Each year TheStadiumBusiness Summit hosts the world’s leading gathering of key thinkers, movers and shakers from across the global sports and entertainment world.
Our attendee profile comprises:
- Owners, operators and investors in sports / entertainment venues;
- C-Level execs in teams / venues (President / GM / CEO, CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, CMO and Head of Depts);
- 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/Events bodies;
- Events / Sponsors / Rightsholders;
- Architects / Designers / Consultants;
- Product & Service Suppliers to the venue sector.
The Speaker Line Up
Chief Executive Lancashire County Cricket Club
Chief Executive, Lancashire County Cricket Club
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.
Owner & Founder TheStadiumBusiness Summit/Xperiology
Owner & Founder, TheStadiumBusiness Summit/Xperiology
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.
CEO Leicestershire CCC
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.
Chairman, CEO & Founder GroundWOW
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.
Martin is a Director at Ramboll and leads their Sports, Leisure and Entertainment Sector. Martin is currently working on Swansea Arena, Ashton Gate Sporting Quarter, Iceland National Football Stadium and Gibraltar National Football Stadium. Throughout his career he has worked on number of national and international projects including London 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena, the New Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, Stadium MK and Molineux. He is currently driving the Ramboll ‘Sustainable Venues’ campaign with an emphasis on maximising the venue events programme and engaging the venue in the local community.
Project Development Lead in Technical Design Pro Media Audio Video EU
Project Development Lead in Technical Design, Pro Media Audio Video EU
Tom Williams, Project development lead in Technical design has worked in the professional AV industry since graduating from the University of Derby with a BSc in Music Technology and Audio Systems in 2003.
A very experienced and accomplished engineer, throughout his career he has helped to design, negotiate and deliver integrated audio solutions for countless prestigious venues worldwide, including some of the largest stadia and arena in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Pro Media Audio Video EU.
Tom managed large venue installation projects globally for high end sound system manufacturer, L-Acoustics. He also worked for Harman Professional, heading up the application engineering group within the EMEA region, leading specialists across multiple technologies, disciplines, and vertical markets.
US CEO Cedar Packaging
US CEO, Cedar Packaging
Bart Wiley serves as the Chief Executive Officer, North America, of the Cedar Packaging Group (CPG). Joining CPG on July 1, 2021, Wiley is responsible for growing CPG’s luxury packaging business across the United States, Canada and Central America. He will focus on expanding the business in the sports category, where Cedar is renowned for high-quality presentation, video, membership, product and celebratory packaging for sports associations, professional sports teams and worldwide sporting events. In addition, Wiley and the US-based group will build on CPG UK success in delivering bespoke, brand-enhancing solutions for luxury food and drinks brands, and fan-engaging solutions for the music and entertainment industries.
Prior to joining the Cedar Packaging Group, Wiley was a 20-year member of the Seattle Sounders front office. The Sounders longest-tenured employee in the club’s modern era, Wiley joined the Sounders on September 18, 2001, playing a pivotal role in guiding the club from its USL days into Major League Soccer in 2009. He served in a number of positions within Sounders FC, including Chief Operating Officer from 2014 through 2019, going on to become the club’s Executive Vice President & Chief Global Officer. Over the past two decades, Wiley has cultivated a legacy of service and leadership, helping to grow the Rave Green into a leading MLS club and an organization that annually ranks in the global top 40 in average attendance.
Beginning with the club during its USL era in 2001, Wiley served in multiple roles prior to Sounders FC’s ascension to MLS, including General Manager of the USL Sounders. Promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014 from his previous role as Vice President of Business Operations, Wiley oversaw all business-related efforts for Sounders FC, including sales, marketing, corporate partnerships, communications, broadcast and digital-related content, international marketing and community outreach. Under his guidance, Seattle led Major League Soccer in attendance from 2009 through 2016, with the club never finishing outside the league’s top two. In 2019, he took on the role of Executive Vice President & Chief Global Officer, representing Sounders FC around the world at numerous conferences and events, while also working with the club’s ownership group on strategic priorities.
On the field, Wiley was a part of sustained success as a Sounder, seeing the club win the 2005 and 2007 USL First Division Titles, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014, in addition the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and two MLS Cup titles in 2016 and 2019.
Born in New Jersey, Wiley grew up in Atlanta, GA, before relocating to Seattle, WA. He has been a publicist for a Major League Baseball player, has run business operations for a NASCAR team, and was among the early business development professionals in the dot-com era.
