Who is Arte Moreno? You might know him best is the owner of Anaheim Angels, a baseball team that he's owned for more than 10 years now. With that being said, that's only one layer of his personality. It's always good to know a little bit more about people who are interested in the same things you are so if you love baseball, you might want to know a few more things about this particularly unique individual. Below are 10 things that you probably don't already know about Moreno but are likely to find quite interesting.
1. He is a Mexican American descent
You might have guessed by paying attention to his name, he has some Mexican roots. He's also lived his life as an American citizen, and he's very proud of his roots, saying that they are a large part of what makes him the person he is today.
2. He's also the very first Mexican American history to own a professional sports team
Back in 2003, he purchased the Anaheim Angels. They had previously been owned bye an offshoot of Disney and when he purchased them privately, he made history for himself and for all other Mexican Americans by becoming the first individual with that particular background to own a professional sports team in the United States.
3. Arte isn't his real name
His birth name is actually Arturo. Arte is a nickname that he's had for years and like many people, he prefers to go by that nickname as opposed to his given name. As far as he's concerned, Arturo sounds a bit too formal and stuffy for his tastes. Therefore, he's always gone by the name Arte and he continues to do so to this day.
4. He's a Tucson native
When his family immigrated from Mexico settle in the United States, they decided to settle down in Tucson, Arizona. This is where he was born and raised. As a matter of fact, his father owned a business there and he himself lived there until he graduated from high school and went into the military.
5. He was drafted
After he graduated from high school he went into the Army because he was drafted to fight for the United States in the Vietnam War. He went into the military in 1966 and served two years fighting for his country before he was discharged in 1968, at which point he enrolled in college..
6. He got a degree in marketing
He graduated from a Tucson area University in 1973 and he's never looked back since. If there's anything his youth taught him, it's that hard work and dedication can overcome almost anything. He still uses that same work ethic to accomplish everything he does today, not to mention using it throughout his entire life.
7. He's a professional businessman
Over the years, he's put that degree to good use. Today, he is the Chief Executive Officer of a company called Outdoor Systems, responsible for creating billboards across the United States. Chances are, if you’ve looked at a billboard whenever you're driving down the road, you've seen something that this company is responsible for. He's proud to hold the highest honor in the corporation because he realizes how much hard work it took to get there.
8. He likes to help others succeed
When he was younger, he wasn't handed anything but he was taught that with hard work, it was possible to achieve almost anything. It is those values that helped him get where he is today and he wants to help other people do the same thing by teaching them the values they need to succeed.
9. He helps those that are less fortunate
He and his wife established the Moreno Family Fund. It's designed to help at-risk youth find the stability and the encouragement they need to succeed in life. The organization also provides education, reiterating Moreno's belief that with the right education, virtually all doors can be opened.
10. He's an extremely private individual
When it really comes right down to it, he doesn't like being in the public eye. He far prefers to stay in the background and let other people have the limelight, even to the point of being somewhat reclusive. He's dedicated to his family and to his professional goals, but he doesn't like to make a big deal out of anything in a public sense.
Written by Garrett Parker
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