TheStadiumBusiness Summit is the world’s leading meeting for the owners, operators and developers of stadiums, arenas and sport venues. Combining a two day conference, our compact mini-exhibition, stadium tours, networking events and TheStadiumBusiness Awards, the Summit is the essential industry meeting of the year!
Stadium Director Croke Park Stadium
CEO and Secretary General Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canada
With more than 20 years of experience in the elite echelons of the sports industry, Christopher Overholt has established himself as a leading and trusted voice in the sporting and business worlds. Christopher joined the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer and since then has helped the organisation achieve unprecedented growth in all areas of its commercial operations. Reporting to the COC’s Board of Directors, Christopher is also tasked with oversight and accountability for the Olympic Movement in Canada, all COC National Sport Development programs, and its Olympic Games preparation and event operations. He leads all aspects of the COC’s commercial enterprise, including: finance, human resources, sales and marketing. He works closely with the COC’s 52 National Sports Federations to provide the tools they need to develop the next generation of Olympians.
With an extensive background in sports sales and marketing in the United States and Canada, Christopher’s business expertise is matched by his dedicated team leadership. Through his 25 years in business, he has led day-to-day business development strategy for a number of organisations, partnering with some of the world’s biggest companies to leverage their brands and properties. Prior to joining the COC, he served as VP and CMO for the Miami Dolphins, where from 2006 to 2010, he reported to the CEO and served as senior business executive responsible for sales and partnership sales. Before moving to Miami, he acted as the Executive Vice-President of Business Operations and CMO with the Florida Panthers. Christopher’s career in the sports industry began with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in 1996, where he spent seven years delivering industry-leading results for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors.
Chief Operating Officer Minnesota Vikings, USA
Kevin Warren is Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings and in 2017 enters his 19th NFL season and 13th with the Vikings. Warren is the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL and the first African-American COO in NFL history.
Warren earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Grand Canyon University, his MBA from Arizona State University, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. Warren places a priority on civic leadership, serves on several boards and has been recognized for his leadership in both business and charitable communities.
Head of Hospitality Sales & Operations Formula E, UK
Charlene is leading the charge delivering Formula e’s premium events across the globe. Prior to her position at Formula e, Charlene spent 4 years with AEG Europe as Hospitality Director providing strategic plans, proposals and fulfilment for their European Live tours ranging from Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys to Bon Jovi and The Who.
Charlene was also integral for the concept and delivery of the Barclaycard presents BST Hyde Park summer concerts which now in their 5th year and have become a staple of the London summer festival calendar. Arsenal Football Club is where her story began, working her way into a full time position, eventually becoming a key member of the team taking the Arsenal Hospitality proposition from Highbury to Emirates Stadium.
Vice President, Partnership Activation & Special Projects Minnesota Vikings, USA
Tanya Dreesen is currently in her 9th season as a prominent member of the Minnesota Vikings. As Vice President of Partnership Activation and Special Projects, she collaborates on team and U.S. Bank Stadium presentations, and community relationships. She is responsible for the team that activates all sponsorships, including naming rights and new Founding Partnerships.
Tanya provides support on critical new team initiatives such as the International Series games in London, the successful 2018 Super Bowl LII bid and the latest new 200-acre practice facility design and construction. Tanya led the development and curation of U.S. Bank Stadium’s art collection, as well as the buildout of the Vikings Voyage experiential fan destination and the design of the stadium’s iconic Legacy Ship sculpture. She also oversaw a revenue-producing fan paver program and is charged with integrating all sponsor branding throughout the stadium.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Tanya served as Vice President of Marketing and Major Accounts for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, activating Founding Partner roles for the Colorado Rockies and exclusive category sponsorships of the Denver Broncos, Colorado Wild and Denver Nuggets. Prior to Denver, Tanya led the Major Accounts Advertising Department for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Tanya began her career at The Toronto Sun as a member of the special projects team, which marketed and supported the launch of the Toronto Raptors NBA team. She was then recruited to a director position with Canada’s largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star, where she led sponsorships for events, art and sports partnerships, including the Toronto Blue Jays, across all media properties.
Tanya graduated with honors with a speciality in Advertising/Marketing from Canada’s Sheridan College. She was a three-time medalist in the Edmonton World Master Games for Rowing and has competed at the World Rowing (FISA) International level in Boston and Montreal Canada.
Chief Executive Sports Ground Safety Authority, United Kingdom
In addition to fulfilling a statutory duty to regulate safety at 94 football grounds within the UK, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority sets spectator standards that are adopted around the world. The SGSA provides consulting, inspection and training services to governments, international sporting bodies, organising committees and individual venues who want to design, build, and manage sporting venues that demonstrate world-class safety standards.