CEO & Co-Founder Satisfi Labs
CEO & Co-Founder, Satisfi Labs
Don White is the CEO and Co-Founder of Satisfi Labs. He is a business strategist and entrepreneur with a long history of bridging complex technology solutions with client needs. Don is a key voice in the Artificial Intelligence start-up community, regularly providing commentary around the future of AI and its impact on our lives and commerce. Under White’s leadership, Satisfi Labs has grown exponentially YOY by building strategic partnerships across key industries in sports, entertainment, and tourism and acquired investment from Google, MLB, and Red Light Management. Prior to Satisfi Labs, Don spent 15 years at Bloomberg in key roles including Head of Research & Strategy, Head of Product, and Head of Sales for the Americas. Eventually making the jump into the start-up world, he was brought on as VP of Sales for Datahug, a SaaS company that provided sales analytics and predictive forecasting, in order to set them up for acquisition by SAP. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BBA from Baruch College.
Director of Security, Safety and Risk ASM Global
Director of Security, Safety and Risk, ASM Global
Gary joined ASM Global in 2018 to support the business in creating amazing experiences grounded in world class security.
Responsible for developing and implementing ASM Global’s European Security Strategy, Gary works closely with event teams in every venue to bring the aims to life. From regular risk assessments to training and development, Gary is involved in every aspect of making ASM Global’s arenas, stadiums, conference & exhibition centres and theatres safe and secure.
Before joining ASM, Gary worked at Manchester United Football Club, responsible for all aspects of event safety and security at Old Trafford, as well team operations across the UK and abroad. Gary had the pleasure of ensuring the people of Manchester and visitors could enjoy matches and events safely and securely.
Gary spent many years with the military and the police, most recently in the Greater Manchester Police. His focus was specialist operations including assessing risks, co-ordinating and developing plans to mitigate potential criminal and terrorist threats to public events and major operations.
He has taken his skills, insights and relationships developed over the years to bring these to venues across the UK and Europe including the first direct Arena, Leeds, Utilita Arena, Newcastle, The Friends Arena, Stockholm, Manchester Arena, and the Vaudoise Arena Lausanne in Switzerland.
Vice President Integrated Projects Pro Media Audio Video EU
Vice President Integrated Projects, Pro Media Audio Video EU
Eddie Thomas is the Managing Director of Pro Media Audio Video EU. A member of the ISCVE with over 40 years of experience within the audio industry, he is an accomplished audio, life safety, and AV integration system designer and project and business manager working within large scale and commercial audio systems. He owned and operated an acoustic and audio consultancy, before moving into the audio contracting business.
In recent years, Eddie has concentrated on the development of the life safety aspect of large-scale PA & VA systems with stadiums and arenas, with a focus on the audio systems design, production performance, AV integration and project delivery, this includes the electro-acoustic design, fire systems interface and other third-party equipment design to enable the safe control of evacuation of a building in the event of an emergency condition arising.
Head of Customer Experience, Europe EngageRM
Head of Customer Experience, Europe, EngageRM
Alex Stasyszyn joined EngageRM as a Manchester based Customer Experience Manager in April 2021.On the back of an education in live entertainment and audio engineering, Alex has made the leap to tech, with roles in telematics and audio branding, whilst leveraging the unique lessons he has learned from his time at Apple. With a passion for developing solutions and a customer centric approach, Alex ‘s key business focus surrounds how to utilise technology to best deliver customer experiences and maximise revenue.
Senior Vice President - Operations ASM Global
Senior Vice President - Operations, ASM Global
Marie has the operational oversight of all the European venues in the ASM Global portfolio. Marie has a background of managing Stockholm Live, ASM Global’s Swedish portfolio of venues, for example Tele2 Arena, Friends Arena and Avicii Arena. Marie has a sales & marketing background and have had different position in Marketing and Communication in the Event industry, Travel and Tourism.
UK Sales Director Exterity
UK Sales Director, Exterity
Andrew Smith, Sales Manager for Exterity UK since 2011, has worked in the AV industry for over 20 years. With particular expertise in the stadium and higher education sectors, Andrew has been working for a number years with the likes of Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Wembley, Southbank University, Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Tour and many more well-known names across the UK.
