In 2018 the Summit hosted 350+ world-class delegates from around the world. These are the people who own, operate and develop the world’s best stadium, arena and sports venue businesses.
TheStadiumBusiness Summit is the world’s leading meeting for the owners, operators and developers of stadiums, arenas and sport venues. But who actually comes to the Summit?
- Owners, operators and investors in sports stadia;
- City Councils / Municipalities / Regional Agencies (mayors, economic development, sports / recreation / leisure, arts / culture & tourism departments);
- Sports Federations, Sports Clubs (professional and amateur), governing bodies, sports event bid committees, sports tourism officials etc;
- National and regional Sports bodies;
- Events / Sponsors / Rightsholders;
- Architects / engineers / constructors;
- Product & service suppliers to the sports venue sector.
Each year we assemble a world-class speaker line up of those who are disrupting the industry to share, debate, discuss and decide the future of our business.
The Speaker Line Up
Director / Consultant PTI Consulting
Director / Consultant, PTI Consulting
Mike formed PTI Consulting with the aim of enabling clubs and venues to access industry specific technology leaders. In the current climate PTI address the considerable digital transformation and strategic technology needs in the sports and entertainment industry.
Having worked across 23 venues in football, rugby, cricket, golf and venues in general over his 14-year career in the sector to date, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ticketing, data and insight space from a provider and customer perspective having built, deployed and operated the platforms behind several club operations and procured industry recognised systems.
CEO Tampere Hall
CEO, Tampere Hall
Ahokas is currently MD of Tampere Hall Ltd, the biggest cultural and congress centre in the Nordic Countries with a total turnover and other incomes of 17 million € and over 481 000 visitors annually. Tampere Hall has been chosen the congress and conference site of the year in Finland for seven years consecutively and in 2011 it was chosen the Concert Hall of the Year. In 2017, to celebrate the centennial of Finland, the first and only Moomin Museum in the world was opened at Tampere Hall. This collection consists of over 2000 original artworks by the creator of the Moomins, Ms. Tove Jansson.
CEO Adalaide Oval SMA
CEO, Adalaide Oval SMA
With nearly 30 years of experience in major projects and event management, Andrew Daniels joined the Adelaide Oval SMA, the organisation responsible for the management of the South Australia’s iconic Adelaide Oval, as CEO in 2012. Adelaide Oval, a world-class, multi-purpose, 50-thousand seat stadium attracts over 1.8 million visitors each year for Australian Rules Football, domestic and international cricket, rugby, football, major concerts and events. 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.
Head of Partnerships & Hospitality M&S Bank Arena / ACC Liverpool
Head of Partnerships & Hospitality, M&S Bank Arena / ACC Liverpool
Rob is an experienced senior level commercial professional with 20 years’ experience of B to B / B to C Commercial Sales, Sponsorship, Consumer Event Marketing and Corporate Hospitality sales. Rob is currently responsible for all Corporate Hospitality Sales at the Echo Arena Liverpool, management of all venue Sponsors for M&S Bank Arena / ACC Liverpool and all commercial advertising sales. Rob has worked in the major events sector for over 15 years, was part of the Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 delivery team, worked for Chester Race Company for 4 years and has been with M&S Bank Arena / ACC Liverpool Group for 5 years.
CEO & Founder OpenSponsorship
CEO & Founder, OpenSponsorship
Ishveen Anand is the CEO+Founder of OpenSponsorship, the largest marketplace for sports sponsorship, connecting brands to a network of over 3500 athletes, teams and events. OpenSponsorship is a venture backed startup including VCs from Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and notable angels. She was included on the Forbes 30U30 sports list, and graduated from Oxford University. Prior to starting OpenSponsorship, she was a sports agent working with top teams and federations such as Mumbai Indians, Tottenham Hotspur, ICC, FIH and top brands such as Hero MotoCorp, Mastercard and Castrol.
Head Honcho OA Consulting
Head Honcho, OA Consulting
Gareth is a Business Development, Strategy consultant and startup mentor and advisor, helping early-stage companies. He’s the founder of Sonorous Global a consultancy working at the intersection of technology and innovation in the creative and entertainment industries.
Prior to consulting, he was Head Of Business Development for Sony Music where he spearheaded growth in non-traditional revenue streams, including artist ticketing, direct 2 fan commerce and new distribution channels.
From here he headed up strategic partnerships and international development for Canadian start-up Intellitix, focused on creating seamless digital experiences for worlds biggest events, festivals and venues.
CEO Live Stadium
CEO, Live Stadium
Jean-Christophe Giletta has started his career at IMG Paris where he has worked as marketing manager. He moved to the Stade de France before the opening in 1997 as Event and programming Manager. He has started to create and produce his first “stadium sized show” in 2001 with the opéra Aida. During 12 years he has created and produced more than 55 shows for stadium and sold more than 2.2 millions tickets.
After his position of CEO of the French tennis association Jean Christophe has decided to found Live Stadium in order to propose to the stadium industry a série of unique and memorable classical shows sized for stadium.
Head of Ticketing & Data Protection Officer Rugby Football League
Head of Ticketing & Data Protection Officer, Rugby Football League
“Starting in ‘97 at Way Ahead (now ‘SEE’) in Nottingham, Rick moved to lead Ticketmaster’s Client Services team in Manchester in ‘04. 2012 saw Rick move to Ticketmaster’s International Sports division providing technical support for Euro2012, London Olympics, Rugby League and Rugby Union World Cups before being presented with a rare opportunity to join Ticketmaster’s Business Development Team reconnecting once again with Music and Theatre.