Karen has a broad range of experience delivering Government priorities in both policy and operational environments. Prior to joining the SGSA Karen led immigration teams at the Home Office and has held a number of positions at the Department for Transport including developing transport plans for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
CEO Adelaide Oval
Andrew Daniels is the Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Oval SMA Ltd – the organisation responsible for the management of the South Australia’s iconic Adelaide Oval.
The Adelaide Oval, a world-class, multi-purpose, 50-thousand seat stadium hosts Australian Rules Football, domestic and international cricket, rugby, football, major concerts and events, including arts, adrenalin, community, functions and more. Additionally Adelaide Oval is a significant contributor to South Australia’s tourism cache with the award winning RoofClimb adventure, an outstanding food and wine experience at the Hill of Grace Restaurant and behind the scenes tours of the stadium.
Aside from attracting over 1.6 million visitors each year, Adelaide Oval has generated unforeseen social benefits for South Australia and its people. Winner of no fewer than 37 major awards in the past three years, it has become a source of pride – South Australia’s beacon to the world.
Andrew has more than 25 years of experience in major projects and event management in Australia, including roles as the Chief Executive of the Motor Accident Board, Chief Executive of the South Australian Motor Sports Board, General Manager of Australian Major Events, Commercial Manager of the South Australian Tourism Commission and Deputy Chief Executive of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Board.
Community & Public Affairs Croke Park, Ireland
Born & raised in Drumcondra – just a stone’s throw away from the stadium, Croke Park’s Community & Public Affairs Officer, Julianne Savage knows and loves the area she now represents in her role. The locality around Croke Park is home to approximately 67,000 people who all live within 1.5km of the stadium. With local schools boasting enrolments of children from up to thirty-five different countries across the world, Croke Park’s community area is not just home to many proud generations of ‘Northsiders’ but also to many of Dublin city’s newest residents.
Bringing nearly two decades of international communications and engagement experience to the position in Croke Park, community relations have been transformed in the stadium since Julianne’s appointment in late 2013. The creation of new community gain initiatives and the introduction of the Croke Park Community Team in 2014, an event day team which comprises entirely of local residents, heralded a new ethos within the stadium for building stronger community relations.
Levels of constructive engagement between the stadium and the local community have increased significantly over the last three years and the recent announcement of the stadium’s role to partner with Dublin City Council to regenerate one of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods closest to the stadium, re-affirms the stadium’s long-term vision for, and commitment to, its local community area.
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PACIFA decision is a 6-year old European company which creates and develops innovative solutions to help venue Managers in their daily work.
We work in staff optimisation and crowd control and are linked to ticketing, access control and cctv. Our groundbreaking 3D technologies allow reduced operational costs while improving ticketing and hospitality revenues.
We are 20 team-mates fully dedicated to permanently upgrading our existing tools and inventing new ones to always be on the cutting-edge of innovations. Our various origins and partnerships allow us to manage up to 9 languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Slovakian, Polish and Russian) because our willingness is to be in direct contact with your own managing teams; in order to work closely together in a friendly and collaborative way, instead of being a basic supplier.
Our existing references are our best ambassadors to testify our product works and it is worth the investment!
You can find more information on our website www.pacifa-decision.com or follow us on Twitter @PACIFAdecision.- View Website
Activity Stream is a next-generation intelligence and productivity tool improving daily operations and customer experience by combining Business Activity Monitoring and Operational Intelligence with Enterprise Activity Streams and Data Visualisation, in a unique 4-in-1 solution, helping businesses become truly data-driven.- View Website
3D Digital Venue, powered by MMC, provides Interactive Digital Venue Management Solutions to Sports and Entertainment Venues across the globe.
With our 3D Digital Venue technology platform we design need-based solutions for our clients providing them a robust, precise and interactive recreation of their Venue to deliver greater fan satisfaction, increase season ticket holder renewal rates, activate new channels of digital sponsorship and provide special viewing experiences for prospective VIP buyers.
