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Elisburg Receives Leader for Life Award

Jun 8 2004 9:15AM
MIAMI, June 7 - Miami HEAT Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Andy Elisburg was honored at a dinner at the Doral Golf and Country Club on Saturday, June 5 with St. Thomas University’s inaugural Leader for Life Award. Miami attorney Ervin Gonzalez was also awarded the University’s inaugural Leader for Life Award.

The recipients of this prestigious award are graduates of Biscayne College/St. Thomas University. The University established the Leader for Life Award to recognize an alumna/alumnus who has made a significant contribution to their chosen profession. The recipients are honored for utilizing the tools they learned during their academic years to carve their destiny and for having left an indelible mark on the community.

Elisburg, a 1988 graduate of St. Thomas University’s Sports Administration program, is a HEAT original, first joining the franchise in its inaugural 1988 season as an intern in the public relations department before becoming public relations assistant at the end of the season. He has also served in many different capacities, including assistant director of public relations, director of team services and information, director of team operations and vice president of basketball operations before being promoted to his current post. For the past nine seasons and the last four as the team’s Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations, Elisburg has played an integral role in salary cap planning and basketball operations management, while overseeing the day-to-day basketball operations at AmericanAirlines Arena and previously Miami Arena. With the challenges and the complexities in dealing with the league salary cap and luxary tax, Elisburg’s knowledge and efforts have been invaluable to HEAT President Pat Riley and President and General Manager Randy Pfund. His efforts have helped the HEAT earn seven postseason berths in the last nine years (second in the NBA’s Eastern Conference), including a franchise-record six consecutive playoff appearances from 1996-2001, four consecutive Atlantic Division Championships from 1996-2000 and the ninth most wins (396) in the NBA (third most in the Eastern Conference) from 1995-2004.

A native of Potomac, MD, Elisburg served an internship with the Washington Bullets in the summer of 1988 before coming to the HEAT.