Design Excellence Director Ramboll
Design Excellence Director, Ramboll
Adam is a Director at Ramboll specialising in building performance and carbon efficient solutions across the sports, leisure and entertainment sector. He is passionate that if designed and engineered with care and attention to detail, buildings can positively affect the community and society they are meant to serve. Key projects that Adam has been involved with include Valencia Basketball Arena, Gibraltar National Football Stadium and the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Adam pushes the Ramboll ‘Sustainable Venues’ campaign with a focus on opening venues up to the local community and delivering low carbon solutions.
Group Commercial Director & Senior Vice President, Europe ASM Global
Group Commercial Director & Senior Vice President, Europe, ASM Global
Tom Lynch is Group Commercial Director & Senior Vice President, Europe for ASM Global; the company formed by the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG; global leaders in venue management. Tom heads up business development and commercial strategy, leading on sponsorship, premium seating and conference & events among ASM’s 20-strong European venue portfolio of arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centres.
Since joining ASM Global, Tom has overseen new venue development and mobilisation, as well as forming strategic partnerships and M&A strategy for new and existing markets. Tom has led the development and mobilisation of new-build arenas in the UK and Europe, consulted on major stadium and arena renovations, as well as overseeing group-wide procurement and commercial initiatives across the group. He continues to drive the group towards ambitious venue developments in key European markets, driving ASM Global’s gold standard on customer experience, through inspiration, innovation and sustainability in venues and events.
Tom joined ASM in 2015, following a career dedicated to live events, hospitality and the international exhibitions and conferences market. Previous roles included leadership positions within event agencies, media businesses and in management consulting.
Director of Innovation Valencia CF
Director of Innovation, Valencia CF
Head of Innovation in charge of Digital, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Fan Experience and Ticketing at Spain’s Valencia CF since June 2018. He is responsible for all data/business insights of the club while also managing tickets/pricing, fan experience, and customer support departments from a data-driven angle.
Segarra has contributed significantly to the club’s ambitious digital transformation and is leading the Innovation HUB project.
A former bank manager and Chief Technology Officer, Segarra has over 14 years of professional experience in different sectors, but with a continued focus on applying technology and performing digital transformations in various businesses.
Project Development lead in EMEA Pro Media Audio Video EU
Project Development lead in EMEA, Pro Media Audio Video EU
Andy Rigler, Project development lead in EMEA, has more than 30 years’ experience within pro audio via a varied career which has spanned live performance, music composition, sound recording, pro audio system sales and integration. Following a career change decision in the late 1990s, Andy worked within the financial sector for 7 years, mainly working with corporate clients and retains Chartered Institute of Bankers qualifications.
After returning to pro AV, via a spell at Stage Electrics, Andy joined the Bose Corporation in 2006, to launch the then new L1 Personalised Amplification and Loudspeaker System onto the UK/IRL MI and Pro markets. This business grew significantly and, in 2014, Andy transitioned to become the country manager for Bose Professional in the UK and Ireland. Since then, the Bose team has been involved in many large major projects, such as audio for stadia and arenas, alongside steady business within the retail, corporate and hospitality sectors. Like Eddie, Andy is a member of the industry recognised ISCVE.
EMEA Business Development 24/7 Software
EMEA Business Development, 24/7 Software
David Payne heads up 24/7 Software across EMEA, responsible for customer development and supporting our existing relationships across the region.
He has been working with 24/7 Software for 18 months liaising with facilities across Europe and educating the marketplace on how to implement their governments protocols.
Prior to working for 24/7 Software, David has worked in sport for 12 years, working with leading organizations such as Lagardere/Sportfive, West Ham United, Manchester City, Napoli among many others.
Business Development Daktronics
Business Development, Daktronics
Ewan Prentice is a regional sales manager in the European geographic for Daktronics. He works with customers across multiple markets with a focus on the live events business. Ewan began working at Daktronics in 2006 and has been priviledged to work on many complex projects with some incredible design teams. Through the many contacts he has made and knowledge he has gained, he leverages his experiences to deliver world-class solutions for his customers. Outside of work, Ewan is blessed with an amazing family – his wife and two children that keep him busy. When he finds free time, helikes to keep fit and follow as many sporting events as time allows.
Group Director Buro Happold
Group Director, Buro Happold
Andy is one of Buro Happold’s leading structural engineers, with a passion for teamwork and a history of delivering successful projects and complex designs.
Since joining Buro Happold in 2006 his drive for people-centred design has led him to focus on the Sports and Cultural sectors, and Andrew now leads the dedicated Sports and Entertainment Structural Engineering team in our Bath Office.
