Since , Adina has worked in various types of entertainment venues including arenas, convention centers and theaters. A theater complex which houses three 3 performance halls, the Times-Union Center is home to the award-winning Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and a diverse mix of events from Broadway productions to concerts and corporate functions.
Prior to her position in Florida, Adina was Director of Guest Services at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas where she created managed and supervised a guest services department recognized for excellence in service by the National Basketball Association. In addition she assisted with the transition planning and activities in preparation for the grand opening of this facility, which is the home of the NBA Dallas Mavericks and the NHL Dallas Stars.
Previous experiences in the entertainment venue management industry include positions with Reunion Arena, the Charlotte Coliseum, Mobile Convention and Civic Centers and Jacksonville Entertainment Facilities. In , she was awarded the Ray W. Ward Award for her dedication and extraordinary contributions to the overall success and quality of VMS. He believes that conceptual ideas drive better design and that emotion is a powerful vehicle for impact. Marine Corps Reserves. When not at work, Ralph enjoys family time with his wife Nancy of 20 years, daughter Allyssa and son Roman.
Meredith values teamwork and appreciates the unique contribution of each individual team member. Meredith finds her balance by staying active. She has completed two marathons for charity and over a dozen half marathons for no good reason. Faber brings plus years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry to his role at AEG.
Faber began his career as an intern in the ticket office with the Orange Bowl Committee in Miami, Florida, and was promoted to Ticket Manager. During his time in Kansas City, Faber was a frequent guest lecturer at the Sports Management Program at The University of Kansas as well as involved in many civic and philanthropic organizations. Mark and Holly have a passion for supporting cancer research, youth homelessness and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Colby Fackler joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC in February as Director, Corporate Partnerships, bringing a wide range of sponsorship and sports industry experience to the club.
In that time, total MLS regular season ticket revenue has increased Fackler has also seen success by focusing on building positive fan relationships and providing exceptional fan service. Under his guidance, the club set new records with 11 sellouts, as well as for total ticket sales, group sales, and renewals. The campaign has proven to drive new and repeat season ticket sales each year. The club currently has 15, season ticket members.
With an increase in season ticket memberships and overall ticket sales, Fackler successfully increased Whitecaps FC regular season stadium capacity to 22, in up from 21, between to The club also had three regular season matches opened to 25, capacity for the first time in Fackler has been an exceptionally innovative leader at Whitecaps FC. He was the first to introduce the auto-renew season ticket subscription model in Canada and the second in all of North American pro sports.
He was also the first to introduce an all-digital ticketing system in pro sports in Canada. Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Fackler worked in sales and partnerships for over a decade. Fackler has also volunteered with a number of notable organizations. For over 11 years, Fackler was a member of the executive committee and board of trustees for the BC Sports Hall of Fame. During the Vancouver Olympics, he was a volunteer team lead at Canada Hockey Place during the Olympic hockey tournament. Faulkner joined the Cubs in as the vice president of Ticket Sales and Service.
Prior to joining the Cubs, he served as the senior vice president of Marketing for the Dallas Stars. Faulkner was responsible for overseeing the Dallas Stars overall marketing strategy and execution, including advertising plans and strategies, corporate partner integration and execution, branding and messaging, ticket sales marketing and support, game presentation and promotions, social media strategies and sales and marketing technology platforms. He previously served as the vice president of Ticket Sales and Service for the Stars.
Faulkner played an integral role in the transition from Reunion Arena to American Airlines Center in He also guided the Stars through the cancellation of the season due to the NHL labor dispute and was instrumental in the relaunch of the Stars brand and their ticket sales effort for the season. In , Miami sold a school-record 42, season football tickets and ranked first among power five programs in attendance percentage increase 23 percent over attendance.
During the campaign, Miami football ranked 27th in average attendance among FBS institutions. Feierstein began his ticket sales career in with the Orange Bowl Committee selling corporate ticket packages. A year later, the Philadelphia native accepted the Group Sales Account Manager position with the Miami Dolphins where he helped group ticket sales grow by 61 percent annually over a five-year period. During his time with the Dolphins, Feierstein implemented his ticket sales philosophies and principles, which are still being used today.
He has assembled a top-flight management team and instilled a new corporate culture marked by accountability, collaboration and fun. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that this historic project will be catalytic to the economic development of both the city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. Alfonso Felder, who enters his 18th year in the Giants front office, oversees the Giants facilities group including the Ballpark Operations, Guest Services, Giants Enterprises, and Human Resources departments.
Felder's first job was as a Giants usher at Candlestick Park while growing up in the City. He attended U. Berkeley and graduated from Harvard University. Now a long time member of the National Speakers Association, Debra presents and trains audiences across the globe. Fine designs her programs and researches her books to teach leaders, professional services, membership organizations and front-line staff, conversation and rapport building skills and business networking techniques that help to develop meaningful business relationships, gain visibility and build rapport.
Susan oversees the overall sports business in Mexico and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the strategic growth plan and positively impacting and changing the food and beverage operations and culture in venues in Mexico. Under her leadership for the past 8 years, Compass Group Mexico has become driving force for innovation in Mexico. She has focused on developing dynamic leaders and working very closely with the clients to positively impact the operation and the fan experience in the venues. Susan joined the group in , working with Levy Restaurants on launching the brand in London at the O2 Arena.
She also worked with Levy at various events, businesses and projects prior to supporting and joining the leadership team in Mexico. With over 25 years of food and beverage experience, Susan continues to focus on her passion for food and beverage who and what can be positively impacted next!
