Now in its second decade, TheStadiumBusiness Summit continues to adapt and reflect the needs of its industry. We’re embracing Technology, Innovation and Transformation to re-define the no.1 stadium sector meeting in the world. Join your colleagues around the world on 30 Nov - 1 Dec as we bring together the world’s leading stadium, arena and venue executives to explore our business. Is it BUSINESS AS USUAL in a post-Covid world?

The Speaker Line Up

  • Ian Nuttall

    Owner and Founder TheStadiumBusiness Summit

    Ian Nuttall

    Owner and Founder, TheStadiumBusiness Summit

    Ian Nuttall is the owner and founder of TheStadiumBusiness Summit, presented by his Xperiology events business. His working life began in sports hospitality events management (including Formula 1, horse racing and Wimbledon) before pursuing an award-winning career in B2B magazine publishing. He has co-launched and edited numerous business titles (ranging from energy and industrial processes through to airport design and Intelligent Transportation Systems).

    He has also founded many of the sports sector’s most respected publications and news sources – most recently TheStadiumBusiness News, delivering the 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. In addition to his ongoing commitments as a sports business writer and speaker, Ian provides highly-valued, specialist consultancy to the sports and entertainment venue sector.

  • Gordon Bolton

    Managing Director Bleep UK

    Gordon Bolton

    Managing Director, Bleep UK

    Gordon has been with Bleep for over 35 years and is the Managing Director of the award-winning designer, manufacturer and supplier of EPOS and Payment solutions. Working across Hospitality, Stadia and Leisure verticals, Gordon is responsible for focusing on client acquisition within these areas and deals with many of Bleep’s sports and stadia clients. He has been working with the stadium industry on their EPOS transformation journeys for well over 20 years and will be speaking about several recent Bleep installations. His experience means he truly understands the ever-changing point of sale technology requirements for sports stadia, entertainment venues and events operators – with a track record of delivering innovative EPOS technology alongside some of the world’s leading stadia and events.

  • Carlo Dannies

    COO Bright Skies

    Carlo Dannies

    COO, Bright Skies

    Carlo Dannies started his career as assistant venue manager in Hamburg (VWL) at the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany. From 2006 to 2013 he worked for Hamburger SV – first as a doctoral student and employee in the field of ticketing, from 2011 as Manager Business Integration and from 2013 as CIO. In November 2017, he was named as Midmarket-Top10 “CIO of the Year” by IDG magazine “CIO” for his Hybrid-Cloud initiative at HSV. Since 2010 he has been a member of DFL IT board. Since 2018, he joined Bright Skies GmbH as COO, a leading IT consulting and service company in the German-speaking world with a “Cloud First Vision” and top innovation driver in digital change.

  • Michael Gandler

    CEO Como 1907

    Michael Gandler

    CEO, Como 1907

    Michael Gandler is the CEO of Italian football club Como 1907 and the Managing Director of the parent group’s sports division, SENT Sports. A veteran of the sports marketing industry, Gandler has held executive roles across some of the most prestigious sports and entertainment properties around the world. Prior to joining SENT, Gandler was the Chief Revenue Officer for FC Internazionale di Milano (Inter Milan) where he oversaw all areas of commercialization for the club, including media retail, licensing, sponsorship, ticketing and global marketing. Gandler also have extensive experience in the US and the rest of the America’s having served as Senior Vice President of IMG’s college division and Vice President of Major League Soccer

  • Jordan Gardner

    Chairman & Co-Owner FC Helsingør

    Jordan Gardner

    Chairman & Co-Owner, FC Helsingør

    Jordan Gardner is an American sports executive and investor in several football clubs across Europe including Swansea City AFC in the United Kingdom and Dundalk FC in the Republic of Ireland. Jordan is currently the Chairman of FC Helsingør, an American owned football club in Denmark. The project in Denmark is focused on identifying, and bringing young talent from North America to Europe with the intention of development and sale. The FC Helsingør ownership group is led by investors with deep ties to global sport including the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and Los Angeles Football Club (MLS).

  • Sean Jarvis

    CEO Leicestershire CCC

    Sean Jarvis

    CEO, Leicestershire CCC

    Sean Jarvis initially joined Huddersfield Town in August 2006 before joining the Board of Directors in June 2009. Sean moved from Oldham Athletic to become Director of Business Development of both Huddersfield Town and the Huddersfield Giants in August 2006 before becoming focused on the Football Club on a full-time basis in July 2008, shortly after former Chairman Dean Hoyle invested in the Club. He has been a driving force as the Club’s Commercial Director in developing new income and sponsorship activities. Jarvis’ focus has not only been on commercial aspects, he has also been instrumental in improving relations between the Club and their fans as the driving force behind the formation of one single supporters’ group – now known as the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association. In June 2020, Sean was appointed CEO of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

  • Ralf Pressler

    Head of Digital Performance & Marketing TSG Hoffenheim

    Ralf Pressler

    Head of Digital Performance & Marketing, TSG Hoffenheim

    Digital and Marketing Native since 2005. Leading a team of 14 people at TSG Hoffenheim. Responsible for all Digital Channels, marketplaces and Strategic Marketing within the kids and youth program of TSG Hoffenheim. Innovation, Data, Allocation and Integration are the most valuable pillars of my daily business. Key is to get “all data out of a silo and make them agile for further usings”

  • Tony Rhoades

    Chairman, CEO & Founder GroundWOW

    Tony Rhoades

    Chairman, CEO & Founder, GroundWOW

    Tony Rhoades is Chairman, CEO and Founder of GroundWOW. He is a former Russell Group academic director, award-winning inventor of disruptive patented technologies, and specialist in commercialising emerging technology in entrepreneurial new ventures. Tony has held numerous Executive Board & Advisory appointments, including IMechE, Centre for Professional Engineering, and MoD. He combines a deep experience of creating global manufacturing capabilities with extensive knowledge of 3D scanning, robotics and engineering.

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