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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 fourth 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. Griggs also serves in the same capacity for Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties, LLC, an entity formed by Jeff Vinik in 2017 which specializes in partnership sales, consulting, marketing and operations in the sports and entertainment industry.  

Griggs helped lead the Lightning through a monumental year in 2017-18. While the team skated to success on the ice, falling in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the organization's accomplishments off the ice may have exceeded it. The season was highlighted by the celebration of the franchise's 25th Anniversary, which featured a litany of events, including a season kick-off celebration at Expo Hall, 1992-93 team reunion, 2004 Stanley Cup team reunion, recognition of former Lightning All-Stars, a fan vote of the Top 25 players in franchise history, Bolts/Rays Night and more. Former captain and current vice president Dave Andreychuk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and subsequently honored at AMALIE Arena during a home game. The Bolts raised their second number to the rafters, honoring former captain Vincent Lecavalier's No. 4 and placing it next to Marty St. Louis' No. 26, which was retired the previous season. The Lightning and their partners hosted an extremely successful NHL All-Star Weekend alongside the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest, which included fan events and concerts across Tampa Bay as well as community events with players and coaches. Tampa Bay's community hockey department received additional funds from the NHL's Industry Growth Fund and committed to a hockey hub with 10 outdoor rinks along with an additional 100,000 hockey sticks and balls to be donated throughout the Bay Area. During the summer of 2018, the team also opened a new, state-of-the-art, $8 million training facility at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. Meanwhile, AMALIE Arena had a record-breaking concert year, which featured the likes of Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and more. Arena staff also managed the art installation, The Art of the Brick, a LEGO art display lauded by critics, media and fans alike, for the Vinik Family Foundation. The Lightning and AMALIE Arena also negotiated a lease extension and funding agreement with Hillsborough County.

 

During Griggs' tenure with the Lightning, the organization has risen to unprecedented heights, as evidenced by the team selling out 158 consecutive games entering the 2018-19 season. In addition, the team and broadcast partner FOX Sports Sun set all-time viewership records during 2017-18, seeing a 20 percent increase year-over-year. Prior to Griggs' arrival, the Lightning played to 83 percent capacity or less for two consecutive seasons before seeing a major turnaround at the gate and a major brand renaissance. With the significant increase in attendance and overall brand awareness, the team has in turn seen increases in revenues and profitability. Under Griggs' guidance, the Bolts also have seen a significant boost in corporate partnerships as well as higher renewal and activation rates, adding best-in-brand organizations like Southwest Airlines, Publix and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to an already robust list of partners during the 2017-18 season. The Lightning have posted season ticket renewal rates of more than 90 percent this year and nearly tripled the base since the 2009-10 season, totaling more than 15,000 season ticket memberships, while luxury suites and loge boxes are sold out for the third consecutive season. 

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 eighth consecutive season in 2018-19, 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. Over the past six years, the team has invested more than $80 million in renovations to the arena with more scheduled, continuing to create a world class experience of fans, season ticket members and corporate partners. Under Griggs' guidance, the Lightning were ranked No. 1 in ESPN's "Ultimate Standings" in September 2016. Prior to taking home the top honors, the Lightning were ranked in the Top 10 in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. The accolades didn't end there as Tampa Bay was named a finalist for the Sports Business Journal's Sports Team of the Year in 2016, the only NHL team to do so. The organization has also been recognized for its corporate culture, being named to the Tampa Bay Times' Top 100 Best Places to Work in each of the previous four years.

Most recently, Griggs played a pivotal role in the formation of Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties, LLC (TBEP) and its groundbreaking agreement with the University of South Florida on a 10-year multimedia rights partnership and facility management of the USF Sun Dome. The agreement grants TBEP the exclusive rights to all commercial multimedia sports marketing, sponsorship, and respective inventory possessed by USF Athletics. On June 10, 2018, TBEP announced a new multi-year agreement to rename the Sun Dome to the Yuengling Center, partnering with D.G. Yuengling & Son, America's Oldest Brewery, who has maintained a facility near the university since 1999. In 2018, TBEP also launched The Identity Tampa Bay, an on-demand digital network that will offer local lifestyle, entertainment and sports content in multiple forms, including a newsletter, digital media and streaming services.   