Andy led the structural design of the Louvre Abu Dhabi through to its public opening day in November 2017. He began by leading the concept development of the dome structure, changing the steel arrangement to a complex patternisation in tune with the vision of Ateliers Jean Nouvel – this unlocked the potential for the structure to be an integral part of the layering system contributing to the iconic ‘Rain of Light’ that can now be seen in reality.
This amazing experience, followed by multi-disciplinary leadership on Etihad Stadium Expansion and Bristol Arena, has given Andy a passion for designing to achieve transformative outcomes for clients.
He leads the venue performance team, whose mission is to introduce a new field of sports science which entirely redefines what sports venues can offer, represent and achieve for clubs, their fans and their cities.
CEO Bendac Group
CEO, Bendac Group
After a career in the world of global insurance, David commenced his journey into AV visualisation almost 25 years ago.
In the first 15 years, David created digitalisation networks for rail networks, designed visual enhancement delivery in both primary and secondary care, and built a network of technology solutions in retail & shopping malls.
Over the recent decade, David and his business partner Ben, have invested in Bendac, the UK’s leading LED technology group, working in multiple sectors from sports, marine, retail, corporate, leisure, education and hospitality, delivering solutions to a global customer base, covering 20 countries.
Venue Sales Director Fulham FC
Venue Sales Director, Fulham FC
Rob Paddon is Fulham FC’s Venue Sales Director. Since joining in 2016, Rob has delivered record revenues and overseen the successful transformation of multiple hospitality spaces – ranging from the stadium’s iconic Cottage to Seasons Wine Lounge and the Gin Bar – resulting in Fulham taking home the “Best Football Club Hospitality” gong at the 2019 Football Business Awards.
The Club are currently redeveloping their iconic Craven Cottage stadium by creating a world-class riverside destination – Fulham Pier – that fans and visitors alike will be able to enjoy all year round. Bringing to life the banks of the river that the Club calls home, Fulham Pier will incorporate contemporary design, state-of-the-art concourses and innovative new experiences to create a reinvented, reimagined and vibrant new seven-day-a-week destination; the six-floor facility will also increase Craven Cottage’s event day capacity to circa 28,000.
Before joining Fulham FC, Rob was responsible for in excess of £50m of commercial revenue – including launching the much-coveted East Stand – at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby. Prior to Twickenham, Rob also held commercial positions at both Arsenal FC and Southampton FC.
Key Account Manager Architen Landrell
Key Account Manager, Architen Landrell
Guy Monkley, Key Account Manager for Architen Landrell. A muti-disciplined background and 10 years’ experience of Key Account Management, the last four years working with Architen on an exciting and varied portfolio of Tensile Architecture. Two recent projects he has delivered include Leicester City Football Club Training Ground ETFE Roof & Façade and the new Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s, Marylebone Cricket Club. Working with all key stakeholders including clients, engineers and Architects on the journey from concept to delivery Guy is passionate about delivering Tensile structures capable of enhancing crowd experience and participants performance.
Founder & Executive Vice President 24/7 Software
Founder & Executive Vice President, 24/7 Software
Scott Meyers is Founder and Executive Vice President of 24/7 Software, responsible for sales, growth initiatives into new verticals, and forging strategic alliances across the globe. Under Scott’s sales direction, 24/7 Software became the world’s leader in providing venue operations software solutions to the sports and entertainment industry with market penetration of over 80% across NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, NASCAR and MLS venues in the USA. He has brought in marquee international customers such as The O2 Arena and Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, FC Barcelona in Spain, and Melbourne Olympic Parks & Trust and Marvel Stadium in Australia.
Prior to 24/7 Software, Scott founded Cash Register Ads, the first company in the USA to feature national brands on the back of cash register tape. In Scott’s earlier pre-entrepreneur days, he was a Florida CPA specializing in taxation and litigation support. He started his accounting career at the Big 8 firm of Deloitte, Haskins, and Sells.
Scott graduated with a BS and MS of Taxation Degree from the University of Florida.
Owner, President, Design Director MANICA Architecture
Owner, President, Design Director, MANICA Architecture
In his 27 years designing large public assembly facilities, David has forged a vision for some of the world’s highest-profile stadium, arena, and convention projects totaling over $10 billion in construction. As president and director of MANICA, his company’s designs are recognized worldwide as some of the most innovative, iconic, functional, and cost-effective projects in the industry. Current and recent projects include: Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, NV), Chase Center (San Francisco, CA), Inter Miami Freedom Park (Miami, FL), and Osaka Arena (Osaka, Japan). MANICA services its clients and high-profile projects from offices in Kansas City, USA and London, UK.
