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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, and he has delivered. Upon acquiring the Lightning, Vinik 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.

Fast forward eight years and the Lightning are now recognized nationally as one of the top organizations in North American sports, having appeared in the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final four times (2011, 2015, 2016, 2018), advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. Off the ice, the Lightning brand has been completely revitalized and transformed, having been lauded by both ESPN as the No. 1 team in professional sports in the media giant's Ultimate Standings (also ranking in the Top 10 in six of seven years), as well as by the Sports Business Journal as one of five finalists for Sports Team of the Year in 2016. Entering the 2018-19 season, the Lightning have enjoyed 158 consecutive sellout crowds at AMALIE Arena. Vinik now sits as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors.

In executing his plan to bring a world class franchise to life in Tampa Bay, Vinik has invested more than $60 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 $30 million in Tampa Bay area charities through a variety of programs and donations, the most notable being the Lightning Community Heroes program, in which $50,000 is donated to worthy individuals and their non-profits of choice at each Bolts home game.

On April 11, 2016, the Viniks announced the extension of the Community Heroes program, pledging an additional $10 million to honor grass roots heroes with $50,000 for their respective non-profits at each Lightning home game for an additional five seasons.

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 approximately 60 acres in downtown Tampa's south core into a new district entitled 'Water Street Tampa'. SPP, a partnership between Vinik and Cascade Investment, LLC of Kirkland, Washington, is expecting to deliver approximately $3 billion in investment to bring Water Street Tampa to life and reinvent the blocks surrounding AMALIE Arena into a walkable, 24-7 live, work, play and stay wellness district. With construction of phase one already underway, the district will eventually include a School of Medicine for the University of South Florida, corporate office buildings, three Marriott hotel properties, residences, retail, restaurants, entertainment and improved infrastructure.

Vinik is also the impetus behind Embarc Collective, an innovation hub opening in downtown Tampa in 2019. Embarc will formally bring together startup companies, venture capitalists, academic resources, and startup-focused partners in a central physical hub to help open opportunities, inspire iteration, push progress and put Tampa Bay on the map as a prime destination for diverse startup talent to make an impact.

Jeff and Penny Vinik continue to personally invest in the community, bringing one-of-a-kind art installations "The Beach," "Art of the Brick," and "Love is Calling" to the city of Tampa. The Beach came to AMALIE Arena in 2016 and featured 1.2 million translucent white balls, creating an indoor beach for nearly 100,000 patrons. Art of the Brick, the first exhibit to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art medium, was brought to downtown Tampa in 2017. Love is Calling, an iconic infinity room, made by Kusama, considered the best female artist in the world, will be a featured exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art for six months during 2018-19.

The Vinik 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 and Jeff is committed to serve as the Chairman of the American Heart Association's 2018 Tampa Bay Heart Walk.

In August of 2018, the Viniks helped cut the ribbon on the $2.5 million Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Winston Park Boys and Girls Club in east Tampa. In 2017, the Viniks donated $1 million to relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey struck the state of Texas and another $1 million (through the Lightning Foundation) after Hurricane Irma devastated much of the state of Florida. In September 2017, the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business renamed its dual-degree sport-focused graduate program the Vinik Sport and Entertainment Program, a result of Jeff and Penny's support of the University and this field of study.

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.

In addition to his primary business interests in Tampa Bay, Vinik maintains interests in several other entities, including aXiomatic, a Los Angeles-based esports and gaming company of which he is co-executive chairman. Founded in September of 2016, aXiomatic is the majority owner of the Team Liquid franchise, a stalwart esports franchise, which won DOTA2's The International 2017 and secured back-to-back North American championships in 2018 for League of Legends' North American League Championship Series.