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.

Prior to joining the Magic, Griggs served for seven 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 People Operations Lorisse Garcia
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 and Analytics 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 Platinim and Guest Services Susan Danielik
Senior Manager of Facilities Services 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
Project Coordinator Aaron Wood
Security Coordinator Brett Schultz
Security Manager Kevin Alexander
Facility Services Manager Amy Ford
Facility Services Shift Manager Stevan Simms
Facility Services Shift Manager Brendon Hite
Facility Services Shift Manager Michael Silva
Ice Operations Technician Patrick Jesso
Manager of Booking and Venue Scheduling Samantha Nemeroff
Event Operations Manager 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
Video Production Assistant Donny DiCaprio
A/V Coordinator Jim Wilson
Motion Graphics Coordinator Catherine Schwaninger
Motion Graphics Coordinator Stephen Nash
Motion Graphics Coordinator Felicia Sablan
Video Production Coordinator Tyler Flood
Game Presentation Manager Stephen Frey
Game Presentation Coordinator Lucy DiVilio
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 Broadcasting and Programming Matt Sammon
Information Technology
POSITION NAME
Technology Services Manager Jay Young
Network Engineer Peter Oswalt
Desktop Support Technician Ryan Bamford
Technology Services Coordinator YYareliz 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
Director of Community Hockey 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
Senior Manager of Foundation and Finance Missy Davis
Manager of Community Relations and Social Impact Kristina Hjertkvist
Alumni Coordinator Rachel Kilman
Partnership Development and Activation
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of Corporate 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
People Operations and Legal
POSITION NAME
Senior Director of People Operations Nicole Parente
Talent Acquisition Manager Autumn Chamberlain
Talent Acquisition Assistant Kelsey Yelich
People Operations Assistant Molly Weisbrod
Associate Counsel Jessica Merrick
Marketing
POSITION NAME
Director of Marketing Brittany Austin
Director of Digital and Social Media Patrick Abts
Digital Marketing Assistant Alexis Calendine
Live Events Manager Marc Chodosh
Live Events Coordinator Joe Maury
Live Events Assistant Mary Lanzino
Digital Media Coordinator Jacob Lynn
Digital Media Assistant Ryan Greco
Social Media Manager Kinsey Janke
Social Media Assistant Sarah Pineda
Senior Manager of Event Marketing Angela Lanza
Event Marketing Coordinator Kelsey Coary
Creative Services Manager Jenna Baldwin
Senior Graphic Manager Carolina Brinkley
Senior Graphic Designer Nick Meader
Graphic Designer Cassie Good
Promotions Manager Justin Savoie
Mascot Coordinator Patrick Gardenier
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 Sales and Service 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 Meghan Iacofano
Membership Services Executive Jonathan Conde
Business Strategy and Analytics
POSITION NAME
Director of Analytics Brendan Russell
Market Intelligence Manager Allie MacLeod
CRM Analyst Laura Mooradian
Data Systems Analyst Garrett Schirmer
Business Analyst Matt McAdam
Consumer Analyst Ashley Lynn
Ticket Office
POSITION NAME
Sports Ticket Supervisor Helen Junker
Customer Service Manager Clark Brooks
Event Ticket Manager Bobby Loman
Event Ticket Coordinator John Phillips
Senior Sport Ticket Coordinator Krisjan Mackus
Senior Sport Ticket Coordinator Jonathan Valdez
Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties
POSITION NAME
Arena General Mananger, Yuengling Center Rhett Blewett
Director of Service and Operations, Yuengling Center Tripp Turbiville
Director of Event Management Kelli Yeloushan
Partnership Activation Coordinator Mitch VanSumeren
Event Manager Alayn Ririe
Finance Manager Ben Kamara
Service Manager Clay Roffer
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 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 of Group Sales, Concerts, and Arena Events Brian Boksen
Group Concert and Arena Event 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