Senior Director of Development - EMEA AVIXA
Senior Director of Development - EMEA, AVIXA
Chris Lavelle is the Senior Director of Development of EMEA for AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Having begun his career studying sound engineering and working freelance in the audio industry, Lavelle then went on to focus on the property development web portal market specialising in CAD drawings online. As IT started to be used more in the production and presentation industries, Lavelle returned to what he enjoyed most in the world of AV. As the Director of Event Technology for PSAV for the Maybourne Hotel Group he ultimately joined AVIXA in 2008 where he oversees and supports the EMEA region.
Application Manager L-Acoustics
Application Manager, L-Acoustics
Julien Laval supports L-Acoustics installations around the globe, ensuring that they achieve the optimum sound solution for their specific venue. From small live clubs to the world’s most renowned venues, Julien shares engineering-driven advice and expertise from the early stages of a project, all the way through to commissioning and training. Whether working with users, integrators, consultants or venue management, Julien’s objective is to ensure they are getting the very best out of their L-Acoustics sound system.
Julien has worked in various fields of acoustical engineering, including mobile phones and voice recognition applications, as well as medical imaging.
Hailing from Lyon, France, Julien studied acoustics and physics at the Université du Maine – Le Mans before continuing his studies in acoustical engineering, obtaining a bachelor of science (first grade) from the University of Southampton. He completed his studies at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, graduating with a master of science in acoustics and signal processing.
Director Kronman Associates (AVIXA)
Director, Kronman Associates (AVIXA)
Bob Kronman, Director of Kronman Associates, has worked in the arts, entertainment and technology industry for more than 30 years. Progressing from theatre to AV and then into the LED market, he’s worked on hundreds of projects in retail, sports and commercial integration as a technician, project manager and consultant.
Group Director of Communications Bristol Sport / Ashton Gate Stadium
Group Director of Communications, Bristol Sport / Ashton Gate Stadium
Lisa has led the media and communications team for the Bristol Sport Group since she joined in 2014. A unique multi-sport model based at Ashton Gate Stadium, the group includes Bristol City men and women, Bristol Bears men and women, Bristol Flyers Basketball team and the associated community foundations. Lisa is also a board director of Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol Flyers, Bristol Bears Women, Bristol City Women and the Robins Community Foundation. In June, Ashton Gate Stadium submitted planning for the next phase of its redevelopment – a £130m Sporting Quarter and new home for the Bristol Flyers.
Prior to joining the group, Lisa worked for Sky News as a presenter with more than 15 years in broadcast television (Sky, BBC and ITV), covering many major live international news events. A keen sportswoman and passionate advocate of women in sport, she represented GB in water polo for more than a decade.
David Keirle founded KSS thirty years ago with the commission to transform Stamford Bridge and its surrounding masterplan for Chelsea FC. Today the multi award-winning AJ100 architecture and design practice still counts the Premier League club as a longstanding client alongside Liverpool FC, Brighton & Hove Albion and three national sports venues Twickenham, Wimbledon and Wembley. As Chairman, David is the driving force behind the practice, building its international reputation in the design of arenas, stadia and training centres. He has an instinct for understanding clients’ needs, and as an avid sports fan enjoys the challenge of creating memorable venues for spectators and sports stars alike.
Chief Business Officer Zalgiris Kaunas
Chief Business Officer, Zalgiris Kaunas
Une Marija Jurkstaite is CBO for Zalgiris basketball club in Kaunas (BC Zalgiris Kaunas). Zalgiris is the most well known and best-supported basketball club in Lithuania. Alongside this, the club also operates the largest indoor arena in the Baltics – Žalgirio Arena. The Arena functions as a 365 day flexible and innovative venue with a wide variation and choice of food and beverage outlets and has hosted international sell-out concerts, large exhibitions and national conferences. Une has been employed at the club since 2014. In 2016 she became Ticket Sales Director. Leading from the front, Une drove various initiatives such as new premium zones, dynamic pricing, projects and marketing campaigns based on visitor experience which resulted in a number of key successes:
• Ticketing revenues increased by 110%.
