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    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 aiming to secure its place as a leader in the Tampa Bay community. Vinik is the Chairman of the Lightning and the club's Governor on the NHL's Board of Governors, also serving on the Board's Executive Committee.

    Upon purchasing the Lightning, Vinik, 53, 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. He 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 to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Lightning and the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    The transformation of the franchise began to take shape shortly thereafter with a much-improved product on the ice and a series of announcements off the ice demonstrating Vinik's desires to create a world-class franchise. 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 $42 million privately-funded building renovation to the publicly-owned Tampa Bay Times Forum. The renovation continued during the summer of 2012 when the organization announced that it would install the largest center-hung, high-definition vision board in any arena in the United States and Canada, a $5 million investment, again privately-funded.

    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 each of the team's 41 home games during the season. 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).

    Vinik and his family increased their commitment to Tampa Bay in 2012, moving to South Tampa from the Boston area. In addition, he moved the headquarters of his company, Vinik Asset Management, to Tampa's downtown. 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. Penny Vinik is the chair of a community arts initiative which is enabling Tampa Bay-based artists to display their works throughout the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    On the ice, Vinik's Lightning have experienced several short term successes while Steve Yzerman has implemented a plan for the organization, with the goal of being competitive at a high level in the NHL for years to come. During Vinik's first full year of ownership (2010-11) the Bolts tied the franchise record for wins in a season with 46 and posted the second-most points in team history with 103 before advancing to the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals and coming within one win of playing for the Stanley Cup.

    In 2011-12, the Lightning tied a franchise record for home wins, registering 25 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The organization was also proud to have its minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, win the American Hockey League's Calder Cup while boasting the league's most valuable player, defensive player of the year and its coach of the year; surely good signs for the Lightning's future.

    Vinik is the founder and chairman of Vinik Asset Management and a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox. He 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 with Summa Cum Laude honors. Jeff went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School, graduating in 1985.

    Jeff was awarded Duke University's Distinguished Young Alumni Award in 1994 and serves 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 will be 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 (22), Jared (20), Kyra (18) and Joshua (11).

    Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor - Tod Leiweke

    Tod LeiwekeTod Leiweke (LIGH-wih-kee) was named chief executive officer of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, which includes the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm and the Tampa Bay Times Forum, on July 26, 2010. Now entering his third NHL season, he also serves as an Alternate Governor for the Lightning.

    Leiweke, who is in his 30th season in professional sports, has led the team's transformation off the ice which has resulted in the more than doubling of the team's season ticket base while vastly increasing its footprint in the community. Under Leiweke's guidance, the Lightning have seen a nearly 20 percent increase in overall attendance from 2009-10 through 2011-12.

    Instrumental in kick starting the transformation of the franchise, Leiweke helped to develop the Bolts' new jersey system and logo, with all Season Ticket Members receiving their own revolutionary jersey with a chip implanted in the sleeve that grants them access to a variety of discounts and benefits. The Times Forum itself underwent a $42 million, privately-funded renovation during the summer of 2011 and received a new $5 million high-definition center-hung scoreboard, the largest in the United States and Canada, during the summer of 2012. The newly renovated arena was lauded by fans, media and partners alike during the 2011-12 season. The project, spearheaded by Leiweke, included Coors Light Between the Pipes, a signature stage with pipe organ; new seats throughout the arena; reconstructed executive suites; the Bud Light Party Deck, a paradise deck overlooking downtown; and a grand entry with an improved, guest-friendly McDonald's Ticket Office and merchandise store, Tampa Bay Sports. Under Leiweke the team continues to grow as a member of the community, exceeding the 4,000 hours of community service committed through its employees this past season through the C.H.A.R.G.E. program and the distribution of $10 million over five years to community heroes through the Lightning Foundation and the Vinik family.

    Leiweke was previously CEO of the Seattle Seahawks and Vulcan Sports & Entertainment for seven years, also overseeing all aspects of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Sounders FC. He was also president of First & Goal Inc., which operates Qwest Field and Qwest Field Event Center for the state of Washington. Leiweke was recognized for his efforts in 2009 being named a finalist by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal as the 2009 Sports Executive of Year. Along with that nomination, he was named CEO of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal and also CEO of the Year by the Seattle Sports Commission.

