Since joining the Pacers’ organization in 1984, Rick Fuson has been influential in shaping
events within Market Square Arena, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and elsewhere in Indianapolis.
A graduate of Indiana University and a life-long resident of Indianapolis, he joined the
staff of Market Square Arena in 1984 as director of special events and was promoted the
following year to vice president. Fuson helped oversee the design of the Pacers’ move
to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in September 1999. He was promoted to Executive Senior
Vice President of Pacers Sports & Entertainment in November 2001. Rick was named
Chief Operating Officer in April 2008. In September 2014 he became President/COO. In
his current role, Fuson is responsible for operation of all aspects of the business and
facilities elements of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.
Through the years, Fuson has been active in pursuing major events for Bankers Life
Fieldhouse and the City of Indianapolis. He served as Co-Chair of the 2012 Super Bowl
Village Committee. He was a member of the Executive Committee for the 1991 World
Gymnastics Championships and served as chairman for the opening ceremonies. He was
co-chairman of special events for the 1991, 1997 and 2000 NCAA Final Four and served
on the Local Organizing Committee for the 2006 and 2010 NCAA Final Four. Fuson was
instrumental in bringing the NCAA Men’s Basketball Division 1 First and Second Round
Tournament Games to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time in 2017. He produced the
opening ceremonies of the 2001 World Police & Fire Games and the closing ceremonies of
the Pan American Games in 1987. Fuson served on the Local Organizing Committee for the
2002, 2004, 2006, 2008-2012 and 2014-2016 Big Ten Basketball Championships, 2002 FIBA
World Basketball Championships, and 2004 FINA World Swimming Championship. He also
served on the Local Organizing Committee for the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships.
He is Co-Chair for the 2017-2022 Big Ten Basketball Championships Local Organizing
Committee. Fuson lead the effort to bring the 2021 NBA All-Star Game to Indianapolis.
Throughout his career, he has received such honors as Recipient of the Indianapolis
Ambassadors 1988 Community Service Award, Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Who’s
Who in Hospitality,” ”Who’s Who in Sports” and “Forty Under Forty.” He has also been active
with the Indianapolis Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the 1985 NBA All-Star weekend, the
grand opening of the Indianapolis Zoo in 1988, the White River Park State Games and
Indianapolis Downtown Space 2010.
Fuson is a professional member of the International Association of Assembly Managers.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
(CICP), Indianapolis Urban League, Indy Public Safety Foundation, Indy Chamber and Visit
Indy. He is an Indiana Sports Corporation Board of Directors Life Member and currently
serves as Chair of Pacers Foundation.
Rick is married to Karen Ferguson Fuson. Fuson’s family includes three children: Amy
Howell (Brett), Emily Fuson Weber (Jimmy) and Matthew Fuson; two grandchildren:
Jackson and Sullivan Massillamany; and, Karen’s two children: Kaela and Kyle Crotchfelt.
W. F. RICK FUSON
PRESIDENT/CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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