Ben Gumpert is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Sacramento Republic FC. In his role, Ben oversees the full range of Republic FC’s operations and leads the effort to bring MLS to Sacramento under the direction of ownership, including oversight of all business and soccer operations for the club since 2017 as well as a focus on prospective MLS operations and new stadium development. Sacramento Republic FC has set records across its league in sales, attendance, retail and marketing categories and has reached the playoffs in every season.
Previously, Ben was the Chief Marketing Officer for the Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center and played a key executive role in the design and construction of the new downtown arena as well as the new Kings brand. His responsibilities included leading the organization’s efforts in marketing, creative, strategy, analytics, communications, digital, and community impact. He joined the Kings after five years with the NBA, most recently serving as vice president of team marketing and business operations. Ben worked with all NBA teams to improve business operations, including ticket sales, sponsorships, marketing, digital, CR, and finance. Ben also led the Team Strategy & Analytics group while at the NBA with a charge of improving business operations for NBA teams through data-driven projects. Prior to the NBA, Ben was Consultant with Bain & Company in the LA, New York and San Francisco offices. Ben worked in the Technology, Media, and Telecom practice area, as well as the Private Equity practice area, focused on due diligence efforts for private equity firms.
A native of Sacramento, Ben graduated from UCLA with a degree in Business-Economics and holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He serves on the board of KVIE and is a volunteer soccer coach for Sierra Oaks Soccer Club. Ben and his wife Marisa have two daughters that attend Country Day.