Modest start preceded Moorad’s rise

image001.jpgBaseball was a constant throughout Jeff Moorad’s long, interesting journey from Modesto to running the Padres
By Mark Zeigler
Thursday, March 26, 2009
 Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Moorad is introduced to the media at Petco Park on Thursday. –
Modesto is a dusty, undistinguished town in the heart of California’s endless Central Valley, heavy in agriculture and food packaging industries, the setting for the 1973 film “American Graffiti,” a place that by many accounts lives up to its name.
Modesto being Spanish for modest.
This is where Jeff Moorad, the new CEO and eventual majority owner of the San Diego Padres, was born. Where he grew up, the great grandson of Assyrian immigrants who left Persia (now modern-day Iran) because, as Christians, they were strongly encouraged to relocate by Muslims. His was the third generation of the family from Modesto. Both his parents and his sister attended Modesto Junior College, as would he.
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