    In 2005, Qwest Field was named by The Sporting News as the finest venue in the NFL. That year the team won the NFC Championship and advanced to their first Super Bowl. The on-field success also helped spur an unprecedented string of sellouts. His leadership also helped Sounders FC set a MLS record for season ticket sales more than six months before the first home game. Leiweke chaired a 2008-09 United Way campaign that raised more than $100 million to help fight family homelessness, capped with a climb of Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft) alongside Roger Goodell. Leiweke was instrumental in forming the "Spirit of 12" Partnerships which raised more than $1.5 million under him.

    Before joining the Seahawks, Leiweke served as president of the Minnesota Wild and chief operating officer of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment. Under Leiweke's leadership the Sports Fans of America Association, Inc. awarded its 2003 NHL Sports Fan's Quality Award to the Wild as the league's "Fan Friendliest" team. In an ESPN survey conducted in 2003, the team was ranked number one for stadium experience and number two for fan relationships among 123 sports franchises. Leiweke has also held executive positions with the PGA Tour, the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

    Leiweke, 52, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and is married to Tara. The couple has two children and reside in South Tampa.

    President - Steve Griggs

    Steve GriggsSteve Griggs was named president of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 7, 2014, less than four years after joining the organization as its chief operating officer. Griggs was promoted to the position of president by chairman and governor Jeff Vinik, who lauded him for his leadership in helping transform the business units and brands of the Lightning, Times Forum and the Tampa Bay Storm. He is now directly responsible for all of the day-to-day business and operations of a franchise recognized as one of the leaders in professional sports today.

    Griggs first joined the company on August 31, 2010, reuniting him chief executive officer Tod Leiweke, with whom he worked while at the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild. During his four seasons with the Lightning and the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Griggs has managed a leadership team that has rebranded the organization and substantially grown revenues, while helping create a guest experience in Tampa Bay that is recognized nationally. Highlights include a full arena renovation of the Tampa Bay Times Forum at an expense of more than $60 million, the team's appearance in the 2011 Eastern Conference Final and the subsequent doubling of season ticket sales and an ultimate standings ranking of #2 among 123 major sports franchises by ESPN the Magazine in 2011.

    Before coming to Tampa Bay, he spent nearly three years serving as executive vice president of sales and marketing for the 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 Minnesota 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. Under his leadership, the club entered its seventh NHL season having sold out every home game in franchise history, posting 284 consecutive sellouts.

    Prior to 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 both 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, Madeline, and a son, Jack.

    SENIOR MANAGEMENT
    Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning Robert Canton Email Twitter LinkedIn
    Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications Bill Wickett Email LinkedIn
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jim Shimberg Email Twitter
    Sr. Vice President of Partnership Development & Activation Bill Abercrombie Email Twitter LinkedIn
    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
    Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Initiatives Elizabeth Frazier Email
    Vice President of Finance Doug Riefler Email
    Executive Assistant to Owner and CEO/EVP Finance Sharon Love Email
    Executive Assistant to President and General Counsel Sabrina Odria Email

    ARENA MANAGEMENT
    General Manager - Tampa Bay Times Forum Darryl Benge Email
    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
    Building Operations Manager Steven Butler 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
    Assistant Manager of Security Kevin Alexander Email
    Security Supervisor Russell Snyder 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
    Electrician Will Jamrozik Email

    BROADCAST
    Audio / Visual Manager JC Kent Email
    Director of Production Systems Jorge Rosell Email
    Director of Production Operations Jason Pippi Email
    Senior Video Coordinator Brian Fink Email
    Video Coordinator Zach Peterson Email
    Motion Graphics Coordinator Josh Boyd Email
    Motion Graphics Coordinator Kristen 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 Color Analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor 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 Coordinator Tom Garavaglia Email LinkedIn
    Lightning Foundation Manager Heidi Hamlin Email
    Community Relations Coordinator Kelley Cureton Email
    Lightning Foundation Coordinator Amanda Puccinelli 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
    Manager of Partnership Development Suzy O’Malley Email
    Partnership Development Executive Justin Versaggi Email
    Partnership Activation Manager Shannon Burrows Email
    Partnership Activation Manager Michael Wozney Email
    Partnership Activation Manager Amy Bigelow Email
    Partnership Development Coordinator Joshua Korlin Email
    Sales Assistant / Coordinator Betsy Shirah Email

