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Announcing the 2020 Judges

Today, we are delighted to announce – and share our appreciation for – our 2020 TheStadiumBusiness Awards judging panel which this year comprises:

Michael Bolingbroke, Senior Executive in Leisure & Sport, UK

Michael Bolingbroke acts as an adviser and N.E.D. to companies in the leisure & sports sector. 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.

Peter Bryan, Vice President Of Construction And Development, Chase Center, United States

Peter Bryan is currently in his third season with the Golden State Warriors organization, as the vice president of construction and development. In his current role, Bryan is responsible for the development and construction of Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors, and surrounding development. Prior to joining the Golden State Warriors, Bryan was a Vice President at Clark Construction Group where he had spent 19 years working on large,
A native of New York City, Bryan graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics.

Christine A Lau, Sr Director, Sports & Community Programming, Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore

Christine manages a portfolio of an all-encompassing Sports & Community Programming integrated business model, content development and programming, community engagement and facilities management, partnerships and outreach, harnessing a strong community base. Enhancing patrons’ experience, seeding sporting lifestyle and building affinity and sustainability for business.  Today, the community engagement had made impactful inroads to generate extensive values, injecting vibrancy all year round for the stadium business, crossing 1,000,000 marks in participation footfall, impacting a significant population base at a national level.

Marie Lindqvist, VP and General Manager, Stockholm Live, Sweden

Marie has a degree in marketing and started her career in the travel industry within the field of marketing and communication. She had several positions as Marketing Director for companies such as TUI, Kuoni and Scandinavian amusement park Kolmarden. Marie joined the Globe in Stockholm 2006 as Marketing Director, 2012 Marie returned to the travel industry but came back again 2014 as General Manager for Stockholm Live including Ericsson Globe, Tele2 Arena, Hovet, Annexet. In May 2017 Stockholm Live took over operation of Friends Arena, and the arena is now part of Stockholm Live. Each year Stockholm Live greets 3.2 million visitors to more than 300 events in the five venues including music, football, ice hockey, family events and corporate events. www.stockholmlive.com

David Manica, Principal, Manica Architecture, United States

David believes in stunning design and innovative functionality as the path to successful buildings. In his 25 years designing large public assembly facilities, David has forged a vision for some of the world’s highest-profile stadium, arena and convention projects totalling over $15bn in construction. His comprehensive experience spans all phases of project development. He values a collaborative approach to design that successfully solves all of his clients’ needs related to aesthetics, program, budget, function and schedule.  David’s passionate commitment and dedication to balancing the complicated needs of his clients have earned him lasting relationships with them all.

Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheStadiumBusiness, UK

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.

Milton OBrien, Director of Commercial, Venues Canberra, Australia

Milton OBrien CVE is currently Director of Commercial for Venues Canberra in Australia responsible for GIO Stadium, Manuka Oval and Stromlo Mountain Bike Park. With over 20 years of senior executive experience in Stadia and Arenas Milton has worked in major venues in the Middle East, Asia/Pacific and in Australia. His experience covers a wide range of venue and event management experience including across ticketing, catering, operations, security, front of house, marketing and the development of events and acquisition of product for Stadia and Arenas. He has worked on a number of major events including Rugby and Rugby League World Cups, Asian Cup, International football, A-League, Basketball, Arab Games and the World Indoor door Athletic Championships plus major music event. He has opened an Arena in Australia and a Stadium in Port Moresby PNG and has worked as a consultant on the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney. He is also a Board Member of the Venue Managers Association of Australia & New Zealand.

Raj Saha, General Manager, Fiserv Forum, United States

Raj Saha is the General Manager of Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee’s world-class arena that opened on Aug. 26, 2018. In his role, Raj is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and programming.
Fiserv Forum, which will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, is one of more than a dozen venues across three continents that Raj has taken a part in developing and opening.
Earlier in his career, Raj spent nine years at Madison Square Garden in guest services and events, and he worked at AEG overseeing venue openings in the United States, Europe and South America.
Additionally, he was involved in staging the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2012 London Olympics, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

Mika Sulin, Chairman, Sport & Live Vision, Finland

Mika’s has been the General Secretary of the Finnish Olympic Committee and General Secretary of the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF 2012/13 Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm. He has during his time successfully marketed and sold several brands and products in Europe and held key positions in building major product and marketing concepts internationally. Within the field, he worked as GM for both Nike Nordic and Nike Central and Eastern Europe, Nike EMEA. Additionally, Mika has conceptualized, developed and executed Multipurpose Arenas for a net worth of over 2 billion USD in European cities including Hamburg, Prague, Vilnius and Helsinki. He is the Lead of DFBOO ( design finance build own operate ) Tampere Deck Arena which launches a new era of experiences The new Arena, will be the experience centre, which is to be completed in the heart of the city by 2021, it will be first downtown Arena in Europe. An arena with up to 15,000 seats, a top-class hotel on the roof, a casino, conference and meeting services together with restaurants also make up an unparalleled 5 G digital Fan engagement experience.

Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Everton Football Club, UK

Denise joined Everton as Chief Executive Officer of Everton in the Community in 2010, where she transformed the Club’s official charity into an internationally acclaimed organisation. In 2011 Denise became Everton’s Chief Operating Officer, before being promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2012. In 2016 she was appointed to Everton’s Board of Directors and, in June 2018, became the Club’s Chief Executive Officer. Away from Everton, Denise sits on the Board of Sport England; is Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Merseyside; Chair for the 2021 Special Olympics GB Summer Games and Chair of a Transport Commission aiming to bring a new rail station to Liverpool. Denise has received an Honorary Visiting Professorship in Leadership from Liverpool Hope University and an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University.

Mike Bohndiek, Chief Executive Officer, PTI Smarter Venues


Mike leads PTI Smarter Venues which aims to enable clubs and venues to access industry specific technology leaders and media experts. As the worlds of sport and entertainment, technology and media converge, PTI Smarter Venues address the considerable digital transformation, digital media disruption and strategic technology needs in the industry. Having worked across 23 venues in football, rugby, cricket, golf and venues in general over his 15-year career in the sector to date, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the stadium / venue build space from a provider and customer perspective having built, deployed and operated the platforms behind several club operations and procured industry recognised systems.


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