2019 Sports Summit
Featured Speakers


Jared Smith

Jared was named President of Ticketmaster worldwide in 2018, overseeing all aspects of the world’s leading live event technology and services company. Operating in 29 countries and processing more than 500 million transactions a year, Ticketmaster is the chosen partner for thousands of leading venues, events, artists, sports teams, promoters and brands across the globe.


Amy Howe
President & COO
Ticketmaster NA

Amy Howe is helping to modernize Ticketmaster’s technology and evolve the business model to compete effectively in the rapidly changing live event landscape. Amy joined Live Nation Entertainment in 2014 as Chief Strategy Officer before becoming COO. Prior to joining Live Nation, she spent 14 years with McKinsey & Company. While at McKinsey, Amy served Fortune 500 clients across the media & entertainment, retail, and consumer packaged goods sectors. Howe graduated with a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Cornell University.


Justin Burleigh
Chief Product Officer

Justin Burleigh serves as the Chief Product Officer for Ticketmaster. Justin’s team focuses on building innovative products that help Ticketmaster’s clients fuel their business and service their fans. Justin is a well-known industry expert who has a long history of leading enterprise disruption. He has previously led mobile, emerging technology and security transformation strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. Additionally, he advises several cloud & mobile companies on product and roadmap direction.


JoAnn Armstrong
Kraft Analytics Group

JoAnn Armstrong is currently the Director of Booking at the Honda Center Arena, in Anaheim, California, home of the Anaheim Ducks, NHL hockey team. She is one of the original employees hired 26 years ago when the building first opened. She started in the Operations department, working her way up to her to the position she holds today. Her first job in the entertainment business was at the Laff Stop Comedy Niteclub, in Santa Ana California. Then she moved to the Pacific Amphitheatre, working for Nederlander concerts, her first concert family. JoAnn held various positions at the Amphitheatre, ending up as the Operations Director.

Today, JoAnn prides herself on being the “go to” person at the Honda Center. She is responsible for booking the arena partnering with local agents and promoters as well as working closely with her home team the Anaheim Ducks. The facility has been fortunate over the years to host many AAA concerts and prestigious events.


Jessica Gelman
Kraft Analytics Group

Jessica Gelman is the CEO of Kraft Analytics Group (KAGR), a technology and services company focused on data management, advanced analytics and strategic consulting in the sports and entertainment space. She originally joined the Kraft Family in 2002 working for the sports properties (New England Patriot, Gillette Stadium and New England Revolution). Prior to KAGR’s creation in 2016, Gelman led business operations, customer marketing, and strategy for Kraft Sports & Entertainment. Gelman co-founded and continues to co-chair the highly regarded MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the first and largest analytically focused sports conference.


Tod Leiweke
Seattle Hockey Partners

Tod Leiweke is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and team president for Seattle Hockey Partners. Leiweke is responsible for building a world-class NHL franchise, in anticipation of Seattle being awarded an expansion team. He will also be responsible for the redevelopment of the Arena at Seattle Center.


Oliver Luck
Commissioner & CEO

Oliver Luck, a former NFL and NCAA executive and quarterback, was named the first Commissioner & CEO of the XFL in July 2018. The XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020, committed to delivering a brisk, fast-paced game, with a fan-centric, innovative, and affordable gameday experience. Most recently, Luck was the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, reporting to NCAA President Mark Emmert.


Jeffrey Pollack
President & Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Pollack oversees the XFL league’s strategic planning and business operations, as well as the management of its eight teams. Pollack joined the XFL from the Los Angeles Chargers, where he was Special Advisor and Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer. Pollack began his career in sports in 1994 when, as the founding President and Publisher, he created and launched The Sports Business Daily.


Mike Rabil
Co-Founder and CEO at Premier Lacrosse League


Paul Rabil
Athlete and Co-Founder of the Premier Lacrosse League

Paul Rabil is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy office of the Premier Lacrosse League – a new professional lacrosse league launched in October 2018, with 160 of the best players in the world and a major media rights deal with NBC Sports Group. Rabil is also a midfielder for PLL’s Atlas LC.

Paul’s lacrosse career began when his next-door neighbor gave him his backup equipment to tryout for the local rec team. Since then, Paul has gone on to influence the sport at every level, winning championships and MVP’s twice in the NCAA’s, multiple times in professional outdoor and indoor lacrosse, as well as becoming a two-time World Lacrosse Champion with Team USA.