In this role chip provides strategic and advisory services to businesses in the Sports and Entertainment industry including: technology master planning, strategic planning, and stadium technologies management. Philip is known for his unique Tribe workshop that focuses on the primary culture components of building healthy and high performing teams. His work regularly includes innovative adventure programming such as vision quests, caving, high ropes challenge courses, Zen archery, and workshops with real horses and wolves.
His in-person events and seminars have dramatically improved the lives of over , people. His work is regularly featured on television and podcasts. He lives with his wife, daughter, and black lab in Venice Beach, California. Forthofer is currently responsible for overseeing and managing Auburn Athletics capital projects program and plans to complete the new Harbert Family Recruiting Center by the football season.
From Parkland, Fla. Daria has been a successful leader in the industry, understanding the constant shift of impactful marketing, how that translates to fan experience and the need for companies providing services to anticipate change, strategically plan, and proactively build relationships with professionals to provide relevant services and support the businesses and communities where they are located. Jared is in his tenth year with the Association of Luxury Suite Directors ALSD , continuing to build the news flow for the sports and entertainment venue marketplace.
Through his editorial leadership and creative vision, SEAT has grown from a page, saddle-stitched newsletter into a page-and-growing, perfect-bound quarterly trade publication. While not covering sports and entertainment, Jared is an avid reader of classic literature and a creative fiction writer.
And despite what Amanda Verhoff says, he is not a ginger, but a strawberry blonde. Under Mr. Hardball has built new ballparks that have catalyzed hundreds of millions in development in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Columbia, South Carolina. Hardball has set all-time attendance records with every team it has owned and operated. Freier has consulted with other owners, potential owners and municipalities on matters including franchise valuation and purchase, stadium location, design and financing and team branding and operations.
Freier is an attorney by training. Following law school, Mr. Freier's work has been the subject of articles in national publications and has been quoted in legislation before the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Freier has also served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina League. He is also an officer of the Harvard Club of Georgia. As such, Rachel oversees a team of Account Executives and Account Managers as well as helps promote business development and growth for the company.
After college, passionate about business development and growth strategies, she dove into sales and marketing, working in the recruitment and sales industry for seven years. In her free time, she likes to attend Nevada football games and go camping. Paul M Fruitman is a 20 year sports business veteran, with most of it spent working in ticket sales, staff training and strategic planning.
In the time he has spent working in the sports industry he was part of developing the Inside Sales department for the Toronto Blue Jays, creating new premium seating locations for the Edmonton Eskimos that sold out from concept, and is now currently overseeing Suites and Premium Seating at the Whitecaps. This award is won through unparalleled guest service, profitability and excellent building maintenance. In , Fuzesy and her husband, Rick, had a little boy, Cooper, and made the move back home to Minnesota to join the Minnesota Vikings. She is now entering her third full season with the Vikings and loves that she is able to combine her passion for luxury guest service with her love for the Vikings.
Managing the wants and desires of premium clients in the NFL, Jessica was unable to find a technology solution to drive engagement, create greater efficiency and add value to increase retention, so she created her own: WAVEWORK. Wavework provides teams the ability to successfully position value while providing an increasingly distinctive, highly personalized and consistent premium experience. Dennis has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, with a record of successfully leading, managing and delivering technology projects and infrastructure deployments.
Moved into Product Management in with Phunware where he maintained and launched multiple apps. Michael Garvie is currently the Senior Vice President of Event Investment for Prolific 1, the largest secondary-market ticket distribution company in the United States. In addition to these partnerships, Prolific 1 is at the forefront of developing strategic partnerships with venues, artists and promoters within the music industry.
Michael currently resides in Connecticut with his wife Tracy and three children, Noah, T. Brian George rejoined the Texans in and is currently the Director of Houston Texans Luxe in which he oversees all aspects of the new suite sales process. During his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, fishing, and hunting.
Greg Giordano is a licensed architect with 25 years of experience working at the intersection of information, interactions, and the environment. He draws on the disciplines of design research, architecture, environmental graphics, graphic design, and interaction design to create comprehensive user experiences in the built environment.
Recent assignments include the launch of a nationwide digital media network with over faces for retail developer Macerich, master planning for the acre Hollywood Park development that will include the new LA Rams stadium, and multi-site implementation of 16 tight-pixel-pitch interior presentation walls for a leading cloud technology company. Greg is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and is an architect licensed in the state of Texas.
For the past twenty-five years Gigi Girone has been creating and cultivating a journey through the business of Sports and Live Entertainment. Gigi has crafted world-class environments, premium hospitality services, development programming, elevating and enhancing the human experience through innovation, creativity and vision with no details lost.
Having completed capital improvement renovations with innovative and creative concepts integrating state of the art immersive entertainment with state-of-the-art audiovisuals not only in premium spaces, but throughout the venue for creative and strategic branding programing to carry the venue through its next decade to come.
Currently, she is developing Muzology an edutainment brand in higher learning through music, in partnership with Dr. She is also consulting on a major Arena new build in Asia. Gitomer has a wealth of experience managing and selling premium ticket operations in pro sports, including roles as the Premium Sales Director for the Orlando Magic, Director of Ticket Sales and Service for Sporting Kansas City, Suite Sales Manager of the Brooklyn Nets kicking off the sales process for the Barclays Center, premium sales with the Arizona Coyotes, and with his hometown Philadelphia Eagles.
Tom Glick was hired as the team president of the Carolina Panthers in September Glick joins the Panthers with more than 25 years of experience in sports management, having worked in baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has tremendous experience in professional sports, successfully fostering fan engagement in major cities globally. I know that his record, expertise and drive will be major assets as we look to win on the field and in the community. For the past six years, Glick has been instrumental in the development of City Football Group CFG , a multi-national soccer organization that includes six clubs.
