Columbus Fury hires CEO with a historic local sports career

Dr. David Paitson will serve as the CEO of Columbus Fury, a new professional volleyball team launching in Columbus, Ohio.

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“I am honored and excited to be able to return to Columbus and lead the Columbus Fury,” Dr. Paitson said. | Photo via Columbus Fury

From the ice rink to the volleyball court, Dr. David Paitson has a lengthy history in Columbus.

Paitson, a veteran sports executive, was just hired as the new CEO for Columbus Fury, a new professional volleyball team launching in CBUS in 2024. As this new team in a new league attempts to gain a following, Paitson brings his expertise in grassroots beginnings after previously helping the Columbus Chill, a now defunct hockey team from the 1990s.

Paitson helped launch Chill in 1991. This team is considered the most successful franchise in league history, and that’s because it sold out 83 consecutive games at the Ohio Expo Center. While the league eventually folded in 1999, Paitson stayed busy with local hockey and helped bring a new team into the NHL: The Columbus Blue Jackets. He was just the third ever employee for CBJ, according to his bio.

Though his mindset has shifted to a new sport, his imprint can still be seen around the city as he built, programmed, and operated the Chiller Dublin and Chiller Easton.

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