Business 100 - 2008

Touhey, Dan

Dan Touhey/Spalding Sports

Dan Touhey is Vice President of Marketing at Spalding Sports. In 2001, Dan  was awarded the patent for, and launched the first and only basketball with a built-in micro-pump.

The Spalding Infusion became the most successful basketball ever, and was the first in a series of groundbreaking innovations in sports equipment for Dan.In 2004, Dan was presented with the Russell Corporation’s Chairman’s Award, and earlier this year, he was named one of the Forty under 40 by Business West.

A second-generation Irish-American, Dan has stayed close to his roots. During his junior year at Boston College he studied abroad at University College, Cork, earning a minor in Irish Studies. He also holds an MBA from NYU. Dan credits his success to the memory of his Irish grandparents. “From the sweat of their blue-collar beginnings in this country my family and I have achieved tremendous educational and professional opportunities. I have to believe my grandparents would be thrilled with how it all turned out.” Dan is married with two children.