Patrick Talty, chief operating officer for the Indiana Sports Corp. for the past three three years, has been promoted to president, the organization’s board of directors announced Thursday afternoon.
In becoming the ISC’s seventh president since its inception in 1979, Talty replaces Ryan Vaughn, who stepped down after leading the organization since 2014 to become president and general counsel for Indianapolis-based tech firm Sondhi Solutions.
AS COO, Talty was responsible for all operational aspects of the country’s largest sports commission. He helped lead the organization’s role in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and oversaw bidding for several top sporting events that chose Indianapolis as their host.
“I am honored to be elected as the next Indiana Sports Corp. president and am excited to lead the nation’s top sports commission,” Talty said in written remarks. “Our focus is to continue Indy’s rich history of hosting world-class sporting events and creating significant impact that goes well beyond the competition venue. I’m proud to be back home serving this amazing city and carrying on our mission of advancing and inspiring the community through sports.”
Prior to joining the ISC, Talty was general manager of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which opened in 2016. During that time, the stadium hosted Super Bowl LII and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, among other top events.
Before that, Talty worked for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. as the senior vice president of live events. As the senior vice president, he managed the global touring of more than 420 live events annually.
Talty began his career in Indianapolis with positions at the Indiana Basketball Academy, The Stephenson Group and as a member of the executive staff at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome.
“On behalf of the Indiana Sports Corp Board of Directors, we are thrilled to have Patrick serve as the next president of the organization,” said Rick Fuson, chairman of ISC and CEO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, in written comments. “Patrick has extensive executive leadership experience and is well respected in the sports industry throughout the country.”
“Patrick has a strategic vision for the future of Indiana Sports Corp, and I look forward to him being able to share it broadly,” said Karin Sarratt, Indiana Sports Corp Board Affairs Chairperson and Executive Vice President at OneAmerica. “Patrick understands the significance of galvanizing relationships inside and outside of the community to help us elevate the organization to meet the needs of our city, state, and the events industry.”