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TheStadiumBusiness Summit is the world’s leading meeting for the owners, operators and developers of stadiums, arenas and sport venues. Combining our specialist meetings Fan Experience Forum, Premium Seat Seminar, stadium tours, networking events and TheStadiumBusiness Awards, the Summit is the essential industry meeting of the year!

Our 2017 Speakers

  • Peter McKenna

    Stadium Director Croke Park Stadium

    Peter McKenna

    Stadium Director, Croke Park Stadium

  • Chris Overholt

    COO Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canada

    Chris Overholt

    COO, 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, wherefrom 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.

  • Tanya Dreesen

    Vice President, Partnership Activation & Special Projects Minnesota Vikings, USA

    Tanya Dreesen

    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.

  • Karen Eyre-White

    Chief Executive Sports Ground Safety Authority, United Kingdom

    Karen Eyre-White

    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.

  • Andrew Daniels

    CEO Adelaide Oval

    Andrew Daniels

    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.

  • Julianne Savage

    Community & Public Affairs Croke Park, Ireland

    Julianne Savage

    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.

  • Daniel Gidney

    Chief Executive Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK

    Daniel Gidney

    Chief Executive, Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK

    An established sports industry CEO for over ten years now, Daniel Gidney launched the first ever cricket bond as part of an innovative £12m fundraising to develop and operate a new 150 bedroom Hilton hotel, which will open summer 2017. Daniel’s time at LCCC has generated record profits and the securing of the largest ever naming rights in First Class Cricket, with Emirates.

    He also secured ECB International matches, including an Ashes Test and a World Cup semi-final in 2019. Daniel was also the 2011 Midlands Business Person of the Year, and the 2014 Trafford Business Person of the Year.

  • Mark Langhammer

    Director of Facilities Crusaders FC, United Kingdom

    Mark Langhammer

    Director of Facilities, Crusaders FC, United Kingdom

    Crusaders have taken a ten year journey from relegation and deep indebtedness to financial and sporting health as a supporter run and community orientated club. Mark is a leading trade unionist with the Association of Teachers & Lecturers, previously chaired the NI Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, served as an elected local councillor and was National Executive of the (Irish) Labour Party. He is married with two children and is a Trustee of Monkstown Boxing Club.

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Inaugurated in 2010, the Awards are presented each year during TheStadiumBusiness Summit. TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognise leadership, innovation & achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.

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