In Manchester, Etihad Stadium was expanded with more seating, and major improvements were made to premium seating and wider fan amenities were added. In , Manchester City opened a new state-of-the-art training facility, the City Football Academy, built on 80 acres of land adjacent to the stadium. Glick spent the first 14 years of his career predominantly in baseball. From , he served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A baseball team.
During this time, he introduced two new clubs to cities, helping construct and open new stadiums in Lansing, Michigan and Sacramento, California In the middle of this tenure in baseball, he served as the business manager of the Peoria Rivermen hockey club. Glick and his wife, Maria, have three children — Chuck, Ted and Maisy. After interning at Nike, she joined The Cleveland Cavaliers in her first sales role. Godek excelled and was quickly promoted to the Client Experience Team focusing on season ticket member retention.
In , Godek was drafted to Detroit to build her own retention team and increase loyalty among passionate Pistons fans. As the Sr. He is an expert in ticketing, premium seating and sponsorship sales, sales team development and management with a focus on revenue creation and new product development.
Gregory spearheads the business development and expansion of clientele of 3D Digital Venue. Gregory is also working on developing a mobile technology platform enabling Sports App Developers, Sports Clubs, Brands to better understand fan preferences and purchasing behavior across different countries. Prior to his current role Jeff was a sales rep in his first 3 seasons at the Padres, and has been in a leadership role over the last 5 seasons. Granger is responsible for overseeing and executing all Kings business operations and spearheading the development of the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center ESC.
The entire Kings organization is committed to utilizing NBA 3. Granger has worked with the Kings in various capacities since , most recently leading the TMBO function in Sacramento to support the "re-launch" of the team after the threat of relocation. Granger received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his M. Brian brings 20 years of experience as a designer, researcher and strategist, most recently as director of research and design strategy at a global innovation consultancy.
With Curiology, Graziano guides how the company applies design methodologies and translates new fan insights into experience design solutions for a rapidly changing industry. Jake Griesenauer works to design new, innovative products that solve real business needs. In September , Griggs was recognized by Sports Business Journal as a Game Changer, which honors women making an impact across the sports landscape. Griggs holds B.
Bill has partnered with over professional teams from both the major and minor leagues to develop and coach sales talent, increase revenues, and improve the effectiveness of sales managers and leaders. He is currently working with a team of associates to bring sales and customer service professionalism to all 19 teams in LIGA MX, the premier professional soccer league in Mexico.
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Bill lives in the southern Chicago suburb of Bourbonnais, IL, with his wife, Sherri, and has three sons, two daughters-in-law, three granddaughters, and one very needy rescue black Lab. The Arena, which has been named Venue of the Year by Pollstar, Billboard and numerous industry and trade outlets, is the fourth venue Gutierrez has opened.
Within the first year of operation, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager, expanding his area of responsibility and leadership for the company. In his role at BBVA Compass Stadium, Gutierrez managed Event Security and Guest Services operations and staff with the primary goal of ensuring an outstanding customer experience across all stadium events. A native of Los Angeles, he began his career with the L. Dodgers and spent more than 20 years working in a variety of roles, including Assistant Manager of Security and Guest Services.
He serves as a key contributor for both the football and business operations at the Bears. In his current role, Hagel oversees eight departments including marketing, content, brand creative, community relations, events and entertainment, media relations, social media and digital media. Hagel and his staff work together to drive deeper engagement with current and future Bears fans through a multicultural approach with targeted programming tailored to consumption habits of different age demographics, men and women.
The result is delivering unique, year-round access to Bears football through multiple touch points to a global following. In addition, the team develops the creative behind all in-house branding and manages one of the largest media markets in the NFL. It also coordinates one of the most extensive community outreach programs with a focus in the areas of education, health and fitness, youth football, and volunteerism and civic involvement. After joining the Bears as a public relations intern in , Hagel served as a public relations assistant and assistant director before being named Director of Public Relations in In he received additional responsibilities in his role as Senior Director of Corporate Communications.
He was named Vice President of Communications in Outside of the Bears, Hagel enjoys coaching youth sports. He and his wife, Charla, have one daughter Kaylin and one son Sean. David J. On-air, Halberstam also served as play-by-play announcer for St. He is also a respected sports broadcast historian. Within a year of its release, the book was adopted by some twenty collegiate sport management classes.
It is frequently referenced by authors, newspapers and radio talk show hosts. Hall focuses the organization's efforts in five areas he has called the "Circle of Success" - fan experience, performance, community, culture and financial efficiency - each of which has seen tremendous growth during his tenure. The success of the franchise during Hall's tenure has led to numerous honors, including ESPN the Magazine tabbing the D-backs as the top Major League franchise in and sixth overall among the professional sports franchises in the publication's Ultimate Standings, which is based on eight categories on and off the field.
The Arizona Republic named Hall one of 16 Arizonans to watch in , citing his "positive influence [that] grows larger by the year" as someone who "works effortlessly to promote Metro Phoenix and the state. With a focus on creating the best fan experience in all of sports, Hall has succeeded in accomplishing that goal at both Chase Field and at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the D-backs' Spring Training home near Scottsdale.
Stadium enhancements at Chase Field that have taken place under Hall's guidance include the APS solar shade structure and Game Seven Grill in the plaza area, HD scoreboard in center field, the Sandlot on the upper level, the Coors Light Strike Zone, All-You-Can-Eat Seats, The Draft Room and value-item pricing at concession stands and Team Shop locations throughout the ballpark as well as the recently renovated merchandise and concessions experience. Last year marked the 10th consecutive season that the team offered the lowest Fan Cost Index in Major League Baseball.
