Now in its second decade, TheStadiumBusiness Summit is having a makeover. We’re embracing Technology, Innovation and Transformation to re-define the no.1 stadium sector meeting in the world. Join us as we bring together the world’s leading stadium and arena executives to explore how our business is changing.
Chief Commercial Officer GroundWOW
David Pritchard is a commercial specialist steeped in sport in a multi-channel, global marketplace. At GroundWOW, he is responsible for bringing world first technology to market and driving brand awareness across an expectant target audience following a five year period in top-secret research and development. David is the primary contact for stadium owner-operators, sports clubs and governing bodies and with deep experience in world-class innovation-led environments, is well-versed in helping his clients to understand and embrace the benefits of bringing ground-breaking technology to their businesses.
CEO Greenwood Campbell
Adam Greenwood started his professional career in the military aviation industry, supplying spare parts to the worlds largest Air Forces. After 10 years he moved to a software company as a business analyst and his love of delivering service design and digital solutions to real-world problems was born. In 2009, Adam co-founded digital agency Greenwood Campbell, and has led the agency to deliver award winning digital solutions for some of the largest organisations in the UK including Dixons, Ted Baker and RNLI.
Senior Executive Leisure & Sport
Most recently Michael has been Chairman of Blackpool Football Club (where he oversaw the turnaround), Chairman of Goals Soccer Centres PLC (where he oversaw the sale of the business), an N.E.D. for The Inspired Travel Company (a P.E.-backed luxury travel company), and Chairman of Superstruct (a P.E.-backed live entertainment start-up). He is also an advisor to a number of investment companies. From 2014 to 2016, Michael was CEO of Inter Milan, where he led the revitalisation of one of the jewels in the crown of Italian football, and then oversaw the sale of the Club. Prior to this, Michael was COO at Manchester United, a position he held for seven years, and was also Chairman of the Club’s charitable Foundation. He was also the Principal Financial Officer for their NYSE listing in Summer 2012. Prior to working in football, Michael spent six years as Senior Vice-President, Shows, at Cirque du Soleil, where he oversaw strategy, profitability and operations for their global business. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior-Vice President at The Jim Henson Company Michael has a degree in Economics, is a chartered accountant (indentured at PwC), and holds an MBA, awarded cum laureate, from The London Business School, where he is currently a visiting lecturer.
Managing Director Bleep UK PLC
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.
Group Sponsorship & Partnership Manager Odyssey Arena (The Odyssey Trust)
The 2019/20 Season will be the 20th year of Mark’s involvement behind the scenes with the Odyssey Trust and the Belfast Giants having been part of Northern Ireland’s most successful sports organisation since day one. He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree focused in Marketing from Ulster University having graduated with Honours. He is responsible for the club’s overall commercial, communications, digital and marketing functions and strategies while overseeing all media relations, website editorial, marketing and sponsorship efforts.
Chief Executive (Venue) Wasps Holdings
Stuart Cain is currently Chief Executive (Venue) at Wasps Holdings responsible for the continued growth of the Ricoh Arena, one of Europe’s largest multi-use venues incorporating a sports stadium, conference and exhibition centre, concert arena and casino. At the Ricoh Arena, he recently introduced a new ticketing system with AXS and prior to joining Wasps he was Managing Director of the Ticket Factory and handled ticketing at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Rangers FC. So, he has an expert knowledge of ticketing across the sports, entertainment, conference and exhibition sectors.
COO Bright Skies GmbH
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.
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
From 2007 onwards, the founders of XLNT Operations have been internationally active in the world of ticketing, payments and events. They noticed that since the arrival of online payments, online ticketing, social media and the use of smartphones, much has changed in the payment landscape: “10 years ago, clear and inexpensive cash payments were still commonplace. Nowadays, there are many hidden uncertainties and shortcoming when it comes to payments and transactions: they have become expensive and fraud has arisen.” XLNT has developed transparent transaction-related processes around (sporting) events, a.o. in order to secure the money of event visitors. With this, money remains from the consumer until there is a service in return. “Canceled event? Visitors will get their money back. Still money on a payment card after the event? Visitors can then have their money refunded”. Besides financially protecting the visitor, XLNT unburdens organizing parties in the area of ticketing, access and payments during events.