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

Steve Griggs - CEO 

 

Steve Griggs is entering his third season as chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Lightning 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
Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Jarrod Dillon
Chief Financial Officer Casey Rodgers
Executive Vice President, TBEP Business Development Bill Abercrombie
Executive Vice President and General Manager of Amalie Arena Darryl Benge
Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jim Shimberg
Executive Vice President of Communications Bill Wickett
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Initiatives Elizabeth Frazier
Senior Vice President of Guest Experience and Blue Ribbon Service Mary Milne
Senior Vice President of Event Managements Kevin Preast
Vice President of Corporate and Community Affairs Dave Andreychuk
Vice President of Marketing Eric Blankenship
Vice President of Corporate Relations Phil Esposito
Vice President of Game Presentation John Franzone
Vice President of Partnership Development and Activation Mike Harrison
Vice President of Premium Seating and Group Sales Matt Hill
Vice President of Business Strategy Chris Kamke
Vice President of Ticket Operations Jim Mannino
Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service Travis Pelleymounter
Vice President of Finance Doug Riefler
Vice President of Community Hockey Development Jay Feaster
Senior Director of New Ventures Matt Samost
Executive Assistant to CEO Connie C. Van Horn
Administrative Assistant Charlene Beverly
Arena Management
POSITION NAME
General Manager - SportService Bruce Ground
Senior Director of Planning and Projects Michael O'Donnell
Director Event Services Jason Gibson
Director of Security Daryl Niles
Director of Facilities Steven Butler
Director of Premium & Guest Services Susan Danielik
Senior Manager of Facilities Manager Tom Dacey
Premium Services Assistant Manager Keisha Ussery
Premium Events Coordinator Alyssa Mason
Shipping Coordinator Angelina Evans
Ice Operations Manager Tom Miracle
Event Manager Kimberly Seeley
Event Coordinator Jordan Fisher
Security Coordinator Brett Schultz
Security Manager 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
Manager of Guest Services Justin Bechtold
Operations Analyst Sam Carr
HVAC/Plumbing Daniel Lynn
HVAC Technician Marcus Vaughn
Parking Manager Chris Housholder
Manager of Service Training Jennifer Newlin
Broadcast
POSITION NAME
Director of Production Operations Ryan Bushey
Audio/Visual Manager JC Kent
Video Production Manager Brian Fink
A/V Coordinator Jim Wilson
Motion Graphics Coordinator Catherine Schwaninger
Motion Graphics Coordinator Felicia Sablan
Video Production Coordinator Tyler Flood
Game Presentation Manager 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
Desktop Support Technician Ryan Bamford
Technology Services Coordinator Yareliz Ramirez
Production Systems Engineer Deni Brave
Production Systems Coordinator Bryce Huffman
Production Systems Coordinator Dorian Bural
Lightning Foundation and Community Relations
POSITION NAME
Executive Director of Community Hockey Development Jay Feaster
Community Representative Brian Bradley
Hockey Director Jassen Cullimore
Assistant Hockey Director Mathieu Garon
Manager of High School Hockey Tom Garavagila
Manager of Youth and Street Hockey Josh Dreith
Manager of Diversity Develpment and Sled Hockey Kristen Bowness
Community Hockey Coordinator, Diversity and Sled Hockey Sara Bustad
Community Hockey Coordinator, Youth and Street Hockey Aaron Humphrey
Manager of Lightning Foundation and Community Events Sarah Costello
Manager of Community Relations and Social Impact Kristina Hjertkvist
Alumni Coordinator Rachel Kilman
Partnership Development and Activation
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Partner Activation Sheri Anderson
Senior Manager of TBSE Partnership Activation Michael Wozney
Senior Manager of Partner Development Casey Cole
Partnership Activation Manager Shannon Burrows
Partnership Activation Manager Savannah Deisering