In , the D-backs took the innovative step of evolving the team's on-field attire, a two-year process that was led by Hall and his leadership team with input from the players and fans. This includes eight distinct uniform options and the reintroduction of one of the franchise's popular original colors, teal, as well as a bold gray color for the team's road uniforms. In addition, a sublimated diamond pattern adorns the shoulder, back and sleeve on various uniforms, a subtle reference to the club's name, snakeskin and diamond shape of a baseball field.
In turn, Hazen hired Torey Lovullo to serve as the eighth field manager in franchise history. On the heels of negotiating the largest financial transaction in franchise history - a historic year television rights deal with FOX Sports Arizona which started in - Hall and the baseball operations staff brokered the largest free agent signing in franchise history when the team signed right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year deal with the largest average annual value in baseball history.
In the community, Hall has positioned the D-backs as one of the largest philanthropic entities in the Valley. In , the team launched the D-backs Give Back Jersey program which will outfit more than 50, youth players across nearly leagues this season. The unique corporate culture of the D-backs, which was created by Hall, led Yahoo! Among the programs Hall has created is the President's Council, comprised of select members of the executive management team and a rotating committee consisting of the organization's Employee of the Month winners, to organize company culture events throughout the year.
He also established employee recognition programs like "A-Game All-Stars" to reward game-day employees for exceptional service on a monthly basis throughout the season. The organization's investment in its employees resulted in the D-backs becoming the first sports organization to be named among the "Best Places to Work" by the Phoenix Business Journal for 10 consecutive years from Hall's persistence in convincing MLB to award the Midsummer Classic to the D-backs allowed Chase Field and downtown Phoenix to be showcased in more than million homes across the world, while working diligently with city leaders, politicians and officials to ensure that fans had the finest All-Star Game experience.
In both and '12, the D-backs set a franchise record for Spring Training attendance while the two clubs set an all-time Major League record for combined attendance at a single Spring Training facility. Salt River Fields was the first pro sports training facility in the U. Green Building Council in , the first venue of its kind to achieve this designation. Hall's vision for Salt River Fields was to keep fan interaction with players a top priority while also ensuring maximum comfort for visitors at the 11,seat ballpark.
Both goals were accomplished, as the main stadium is located in the middle of the facility to enable fans to mingle throughout and get an up-close look at D-backs players as they practice. A unique roof structure and a northeast-facing field allow for approximately 85 percent of the fans in all 7, fixed seats to be shaded as the game progresses. Hall routinely communicates with D-backs fans as part of his "one fan at a time" concept by answering every letter, email or phone call.
He conducts monthly chats online and is among just a few club presidents on Twitter and Instagram DHallDbacks , where he interacts with fans. Hall spends most of his time at home games communicating with the fans in the stands to ensure their experience at Chase Field is exceptional. Among the projects outside of Chase Field and Salt River Fields that have Hall's fingerprints on them is the Legends Entertainment District, a joint venture between the D-backs, the Phoenix Suns and the City of Phoenix that is the first of its kind between two professional sports organizations.
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The project has transformed the look of downtown Phoenix by creating experiential outdoor marketing opportunities and an energetic backdrop for visitors and residents to enjoy their experience downtown. Hall was personally selected to join a handful of corporate leaders by Governor Doug Ducey as one of his first orders of business to form a new pro-business group. The Arizona Zanjeros, as named by Ducey, are focused exclusively on economic development, defining Arizona's brand, and marketing the state to CEOs across the country and around the world. In , he joined the Governor's important delegation on a weeklong trip to Israel.
Hall has represented the team on goodwill trips to Mexico, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Australia and New Zealand, helping to bring international recognition to the franchise. In , his continued efforts to showcase the D-backs on global stage reached its highest point, as the club hosted the Dodgers during MLB's historic Opening Series in Sydney, Australia, which was subsequently named the International Sports Event of the Year. Hall also serves on MLB's diversity committee and the Commissioner's on-field diversity task force and in that regard, the D-backs have also been industry leaders.
In , the team hosted the highly regarded MLB Business Diversity Summit in Arizona in an effort to bring more diverse candidates into front offices around the game. The award, ADL's highest honor, was established to recognize individuals who have exhibited extraordinary humanitarianism, and whose everyday actions exemplify the principles of opportunity, anti-discrimination, equal rights, community involvement and fairness for all.
Hall served as master of ceremonies at the Arizona inaugural ceremonies and gives numerous keynote speeches to various groups or conventions throughout the country about his unique vision on leadership, customer service and culture. He has spoken to U. He donates speaking engagement fees back to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and other local non-profit organizations he supports. Prior to joining the D-backs, Hall made a brief stop as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for a Fortune company based in Los Angeles, where he increased brand awareness.
Vice President, Communications in In between, he served key roles during three ownership changes with the Dodgers and was recognized for reuniting Fernando Valenzuela with the organization after hiring him as a color analyst for the team's Spanish radio broadcasts in Hall stepped outside of baseball for employment during the season, as he hosted a three-hour morning talk show on the Dodgers' flagship station XTRA AM and served as host of the "Dodger Game Day" pregame radio show when the team played at Dodger Stadium.
He received a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, where he was named "Man of the Year" in , in broadcasting and journalism and a master's degree from Ohio University in sports administration. Hall was the keynote speaker for ASU's Cronkite school convocation in December , becoming the first Cronkite alum to deliver a commencement speech at the school's graduation and also spoke at the W. Carey School of Business convocation in Higgins Distinguished Alumnus Award. In , he received an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Phoenix and spoke at the school's convocation.
Hall is also a member of the ASU W. He faced his greatest personal challenge when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September , just as the team was battling for a division title. Hall immediately went public with the diagnosis in order to encourage other men to get tested after age Following successful surgery to remove his prostate, Hall is now cancer free and has become a tireless advocate of cancer-fighting charities while continuing to speak publicly about the health challenge he faces.