Off the field, Paul’s leveraged his sophistication in media and tech to build a robust multi-channel influencer network. Anchored by his YouTube channel with 195,000+ subscribers and an Instagram account with 346,000+ followers, Paul utilizes each platform’s unique tools to connect with audiences around the world, telling his story through the lens of lacrosse. In 2017, SportTechie awarded Paul as “Most Tech-Savvy Athlete on the Planet”, and in 2018, the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards named Paul the 2018 “Best Athlete in a Web Series”.


Angela Ruggiero
CEO & Co-Founder
Sports Innovation Lab

Angela Ruggiero is a leading figure in the global sports world, having served as an elite athlete, educator, administrator, innovator, advisor, and board member in the world of sport. The Sports Innovation Lab is a technology-powered market research firm focused on the intersection of sports and innovation- with a focus on identifying trends and evaluating technology products and services that will drive the future of the sport.


Beth Weissenberger
Co-Founder & President
Handel Group Corp & Handel Group Sports

Beth’s introduction to the value of The Handel Method® was on a phone call with her younger sister, Lauren Zander. Beth, assisted by her executive team of Presidents and Managing Partners, has developed Handel Group® into a company that now comprises Corporate Consulting, Private Coaching, Educational, Sports and Product Divisions. Beth is a masterful coach and personally coaches our most senior executive clients as well as leads corporate seminars on a variety of topics.


Lauren Zander
Co-Founder & Chairwoman
Handel Group

Lauren Handel Zander is a life coach, university lecturer, public speaker, and the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and private coaching company based in New York City. She has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private clients: entrepreneurs, couples, families, professors, politicians, Emmy, Peabody and Academy Award-winning artists, Grammy-winning musicians and Fortune 500 CEOs. She has fixed corporate business relationships, mediated contract negotiations, reconciled marriages, and helped resolve complex family issues.

2019 Speakers

Scott Aller
Senior Director – Client Development

Patrick Abts
Director of Digital and Social Media
Tampa Bay Lightning

Pete Britt
Senior Advisor, Finance & Business Analytics
New York Yankees

Jacqueline Chilton
Vice President, Payments & Fraud

G.M. Ciallella
Digital Marketing Manager
Anaheim Ducks

Ben Conrad
Senior Director of Database Marketing
Milwaukee Bucks

Deandra Duggans
Manager, Advertising & Branding
Baltimore Ravens

Kathryn Frederick
Chief Marketing Officer

Dennis Garayalde
Digital Product Manager
Miami Heat

Chris Gargani
Vice President, Sales & Service
Jacksonville Jaguars

Elizabeth Gotto
General Manager – Privacy & Senior Vice President – Technology

David Han
Vice President – Product

Nat Harden
SVP of Ticket Sales, Premium Sales & Youth Hockey
Nashville Predators

Adam Heintz
Senior Vice President – Business Intelligence
Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Amy Johnson
Director, Database & Analytics

Rick Johnson
Vice President – Prod & Strat Pricemaster

Karlis Kezbers
Director, Business Intelligence and Ticket Strategy
Oklahoma City Thunder

Sandy Khaund
Vice President – Product

Christian Lau
Vice President of Information Technology

Clay Luter
Executive Vice President, Sports

Michal Lorenc
Head of Ticketing and Live Events

Josh Margulies
Director of Integrated Brand Marketing
Jacksonville Jaguars

Jonathan Martinez
Vice President, Revenue Planning & Analytics
Oakland Raiders

Michael Meitin
Associate Athletic Director – Ticket Sales, Service and Operations
Arizona State University

Mike Morrow
Chief Operating Officer
Auto Processor

Mike Newquist
VP, Event Marketing & Ticketing

Howard Ogawa
Vice President – Product

Katie Peters
VP Public Policy

Nicole Preston
Senior Product Marketing Manager

Jay Riola
Senior Vice President, Strategy
Orlando Magic

Kurt Schwartzkopf
Senior Vice President & General Manager, NBA & NHL

Samantha Sichel
Vice President, Digital Product & Business Development
Live Nation

Mark Simmons
Director, Fan Data & CRM
Atlanta Falcons & Atlanta United

Andrew Sherwin
Director, Business Intelligence & Operations
Boston Celtics

David Smrek
Vice President & General Manager, Data & Analytics

Scott Wampold
Client Development Vice President, NBA/NHL

Rich Wang
Director, Sales Analytics & Fan Engagement
Minnesota Vikings