might have seared into their souls because he has decided that 9/11 will not define him. Some colleagues on Golden State’s business side do not even know his connection to that day. He was originally planning to skip ceremonies in Pennsylvania this weekend to mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks before deciding to attend to support his 15-year-old step-sister.