In , he launched his own c 3 organization, the Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation, which is dedicated to serving as a comprehensive tool for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families to help them understand the challenges and choices they face and how they can maintain a "pro" state of mind.
In , he was honored with the USC Institute of Urology's Louis Zamperini Courage Award and the Pro-State Foundation was honored by Jane Seymour's Open Hearts Foundation, which supports organizations that are committed to positively impacting lives in the areas of health, education, arts and sports. Hall and his wife, Amy, reside in Paradise Valley with their daughter, Kylie. He lives in Holmdel, New Jersey with his wife and their three children. He is an active member of his community serving on the Board of Education and coaching lacrosse and soccer.
Shannon represents the college division as a member of the Executive Committee. Her days off include spending time with her husband and three children, dominating the street hockey scene in the cul de sac. As a champion of DialSource's brand to employees and the community, he also supports DialSource's employee communications and corporate social responsibility efforts which fund philanthropic initiatives throughout the Sacramento region. At Insight, Harris lead an agency that served both national and regional brands in developing new business opportunities, attracting talent and aligning internal communication.
His experience ranges from executive team consulting through hands-on design and implementation of communication strategies built to unlock growth opportunities and strategically position the products, services, individuals, and companies he serves. Roger provides overall leadership for a highly skilled global team who all have the mission of designing, building and running the technology and infrastructure that enables the backbone of the world's economy.
He also serves on the board of the Star House supporting after school programs for children and parents in need. There, Anne directed service and retention efforts for season ticket, luxury suite, group and premium seating clients and was the driver behind a multitude of fan engagement programs. At Fund Raisers Sports, Anne leverages the culmination of her years of industry experience to promote the fan experience for sports clients across the professional and collegiate landscape. Anne is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
With a focus on understanding human behaviors and motivation, he helps businesses develop authentic experiences that create a deep connection with people. Izzy is an expert in human experience, fan experience, customer experience, a predictor of market trends, and a data guru. His methodology is applied in the world of visual communications and marketing strategies on various applications from digital online platforms, events and exhibitions to working with world-renowned advertising agencies as well as extensive client-side experience. Scott Heim is a divisional president with Middleby Corporation.
He joined Evo, Inc. Evo became one of Oregon's fastest-growing private companies for three consecutive years. He has specialized in key account marketing, turnaround efforts and numerous new product rollouts. He began his sports career interning with the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers Marketing departments, before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates Inside Sales staff in Nine months later, Zach was promoted to the New Business Development team where he spent the next three and half years of his career. The seven-time NBA AllStar and two-time NCAA Champion has made the successful transition from 19 years as a professional athlete to leadership in business along with several television broadcasting roles.
Shortly after he entered the NBA in , Grant established Hill Ventures, a private company through which he has successfully invested in commercial real estate ventures including several multi-family complexes and other commercial real estate in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Washington, D. Grant is a featured speaker before business, academic and large sales audiences addressing a range of topics including the NBA, the importance of teamwork, the private equity business, art, music and contemporary culture. He joined Bill Raftery and Jim Nantz to call games together throughout the tournament.
During those broadcasts, Grant opines on issues of the past week in the NBA and provides contemporaneous commentary on that night's NBA games while in progress. He spent four years playing for the Blue Devils and was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame Class of for his contributions to the program. Ford Award, recognizing his significant leadership as an advocate for college sports.
Hill lives in Orlando with his wife, Tamia, a 7-time Grammy-nominated singer, and their two daughters. Matt Hill originally joined the Tampa Bay Lightning in as an inside sales executive. He served in a variety of sales roles before being appointed Director of Suite Sales in Rejoining the Tampa Bay Lightning in , Matt has been a part of the re-brand of the team and their significantly expanded fan base in a non-traditional hockey market. The loge inventory was pre-sold and at capacity prior to the start of the season. Matt and his team have transformed the service levels and created an experience that continues to impress partners and visitors.
This is a testament to the complete transformation of the Lightning organization both on and off the ice, focusing on creating and sustaining a world-class organization. Matt played collegiate hockey, including two years as a team captain. Following graduation, Matt played minor league hockey for two years in North America and Europe. Bond joined the Fund Raisers team in , bringing multi-industry experience in relationship development, communications and analytics. He is charged with overseeing areas of business development, client relations and program strategy and development.
In his current role, Bond leads a talented team of account and program management professionals who deliver the world-class experience for which Fund Raisers has become known. Before starting OneMob, he spent 8 years at Salesforce. OneMob is a video and content engagement platform used by high tech, financial services, recruiting and numerous sports teams. He holds a B. When he's not working, he loves to share business and life advice at www.
Sati is a seasoned entrepreneur who loves building product, growing people and delivering customer value. He has both enterprise and start-up experience that enables him to transform an idea into a scalable company. OneMob makes video recording, sending and tracking easy for any professional, with powerful integrations into platforms like Salesforce, Cisco Spark, LinkedIn and more. Before starting OneMob, Sati spent 8 years at salesforce. Mike is recognized nationally for his significant experience in architectural design and project management, specializing in sports facilities.
His proven leadership and ability to coordinate complex projects has made him a recognizable industry leader. Matt Holt joined Arena Americas in March of In addition to providing regular sports business content to Bloomberg Radio and penning a weekly column for Yahoo! He has also worked for the province of Bahia Brazil , the city of Victoria Canada , and local entities in the Dominican Republic. Horrow resides in Jupiter, Florida.
