Mike Plant was named President of Development for
the Atlanta Braves in April of 2016, after serving 13 years as Braves’
Executive Vice President of Business Operations.
His responsibilities include overseeing all stadium operations,
security, finance, personnel and special events, as well as the
operations of the minor league clubs.
As part of the Braves executive leadership team, Plant was
instrumental in the Braves’ efforts to secure SunTrust Park and its
mixed-use development, and continues to manage the planning and
execution of the construction projects, which are scheduled to open in
Cobb County in 2017.
Plant joined the Braves after having served as Executive Vice
President of Turner Sports since February 2002. In that position, he
was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the division, a
$500-million acquisition, promotion and production company that
broadcast approximately 1,200 hours of sports programming on various
Before becoming Executive Vice President of Turner Sports, Plant was
President of The Goodwill Games and Vice President of Events for
Turner Sports. He was responsible for the overall direction and
management of The Goodwill Games, as well as all sports properties
acquired by Turner Sports.
Prior to joining Turner Sports, Plant was President of Medalist
Sports, a full-service sports marketing company he founded in 1988.
Medalist Sports created and operated premier professional cycling
events in the United States and China. In addition, Plant was the
Associate Executive Director of the U.S. Cycling Federation in
Colorado Springs, Colo., from 1986 to 1988 and the Executive Director
of the Canoe and Kayak Team from 1985-1986.
Plant was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Speed Skating team in
Lake Placid, NY, and a six-time member of the U.S. World Championship
speed skating teams. Since 1980, he has been appointed to numerous
committees for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the U.S.
International Speed skating Association and USA Cycling. In January
1989, after having served two, four-year terms as the U.S. Speed
Skating Athlete Representative on the USOC’s Athlete’s Advisory
Council, he was elected to a four-year term as Chairman. Plant served
on the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games (ACOG) Board of
Directors and the Board of Trustees for the Salt Lake City Olympic Bid
Committee for the 2002 Winter Games.
Plant served two eight-year terms on the USOC’s Board of Directors
and Executive Committee (1984-1992 and 2003- 2011) and as Chairman of
the Athlete Performance Group (1992-1996). Plant was President of USA
Cycling, the National Governing Body for Olympic cycling, from 1995 to
2002, and is the current President of US Speedskating.
Internationally, Plant is currently serving his second term on the
International Cycling Federation’s (UCI) Executive Committee. He first
served on this committee from 1997 to 2004, and was the Chairman of
the Television and Marketing Commission.
In 2004, Plant was elected to an eight-year term (2004-2012) on the
Board of Directors of the restructured U.S. Olympic Committee. He was
one of only 11 Americans to hold this seat. In 2009, Plant was elected
U.S. Olympic Chef de Mission for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
He and his wife Mary have two daughters, Erika and Maddie, and a