• Average attendance increased by 35% reaching almost 15k per game (2018 – 2019) and in doing so, broke league records on attendance.
• Žalgiris Kaunas was awarded the EuroLeague Devotion Marketing Award for an exceptional Ticketing Acceleration program (2018).
In 2018, Une was promoted to Chief Business Officer of the club with overall accountability for the development and execution of the business plan. Une also oversees Marketing, Ticket sales and B2B sales. She is also accountable for transformation projects such as Žalgiris Innovation Studio activities and leads Lean management techniques in the organization.
Head of Developer Relations Azena
Head of Developer Relations, Azena
CEO/Architect Raumkunst ZT
CEO/Architect, Raumkunst ZT
Harald Fux, born 1971, is CEO of RAUMKUNST LLC. In Vienna, Austria and specialised in sports and event architecture. He started his career as project architect fort he New Innsbruck stadium, then for Salzburg, now Red Bull Arena. He then worked on stadiums fort he UEFA championship 2008 in Innsbruck, Salzbrug and Klagenfurt. In 2021, RAUMKUNST won the competition fort he New LASK ARENA in Linz, which is now under construction.
Harald is president of the IAKS International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities Austrian Section and Member oft he UIA United International Architects Sports and Leisure Group. He was lecturerer at various Universities in Vienna and Munich.
Founder & CEO Venue Twin by OnePlan
Founder & CEO, Venue Twin by OnePlan
Paul Foster is the founder and CEO of Venue Twin, the hyper-realistic and fully interactive software that unlocks new operational and commercial value in stadiums and arenas. An international crowd management expert, Paul is an advisor to Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Paris 2024 Olympics and Interpol. His experience working on six Olympic Games, two Commonwealth Games and many more major events led him to create OnePlan, the multi-award winning event planning platform used by Arsenal, Chelsea, LA Clippers, World Triathlon and over 2,000 events worldwide. Venue Twin seamlessly integrates with OnePlan, opening new opportunities for fan and sponsor engagement, and more.
Chief Commercial Officer GroundWOW
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 Accor Arena
CEO, Accor Arena
Nicolas Dupeux graduated from ESSEC, beginning his career at AMC Promotion, organizer of the Mondial de l’automobile de Paris. Starting in 2005, he served as Key Account Director at Alice Événements (event consulting agency), before becoming CEO in 2010. In 2015, he joined Disneyland Paris as Head of Disney Business Solutions, the division in charge of business tourism and special events (music and sport). As leader of the number one MICE destination in Europe with more than 850 events per year, he put in place a strategy to develop proprietary events, starting with Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend and later creating Electroland, an event combining the experiences of a live electronic concert and an immersive theme park. Since 2018, he has been the CEO of Accor Arena, a legendary French venue ranked number 4 in the world.
Chief Marketing Officer VenuePro/Approved Tech
Chief Marketing Officer, VenuePro/Approved Tech
Gary Dalton is a technology and digital marketing specialist operating across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. With a career spanning over 20 years across client and agency marketing, digital transformation and product development, Gary has worked with and delivered growth for major corporations including Hertz, General Electric, Whitbread, Disney and Rank Group, as well as being a founding member of numerous successful start-ups. Gary’s main area of focus is on business growth through building coherent marketing strategies, leveraging technology to develop world class products and utilising analytics and the most effective marketing channels to drive performance.
Owner/Founder Funeral Products
Owner/Founder, Funeral Products
Peter is a self-made entrepreneur with a very high sense off social awareness. He currently owns several companies in the funeral industry: Funeral Products/ Funeral Projects and Atlantis Memorials. The bases for doing business with Peter is the relationship, there has to be a level playing field where everybody needs to feel appreciated and welcome.
Peter is a high-energy entrepreneur with a visionary approach to doing business, he is able to create a strong balance between: people, planet, and profit. Peter protects these values so that everybody gets his or here fair share in the chain.
Director -Stadia and Venues Bleep
Director -Stadia and Venues , Bleep
Steve McArdle joined the team at Global Payments in 2020, following a distinguished career in stadium technology and card payments within the stadia and venue sector. His role as Director of Stadia and Venues has helped shape the new sector proposition, which brings together card payments and EPOS technology, culminating in a unique and innovative solution.
With over 15 years experience within the sports venue space, Steve has personally managed over 80% of the UK’s main sports and entertainment venues. Recognising the need to use data and analytics to drive the new digital era for the clubs and venues reopening post-COVID.
