Though Aaron Artman’s career path took a circuitous route through journalism and marketing, sports always has been a consistent theme in his life.

“When I work in sports, I see it as a business, an experience,” Artman said of his career leading up to and including his current role as president of We R Tacoma. 

As a teenager growing up in Oregon, Artman covered high school sports for local newspapers. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Artman reported on Professional Golf Association tournaments for a Phoenix, Arizona-based publication, and later ran in-house advertising for Mandalay Baseball Properties as its sales and marketing director. 

Artman’s path temporarily diverged from sports when he returned to the Northwest in 2005 for an executive position at Microsoft. There, he was responsible for co-branding with other major manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Sony, and Toshiba. 

Finally, in 2007, Texas-based Schlegel Sports asked Artman to preside over the operations at Cheney Stadium. As president, Artman oversees Tacoma’s three professional sports teams: The Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers; women’s soccer team Reign FC; and the Tacoma Defiance men’s soccer team, which serves as reserves for Seattle Sounders FC.

“I’ve stayed here and do what I do because I love it,” Artman said. “It’s really fun to see this place packed with families and business clients.”

Artman, who has six children, said he owes his success to his mom, who told him he could do whatever he set his mind to.

“I look at the world like you can literally do anything you want to do, regardless of what your academic background is,” he said. “Go after it, believe in yourself, and surround yourself with good people.”

Keep reading to see a day in the life of this boundless baseball businessman.

All photos courtesy Aaron Artman


8 a.m. | Mornings start with driving kids to school, which is a great time to connect with them before the workday.


10 a.m. | Being at work is always fun when your office is a baseball and soccer stadium. 


11 a.m. |We recently upgraded our workspace in the offseason. This makes meetings a more comfortable experience. 


Noon | Occasionally, I take a ‘fan’ day when I bring one of my kids to a game and enjoy the time together. Plus, it’s a great way, albeit self-serving, to check in on the operation.


5 p.m. | My kids with the kids of Megan Mead, our vice president of marketing. Pretty cool to be able to bring your children to work and have them build memories.


5:30 p.m. |Our atmosphere at Cheney Stadium changes when baseball season kicks off. Today, we have Ichiro Suzuki in the park pitching batting practice. 


6 p.m. | We put in a lot of hours here, so we’ve created an inclusive environment where can see our families during busy days.


6:15 p.m. | I enjoy collaborating with our team in our open spaces, but sometimes I need to get locked in from the comfort of my office. 


6:30 p.m. | Unorthodox hours means eating quite a few meals at the stadium. We’re fortunate to have great food at Cheney Stadium to help us power through game nights.

 


7 p.m. | There is nothing better than the view of a packed house because it’s a great reminder of why we do what we do.