Dawson Hughes is an American masters swimmer from Sarasota, Florida where he swims for the Sarasota Y Sharks. He serves as the chief executive officer of U.S. Masters Swimming as of March 2016. He leads the National Office staff in providing support for the organization’s 65,000 members, coaches, instructors, partners, volunteers, and Local Masters Swimming Committees.
- Dawson spent six years at the Orange Bowl Committee, a South Florida nonprofit sports organization that features a year-round schedule of events that culminate with the Capital One Orange Bowl where he served as their vice president of business development, responsible for the organization’s revenue generation, primarily through ticket sales and sponsorship.
- Dawson's career in sports began in San Diego, where he directed ticketing efforts for the San Diego Padres for seven seasons, followed by two years with the Kansas City Royals overseeing ticket sales and marketing.
A native of Newport Beach, California, Dawson grew up in and around the water and began swimming year-round at the age of 8. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of arts degree in political science where he swam for the Wolverines for two years.