Outside of work, Steve’s passion is live sports, with Football, Basketball and Horse Racing being personal favourites. Steve is based in Manchester and commutes globally.
CTO CM Group
CTO, CM Group
Jan is Chief Technology Officer at CM.com and is responsible for building out the companies product roadmap and developing our broad suite of solutions. Having been with CM.com for over 12 years, he has been instrumental in CM.com’s development journey. Jan is passionate about the power of technology and aims to translate very technical issues into usable solutions for everyone.
3D Digital Venue
3D Digital Venue, powered by Mobile Media Content, provides Interactive Digital Venue Management Solutions to Sports and Entertainment Venues across the globe. 3D Digital Venue platforms is with design need-based solutions for our clients providing them a robust, precise and Interactive Digital Twin of their Venue to deliver greater fan satisfaction, increase season ticket holder renewal rates, activate new channels of digital sponsorship and provide special viewing for prospective VIP buyers.- View Website
Axess is a leading international company that provides access control solutions for stadia, arenas and venues. New intelligent technologies which control venue entry and the flow
of visitors are the focus. By offering contactless access control to venue operators Axess systems are ready for the new lifestyle that is defined by social distancing and touchless applications.
Axess systems have been installed at several Olympic Games, FIFA, UEFA and WORLD CUP events as well as more than 70 stadia and arenas.- View Website
Bendac are the UK’s leading custom LED display solutions provider, designing and delivering industry-leading LED solutions to multiple industries. Headquartered in our dedicated technology, engineering and innovation centre, Bendac continues to grow and invest in UK-based engineering, ensuring that our clients are supported equally, for the duration of our projects.
With installations at several prestigious UK stadiums, Bendac have gained significant traction within the sporting sector. Providing full sporting solutions – inclusive of replay screens, scoreboards, conference solutions and concourse displays – Bendac Sports is built on a commitment to provide innovative yet practical LED solutions for stadia environments.
Bendac Sports adhere to a curated process, involving a host of professionals who design, develop, and deliver refined and reliable solutions that align with your vision. Our design team work with clients, from initial consultation stage, through to the installation of your project, ensuring you achieve the optimal solution for your concept.
Bendac is a customer centric, LED specialist organisation, focusing on innovative solutions. Our strategic structure has allowed us to heavily invest in a wide variety of product and technology initiatives, enabling us to excel as not only an LED specialist company but as an innovator of custom visualisation.- View Website
Bleep specialises in integrated EPOS and Payment technology for stadiums, arenas, theatres and entertainment venues – designed to reduce queues, increase transaction speeds and provide real-time data and insights in fast-paced, high volume, high footfall environments.
As the EPOS experts with over 40 years experience, Bleep deliver easy to use, yet powerful, EPOS and Payment technology for the world’s biggest and best stadiums, arenas and entertainment establishments. We recognise EPOS should mean much more than just a till and a means to accept and record transactions – that is why our entire range of point of sale solutions are designed to enhance the fan or guest experience and drive revenue across across Sports Stadiums, Destination Arenas, Theatres and entertainment venues.- 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
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. GroundWOW return to TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2022 as winners of the Innovation Award at TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2021.- View Website
Vindico is a team of over 20 brilliant minds – led by MD Jo Polson, fuelled by an idea engine, and supported by a South Wales tech incubator. Vindico work with national clients ranging from sports teams (Scarlets Rugby, WRU, Worcester Warriors, Sale Sharks, Cardiff Devils) and construction (Gaia Group UK, Walters Group) to health (Tenovus Cancer Care), transport (Transport for Wales), care (Oomph), education (Techniquest), and even defence (the MOD) to deliver tech for good.
Vindico’s newest innovation, SWAPP (Smart Workplace Application) has quickly become one of the most prominent safety apps used across the UK, and it’s helping stadiums and venues safer, simpler to manage, and easier to scale back up post-covid.- View Website
Simple to use, and smart to run, SWAPP now provides a single portal for management teams to view essential live information, and schedule staff and temp workers while providing the measures needed to keep staff, teams, contractors, and visitors safe and compliant.
Cedar PackagingBESPOKE PACKAGING AND GIFTWARE FOR FANS AND VIPS
We are the trusted partner of some of the world’s leading professional sports clubs, associations and venues. We create innovative, bespoke solutions that make fans feel appreciated and rewarded for their loyalty – solutions that drive both engagement and retention rates.
