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Jeff Vinik - Chairman and Governor 

Jeff Vinik purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 3, 2010, promising a comprehensive transformation of the franchise while pledging to make a significant positive impact in the Tampa Bay community. Upon acquiring the Lightning, Vinik, now 57, vowed to make the organization "world-class," creating an unrivaled fan experience while putting together a team of which Tampa Bay sports fans would be proud, on and off the ice. 

Six years later, the Lightning are recognized nationally as one of the top organizations in North American professional sports, having appeared in the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final three times (2011, 2015, 2016), advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. Off the ice, the Lightning brand has been completely transformed and the organization has been lauded by both ESPN (ranking in the Top 10 of 122 major sports teams in five of the past six years, including No. 1 overall in 2016) and the Sports Business Journal (one of five finalists for Sports Team of the Year in 2016).

In executing his plan to bring a world class franchise to life in Tampa Bay, Vinik has invested more than $70 million in private funding into the publicly-owned Amalie Arena to create a guest-first facility recognized as one of the finest in the NHL. Additionally, under the umbrellas of the Vinik Family Foundation and the Lightning Foundation, Jeff and his wife Penny have invested more than $20 million in Tampa Bay area charities through a variety of programs and donations, the most notable being the Lightning Community Heroes program.

The Lightning's success under Vinik has coincided with the emergence of a development company, Strategic Property Partners (SPP), LLC and its plan to develop nearly 60 acres in downtown Tampa's south core. SPP, a partnership between Vinik and Cascade Investment, LLC of Kirkland, Washington,   is expecting to deliver approximately $3 billion in investment to reinvent the blocks surrounding Amalie Arena into a walkable 24-7 live, work play and stay wellness district. Construction of phase one is scheduled to begin in 2017 and it will include a School of Medicine for the University of South Florida, corporate office buildings, a hotel, residences, retail, restaurants, entertainment and improved infrastructure.

Jeff and Penny Vinik continue to personally invest in the Tampa Bay community, most recently bringing "The Beach" to Amalie Arena in August, 2016. The interactive art installation featured 1.2 million translucent white balls, creating an indoor beach for nearly 100,000 members of the Tampa Bay community, free of charge.

On April 11, 2016, the Viniks announced the extension of the Lightning Community Heroes program, pledging $10 million to honor grass roots heroes with $50,000 for their respective non-profits at each Lightning home game for the next five seasons. They also committed $2.5 million in 2016 to establish the Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Winston Park Boys and Girls Club in east Tampa.

Jeff and Penny have served as the chairs of the American Cancer Society's Cattle Baron's Ball and Pavilion XXX, the signature gala for the Tampa Museum of Art. The family has also directly contributed to several local non-profits, including the Florida Aquarium, Tampa Museum of Art, the United Way of Suncoast, Metropolitan Ministries and Tampa Preparatory School.

Penny Vinik is the chair of a community arts initiative which is enabling Tampa Bay-based artists to display their works throughout Amalie Arena. She is Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Tampa Preparatory School and a board member of Tampa Museum of Art, where she led the search to select its Executive Director.

After growing up in New Jersey and attending high school at Riverdale Country School in New York City, Vinik graduated from Duke University (1981) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Economics. He went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School, graduating in 1985.

Vinik was awarded Duke University's Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 1994, and he later served on the Duke University Board of Trustees. In May 2012 the family made a $10-million donation to Duke to establish a faculty challenge fund that is being used to hire and retain professors who focus on complex societal challenges such as engineering and related areas in energy, global health, brain sciences and the environment.

Vinik is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors, and he serves on The Florida Council of 100 and on the Boards of Directors for Enterprise Florida, and West Florida Health, a partnership between Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital. He was recently named a visiting faculty member in the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business.

Jeff and Penny reside in South Tampa and have four children: Danny, Jared, Kyra and Joshua.

Steve Griggs - CEO 

Steve Griggs is entering his second season as chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm and Amalie Arena after being named to the position on July 24, 2015. Prior to being tabbed as CEO, he spent one year as team president and four as chief operating officer. 