Senior Manager of TBSE Partnership Development Joshua Korlin
Partnership Activation Account Executive Madeline Hooper
Partnership Activation Account Executive Dan Williams
Partnership Development Manager Reece Anderson
Partnership Development Manager Andrew Goldberg
Executive Suite Sales
POSITION NAME
Director of Business Development Adam Laws
Senior Manager of Suite and Loge Services Toni Connor
Senior Manager of Suite Services and Corporate Hospitality Erin Wilson
Manager of Business Development Michael Sarage
Group Sales Manager, Lightning Hockey Ben Salo
Loge Service Specialist Kelley Levine
Finance
POSITION NAME
Director of Finance Michelle Davidson
Accounts Payable Manager Donna Clark
Accounting Manager Scott Peterson
Accounts Receivable Manager Cara Jessa
Senior Accountant Molly Venters
Human Resources and Legal
POSITION NAME
Director of Human Resources Nicole Parente
Talent Coordinator Autumn Chamberlain
Front Desk Administrator Kelsey Yelich
Human Resources Assistant Molly Weisbrod
Associate Counsel Jessica Merrick
Marketing
POSITION NAME
Director of Marketing Brittany Austin
Director of Digital and Social Media Patrick Abts
Live Events Manager Marc Chodosh
Live Events Coordinator Joe Maury
Live Events Assistant Mary Lanzino
Digital Media Coordinator Jacob Lynn
Social Media Manager Kinsey Janke
Social Media Assistant Sarah Pineda
Senior Manager of Event Marketing Angela Lanza
Event Marketing Coordinator Kelsey Coary
Senior Graphic Manager Carolina Brinkley
Senior Graphic Designer Nick Meader
Graphic Designer Cassie Good
Creative Services Manager Jenna Baldwin
Promotions Manager Justin Savoie
Mascot Coordinator Patrick Gardenier
Media Buyer Samantha Krone
Public Relations
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Communications Brian Breseman
Senior Manager of Communications Trevor van Knotsenburg
Beat Reporter and Media Relations Assistant Bryan Burns
Hockey Reporter Caley Chelios
Digital Video Manager Gabriel Marte
Season Ticket Membership
POSITION NAME
Senior Manager of Member Services Lakisha Sharpe
Manager of Season Ticket Membership Thomas Gregory
Manager of Season Ticket Membership Jason Hill
Membership Services Executive Justyn Carlson
Membership Services Executive Danny Rowan
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 Jonathan Conde
Membership Services Executive Paige Fisher
Membership Services Executive Jonathan Conde
Business Strategy and Analytics
POSITION NAME
Director of Analytics Brendan Russell
Marketing Intelligence Manager Allie MacLeod
CRM Analyst Laura Mooradian
Data Systems Analyst Garrett Schirmer
Ticket Office
POSITION NAME
Sport Ticket Supervisor Helen Junker
Customer Service Manager Clark Brooks
Event Ticket Manager Bobby Loman
Premium and Staffing Supervisor Missy Davis
Event Ticket Coordinator John Phillips
Sport Ticket Coordinator Krisjan Mackus
Sport Ticket Coordinator Jonathan Valdez
Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties
POSITION NAME
Assistant General Mananger, Sun Dome Rhett Blewett
Director of Service and Operations, Sun Dome Tripp Turbiville
Director of Marketing and Booking Kelli Yeloushan
Partnership Activation Coordinator Mitch VanSumeren
Event Manager Alayn Ririe
Finance Manager Ben Kamara
Service Manager Clay Roffer
Ticket Office Manager Hayden Buttner
Operations Manager Jeff Shimmel
Marketing Manager Kayla Levasseur
Service and Operations Coordinator Michael Sakellarides
Corporate Sales
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Membership Sales and Service Ryan Cook
Corporate Sales Account Manager TJ Abone
Corporate Sales Account Manager Nicky Gordon
Corporate Sales Account Manager Nikki Gregory
Group Sales
POSITION NAME
Director of Group Sales Ryan Niemeyer
Group Event Executive Sam Reiner
Group Event Executive Dean Dickinson
Arena Event Sales
POSITION NAME
Manager, Arena Events Brian Boksen
Account Executive Shannon Dixie
Account Executive Tyler Thompson
Lightning Made Sales Academy
POSITION NAME
 Manager of LMSA Colin Cook
 Account Representative Tyler Langston
Account Representative Tyler Finney
 Account Representative Joey Galuppi