With a history of success in sports, entertainment and brand marketing, Scott Paddock was named President of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in January of 2011. As President of the Joliet, Ill.-based facilities, Scott is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Illinois’s largest sporting complex. The multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex annually hosts a broad array of programming encompassing more than 125 events, including major motorsports entertainment, endurance events, musical concerts and festivals, corporate training seminars, industry trade shows, and much more. Chicagoland Speedway will serve as the first race of NBC’s coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series and is one of the region’s leading economic engines attracting a world-wide television audience and more than 125,000 guests from across the U.S. Scott was tapped to serve as a member of the leadership team which, in collaboration with outside consultant McKinsey and Co., provided strategic consultation on the historic merger between NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation.
Before being named to his current post, Scott was the Director of Sports Marketing for the Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo Inc. In this role, Scott was responsible for the management of the brand’s 120MM sports marketing sponsorship portfolio, including all league, team and spokesperson relations and negotiations, while serving as a key member of the Gatorade Leadership Team.
Scott began his career in the sports marketing industry with Sports Partners, a sports marketing and advertising agency and division of Italia & Associates. Prior to his tenure with Sports Partners, Scott embarked on a five-year professional basketball career, which included stops in France, Turkey, Switzerland and the U.S. He represented the United States as a starter on the U.S. National Team, earning a silver medal in the 1995 Pan-American Games.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a student-athlete as a member of the men’s basketball program. He previously served on a number of boards and committees, including USA Basketball’s Board of Directors & Executive Committee and the Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) to the USOC. Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors for Illinois Special Olympics, the Chicago Sports Commission, Silver Cross Health System, Will County’s Center for Economic Development and the Illinois Tollway, in addition to being a member of the Chicago Economic Club. He was named a member of the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under Forty class for 2008. Scott and his wife, Marcy, reside in Orland Park, Ill., and have two daughters.