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Lightning Ownership, Executive & Front Office Team

Chairman and Governor - Jeff Vinik

Jeff VinikJeff Vinik purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 3, 2010, promising a comprehensive transformation of the franchise and pledging to make a significant positive impact in the Tampa Bay community. Upon acquiring the Lightning, Vinik, now 55, pledged to make the Lightning organization “world-class,” creating a first-rate fan experience while putting together a team of which Tampa Bay sports fans would be proud, on and off the ice.

Vinik promptly hired hockey Hall-of-Famer and four-time Stanley Cup Champion Steve Yzerman as Vice President and General Manager, and then named lauded sports business executive Tod Leiweke as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lightning. In January of 2011, Vinik detailed a vision that included a team inspired by championship values; an organization committed to Tampa Bay, giving back through leadership, mentoring and charitable contributions; and a state-of-the-art venue.

That vision began with a new logo and jersey system that debuted for the 2011-12 NHL season, and a privately-funded building renovation to the publicly-owned Tampa Bay Times Forum (now named Amalie Arena) that totaled more than $60 million.  The renovation concluded during the summer of 2012 when the organization installed the largest center-hung, high-definition vision board in any arena in the United States and Canada, a $5 million investment.

Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, made an impact in the Tampa Bay community in 2011 by pledging more than $10 million to be donated through the Lightning Foundation over five years to the Lightning Community Heroes program. The Heroes program honors a local hero and a representative charity with $50,000 at all of the team’s 41 home games each season.  To date, more than $6 million has been donated to more than 200 local non-profits in honor of 125 community heroes.

The organization also committed 4,000 hours of community service each season through its employee volunteer program, C.H.A.R.G.E. (Contributing Hours Across our Region through our Generous Employees).  Since the program’s inception, Lightning staff members have surpassed their goal each year and volunteered more than 5,000 hours annually at various charitable outings around the Bay area.

Vinik and his family increased their commitment to Tampa Bay in 2012, moving to South Tampa from the Boston area. Jeff and Penny served as the chairs of the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Cattle Baron’s Ball, and the family extended its charitable giving in the Tampa Bay community beyond the heroes program, directly touching local non-profits, including the Florida Aquarium, Tampa Museum of Art, the United Way of Suncoast, Metropolitan Ministries, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay 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 and she is a board member of Tampa Museum of Art and Tampa Preparatory School.

On the ice, Vinik’s Lightning have experienced several short-term successes while Yzerman has implemented a plan for the organization, with the long-term goal of competing at a high level and being an annual Stanley Cup contender. The Lightning organization’s depth has been greatly improved since Vinik bought the team, winning the AHL’s Calder Cup championship in 2012 and reaching the Calder Cup Final in 2013. Yzerman and the hockey operations department continue to stress drafting and development while the players that have had success as the AHL level have now become part of the core in Tampa Bay.

Away from Amalie Arena, Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP) has purchased numerous parcels of land around the arena in recent years, including Channelside Bay Plaza, a retail complex to the east, in July of 2014. Also in 2014, SPP announced plans for a hotel, retail and residential complex on a parking lot to the immediate west of Amalie Arena. Vinik’s hope is to revitalize Tampa’s Channel District and create synergy between attractions in the area with the arena acting as the centerpiece.  

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

He 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.

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

Chief Executive Officer - Steve Griggs

Steve Griggs

STEVE GRIGGS is entering his first 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 operations, including all concerts and events held at Amalie Arena.

During Griggs’ tenure with the Lightning the team has seen significant increases in attendance, jumping nearly 12 percent from 15,497 per game in 2009-10 to 17,269 in 2010-11, his first with the team. Overall average attendance has grown by more than 21 percent, or greater than 3,000 fans per game since he joined the team while revenues have also continually increased. Tampa Bay’s success continued in 2014-15, ranking ninth in average attendance in the NHL with 18,823, outpacing traditional hockey markets such as Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Boston. The team’s continued impressive numbers at the gate can be attributed to increases in brand management, increased value, enhanced customer service as well as overall fan experience. 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 also 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 2014-15 season.

Griggs was instrumental in generating the teams’ “ALL IN” and “Be the Thunder” campaigns that have 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 fifth consecutive season in 2015-16, 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 done each year to Amalie Arena. During the summer of 2015, the three-year renovation total reached greater than $85 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” three of the previous four years, including sixth in 2014.