Griggs first joined the organization as COO on August 31, 2010. He oversees all of the organization's business operations, including all concerts and events held at Amalie Arena.

During Griggs' tenure with the Lightning, the team has seen significant increases in attendance, having sold out 66 consecutive games, including playoffs, entering the 2016-17 season. Overall attendance has grown by more than 23 percent, or greater than 3,500 fans per game, since he joined the team while revenues, profitability and brand equity have also continually increased. Tampa Bay's success continued in 2015-16, ranking eighth in average attendance in the NHL at 19,092 (100 percent capacity), outpacing traditional hockey markets such as Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Boston while selling out all home games during the regular season and playoffs. Under Griggs' guidance, the Bolts also have seen a significant boost in corporate partnerships as well as higher renewal and activation rates. The Lightning have posted season ticket renewal rates of more than 90 percent and nearly doubled the base since the 2009-10 season, totaling more than 13,000 season ticket memberships, while luxury suites and Amalie Arena's new loge boxes are sold out entering the 2016-17 season. The team's continued impressive numbers can be attributed to a commitment to the organization's five pillars: guest experience, products/services, community involvement, analytics/strategy and culture.

Griggs was instrumental in generating the team's "Be the Thunder" campaign that has galvanized the fan base and served as a rallying cry to fans both at the games and in the community. "Be the Thunder" enters its sixth consecutive season in 2016-17, further demonstrating its staying power and paying tribute to the Lightning's passionate fan base, making them part of the team. Griggs continues to play a significant role in the vast improvements being made each year to Amalie Arena. During the summer of 2016, the four-year renovation total reached greater than $80 million, which has enhanced the experience of fans, season ticket members and corporate partners. Projects have included a signature stage with pipe organ, Coors Light Between the Pipes; new seats throughout the arena; reconstructed executive suites; a paradise deck overlooking downtown, the Bud Light Party Deck; a grand entry with an improved, guest-friendly ticket office and merchandise store; a fully-renovated club level with loge boxes; a new outdoor deck on the East side of Amalie Arena overlooking Channelside Bay Plaza; as well as a new $5 million center-hung scoreboard, just to name a few. Under Griggs' guidance, the Lightning have ranked in the Top 10 amongst 123 major sports teams in ESPN's "Ultimate Standings" four of the previous five years, including third in 2015, tops among all NHL teams. The accolades didn't end there as Tampa Bay capped off an outstanding year off the ice by being named a finalist for the Sports Business Journal's Sports Team of the Year, the only NHL team to do so. The organization has also been recognized for its corporate culture, being named to the Tampa Bay Times' list of best places to work in each of the previous two years.

Before coming to Tampa Bay, Griggs spent nearly three years serving as executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Orlando Magic. During his time in Orlando, Griggs oversaw the Magic's corporate partnerships, premium sales and services, season ticket services and operations, brand management, event presentation and ticket sales departments. Griggs also directed strategic sales and marketing efforts for the new Amway Center, which opened in October 2010.

Griggs was extremely influential in growing the Orlando season ticket base to more than 14,000, sporting 75 consecutive sellouts and ranking second overall in the ESPN Ultimate Standings. Griggs also established the Champions of the Community partnership program for the team's founding partners of the new Amway Center. He led all digital signage platforms that made the Amway Center one of the most technologically advanced buildings in North America. Griggs re-engineered the Magic brand while introducing a new primary logo, new third jersey and establishing the BeMagic and EnterLegend campaigns.

Prior to joining the Magic, Griggs served for eight years as the vice president of sales and service for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League and their parent company, Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE). In Minnesota, Griggs' responsibilities included overseeing all Wild and MSE ticket sales and service, corporate sales and service, suite sales and service, retail operations as well as group and event suite sales. The Aurora, Ontario native also worked for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), the NBA's Toronto Raptors (1994-99) and the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs (1998-99) as the director of ticket sales and service, where he led the sales and relocation efforts from historic Maple Leaf Gardens into Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Griggs and his wife, Janell, have a daughter, Maddie, and a son, Jack.

