Slosson to replace Hoffman in executive director job

Engineer, 43, is likely to begin work in March

Stadium Authority

January 19, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Rick Slosson, whose engineering career began in Baltimore more than 20 years ago, will be returning to the city as the Maryland Stadium Authority's executive director.

Slosson, 43, a Northern Virginia resident who runs the development wing of a company that operates assisted living facilities, was appointed yesterday after an informal vote by the authority board, and he likely will replace outgoing executive Bruce Hoffman at the beginning of March.

MSA chairman John Brown said the appointment was made with every intention of producing a reasonable facsimile of Hoffman, who presided over millions of dollars of public works projects during his 10-year tenure, most notably the construction of Oriole Park and PSINet Stadium.

"The idea was, as much as we could, to replace Bruce," Brown said, "As we interviewed him, we realized that he is a lot like Bruce."

"It is with a great deal of confidence that I will pass the reins of the stadium authority to Rick," Hoffman said. "He possesses all of the qualities that are necessary to manage the many facets of the stadium authority's responsibilities."

Slosson is expected to sign a four-year deal at a salary similar to the $185,500 per year that the MSA pays Hoffman, who is headed for Gilbane Building Co.

Slosson began his career in 1979 as a project manager for the Whiting Turner contracting company, his first professional work experience coming on the National Aquarium at the Inner Harbor.

From there, he moved on to management positions at Omni Construction and then the Evans Company before becoming executive vice president at Sunrise Development, Inc., in 1996, supervising all phases of projects for Sunrise Assisted Living.

After working on projects that looked mostly the same, he said the MSA position attracted him, with its range between the Hippodrome Theatre renovation and the proposed Comcast Center at the University of Maryland.

"These are all very unique, very high-profile projects," Slosson said. "I'm a big sports fan, so when they told me about golf courses and basketball arenas, it got my attention very quickly."

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