Edward W. Stack

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Edward W. Stack
Born1954/1955 (age 64–65)[1]
Other namesEd Stack
EducationSt. John Fisher College (B.A.S., 1977)
Years active1984–present
EmployerDick's Sporting Goods
Net worthUS$1.0 billion (April2019)[2]
TitleChairman and CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods
Board member of
Spouse(s)Donna A. Stack
  • Dick Stack (father)

Edward W. "Ed" Stack (born 1954/1955), is an American billionaire businessman. Since 1984, Stack has been chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Dick's Sporting Goods, a sports equipment retailing company founded in 1948 by his father, Dick Stack.

Early life and education[edit]

Edward W. Stack is the son of Richard "Dick" Stack,[1] who founded sports equipment retailer Dick's Sporting Goods in 1948.[2][3][4] He grew up in the East Side neighborhood of Binghamton, New York, attended public schools, and played baseball and football at Binghamton North High School.[1][5][6] Stack received a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College in 1977.[1][2][4] He planned to become a lawyer, but opted to help run the family business after his father's health declined.[7]


Stack and his siblings purchased Dick's from their father in the early 1980s, when the company had two locations in Upstate New York.[4][5][8] He became chairman and chief executive officer following his father's retirement in 1984.[2][3] Stack established a board of directors, opened additional stores, and relocated the company's headquarters to Pittsburgh in 1994.[4][9] He led the company during its initial public offering in 2002.[2][3]

Stack owned approximately 25 percent of the company's common stock, and controlled nearly two-thirds of its voting shares, as of 2010.[1] After selling 5.8 percent of his holdings in 2013, he owned around 20 percent of the company, primarily via Class B shares.[10][11] Following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February 2018, Stack announced that Dick's and its subsidiaries would stop selling military pattern semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, and would not sell firearms to people under the age of 21.[3] He has advocated for stronger gun control, and worked to enact change by hiring lobbyists and meeting with politicians.[12][13][14]

Stack is estimated to have a net worth of US$1.2 billion as of February 2018.[3]

Board service[edit]

Stack has served on the boards of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, KeyCorp,[15] the National Retail Federation,[16] and Seton Hall University,[7] as well as the advisory board of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative.[17]


In 1997, Stack ranked fourth in the "consumer-retailing/hardlines" category of magazine Institutional Investor's survey of the best chief American executives, and was named "Sports Executive Visionary of the Year" by magazine SportStyle.[18][19] He was named "Entrepreneur of the Year in Southwestern Pennsylvania" by Ernst & Young in 1999.[19] In 2005, Stack received a History Makers Award in the "business and industry" category from the Heinz History Center.[20] He was inducted into the National Sporting Goods Association's Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame in 2006.[19][21] Stack received a Humanity and Service Award from the Bus Stops Here Foundation in 2014, and a Major John H. Russell Leadership Award from Marine Corps University's foundation in 2015.[17] He was given an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters from his alma mater, after delivering a commencement speech in 2016.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Stack is married to Donna A. Stack.[24][2] In February 2015, the couple acquired an 8,946-square-foot home in North Palm Beach, Florida, for $12 million.[24]


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  11. ^ Williams, Christopher C. (February 23, 2013). "A Long-Distance Runner". Barron's. ISSN 1077-8039. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
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  14. ^ Schooley, Tim (March 22, 2018). "Stack presses Congress to act on new gun control legislation in essay". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
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  20. ^ "History Makers Awards and the week in review ..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 1, 2005. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
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  22. ^ "Fisher Celebrates 62nd Commencement". St. John Fisher College. May 7, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  23. ^ Jaschik, Scott (March 16, 2016). "Commencement Speakers Announced: Albany Pharmacy, DePauw, Hamilton, Harvard, Iona, Lasell, Linfield, Randolph-Macon, Southwestern, St. John Fisher, Tulane, Woodbury". Inside Higher Ed. OCLC 721351944. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
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