Before coming to Tampa Bay, he 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 its 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. Before joining the Wild, Griggs served as the vice president of corporate sales and service for Sportsco International, LP and SkyDome. 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 and a son.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT
Executive Vice President of Communications Bill Wickett Email LinkedIn
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jarrod Dillon Email Twitter LinkedIn
Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jim Shimberg Email Twitter
Executive Vice President of Partnership Development & Suites Development Bill Abercrombie Email Twitter LinkedIn
Executive Vice President and GM of Amalie Arena Darryl Benge Email
Vice President of Corporate Relations Phil Esposito Email
Vice President of Human Resources Keith Harris Email
Vice President of Corporate & Community Affairs Dave Andreychuk Email Twitter
Vice President of Guest Experience Mary Milne Email
Vice President of Event Booking Elmer Straub Email
Vice President of Marketing Eric Blankenship Email
Vice President of Ticket Operations Jim Mannino Email LinkedIn
Vice President of Game Presentation John Franzone Email
Executive Director, Lightning Foundation & VP, Philanthrophy & Community Initiatives Elizabeth Frazier Email
Vice President of Finance Doug Riefler Email
Executive Assistant to President and General Counsel Sabrina Odria Email

ARENA MANAGEMENT
General Manager – SportService Bruce Ground Email
Sr. Facilities Project Manager Michael O'Donnell Email
Director of Facility and Event Services Rhett Blewett Email
Director of Security Daryl Niles Email
Facility Operations Manager Steven Butler Email
Assistant Facility Operations Manager Tom Dacey Email
Guest Services Manager Tripp Turbiville Email Twitter
Platinum Services Manager Susan Danielik Email
Ice Operations Manager Tom Miracle Email LinkedIn
Event Manager Kimberly Seeley Email
Security Manager Kevin Alexander Email
Manager of Facility Services Ken Ramella Email
Facility Services Manager (Days) Amy Ford Email
Facility Services Manager (Nights) Stevan Simms Email
Facility Services Shift Manager Brendon Hite Email
Facility Services Shift Manager Michael Silva Email
Ice Operations Technician Patrick Jesso Email
Event Coordinator Samantha Nemeroff Email
Event Coordinator Alayn Hornick Email
Event Operations Coordinator Justin Bechtold Email
Operations Analyst Sam Carr Email

BROADCAST
Audio / Visual Manager JC Kent Email
Director of Production Systems Jorge Rosell Email
Video Production Manager Brian Fink Email
Motion Graphics Coordinator Josh Boyd Email
Motion Graphics Coordinator Kristin Cullina Email
A/V Coordinator Jim Wilson Email
Production Systems Coordinator Tyler Brewer Email
Television SunSports Network Email
Television Play-by-Play Announcer Rick Peckham Email
Television Analyst Brian Engblom Email
Television Rinkside Reporter Paul Kennedy Email Twitter
Radio Play-by-Play Announcer David Mishkin Email Twitter
Radio Analyst Phil Esposito Email
Director of Radio Programming Matt Sammon Email Twitter

COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND LIGHTNING FOUNDATION
Senior Director of Community Relations Kasey Smith Email
Executive Director of Community Hockey Development Jay Feaster Email
Community Representative Brian Bradley Email
Community Hockey Manager Tom Garavaglia Email LinkedIn
Comunity Hockey Coordinator Josh Dreith Email
Sr. Lightning Foundation Coordinator Amanda Puccinelli Email
Lightning Foundation Coordinator Kristina Hjertkvist Email

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP AND ACTIVATION
Sr. Director of Partnership Development & Activation Mike Harrison Email LinkedIn
Director of Partnership Activation Julia Wyman Email
Sr. Manager of Partnership Development Casey Cole Email
Director of Partnership Development Chris Potenza Email
Partnership Development Manager Justin Versaggi Email
Partnership Activation Manager Suzy O’Malley Email
Partnership Activation Manager Shannon Burrows Email
Partnership Activation Manager Michael Wozney Email
Partnership Activation Coordinator Emily Williams EmailTwitterLinkedIn
Partnership Development & Stratgey Executive Joshua Korlin Email

EXECUTIVE SUITE SALES
Senior Director of Suite Sales Matt Hill Email LinkedIn
Sr. Executive Suite Sales Manager Adam Laws Email
Sr. Executive Suite Sales Manager Katie Valone Email
Executive Suite Specialist Toni Connor Email
Executive Suite Specialist Erin Bailey Email LinkedIn
Suite Sales Manager Michael Sarage Email
Loge Service Specialist Valerie Mirelman Email

