John L. Allen
Chief Operating Officer
The 2006 season marks John Allenís 17th season in professional baseball and his 12th with the Cincinnati Reds. Mr. Allen originally joined the organization in May 1995 as controller. In June 1996, he was named ďinterimĒ managing executive and was named managing executive two months later. On Oct. 1, 1999, he was named chief operating officer.
Mr. Allen is responsible for all business and ballpark operations of the organization, reporting directly to Bob Castellini, the Redsí chief executive officer.
John began his baseball career in 1990 as an intern with the Columbus Clippers, the Class AAA minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees while earning a masterís degree in sport management at The Ohio State University. He was subsequently named the clubís director of business operations, a position he held for five years.
John was involved in all aspects of the development and construction of Great American Ball Park. This includes the sales tax issue in the fall of 1995, lease negotiations, Issue 11 for the location of the ballpark and countless hours of design and construction meetings.
Under Mr. Allenís tutelage, special efforts have been made to recognize the organizationís rich history. Replicas of the retired jerseys of Fred Hutchinson and Johnny Bench were displayed for the first time in a special ceremony on Sept. 1, 1996. Since then, the organization has retired the jerseys of Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson, Ted Kluszewski, Tony Perez, and Sparky Anderson. Statues of popular Crosley Era players are integral to the Crosley Terrace entrance as further dedication to the teamís history. Those efforts culminated in September 2004 when the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors with memorabilia dating back to the teamís origin in 1869.
John was born and raised in Norton, Kan. He attended Kansas State University, where he earned his bachelorís degree. John currently serves on the Finance Advisory Board at KSU and is a member of the KSU Foundation Presidents Club.
Mr. Allen has been honored with the Certificate of Friendship from the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and the Community Service Award from the Talbert House. Cincinnati Magazine also has honored him in its annual ďBest of CincinnatiĒ issue.
He is a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans organizations. He serves on the board of directors of the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, MLB Enterprises, Inc. and is on the Kid Glove Committee. He also serves on the advisory board for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
John and his wife, Anna, reside in Newport, Ky. John has two children, Christopher and Sarah.
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