    EXECUTIVE SUITE SALES
    Director of Suite Sales Matt Hill Email LinkedIn
    Director of Executive Suite Services Amanda Straub Email
    Sr. Executive Suite Sales Manager Adam Laws Email
    Sr. Executive Suite Sales Manager Katie Valone Email
    Executive Suite Specialist Toni Angeli Email
    Executive Suite Specialist Erin Bailey Email LinkedIn

    FINANCE
    Director of Business Strategy & Analytics Chris Kamke Email Twitter
    Finance Manager 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
    Business Analyst Matthew Samost Email

    HUMAN RESOURCES & LEGAL
    Human Resources Manager Nicole Parente Email
    Associate General Counsel Danna Haydar Email
    HR Generalist Charlea Jackson Email
    HR Coordinator Caitlyn Schultz Email
    Front Desk Administrator Audrey Flowers Email

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    Director of IT Michael Davidson Email
    IT Help Desk Bryan Ririe Email

    MARKETING
    Director of Digital & Social Media James Royer Email Twitter LinkedIn
    Entertainment Manager Kelli Yeloushan Email LinkedIn
    Marketing Manager Erin Allison Email
    Manager of Social Media and Digital Marketing Caity Kauffman Email Twitter LinkedIn
    Digital Media Manager Andrew DeWitt Email
    Creative Services Manager Brittany Austin Email Twitter
    Sr. Event Marketing Coordinator Angela Parone Email
    Graphic Designer Carolina Bermudez Email Twitter
    Graphic Designer Nick Meader Email
    Mobile Marketing Coordinator Justin Savoie Email Twitter LinkedIn
    Mascot Coordinator Patrick Gardenier Email
    Hockey Reporter Michelle Gingras Email Twitter LinkedIn
    Digital Video Coordinator Gabriel Marte Email
    Database Marketing Coordinator Patrick Abts Email

    Public Relations
    Media Relations Director Brian Breseman Email
    Public Relations Coordinator Trevor van Knotsenburg Email

    Season Ticket Membership
    Director of Season Ticket Membership Travis Pelleymounter Email LinkedIn
    Manager of Member Services Lakisha Sharpe Email
    Assistant Manager of Season Ticket Membership Thomas Gregory Email
    Account Membership Executive Shannon Dixie Email
    Account Membership Executive Dan Schlindwein Email
    Account Membership Executive Joe Russano Email
    Account Membership Executive Madelyn Anthony Email LinkedIn
    Account Membership Executive Daniel Lozada Email
    Account Membership Executive Jason Hill Email
    Member Services Coordinator Rachel Kilman 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 Justin Andrews 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 Mike Sarage Email
    Corporate Sales Manager Ryan Wellman Email
    Corporate Sales Manager Adam Lawson Email Twitter
    Corporate Sales Manager Brian Specia Email
    Corporate Sales Manager Rich Sadowsky Email
    Corporate Sales Manager Jim Van Dam Email
    Sr. Group Event Coordinator Alison Martin Email Twitter LinkedIn
    Group Event Coordinator Brian Boksen 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 Group Coordinator Stephen Gerhard Email Twitter LinkedIn
    Concert and Event Group Coordinator Tyler Thompson Email
    Account Representative Curtis Walker Email
    Account Representative John Curry Email
    Account Representative Nicky Gordon Email
    Account Representative Meghan Iacofano Email
    Account Representative Mark Guckenberger Email
    Account Representative Kyle Laga Email
    Account Representative Mario Sgroi Email
    Account Representative Emily Williams Email
    Account Representative Danielle Ratner Email
    Database Coordinator TJ Aufiero Email LinkedIn
    Ticket Service Coordinator Charlene Beverly Email LinkedIn