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Tim Purpura
Executive Vice President & COO

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Tim Purpura is entering his 23rd season in professional baseball, and since January 2008 has served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Minor League Baseball.

In his current role, Tim is charged with the executive management of the baseball and business operations, business development, branded properties, communications, licensing and marketing departments, as well as oversight of the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) and MiLB operations in Durham, N.C., and Vero Beach, Fla. Tim also works closely with the Board of Trustees, the Council of League Presidents and the Baseball Internet Rights Corporation, (BIRCO).

Tim is the primary liaison with Major League Baseball in a number of areas, including baseball operations, umpiring and security

Previously, Tim served the Houston Astros for 14 seasons and was named the 10th General Manager in franchise history on Nov. 1, 2004. Tim served in that role for three seasons and has a .506 winning percentage as a Major League general manager. Tim's first team as general manager was the most successful in club history, as the 2005 Astros won the National League Championship and appeared in the World Series for the first time.

While in Houston, Tim served seven seasons in the dual role of Assistant General Manager and Farm Director. During that time, he managed the club's player development system and the daily operation of the Major League team. The Astros made the playoffs in six out of nine seasons from 1997 to 2005, and all six of those clubs received significant contributions from players developed in the Astros system under his watch as Farm Director. In 2001, the Astros organization was named the Major League Organization of the Year by Baseball Weekly, Baseball America, Topps and Sportsticker.

Tim served the Astros in several capacities after joining the club in January of 1994, including Assistant Director of Minor League Operations and Director of Player Relations. He joined the Astros after spending two seasons as a founding member of the staff of the Arizona Fall League, a successful developmental league operated by Major League Baseball that serves as a finishing school for top prospects. In 2003, Tim was elected to the Board of Trustees of Minor League Baseball, representing the Appalachian League.

His career in baseball began in 1989 when he served as a media relations intern during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif. Tim also worked as an assistant in player development for the California Angels during Spring Training from 1990-92 and headed special projects for the San Diego Padres minor league department in 1991.

A native of Oak Lawn, Ill., Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree from Chicago's Loyola University in 1986 and earned a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 1992. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Tim was inducted into the Oak Lawn Community High School (Ill.) Hall of Fame in November 2005 and was awarded the Roland Hemond Meritorious Service Award in November 2010.