We are experts in membership and season ticket packs, working with over 100 clubs, venues and associations around the world. Our custom packs include RFID and non-RFID cards, game-day giveaways, presentation boxes, branded merchandise, tickets, lanyards, accreditations, hospitality passes and video packs, as well as hospitality, VIP and high-value corporate gifts.- View Website
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Humanforce – Workforce Management Reimagined.
From security to crowd control, and from bar services to A/V roles, hospitality, and more, stadia and event venue staffing requires complex rotas that account for highly specialised roles and qualifications. Managing events that requires 1000’s of staff performing 100’s of tasks can be both intuitive, easy and efficient.
Humanforce delivers a frictionless employee experience that will enhance job purpose and satisfaction for your team. Create an engaged workforce, delivering improved customer experience and ultimately increased revenue with an easy, intuitive and fully featured mobile app.
d&b audiotechnik has long been known for its market leading position in live music, touring productions and permanent installations. In close cooperation and consultancy with stakeholders of sport projects, we have consistently delivered performance audio solutions to globally renowned stadiums with clarity and fidelity ensuring the fan experience stays true and connected with the emotional journey on the pitch.- 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, Live Nation, The O2 Arena, The NFL and Wembley Stadium. 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
It’s Lolly delivers innovative PoS, payment and technology solutions for the hospitality industry. Serving businesses of all sizes across the UK; from large corporate caterers and stadia, to pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and festivals, their mission is to take state of the art technology and make it accessible, simple and highly agile for the hospitality space.
Lolly’s end-to-end, cloud-based EPoS solutions for hospitality and retail make the point of sale simple, efficient and dependable, every time. Lolly covers the complete digital journey from payments, EPoS and self-serve kiosks, to loyalty and pre-order applications, all of which are integrated in real time to a powerful back of house management system. With their flexible, bespoke offering, businesses simply upgrade as they grow, removing the need for costly installs as business needs become more complex. Lolly takes care of the technology, giving clients the time and the tools to run their business.- View Website
SKIDATA 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
24/7 Software is a leading provider of operations management software solutions for operations centers, including commercial properties, corporate, sports, and public entertainment venues. 24/7 Software provides real-time communications technology to promote security, increase efficiency and effectiveness of operations, enhance customer experience, and reduce risk. 24/7 Software offers software solutions for communication, reporting, maintenance management, security, tracking, inspections, and lost & found.- View Website
24/7 Software is the world leader in providing communication and reporting software solutions to the sports and entertainment market. The company’s solutions are implemented in over 80% of North America’s four major sports leagues. Many of the largest music festivals, corporate, and major events such as the Super Bowl, College Football Championship Game, World Series, NBA Finals, FIFA tournaments, and the Kentucky Derby have utilized 24/7 Software solutions.
24/7 Software’s international customers include The O2 Arena in London, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, and Melbourne & Olympic Parks in Australia. 24/7 Software is also used by other leading organizations, including corporations, convention centers, shopping malls, amusement parks, and airports.
Sports & entertainment businesses worldwide come to us frustrated by systems that don’t talk to each other, isolated data sources, and fragmented audience engagement, making building meaningful connections on an individual basis a near-impossible task.
For years, we’ve solved these problems with a single platform for data, analytics, CRM, and marketing automation to deliver value that drives insights, revenue, and profitability across teams, leagues, venues, and arenas.
This centralised platform enables world-leading organisations to deliver sold-out stadiums quicker than ever, increased corporate sales, innovative partnership programs, unforgettable hospitality and event experiences and tailored communications.
EngageRM leverages the full capability of Microsofts industry-leading ecosystem, including AI, machine learning, blockchain and other next-gen technologies. We centralise data from any location to provide a single source of truth, enabling customers to generate revenue, interaction and engagement with their audience 365 days per year.- View Website
VITEC (previously Exterity, a VITEC company)
VITEC is a market-leading provider of IPTV, Video Streaming and Digital Signage Solutions that help organisations harness the power of video to engage, empower and evolve.
VITEC understands the unique technical and operational requirements for successfully operating an IPTV network in sports and entertainment venues to develop an effective and reliable solution. Our IPTV distribution and digital signage solutions are designed to accommodate the unique demands of a sports venue and provides high-quality television viewing, powerful system administration tools, along with sophisticated digital video capabilities.- View Website
Emirates Old Trafford
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
ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management – delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.- 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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