The primary capabilities of our 3D Digital Venue Platform include: Ticketing3D to Enhance Ticket Sales and Fan Purchase Experience using our interactive 3D Seat Views from all Blocks and Seats; Transfer3D achieve higher renewal rates from season ticket holders by offering 360 degree 3D Views of the seats even before an existing venue is refurbished or a new stadium is built ; Activation3D, an Interactive Environment to activate Measurable Digital Sponsorship by Product Placement inside our 3D Views & VIP3D, to provide world-class Interactive Experience to prospective VIPs and Corporate Clients with fully 3D Customised views of Luxury Suites and Premium Club Hospitality Areas. Our 3D Digital Venue Platform provides you the most complete, interactive and cutting edge Venue Management Solutions.- View Website
Humanforce has managed workforces across stadiums and events centres since 2002, developing our TimeTarget software to be the most advanced WFM solution in the world. Our solution ensures you have the right staff in the right place, at the right time, and solutions include: Employee roster, Availability and Qualifications, Security Check In, Wristband Printing and Biometrics, Integrated Agency Management and Fast Payroll Processing. With TimeTarget software, you take control of your employee wage costs, compliance risk and improve service levels for every event in real time.- View Website
With over 20 years’ experience, Cedar Packaging is the global market leader in creating brand enhancing ticket and membership packaging for the Sports and Live Entertainment industries. We manage the whole process, from initial creative concepts and computer visuals, through to the production and then global distribution of the finished product.
Custom ticket packaging is a unique and exciting way to engage with your audience, so talk to the Cedar Packaging team today to see what innovation packaging solutions we can create for you.- View Website
Bleep UK PLC, (EST. 1981) offers a wide range of EPOS terminals together with their user-friendly W-BO, Web based Back Office application. Our range satisfies all sectors of the hospitality industry, however small or large. Bleep touch screen terminals have been busting queues at the London Olympics 2012 and now again in Rio 2016, Commonwealth and Pan Am Games, Rugby World Cup 2015 and numerous festivals. Bleep systems have been supplied to over 4,000 customers worldwide. We offer a complete solution from project management to training and maintenance support at the highest industry standards.- View Website
SecuTix is a technology provider of a Ticketing Engagement Platform that helps organisations boost ticket sales and enhance audiences’ experience before, during and after live events. Our product, SecuTix 360°, is a cloud-based platform that combines ticketing and marketing functionality, and is offered as a white label SaaS service. Used by the largest sport clubs and stadiums, live entertainment businesses, and leading museums and cities across Europe, SecuTix manages the yearly sales of 30 million tickets. Among our clients are Opéra National de Paris, UEFA, Centre Pompidou, Aspro Parks, Saracens FRC, Paléo Festival, Musée Picasso Paris and more. A daughter company of the ELCA Group, SecuTix has a local presence in Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany and the UK.- View Website
With over 350 performances and 4 million fans a year, Monster Jam is the ultimate sports and live entertainment brand. Mixing racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action-packed show, Monster Jam is filling some of the world’s premiere stadiums. As of 2017, Monster Jam has performed in a total of 57 cities across 30 countries and territories outside the United States and continues to win new fans all over the world. The 2018 International Monster Jam tour has stops scheduled in South America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia-Pacific, with more being added each day! Grave Digger, Max-D and Monster Mutt aren’t just household names in the U.S. any longer…- View Website
Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland with offices in New York and throughout the UK, Velocity Worldwide is a global customer engagement and retail marketing specialist with over 20 years in the business of knowing customers and the retailers who serve them. Velocity’s personalisation and insight technology, Darius for Retail, was born out of this specialism. Darius connects sports and music stadiums and arenas, their brands and merchandise, their food and drink concessions, and their fans to deliver relevant, personalised fan experiences that grow business.
Darius enables you to engage fans before, during and after the match or gig. Real-time, integrated and interactive fan engagement like this increases ticket sales, helps retain season ticket sales, and supports and drives brand sponsorship. Crucially, Darius integrates with existing in-stadium technology.
Fans aren’t always just interested with the action on the pitch or on-stage – very often, what’s happening elsewhere in-venue matters just as much. Personalization and real-time features made possible through Darius gives them the experience they want.
Whether club or concert merchandise, big beer brand, or fast-food concession, Darius builds relationships between in-venue retail and fans through personalized, relevant messaging that grows spend across concessions and merchandise stores.
Trusted Worldwide for Integrated technology solutions in sports and entertainment venues.
Our innovative SaaS, hosted and on-premises IT solutions enable stadia and arena, entertainment venues, hotels and resorts, hospitality and foodservice to streamline operations and focus on costs: to increase workforce productivity, enhance guest satisfaction and maximise profitability in multiple areas of operations: complete food and beverage operational management, point-of-sale (static, mobile, online), payments (cashless, contactless, online, queue busting), inventory and procurement, stock control, business intelligence and real-time reporting. Headquartered in Warrington, UK, we are an authorised distributor & reseller of Agilysys products worldwide. Operated directly or through trusted partners in Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa.- View Website
d&b audiotechnik operates internationally in the field of electroacoustics as a manufacturer of high quality loudspeaker systems for speech and music reproduction and sound reinforcement in public places. d&b is one of the industry market leaders by combining technological developments and system integration principles with construction quality and exceptional standards of service and support.