Head of Ticketing with a National Governing Body was an obvious next step in his career spent focussed on acquiring experience and my subsequent appointment as Data Protection Officer was a natural extension to Rick’s work in ticketing.”
CEO Eden Park Trust, New Zealand
CEO, Eden Park Trust, New Zealand
Nick has twenty years’ global experience in the stadium, event and entertainment sectors working in various executive roles. The past two and a half years since being on the team Nick has led an incessant mission to ensure Eden Park holds its place on not only the New Zealand’s map but also the world stage. Nick immediately identified that Eden Park’s rich sporting history, global profile and worldwide broadcast reach would attract interest from both national and international brands. Nick has been relentless in his commitment to increasing stadium utilisation through innovation which has driven a number of new revenue streams and tourism opportunities at Eden Park which have contributed to the nation’s largest industry. Nick has been committed to enhancing his business acumen and acquiring further technical skills and knowledge throughout his career. Nick has studied in China, Germany and America and holds Bachelor degrees in Business and in the Arts, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Melbourne. Outside of work, Nick played 260 VFL matches and won seven premierships and amongst a number of individual honours, kicked 883 goals in the VFL competition and holds the competition record for leading goal kicker.
Development Director (Europe) Hilton
Development Director (Europe), Hilton
Nick is responsible for developing Hilton Worldwide brands into North & West Europe, including luxury brands Conrad and Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, upscale Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Curio and Canopy, and focused service Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton hotels. Nick has signed well over 100 hotel development projects with a significant proportion of these being at major sports stadiums and venues including: Hilton London Wembley, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Hilton at St George’s Park, Burton-Upon-Trent, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Ricoh Arena – Coventry, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milton Keynes, Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland, Hilton Garden Inn at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester and Hampton by Hilton Oxford.
Chief Executive Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK
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.
Vice President International FELD Motorsports, The Netherlands
Vice President International, FELD Motorsports, The Netherlands
As Vice President, International Motor Sports at Monster Jam, Magnus Danielsson oversees all international sales and marketing of Feld Motor Sports. During his tenure, he has led Feld Motor Sports to strong and steady growth internationally, opening up new markets and regions each year. With a clear strategy and a large focus on international expansion of the organization, Danielsson continues to lead his team to maximize the potential of the business and move Feld Motor Sports productions into new, untapped markets. Danielsson’s background is rooted in marketing and business management across the music, sport and entertainment industries, holding prior leadership roles as President at Touring Exhibitions, Senior Director at Feld Motor Sports and Head of Marketing at Live Nation Scandinavia.
Who was there
Hilton is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.
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… “VEM were up there as one of the very best AV providers I have worked with. VEM 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! www.ve-m.co.uk- View Website
HEINEKEN is the UK’s leading pub, cider and beer company and the name behind iconic drinks brands such as Strongbow, Bulmers, Heineken®, Foster’s, Kronenbourg 1664 and Desperados, together with a full range of speciality brands. We employ around 2,000 people across our eight sites in the UK. We have breweries, cider plants and offices in Edinburgh, Tadcaster, Manchester, London, Hereford and Ledbury. More than 90% of our beer sold in the UK is brewed in the UK and we are a major supporter of British agriculture, sourcing 100% of our malt and barley for our UK brewed beer from UK farms and maltsters. Around 30% of all UK apples are used to produce our ciders.- View Website
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
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
SKIDATASKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.- View Website
Do you know who is in your stadium? We can tell you.
One of the only accreditation platforms built to meet the needs of stadiums, the Accredit software has helped stadium operators around the world to overhaul the way they operate their accreditation to improve security, cut costs and decrease the number of hours spent on the job by up to 90 per cent.
The system is used by premiership football clubs, international sporting federations, world cup organisers, national rugby and cricket associations.
Please drop by the stand to see how Accredit can help you operate a streamlined and secure accreditation process.- 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
d&b audiotechnik is internationally regarded as a thought leader delivering professional audio solutions. Founded in Germany in 1981, d&b has gained a reputation for quality of engineering, standard of service, system integration principles, and pioneering technological development. Company headquarters are located in Backnang, near Stuttgart, where research, development and production take place. Together with branch offices worldwide, the d&b team numbers 500.- View Website
PTI Consulting serves the sporting industry with pragmatic, technological, insight. We enable business growth through technology and people transformation in the sports industry.
• Technological Audit
• Event Management
As a primary offering PTI deliver CTO as-a-service – either on a retained or burst capacity basis. Our consultancy and service deliver valuable experience and strategic knowledge, helping the clients we work with to fully realise their opportunity and increase their commercial value. Some of our current clients include, AFC Wimbledon, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bath Rugby, Brentford FC and Leeds United.- 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
Market-leading provider of IP Video and Digital Signage technology that enables stadiums to harness the power of video to engage and entertain fans.- View Website
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
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
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
At Bidfood, we firmly believe that our great partnerships with customers, colleagues across the industry, and, importantly, our own teams is what makes us who we are. In this section of our website, you will learn more about how we build these partnerships with the long-term in mind…. Our proposition is based around our five key ingredients, which are; Service excellence, Great food, Real value, Best team and, Forward thinking. At Bidfood we develop our business and teams with the customer at heart. Our five key ingredients help ensure that everything we do is focussed on being able to serve our customers with insight and tailored support, whether an independent business or part of a national brand.- 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
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
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