Category: Management News

OVG names Joe Giordano VP of Arena & Stadium Alliance

Oak View Group has named booking veteran and former BOK Center assistant general manager Joe Giordano as vice president of the Arena & Stadium Alliance, a group of 38 venues in North America that benefit from a combined platform for booking, content development, procurement and sponsorship sales. Continue Reading OVG names Joe Giordano VP of Arena & Stadium Alliance

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McGowan takes helm of Ilitch Sports and Entertainment

Chris McGowan was recently named president and CEO of Ilitch Sports and Entertainment. The group runs the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, plus The District Detroit, a mixed-use development, and 313 Presents, a joint venture with the Detroit Pistons programming events at about 10 venues across the city. McGowan previously spent nine years as president/CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers. He was also CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, covering multiple venues in Portland and Seattle. McGowan spent six years with AEG as chief operating officer of AEG Sports and helped open Staples Center in 1999. McGowan visited with VenuesNow to discuss his new job in the Motor City. His official start date is Jan. 3. He reports to Chris Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings. What drove your decision to accept the position? I really connected with Chris Ilitch and his vision and using these iconic brands as a… Continue Reading McGowan takes helm of Ilitch Sports and Entertainment

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Management: December 2021

VenuesNow Faces + Places December 2021: The Arizona Diamondbacks named Steve Mullins senior vice president of corporate partnerships, media and events. Mullins was the Miami Dolphins’ vice president of corporate partnerships.

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Management: September 2021

Kate Guarrieri is new to the talent booking team at Nederlander Concerts. (Courtesy company) Andrew Saunders was named vice president of entertainment for Seminole Gaming, with responsibility for live entertainment programming at Seminole Gaming venues throughout Florida. Saunders most recently held booking positions for AEG at Staples Center and Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles as a senior talent buyer working in tandem with the Presents division and was a VenuesNow Generation Next honoree in 2019. Nederlander Concerts added Kate Guarrieri to its talent booking team. Guarrieri worked for Live Nation as a local talent buyer and national tour director. Spectra appointed Michael Logan general manager at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, South Dakota. Logan was Spectra’s assistant general manager and director of events at the Now Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Veteran sports executive John Brody has joined IMG Learfield as chief revenue officer. Brody was executive vice president, global… Continue Reading Management: September 2021

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Management: August 2021

Alex Winsberg (left) and George Hanna have new positions with the Los Angeles Clippers organization. The Los Angeles Clippers organization added two executive-level positions. George Hanna, chief technology and digital officer, will work across the NBA Clippers, the G League Agua Caliente Clippers, the Forum and the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center, the Clippers’ planned new arena scheduled to open in 2024, and oversee technology and digital. Alex Winsberg begins as the new chief legal officer for the new arena and general counsel of the Forum. Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia appointed Kelley Maddox vice president of sales. Maddox will lead the development and implementation of strategic sales and marketing initiatives for the 208-room hotel and new Event Center, which is now accepting bookings for meetings and private events. Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. promoted Randy Fibiger to senior vice president of bookings and named Josephine Vaccarello senior vice president… Continue Reading Management: August 2021

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Management: May 2021

Kerry Painter has been nominated as second vice chair of the International Association of Venue Managers. (Courtesy Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex) Oak View Group Facilities named Brad Painter booking director of Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Painter was senior director of booking operations for AC Entertainment. Dr. Til Jolly, chief medical officer of Aveshka Inc., was named chair of the newly formed Medical Advisory Board for the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience. Fiserv Forum, home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, hired Starr Butler as vice president of booking and events. She spent four years in a similar role at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and filled a consulting role for Legends. Kerry Painter, general manager and director of the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex in North Carolina, has been nominated as second vice chair of the International Association of Venue Managers’ board… Continue Reading Management: May 2021

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Management: April 2021

Becci Thomson (from left), Katie Musham and Sara Tomkins join Co-op Live in Manchester, England. Management AlphaTheta Music Americas brand Pioneer DJ hired Chad Bscherer as Midwest district sales manager and Daniel Yount as ecommerce coordinator and promoted JeanPierre Rivas to digital marketing strategist and Ryan Roth to brand marketing strategist. Outback Presents named veteran concert promoter Danny Eaton senior vice president. Oak View Group named Ann Jackson chief people and culture officer. Jackson was Charter Communications’ vice president of human resources and before that served at Madison Square Garden for 16 years in a variety of senior human resources roles. Live Nation Concerts promoted Amanda Moore to lead the residency business for Live Nation Las Vegas. In her expanded role, Moore will be overseeing booking, marketing and business operations for the company’s multimillion-dollar residency business in the Vegas market. Centerplate’s Paul Pettas has seen his role expanded to public… Continue Reading Management: April 2021

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