Nashville, Tenn. (May 24, 2006) - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Steve Violetta announced that Jason Bitsoff, most recently the director of corporate development with the NBA’s Houston Rockets, has joined the Predators as the organization’s vice president of corporate development.
In his role with the Predators, Bitsoff will direct all aspects of the club’s business partnerships, including sales and service both locally and nationally. He will oversee the team’s corporate sponsorship staff, focusing on securing new business clients and managing current corporate advertising relationships.
Bitsoff spent five years (2001-06) with Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, the ownership umbrella which includes the Rockets and the Houston Comets (WNBA) and operates the Toyota Center. He was an integral member of the negotiation team which secured Toyota as the Houston arena’s naming-rights partner.
"Jason is one of the best young sales executives in our industry," said Violetta. "His results in all areas of corporate sponsorship, including his key role in the Toyota-Houston naming-rights’ deal, speak for themselves. He is excited about joining the Predators’ management team and looking forward to the challenge of growing our revenue through creative partnerships."
Prior to his work in Houston, Bitsoff worked in both the AHL and the International Hockey League. From 1999-2001, the Transylvania University graduate managed the business operations of the AHL’s Louisville Panthers (and the Louisville Fire of Arena Football 2), including the supervision of ticket and corporate sponsorship sales and the coordination of the teams’ public relations, advertising and promotional efforts. He spent one season (1998-99) with the IHL’s Kansas City Blades as the director of advertising and promotion.
Bitsoff began his professional career as the group sales manager/promotions assistant with the AHL’s Kentucky Thoroughblades in 1995 and worked on a staff that set an AHL attendance record in 1996. He also spent two years (1997-98) as the director of sales and marketing for the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL) training camp at Georgetown College.