As a leading expert in stadium and arena development consulting, Hunden has helped communities and developers understand, develop and successfully open catalytic economic development projects across the country. He has also worked on entertainment districts adjacent to many other sports facilities. Prior to joining Baker AV, Ivey was General Manager of Peavey Commercial Audio, where he expanded software development of the MediaMatrix product set to include control and wireless device integration, and to reach EN54 life safety qualification.
Ivey is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Craig Janssen has been working with the owners and designers of the venues we gather in for the past 25 years. He has led over 1, projects in 12 countries as the Managing Director for Idibri — a team of technology designers, theatre consultants and acousticians. Craig served as the President of AVIXA — the international Audio-Visual association — and holds two patents, one in audio engineering and another in facility planning.
Currently, he spends his days helping teams navigate the culture shift accelerated by technology. Texas Live! A room, 4-star hotel, Live by Loews, will open in the summer of Joe has oversight for all ticket, partnerships, and marketing efforts at both the new ballpark and entertainment district. The new naming rights deal is the second highest total dollars and average annual value naming rights in MLB history, and highest deal that is not tied directly to a business expenditure Citi Field in NY.
The Rangers will be selling all founding partnerships, suites, and premium seats for the new ballpark. To support that effort, Januszewski led the team that designed a multi-million dollar sales center, which opened in October of The new sales center is a showcase of technology and design to educate and inspire Rangers and sports fans about the new gameday and entertainment experience. In this role, Jenkins oversees current planning and construction as well as operations for the stadium. Jenkins comes to Mercedes-Benz Stadium from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent seven years as vice president of ballpark operations.
He was responsible for operations, capital budget planning and construction projects for Safeco Field. Before his time with the Mariners, Jenkins served as vice president of stadium operations and facility management for the Philadelphia Eagles. While with the Eagles, Jenkins opened and managed stadium operations for Lincoln Financial Field and the Novacare Complex that houses all team offices and training facilities. Jenkins is a pioneer in the green building movement in sports and was an inaugural member of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization co-founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council dedicated to improving green building practices in sport.
Kevi loves solving unique design challenges regardless of the medium. As a Creative Director on the Experience team, she leads many unique projects, from interactive campaigns to integrated UX product solutions and large-scale installations. Kevi enjoys spending quality time with her bearded dog Roscoe, going on bike adventures and sailgating in her kayak with a cold bottle of Cava. Julie Johnson is one of four co-founders and President of Armored Things as well as an acting member of the Board of Directors.
Previously, Julie held various positions across trading, investment management, and venture capital. Most recently, Julie was at Qualcomm focusing on cybersecurity for the Internet of Things. He believes that for organizations to outpace their competition they need to adopt and implement a customer-centric business strategy. Prior to founding his company, BC worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for 20 years at The Walt Disney World Resort and led major client engagements for the world-renowned Disney Institute.
He has worked with the NFL on five Super Bowls, launched a league wide customer service initiative for the NBA, shaped the cultures of multiple franchises and crafted strategic plans for major college athletic departments. In his current role, Brad oversees hospitality efforts in all Premium, Concessions, and Retail environments at Wrigley Field.
Currently, Keri oversees the day-to-day service provided to suiteholders and loge members along with the operation of premium areas on event days. She is also responsible for the Wild family lounge, Press Dining and hospitality for non-Wild events. Keri has contributed to several world-renowned events held at Xcel Energy Center: the Prudential U. She and her husband John, have three children, Katelyn, Cody and Emilia. In her free time Keri enjoys spending time at the lake cabin with her family and reading.
Prior to HSC, Drew worked for Eastdil Secured where he underwrote and brought to market over 35 million square feet of commercial real estate in investment sales and debt placements. Specializing in targeting, Strategic level operations, and Human Intelligence operations, Paul has used his skill set to catipult him into the business arena.
Paul heads up business development and sales teams for 5 companies mostly in the technology and cyber security realms with a track record of success and high level networking. Paul serves as the Director of Veterans Programs and volunteers with The Unquiet Professional; a nonprofit dedicated to helping transitioning veterans and Gold Star family members through small to medium sized group events accross the country including backpacking, Camping, fishing, and dialoge with other veterans and family members walking the same path.
Paul also enjoys his off time with his wife and three daughters in the pacific northwest through travel and photography. Ernest brings a wide range of experience in many types of sports and athletic facilities ranging from arenas and stadiums to sports performance facilities and entertainment districts. The last few years have contained many significant moments as she successfully transitioned the Front office space from Turner Field to the stunning SunTrust Park which anchors The Battery Atlanta, a mixed-use development and a new business for the organization.
In her role, Juras oversees all human resources initiatives for the Atlanta Braves, their four minor league affiliates as well as their newest affiliate the Battery Atlanta. Juras and her HR team focus on talent acquisition, professional development, employee engagement and the organizational culture, as well as the everyday HR administrative processes.
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Prior to joining the Braves, she started her baseball resume with the Detroit Tigers, where she created the Human Resource function and was instrumental in the transition from Tiger Stadium to Comerica Park. She and her husband Paul reside in Roswell with their children, Kiana and Joshua. Prior to joining the Bucks, Justman spent 11 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in various sales roles, ranging among season tickets, premium seating, and sponsorships. Michele graduated from USC, lives in El Segundo with her husband and two dogs and travels whenever and wherever possible.
Rak has been in the food and beverage industry over 25 years. After graduating in International Hospitality Management he joined Marriott Hotels to pursue a life in hotels. Rak had the full responsibility for the operational delivery of a multi-million pound catering operation for the Olympic Stadium and was the one of the largest catering operations in the UK. A project that spanned over three years, Rak took a 6 month career break exploring North and South America post Games.
