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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, now 58, 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 seven 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 three times (2011, 2015, 2016), 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 the past seven years), as well as by the Sports Business Journal as 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 $80 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.

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 53 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, a hotel, residences, retail, restaurants, entertainment and improved infrastructure.

Jeff and Penny Vinik continue to personally invest in the community, bringing one-of-a-kind art installations "The Beach" and "Art of the Brick" 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, a global touring show rated by CNN as one of the world's must-see exhibitions, was brought to downtown Tampa in 2017 and is the first exhibit to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art medium. 

On April 11, 2016, the Viniks announced the extension of the Lightning 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. Earlier that year the Vinik Family Foundation also committed $2.5 million to establish the Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Winston Park Boys and Girls Club in east Tampa.

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 2017, the Viniks donated $1million 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.

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 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Strategic Property Partners, 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 recently won The International 2017, Dota 2's flagship annual championship.

Vinik is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors, and he serves on the Boards of Directors for Enterprise Florida, and West Florida Health, a partnership between Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital. 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.

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, 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
Chief 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 Human Resources Keith Harris
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 Innovation and Technology Services Sean Walker
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
Sr. Director of Planning and Projects Michael O'Donnell
Director of Facility and Event Services Rhett Blewett
Director of Security Daryl Niles
Director of Facilities Steven Butler
Facilities Manager Tom Dacey
Director of Premium & Guest Services 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
Manager of Guest Services Justin Bechtold
Operations Analyst Sam Carr
Lead Engineer/Plumber Frank Welland
Broadcast
POSITION NAME
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 Catherine Schwaninger
Motion Graphics Coordinator Felica Sablan
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
Desktop Support Technician Ryan Bamford
Technology Services Coordinator Jareliz Ramirez
Production Systems Engineer Deni Brave
Production Systems Coordinator Bryce Huffman
Lightning Foundation and Community Relations
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
Lightning Foundation Coordinator Sarah Costello
Community Relations Coordinator Kristina Hjertkvist
Senior Lightning Foundation Coordinator Tina Mansinghani
Alumni Coordinator Rachel Kilman
Partnership Development and Activation
POSITION NAME
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 Manager Savannah Deisering
Partnership Development Manager Justin Versaggi
Partnership Development Manager Joshua Korlin
Partnership Activation Account Executive Madeline Hooper
Partnership Activation Account Executive Dan Williams
Partnership Activation Coordinator Reece Anderson
Executive Suite Sales
POSITION NAME
Manager of Suite Sales Adam Laws
Manager of Suite Services Toni Connor
Manager of Suite Services Erin Wilson
Suite Sales Manager Michael Sarage
Loge Service Specialist Kelley Levine
Business Development Coordinator Sam Bridgman
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
HR Generalist Charlea Jackson
Talent Coordinator Autumn Chamberlain
Front Desk Administrator Kelsey Yelich
Human Resources Assistant Molly Weisbrod
Legal Coordinator Jessica Merrick
Marketing
POSITION NAME
Director of Marketing Brittany Austin
Live Events Manager Marc Chodosh
Digital Media Manager Andrew DeWitt
Digital Media Assistant Jacob Lynn
Social Media Manager Kinsey Janke
Social Media Assistant Sarah Pineda
Senior Manager of Event Marketing Angela Lanza
Senior Graphic Manager Carolina Brinkley
Graphic Designer Nick Meader
Creative Services Manager Jenna Baldwin
Promotions Manager Justin Savoie
Mascot Coordinator Patrick Gardenier
Digital Marketing Manager Patrick Abts
Media Buyer Samantha Krone
Digital Marketing Assistant Hannah Helms
Public Relations
POSITION NAME
Public Relations Director Brian Breseman
Public Relations Manager - Player Relations 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 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
Membership Services Executive Paige Fisher
Membership Services Executive Jonathan Conde
Business Strategy and Analytics
POSITION NAME
Business Intelligence Manager Brendan Russell
Partnership and Consumer Analyst Allie MacLeod
Business Analyst Kristen Riker
CRM Analyst Laura Mooradian
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
Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties
POSITION NAME
Assistant General Mananger, Sun Dome Rhett Blewett
Director of USF Athletics Partnerships Randy Younker
Director of Service and Operations, Sun Dome Tripp Turbiville
Director of Marketing and Booking Kelli Yeloushan
USF Athletics Partnership Development Manager Andrew Goldberg
Event Manager Alayn Hornick
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
Director of Corporate Sales Ryan Cook
Manager of Corporate Sales Jim Van Dam
Corporate Sales Account Manager TJ Abone
Corporate Sales Account Manager Tommy Curtis
Corporate Sales Account Manager Nicky Gordon
Corporate Sales Account Manager John Curry
Corporate Sales Account Manager Colin Cook
Corporate Sales Account Manager Nikki Gregory
Group Sales
POSITION NAME
Director of Group Sales Ryan Niemeyer
Group Event Executive Ben Salo
Group Event Executive Sam Reiner
Group Event Executive Dean Dickinson
Storm Football & Arena Event Sales
POSITION NAME
Manager, Storm Football & Arena Events Brian Boksen
Account Executive Shannon Dixie
Account Executive Tyler Thompson
Account Executive Kyle Laga
Lightning Made Sales Academy
POSITION NAME
 Manager of LMSA Adam Lawson
 Account Representative Jennifer Babcock
Account Representative Chloe Laniado