Curious to know more? www.xlnt-operations.com- View Website
Bleep UK PLC is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of EPOS and Payment solutions with over 35 year’s experience catering for stadia, arenas and events. We possess a proven track record catering for clients such as the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, the 2014 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 – in addition to the Principality Stadium, Middlesbrough FC and MK Dons FC. All of our clients have benefitted from investment in Bleep EPOS technology, whether they are operating merchandise stores, bars, food stands or popup shops. Our systems are easy to use, intuitive and will add value to your operation.- View Website
HID Global is the trusted leader in products, services and solutions related to the creation, management and use of secure identities for millions of customers worldwide.
Recognised for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is focused on creating customer value and is the supplier of choice for OEMs, integrators and developers serving a variety of markets that include physical access control; IT security, including strong authentication/credential management; card personalisation; visitor management; government ID; and identification technologies for a range of applications. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.- View Website
From humble beginnings, Daktronics grew to become the world leader in LED digital display systems and today sets the market standards for customised digital display systems. During the journey, we haven’t forgotten where we came from. From our CEO on down, we guarantee our employees will put you first. With offices world-wide, Daktronics has had more than 18,000 video capable installations, satisfying customers around the globe. With more than 550 engineers, we continually invest millions of dollars into researching and developing our display products. In 2016 alone, we invested $23 million into our cutting-edge technology to ensure our products outperform your expectations.- View Website
LiveStyled’s Smart Venue platform helps sports teams, stadia and arenas to build lasting and profitable relationships with their visitors. Clients use LiveStyled to recognise, understand and reward their customers digitally. This enables clients to enhance the fan experience, capture detailed insights into how customers interact with their brand, and drive new revenue through apps, websites and other digital technologies. LiveStyled’s clients encompass more than 50 venues and events in a range of sectors including sports stadiums, multi-purpose entertainment arenas, music venues, theatres, museums and festivals. Major sporting clients include Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Saracens Rugby, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Arena Racing Company.- View Website
Promote your team’ with a state of the art Modulek building – the fastest and most effective tactic! Get a prestigious leisure facility on time and on budget by choosing a Modulek building without compromising quality. Modulek has revolutionised the sports and leisure industry by creating bespoke modular buildings for high profile organisations such as AFC Bournemouth Football Club, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. We use our skills and knowledge of the modular industry to create buildings that are affordable and designed to meet every need, allowing sport organisations of every type to achieve their sporting dreams. Here at Modulek, we are ready to listen and assist sports clubs with what they want and need, helping them to meet Sport England regulations.- View Website
Add value to your fan engagement with bespoke ticket packaging and merchandise designed, sourced and manufactured for you by the experienced Cedar Packaging team. From pin badges, pens, bags and ticket wallets, through to membership tins and hospitality boxes, we have it covered! Our solutions can help you create the all-important engagement you are looking for with your fans and guests, all within your desired budget. Why not put us to the test? We’d be delighted to find the perfect solution for you and your fans.- View Website
The Bottoms Up System has finally arrived in the UK – a new, patented fast- pour system from the US that is revolutionising the draught industry. Invented by GrinOn industries, Bottoms Up has become a multi-million pound business in the US since Josh Springer designed the system in 2008, distributed throughout Mexico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and now the UK and Ireland. This hands-free, automated piece of kit is mechanical – not computerised, so forget about the system crashing.- View Website
ID&C® are industry leaders in intelligent credentials & accreditation. Supplying RFID & non-RFID wristbands, lanyards, laminates & other products to various sectors. Our supporters include the likes of Universal Music, Live Nation, & O2 Arena to brands such as Red Bull, Google, the Super Bowl & Disney. We have 25 years’ experience supplying the largest events, venues & most popular brands globally. With more users switching to cashless payments & needing increased security and data analytics with RFID / NFC technology, ID&C® are proud to lead the way providing innovative and forward- thinking product solutions.- View Website
GroundWOW® engages in the design, development and manufacture of the World’s first and only full-colour autonomous ground printing vehicles. Launched in October 2019, GroundWOW® makes printing on ground as easy as printing on paper. GroundWOW® Model SFX can print any logo, any size, on any surface, turning real estate in stadia or sporting venues into prime advertising locations. Deployable in under 10 minutes, the GroundWOW® autonomous vehicle technology, artificial intelligence and end-to-end Cloud SAAS platform (Software As A Service) combine to create ground-printed images as accurate as a blade of grass. The company operates through Sports, Turf Management and Utility segments.- View Website
Over-C provide a digital platform to high-footfall, high-risk venues giving them full transparency, confidence and control of frontline operations. Our platform enables real-time decision making in the areas of cost control, compliance and the customer experience. All activity is monitored in real-time via a visual dashboard; and reporting is by exception – enabling executives to achieve cost efficiencies by making smarter decisions about how best to deploy frontline resources; ensures they are fully compliant with regulatory requirements and able to deliver an optimal customer experience. Customers and partners include Thomond Park Stadium, ScotRail, Eli Lilly, Savills, O2 Telefonica and KPN.- View Website
Satisfi Labs is an AI-powered Knowledge Management Platform that makes conversations with places possible. Its proprietary Answer Engine allows popular locations to directly answer customer questions on-demand through conversational AI. The platform makes place data AI-ready, powering Answer Engines for messaging apps, voice assistants, and chatbots. Leading the development of conversational AI for major sports, tourism, and entertainment destinations, the platform helps places discover new customer insights, increase sales, and improve customer experience. Satisfi Labs is backed by major investors including Google, MLB, Red Light Management, and TechStars.- View Website
Market-leading provider of IP Video and Digital Signage technology that enables stadiums to harness the power of video to engage and entertain fans.