On his return Rak was approached by Rugby, Travel and Hospitality to head up the planning, management and delivery of the hospitality fulfilment programme on behalf of the Rugby World Cup A role a little different to his previous roles in operations, Rak gained experience as the client, appointing catering service providers to run the programme. Rak was responsible for the 10 key matches at Twickenham Stadium. With two of the largest tournaments under his belt, Rak joined Levy Restaurants as Projects Director, with his first assignment at The o2 supporting AEG with the delivery of a multi-million refurbishment programme of key GA areas.
During his time on the project, Rak was also involved in key hospitality space deigns with global partners Sky and The o2. Rak also supports new business opportunities, retention and works alongside clients on strategy to support good commercial return through innovation, design and best practice. A diverse role that gives him great exposure into the stadia, conference and arena market ensuring Levy remain market leaders in the UK.
Kraig Kann founded Kann Advisory Group in and serves as Managing Director of the organization providing strategic media, marketing and communications consulting plus media training, branding and presentation skills coaching.
His vast experience on all sides of the media including years as both a network television personality and professional sports executive make him an industry influencer, respected spokesperson and requested speaker. His unique experience includes founding HTK Media, LLC, in and passionately helping athletes, coaches, business leaders and many in the golf industry present themselves as never before and position themselves at the top of their class in media events and corporate speaking opportunities.
Embracing it is the key to success. Greg Karl is Managing Director of People Stretch Solutions, a management consulting firm with an expertise in sales growth consulting, OKR implementation, leadership team transformation, and C-level advisory. Karl specializes in helping Leaders understand why or why not they or their people are performing and how to take their performance to the next level.
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He accomplishes this with the help of innovative online assessments and a methodology that draws on psychology, behavior and emotional intelligence. Eventually returning to Minneapolis, MN — Kara spent time on various projects in fundraising, business development and events. In , Kara began working with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, in premium and hospitality - focused on a white-glove service approach, she managed the transition of premium client experience through the completion of the new practice facilities, Mayo Clinic Square, and Target Center Suite and Premium Level Renovation.
Sarah leads the Partner Marketing team at SeatGeek, responsible for all facets of sponsorship and marketing for SeatGeek Enterprise partners. Payman oversees food, beverage, and retail operations throughout Staples Center and Microsoft Theater, in addition to supporting emerging technology and consumer insight verticals. After sustaining an injury that forced him to give up sports, Khania focused on his passion for hospitality and landed a coveted internship with industry veteran Larry Levy of Levy Restaurants.
After graduating in with a Bachelor in Economics, Payman joined Levy Restaurants full time as a manager at Bistro in Chicago where he reenergized this 18 year old staple Chicago restaurant. In , long-time friends of his recruited him to their company, Rockit Ranch Productions, a national entertainment development company, as Southern Regional Director of their upcoming Southern Florida properties.
Larry Levy recruited Payman back to Chicago in to work as a consultant for Levy Innovations and sit on various executive committees for Levy Restaurants, where he would meet and forge his working relationship with future mentor, Chris Harter. Payman became Director of National Openings for Levy Restaurants and opened seven different restaurant concepts for them nationally.
He worked closely with Larry Levy on several projects as a consultant for Levy Family Partners, his hotel and real estate development company. After Compass Group fully acquired Levy Restaurants and was transitioning the company more towards contract food services, Payman opted to stay in multi-unit restaurant management and focus on scalable restaurant growth and culinary driven concepts.
Rockit Ranch was developing a new Asian concept, Sunda and asked Payman to help them open it. For a year, Payman helped develop the concept, including spending time in Southeast Asia studying the culture, hospitality and culinary trends. He opened the restaurant, and recruited, hired and trained the staff. While they planned to grow the concept, lack of funding prohibited them from doing so and Payman wanted to continue to develop his leadership style as a multi unit operator.
Payman worked to update and revive these brands and make them profitable. He also worked with the executive team on new concepts. RDS is a concept that focused on strong culinary execution with an edgy, hip vibe. Payman opened 20 restaurants in 18 months in California and helping with the openings of another five locations in Oklahoma and Kansas. He led seven Regional Managers and was charged with building new revenue streams through catering and menu development, buoying brand awareness and supporting the growth of WorldWorks, FREEB! RDS to explore other opportunities. This changed the culture and reporting structure, and Payman began reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Tavistock Restaurants.
After a few months, Payman decided it was time for him to leave as well and began to consider other alternatives resigning from his position from Tavistock in May of The opportunity to join the founders of the Habit Burger in the roll-out of their new concept was an amazing opportunity.
Payman established processes, systems and accountability standards to help the company continue to thrive and grow profitably. With the recent IPO and success of Habit Burger, the founders have slowed down growth to focus on family and external investments, which positioned Payman to branch out and further develop his career path. In June of while Payman was transitioning his responsibilities to the new team and cautiously entertaining other opportunities, he was contacted by the former President of FREEB!
Intrigued by the culinary emphasis on responsibly prepared gluten free cuisine and the unit economics of the company, Payman began consulting for them in August of and joined as President and COO in November Tasked with the challenge of building a team and organization for scalable growth, expanding his culinary knowledge on gluten free cuisine, and developing an e-commerce specialty food business, Payman took the challenge head on. We have to do better. There is no more time for disunity and dysfunction.
We simply have too much work to do. Like Like. Trump underwater….. They are all involved that are standing with him. Like Liked by 1 person. Kavanaugh refuses.
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Today, we permanently suspended realalexjones and infowars from Twitter and Periscope. Brett Kavanaugh says he hasn't had any "inappropriate" discussions about the Mueller investigation as a nominee, which is an interesting way of saying he has discussed the Mueller investigation since Trump nominated him. RVAwonk September 6, SenateDems vague, meaningless assurances about Roe v.