Loudspeaker systems created by d&b are used globally in mobile and installation applications for events such as live concerts, musicals, festivals and corporate events in venues from concert halls to theatres, opera houses and convention centres; gracing everything from the tiniest conference rooms to the largest stadiums.- View Website
Beerjet is a fast pour carbonated drinks dispenser specifically designed to service high demand venues such as stadiums, circuits, race courses, theme parks and festival events. The device can deliver up to 6 pints of beer, cider or spritzer in under 10 seconds, fully audited with virtually no waste. The drink quality and quantity is guaranteed from on-board systems that work with pre-programmed recipes to deliver ice cooled drinks into normal glasses or cups.
Purchase and lease options are available for 2, 4 and 6 port machines so if you have a thirsty crowd, Beerjet’s the system for you.
Zeetta Networks is a world leader in Open Networking technologies, with pioneering solutions based on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualisation (NV). Our vision is to be the leading facilitator of your Network as a Platform, and one of our key projects centres around stadia and their complex requirements.
Originating from the University of Bristol, Zeetta’s co-founders have been awarded the Charles Kao award (2016) for their pioneering work in SDN. Zeetta’s core technology was developed by the High Performance Group in the University of Bristol as part of European, UK Government, and Industry funded research.- View Website
Sthaler has developed the world’s first match-on-cloud biometric identification platform which will rival conventional payment mechanisms becoming the safest and fastest retail and hospitality payment and loyalty system. Sthaler’s first product, Fingopay, allows individuals to identify themselves, pay for goods or access an event by scanning the unique vein pattern in their fingers. The innovative Finger Vein Authentication technology removes the costs of manufacturing, distributing and managing plastic cards or any other form of identification. All existing cards and loyalty schemes can be linked to a finger, enabling fast, convenient transactions which reduces queues and improves customer experience.
Unlike your fingerprint your finger vein ID can’t be damaged, stolen or forged. Unlike your bank card, it can’t be lost or stolen. Fingopay brings the entire customer journey together, allowing a single view from beginning to end. The individual profiles we create will build rich consumer data profiles so you can reward your fans with relevant, personalised offers and a brand-new way to pay. “We are starting to integrate leading edge Fingopay technology into solutions for Verteda clients, starting with a Premiership football club and then moving into other venues like music arenas”. Matthew Prosser, Sales Director, Verteda- View Website
WiFi SPARK is the leading specialist in public wireless solutions. The company is the owner and developer of the unique SPARK ® Platform which delivers the most flexible, feature-rich and scalable solution for guest-access WiFi on the market today.
WiFi SPARK specialises in WiFi in challenging venues. With customers from the NEC in Birmingham to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Kingspan Stadium, home of Ulster Rugby, WiFi SPARK has a proven track record of delivering high quality infrastructure deployment and connectivity.
WiFi SPARK offers more than just WiFi, they offer genuine customer engagement and outstanding return on investment opportunities. With the SPARK ® Platform WiFi SPARK delivers a fully branded user engagement portal that offers sponsorship, advertising and data collection . SPARK ® Real-time analytics then yields an immediate return on investment, providing market-leading insights and data feeds to your CRM in real-time.
Come to the marketplace to hear more about WiFi SPARK’s innovative WiFi solutions and to discuss how we can help you to find the optimal WiFi solution for your venue- View Website
Xperiology’s total focus is the global sport, leisure and entertainment sector.
They’re a “boutique agency” operation with offices in Hove (UK) and Cortona (Italy) serving the information needs of the global sports and entertainment sector. Theywork with many of the sector’s leading organisations, providing illuminating ideas in EVENTS, ADVISORY and INTELLIGENCE.
Xperiology also deliver bespoke training and development workshops to help share best practice and shape the next generation of sports and entertainment venue industry executives.- View Website
TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognise leadership, innovation & achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. Inaugurated in 2010, the Awards are presented each year during TheStadiumBusiness Summit.- View Website
All the latest Stadium Business news, blogs, videos, and up-to-the-minute media coverage from all the leading voices in the Stadium Business industry, all in one place. Curated and brought to you by TheStadiumBusiness Summit.- View Website