Senior Management
POSITION NAME
Executive Vice President of Communications Bill Wickett
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jarrod Dillon
Executive Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Suites Bill Abercrombie
Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jim Shimberg
Executive Vice President and GM of Amalie Arena Darryl Benge
Vice President of Corporate Relations Phil Esposito
Vice President of Human Resources Keith Harris
Senior Vice President of Event Managements Kevin Preast
Vice President of Corporate and Community Affairs Dave Andreychuk
Vice President of Guest Experience Mary Milne
Vice President of Marketing Eric Blankenship
Vice President of Ticket Operations Jim Mannino
Vice President of Game Presentation John Franzone
Vice President of Innovation and Technology Services Sean Walker
Executive Director, Lightning Foundation Elizabeth Frazier
Vice President of Finance Doug Riefler
Executive Assistant Lisa Clemens
Adminstration Assistant Kelley Levine
Arena Management
POSITION NAME
General Manager - SportService Bruce Ground
Sr. Facilities Project Manager Michael O'Donnell
Director of Facility and Event Services Rhett Blewett
Director of Security Daryl Niles
Facility Operations Manager Steven Butler
Assistant Facility Operations Manager Tom Dacey
Guest Services Manager Tripp Turbiville
Platinum Services Manager Susan Danielik
Ice Operations Manager Tom Miracle
Event Manager Kimberly Seeley
Event Coordinator Jordan Fisher
Security Coordinator Brett Schultz
Security Coordinator Kevin Alexander
Facility Services Manager Amy Ford
Facility Services Manager Stevan Simms
Facility Services Shift Manager Brendon Hite
Facility Services Shift Manager Michael Silva
Ice Operations Technician Patrick Jesso
Event Booking Manager Samantha Nemeroff
Event Coordinator Alayn Hornick
Event Operations Coordinator Justin Bechtold
Operations Analyst Sam Carr
Broadcast
POSITION NAME
Director of Production Systems Jorge Rosell
Audio/Visual Manager JC Kent
Game Presentation Manager Andrew Samel
Video Production Manager Brian Fink
Motion Graphics Manager Ryan Bushey
A/V Coordinator Jim Wilson
Motion Graphics Coordinator Andy Menarchek
Video Production Coordinator Tyler Flood
Game Presentation Coordinator Stephen Frey
TV Play-by-Play Announcer Rick Peckham
TV Analyst Brian Engblom
TV Rinkside Reporter Paul Kennedy
Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Dave Mishkin
Radio Color Commentator Phil Esposito
Director of Radio Programming Matt Sammon
Information Technology
POSITION NAME
Technology Services Manager Jay Young
Network Engineer Peter Oswalt
Community Relations and Lightning Foundation
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Community Relations Kasey Smith
Executive Director of Community Hockey Development Jay Feaster
Community Representative Brian Bradley
Hockey Director Jassen Cullimore
Community Hockey Manager Tom Garavagila
Community Hockey Coordinator Josh Dreith
Community Hockey Coordinator Kristen Bowness
Community Relations Coordinator Sarah Costello
Community Relations Coordinator Kristina Hjertkvist
Lightning Foundation Coordinator Kristina Hjertkvist
Senior Lightning Foundation Coordinator Tina Mansinghani
Corporate Partnership and Activation
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Development and Activation Mike Harrison
Senior Director of Partner Activation Sheri Anderson
Senior Manager of Partner Development Casey Cole
Partnership Activation Manager Shannon Burrows
Partnership Activation Manager Michael Wozney
Partnership Activation Coordinator Reece Anderson
Partnership Development Manager Joshua Korlin
Partnership Development Manager Justin Versaggi
Partnership Activation Account Executive Madeline Hooper
Partnership Activation Account Executive Dan Williams
Partnership Activation Manager Savannah Deiserling