This week he followed his own blueprint. Patrick Leahy SenatorLeahy September 6, They do not, however, much like each other. Folks who follow the team closely or know people either with the Tigers or in the Detroit media scene have been aware of this for a while. While there has, on occasion, been some coolness between the two of them during broadcasts and less of the fun banter a lot of broadcast teams share, they have always been professional on the air.
It is not immediately clear what prompted the attack. Who did this? Important to note that in this case, the plaintiff was actually opposed to contraception in its own right — not connected to abortion. The "abortion-inducing" bit is Kavanaugh 's own addition. Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and then wildly succeeded — has died.
He was The AMPAS board of governors will continue to be actively engaged in discussions and will be seeking input regarding the category going forward. Buddy in the back. Like Liked by 3 people. I hate to go here a little bit but I generally find that a lot of Democratic women in Congress are Michaels while too many of the men are Fredos. The Manafort trial logistics have been docketed. Court will go M-F starting at Chuck Grassley had sought Christopher Steele's only deposition related to his Trump-Russia dossier, but a judge has ruled Grassley that Grassley can't have the testimony outright and that he would have to follow normal court procedures.
He lied to Susan Collins. He doesn't believe Roe is settled law. Like Liked by 2 people. Kavanaugh couldn't be more clear: He doesn't believe that Roe v. Wade is settled law and he would be the 5th vote to overturn it. Developing: Not sure what this is, because it's sealed, but it could be a big deal. This is a motion at district court, with a proposed order, filed by the special counsel's office just now in Andrew Miller's contempt case for failing to appear before the grand jury.
I don't know how Donald Trump is going to react to this. A wounded lion is a very dangerous animal, and I think Donald Trump is wounded. Kavanaugh says receiving these documents raised no red flags for him that he was receiving stolen documents. Mazie Hirono has tweeted out this committee confidential document where Kavanaugh questions the constitutionality of government programs targeting Native Hawaiians "as a group.
Leahy now brings up Kavanaugh's role on William Pryor nom. Kavanaugh says there's been conversations about what individual senators might be interested in chatting about. Believe it or not, this marks the first time NancyPelosi has ever made the cover of a major national newsmagazine. Never happened when she was the first woman speaker. After the Kavanaugh hearing concluded, a Democratic aide told BuzzFeed that they "have reason to believe" a conversation happened between Kavanaugh and someone at Trump's personal lawyer's firm about Mueller and they "are continuing to pursue it. Kamala be like.
Will, Columnist September 5 at PM. Time was, there was no other American place quite like it. Senate seat. Cory Booker to the GOP: pic. Definition 1 : whatever makes something the type that it is : essence 2 a : a trifling point : quibble b : an unusual personal opinion or habit : eccentricity. Did you see this??? It is rather stupefying that Brett Kavanaugh is getting a hearing at all. He was nominated by an unindicted co-conspirator and could be the deciding vote to protect that same person from prosecution.
As long as we are, we should know all we can about him. Dramatic moment when Booker pledges to release committee confidential documents whether Republicans agree or not and Cornyn threatens to to try to expel him from the Senate. In leaked docs, Kavanaugh challenged whether Roe v. Dick Durbin to Cory Booker: "I concur with what you are doing.
Let's jump into this pit together … If there is going to be some retribution against the senator from New Jersey, count me in. I want to be part of this process. Mazie Hirono announces that she'll also release a Committee confidential document to the press, says that if Cory Booker is going to be punished, "count me in, too. Cory Booker says he will violate GOP rules and release a confidential Kavanaugh email, even if it means he is ejected from the Senate pic. Harris asks if Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh discussed Mueller investigation with anyone at the law firm founded by President Trump's personal lawyer.
Like Liked by 4 people. Profile in courage. Cory Booker at Brett Kavanaugh hearing says he is releasing an email "about racial profiling" to "expose that emails being withheld from the public have nothing to do with national security. The person or people behind that op-ed are every bit as treasonous as the craven sycophants around Dolt They are going against the rules of law.
They have no noble cause. They have as much contempt for the public as Dolt45 does. The detail was revealed in investigative reports released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act by the inspector general of the US interior department. They also state that Sean Spicer, then White House press secretary, called NPS officials repeatedly that day in pursuit of the more flattering photographs.
Today's reason to call your senators and urge them to StopKavanaugh : Kavanaugh would help kill the Voting Rights Act and uphold voter suppression laws that make it harder for voters of color to cast ballots. I don't begrudge anyone for determining that they can be most effective from inside, but the itch to make such a case in national print media suggests a need to fluff ones ego, indulge a self-righteous streak, or maybe even convince onesself that staying is the right call.
No one who voluntarily signs up for this shitshow is decent. There are only those who sense the walls closing in. Beware: a main complaint of the anon NYT op-ed is that Trump betrays the conservative revolution. It's thus part and parcel of washing plain old regular conservative movement insanity in the blood of the lamb, positioning it as Washington's respectable center.
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Call me crazy but I DO NOT take comfort in being told by an anonymous WH staffer that the president is crazy but his aides, who face no public accountability, have everything covered. And the genius who created this is JoshhTerry. A cheer for brilliance! Though it is massive and stands as one of the greatest threats to our existence, your fragile ego is not a national security asset in need of protection, Mr.
Piss off, Thanos! Wakanda forever! A lot of people, myself included, said nothing changed after the president was implicated in a criminal conspiracy. Our coalition of AGs has been in court today in Texas to defend the Affordable Care Act and stop the Trump administration from abandoning Americans with pre-existing conditions. The ACA is the law of the land. We intend to keep it that way.
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