President/Chief Executive Officer,
Anaheim Arena Management, LLC
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer,
Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC
Tim Ryan is in his 13th season as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for the Anaheim Ducks. Over the last 12 years, he has successfully led the Ducks business efforts to record growth, while initiating numerous community, fan-friendly and youth hockey programs that have increased the popularity of the sport in the Southern California market.
Ryan has served more than 25 years at Honda Center and has more than 39 years in arena management and event creation experience. In addition to his duties with the NHL club, he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Arena Management, LLC (AAM), the management company of Honda Center. In his role, Ryan oversees one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the world. Over the years, Honda Center has repeatedly ranked among the top 10 arenas in the world for annual live entertainment.
Ryan has also led significant efforts to upgrade Honda Center, assuring it remains one of the world's top-of-the-line sports and entertainment venues, while continuing to elevate the live game experience. Over the past few years, the venue debuted a new state-of-the-art scoreboard, in addition to multi-million dollar upgrades to the Terrace (400) and Pacific Premier Bank Club Levels (300), the 15,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Shock Top Terrace and Anaheim Ducks Team Store. Season passes to the Shock Top Terrace have been sold out since its inception, while the new team store has helped move Anaheim Ducks merchandise into one of the league's top 10 sellers.
Ryan's philosophy of continual venue upgrades continues this season with a newly expanded concourse. This area adds thousands of square feet to the building's south entrance and connects the Anaheim Ducks Team Store with innovative food & beverage concepts. Also new for 2017-18 is a state-of-the-art LED sports lighting system with custom optics.
Through strategic planning, creative business development and event production, Ryan ensures Honda Center is consistently booked with the world's top names in live entertainment and world-class sporting events. The venue recently hosted its seventh UFC event, one of the most anticipated fight cards in MMA history, UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2. In 2017 alone, the venue has hosted exemplary acts Twenty One Pilots, J. Cole, Brad Paisley, BTS, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Dierks Bentley, John Mayer and more. Since 1993, more than 38 million people have been entertained at Honda Center, enjoying more than 3,600 events.
As Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the Anaheim Ducks, Ryan oversees all business operations of the professional hockey team. He assumed his current dual roles on June 20, 2005 when the Ducks were purchased by Dr. Henry and Susan Samueli, owners of AAM.
The Ducks have continually been recognized by ESPN The Magazine in its annual "Ultimate Standings" edition for successes both on and off the ice. The magazine has recognized the Ducks as a top franchise among 122 professional sports teams (NHL, NFL, MLB & NBA), ranking in the top eight in three of the last four years. In August 2016, J.D. Power also recognized the Ducks as the top franchise in Southern California with respect to overall customer satisfaction.
Ryan has spearheaded several initiatives in conjunction with the Samuelis, including charitable programs that support approximately 500 nonprofit organizations annually, a team foundation that supports the community in the areas of education, youth hockey and health and wellness, and an expanded grassroots marketing program. The Ducks launched THE RINKS development program in 2009, which supports and promotes youth ice and roller hockey in Southern California. The club also launched the first-ever Orange County high school hockey league in 2008 (named the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League). The league now has 49 teams for the 2017-18 season. Funded by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation and Education), the club's education-based youth hockey program has reached more than 300,000 local school children since 2005. The Ducks also have a 7,000-member Kids Club, the largest in the NHL (among all U.S.- based teams).
In 1992, after a long career at the Long Beach Arena, Ryan joined the then-Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (operated by Ogden Facility Management) as Assistant General Manager. He was promoted to General Manager in 1998 and was named Pollstar Magazine "Facility Executive of the Year" for 2001. During that time, Ryan was also charged with overseeing a number of other Ogden facilities and served as a consultant on various major entertainment projects. Near the end of 2003, the management contract for the arena was purchased by AAM, and Ryan was named President/CEO of both the company and the arena.
Ryan is active in both the entertainment industry and in the local community. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Orange County Sports Council, Los Angeles Sports Council, Orangewood Children's Foundation, and the Stars and Stripes Tournament.
Ryan graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in Finance. He lives with his wife, Michele, in Huntington Beach and enjoys golf, fly-fishing and travel.