Executive Suite Sales
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Suite Sales and Service Matt Hill
Manager of Suite Sales Adam Laws
Senior Executive Suite Sales Manager Katie Valone
Manager of Suite Services Toni Connor
Manager of Suite Services Erin Wilson
Suite Sales Manager Michael Sarage
Loge Service Specialist Valerie Mirelman
Finance
POSITION NAME
Director of Finance Michelle Davidson
Accounts Payable Manager Donna Clark
Senior Accountant Tim Ennis
Senior Accountant Scott Peterson
Human Resources and Legal
POSITION NAME
Director of Human Resources Nicole Parente
Associate General Counsel Danna Haydar
HR Generalist Charlea Jackson
Talent Coordinator Autumn Chamberlain
Front Desk Administrator Audrey Flowers
Human Resources Assistant Molly Weisbrod
Marketing
POSITION NAME
Creative Director Brittany Austin
Live Events Manager Kelli Yeloushan
Live Events Coordinator Marc Chodosh
Digital Media Manager Andrew DeWitt
Digital Media Assistant Jeff Odom
Social Media Coordinator Kinsey Janke
Senior Manager of Event Marketing Angela Lanza
Senior Event Marketing Coordinator Kayla Levasseur
Senior Graphic Manager Carolina Brinkley
Graphic Designer Nick Meader
Graphic Designer Matt Turner
Project Manager Jenna Baldwin
Sports Marketing Coordinator Justin Savoie
Mascot Coordinator Patrick Gardenier
Digital Marketing Manager Patrick Abts
Media Buyer Samantha Krone
Digital Marketing Assistant Heather Foley
Public Relations
POSITION NAME
Public Relations Director Brian Breseman
Editorial Content Manager Trevor van Knotsenburg
Beat Writer Bryan Burns
Hockey Reporter Caley Chelios
Digital Video Manager Gabriel Marte
Season Ticket Membership
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Season Ticket Membership Travis Pelleymounter
Manager of Membership Services Lakisha Sharpe
Assistant Manager, Membership Services Thomas Gregory
Assistant Manager, Membership Services Jason Hill
Membership Services Executive Shannon Dixie
Membership Services Executive Danny Rowen
Membership Services Executive Nate Black
Membership Services Executive Dan Schlindwein
Membership Services Executive Hannah Landes
Membership Services Executive Daniel Lozada
Membership Services Executive Meghan Iacofano
Membership Services Executive Leslie Redfield
Alumni Coordinator Rachel Kilman
Business Strategy and Analytics
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Business Strategy and Analytics Chris Kamke
Business Intelligence Manager Brendan Russell
Partnership and Consumer Analyst Allie MacLeod
Business Analyst Kristen Riker
Ticket Office
POSITION NAME
Sport Ticket Supervisor Helen Junker
Event Ticket Manager Bobby Loman
Premium and Staffing Supervisor Missy Davis
Event Ticket Coordinator Hayden Buttner
Sport Ticket Coordinator Krisjan Mackus
Sport Ticket Coordinator Jonathan Valdez
Ticket Sales
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of New Business Development Ryan Bringger
Director of Inside Sales Ryan Cook
Director of Group Sales Ryan Niemeyer
Corporate Sales Manager TJ Abone
Corporate Sales Manager Tommy Curtis
Corporate Sales Manager Nicky Gordon
Corporate Sales Manager John Curry
Corporate Sales Manager Adam Lawson
Corporate Sales Manager Brian Specia
Premium Sales Manager Rich Sadowsky
Premium Sales Manager Jim Van Dam
Group Sales Assistant Manager/Team Lead Brian Boksen
Group Event Executive Chris Duffy
Group Event Executive Ben Salo
Concert and Event Sales Group Coordinator Tyler Thompson
Concert and Event Sales Group Coordinator Kyle Laga
Account Representative Ashley Pitt
Account Representative Alex Garcia
Account Representative Paige Westlake
Account Representative Colin Cook
Account Representative Justyn Carlson
Account Representative Sam Reiner
Account Representative Alex Abdelsayed
Account Representative Dean Dickinson
Ticket Service Coordinator Charlene Beverly