Front Office

Steve Schott
Owner, Managing General Partner

When Steve Schott purchased the Oakland Athletics on November 1, 1995 along with Ken Hofmann, he laid out a long-term plan for success that would restore the glory to one of baseball's most storied franchises. The plan concentrated on three areas-build a World Series contender from within the organization; assemble a dynamic front office staff; and continue to strengthen the A's commitment to the city of Oakland and the East Bay by expanding the club's public and community relations programs.

Under the Schott and Hofmann ownership, the Athletics franchise has successfully rebuilt itself by emphasizing a strong minor league system that produced the majority of the players who have led the A's to four straight post-season appearances, including three American League West Division. Under his ownership, the A's have compiled a 696-599 (.537) record, which is the fourth best mark in the American League over the past eight seasons. The wealth of talent throughout the A's organization and sound player evaluation earned the Athletics back-to-back Organization of the Year Awards in 1998 and 1999.

Under Schott's ownership, the A's are one of the most community-minded teams in all of sports, donating over two million dollars to various community projects since 1995. Three recent beneficiaries of the team's generosity are the Oakland public schools, the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department and the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland. In 2003, the A's raised $81,810 for breast cancer research, to which Mr. Schott donated $18,200 to bring the total donation to over $100,000.

While ownership has demonstrated a commitment to fielding a championship team and enhancing the community of Oakland, A's baseball remains the most affordable entertainment values of all of the major sports franchises in the Bay Area. Despite recent renovations, the Network Associates Coliseum remains a comfortable, safe, clean, entertaining and accessible venue to watch a game.

While Schott's off-the-field focus remains on securing a baseball-only stadium for the Athletics in the Bay Area, he successfully negotiated an agreement with the Joint Powers Authority in July of 2002 which extended the A's lease at the Network Associates Coliseum through the 2007 season with three one-year options though 2010. A native of the Bay Area, Mr. Schott serves as the CEO of Citation Homes Central /Award Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in California. Citation Homes Central/Award Homes and its predecessor companies have built over 50,000 homes in Northern California over the last four decades. A member of the National Association of Home Builders, Schott has been involved with development in Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, Monterey, San Joaquin and San Benito counties for over 35 years.

Mr. Schott's philanthropic interests include the "A's Home Run Readers" program which he and his wife, Patricia, assisted in launching 11 years ago to stimulate reading and promote the importance of literacy among elementary school students through the Bay Area. "A's Home Run Readers" is increasingly viewed as a unique and successful example of how positive results can be obtained when business, government and the community join to support education. The Schotts also played a key role in the development of the Role Model Program, an organization that pairs at-risk middle school students with positive role models in the community, with the hopes the students will make positive life choices and excel in the classroom. The Schotts have established their own private foundation that funds scholarships for needy students and contributes to a variety of non-profit educational organizations throughout the Bay Area. A founding member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, which is associated with the United Way, Mr. Schott is regent at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and past chairman of the Saint Francis High School Foundation Board.

Last year, Mr. Schott was one of five laureates honored by the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement connects business and education by placing volunteers in the classroom to teach children about business, their role in the economy and the importance of education in their life.

In 2001, Mr. Schott was one of 10 national recipients of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, which annually honors a group of men and women who have faced and overcome significant personal adversity through positive thinking, determination and hard work while exemplifying the values that formed the foundation of the American spirit. Past honorees include President Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Colin Powell, Senator Bob Dole, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Kroc and Dr. Maya Angelou, to name a few.

A native of Santa Clara, Calif., Mr. Schott attended Bellarmine Preparatory and Santa Clara University, where he was a pitcher on the school's baseball team. He currently serves on the University's Board of Trustees. In 1989, he earned the University's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Mr. Schott and his wife, Pat, reside on the Peninsula. They have three children, Lisa, Stephen E. and Kristen, and eight grandchildren, all living in the Bay Area.

Athletics Ownership
Principal Owner(s)Years
Benjamin F. Shibe1901-1912
Benjamin F. Shibe, Connie Mack1913-21
Connie Mack1921-54
Arnold M. Johnson1954-60
Charles O. Finley1961-80
Walter A. Haas, Jr.1980-1995
Steve Schott, Ken Hofmann1995-Present


close window        print window