FINANCE
Director of Finance Michelle Davidson Email
Accounts Payable Manager Donna Clark Email
Accounts Receivable Manager Angela Edwards Email
Senior Accountant Tim Ennis Email
Staff Accountant Scott Peterson Email

HUMAN RESOURCES & LEGAL
Director of Human Resources Nicole Parente Email
Associate General Counsel Danna Haydar Email
HR Generalist Charlea Jackson Email
Front Desk Administrator Audrey Flowers Email

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Director of IT Michael Davidson Email
Systems Administrator Bryan Ririe Email

MARKETING
Creative Director Brittany Austin Email Twitter
Live Events Manager Kelli Yeloushan Email LinkedIn
Digital Media Manager Andrew DeWitt EmailTwitter
Senior Event Marketing Manager Angela Parone Email
Event Marketing Manager Kayla Goff Email
Senior Graphic Designer Carolina Bermudez Email Twitter
Graphic Designer Nick Meader Email
Project Manager Jenna Baldwin Email
Sports Marketing Coordinator Justin Savoie Email Twitter LinkedIn
Mascot Coordinator Patrick Gardenier Email
Digital Marketing Manager Patrick Abts Email
Media Buyer Samantha Krone Email

Public Relations
Public Relations Director Brian Breseman Email
Editorial Content Manager Trevor van Knotsenburg Email
Beat Writer Bryan Burns Email
Hockey Reporter Michelle Gingras Email Twitter LinkedIn
Digital Video Coordinator Gabriel Marte Email
Team Photographer Scott Audette Email

Season Ticket Membership
Senior Director of Season Ticket Membership Travis Pelleymounter Email LinkedIn
Manager of Member Services Lakisha Sharpe Email
Assistant Manager, Membership Services/Team Lead Thomas Gregory Email
Membership Services Executive Shannon Dixie EmailTwitterLinkedIn
Membership Services Executive Dan Schlindwein EmailTwitter
Membership Services Executive Joe Russano Email
Membership Services Executive Madelyn Anthony Email LinkedIn
Membership Services Executive Daniel Lozada Email
Assistant Manager, Membership Services/Team Lead Jason Hill Email
Membership Services Executive Meghan Iacofano Email
Membership Services Executive Leslie Redfield Email
Member Services Coordinator Rachel Kilman Email

BUSINESS STRATEGY AND ANALYTICS
Senior Director of Business Strategy & Analytics Chris Kamke Email Twitter
CRM Manager TJ Aufiero Email LinkedIn
Business Analyst Matthew Samost Email
TICKET OFFICE
Sport Ticket Supervisor Helen Junker Email
Event Ticket Supervisor Bobby Loman Email
Premium & Staffing Supervisor Missy Davis Email
Sport Ticket Coordinator Hayden Buttner Email
Sport Ticket Coordinator Krisjan Mackus Email
Event Ticket Coordinator Christina Guarneri Email

TICKET SALES
Sr. Director of New Business Development Ryan Bringger Email
Director of Inside Sales Ryan Cook Email
Director of Group Sales Ryan Niemeyer Email
Corporate Sales Manager TJ Abone Email
Corporate Sales Manager David Boettinger Email
Corporate Sales Manager Tommy Curtis Email
Corporate Sales Manager Tony Econ Email
Corporate Sales Manager Gary Napert Email
Corporate Sales Manager Curtis Walker Email
Corporate Sales Manager Adam Lawson Email Twitter
Corporate Sales Manager Brian Specia Email
Premium Sales Manager Rich Sadowsky Email
Premium Sales Manager Jim Van Dam Email
Group Sales Assistant Manager/Team Lead Brian Boksen Email
Group Event Coordinator Danny Rowen Email
Group Event Coordinator Oisin Crean Email Twitter LinkedIn
Group Event Coordinator Chris Duffy Email
Group Event Coordinator Kate Kasunic Email Twitter LinkedIn
Concert and Event Sales Group Coordinator Tyler Thompson Email
Concert and Event Sales Group Coordinator Kyle Laga Email
Account Representative Nate Black Email
Account Representative John Curry Email
Account Representative Nicky Gordon Email
Account Representative Derek Moore Email
Account Representative Mario Sgroi Email
Ticket Service Coordinator Charlene Beverly Email LinkedIn