Exterity solutions enable stadiums and venues to deliver a dynamic mix of live footage and action replay to TV screens and mobile devices across the connected campus. Integrate live TV with digital signage announcements, advertising and scores. Create a personalised viewing experience for guests in VIP and hospitality areas. Exterity’s stadium & sporting clients include Arsenal FC, Celtic FC, Liverpool FC, MK Dons FC, Ulster Rugby, PSV Eindhoven, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, DC United, TSG Hoffenheim, Lord’s, The Open and Sandown Park Racecourse.
Find out more at www.exterity.com and follow us on Twitter @Exterity
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
Since our launch in 2011, VisionEvents Manchester Limited (VE-M) has grown and developed to the fortunate position we find ourselves in today – an industry leading creative event production company and audio visual supplier. Whether it’s a glittering award ceremony, an attention-grabbing product launch or a motivational conference – we will deliver a first-class event every time. A client centered approach ensures we can truly reflect your needs and the unique qualities of your brand – on time and on budget. Born out of the 30 year celebration of the Vision Events Group, VE-M was built upon an already strong foundation – set to make our own mark on the industry through experienced staff and a continuous ongoing push for success.
From the moment you join forces with VE-M you can expect the best service from people that not only understand events but those that have a passion and drive for what they do. Together with our unrivalled in-house resources, flexible pricing and commitment to continuous investment in the latest equipment, we are a perfect partner for the future. What our clients say about us…
“VE-M were up there as one of the very best AV providers I have worked with. VE-M always deliver a top-quality team to run our events. On the day your team were wonderfully efficient and reassuring. Please pass on my thanks to all involved for their support, calmness & professional delivery.”
“It was an honour to meet you guys. The work, support, and time you have given us was amazing and you made our Glitz and Glam ball look simply jaw-dropping. What a bunch of exceptional professionals you are, thank you so much!!
Let us be part of your event!- View Website
Our host venue for #SBS20, Emirates Old Trafford is a flexible, multi-purpose conference and events venue and world-class international sporting stadium ideally located in Manchester. Catering from ten to 2,000 people across a multitude of events, from small meetings to large exhibitions, our high end space is fully supported by dedicated and in-house services, such as event duty managers, IT support and experienced event planners. With over 3,600m² of space, 43 meeting rooms, over 700 on-site parking spaces, amazing transport links and a 150-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn hotel on-site, Emirates Old Trafford is an event organisers dream!- View Website
Emirates Old Trafford is also home to Lancashire Cricket, a world-class international sporting stadium, playing host to some of cricket’s most iconic moments since 1857 and also hosting world famous artists such as Rihanna and Beyoncé. Founded in 1864 as a successor to Manchester Cricket Club, Lancashire have played at Old Trafford since then and, in 1865, played their inaugural first-class match, beating Middlesex at Old Trafford.
An integral part of the North West sporting scene, the Club is synonymous with great triumphs, famous names and a will to succeed. Steeped in tradition, nostalgia and prowess, Lancashire Cricket has earned itself a reputation and status that businesses and individuals wish to be associated with.- 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
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