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BSE Leaders

BSE Global Leaders

  • Joe Tsai
    Joe Tsai
    Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chairman, Barclays Center
  • Oliver Weisberg
    Oliver Weisberg
    Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets
  • David Levy
    David Levy
    Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chief Executive Officer
  • Leo Ehrline
    Leo Ehrline
    Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer
  • Jeff Gewirtz
    Jeff Gewirtz
    Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
  • Eu-Gene Sung
    Eu-Gene Sung
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Travis Sampson
    Travis Sampson
    Chief Information Officer
  • Keith Sheldon
    Keith Sheldon
    Executive Vice President, Programming & Development
  • Mandy Gutmann
    Mandy Gutmann
    Senior Vice President, Communications
  • Bryan Calka
    Bryan Calka
    Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships
  • Savan Hacknorath
    Savan Hacknorath
    Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • Dan Lefton
    Dan Lefton
    Senior Vice President of Ticketing, Strategy & Operations
  • Alton Byrd
    Alton Byrd
    Vice President, Long Island Nets Business Operations
Joe Tsai
Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chairman, Barclays Center

Joe Tsai is the governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), chairman of Barclays Center, and chairman of J Tsai Sports. His ownership in the Nets includes the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League and the Nets Gaming Crew of the NBA 2K League.

Tsai is also the owner of the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the San Diego Seals, a professional indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Through J Tsai Sports, Tsai has investments in the upstart field lacrosse league, Premier Lacrosse League, Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer, and several sports media and technology companies based in North America and Asia.

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Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chairman, Barclays Center

Joe Tsai is the governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), chairman of Barclays Center, and chairman of J Tsai Sports. His ownership in the Nets includes the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League and the Nets Gaming Crew of the NBA 2K League.

Tsai is also the owner of the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the San Diego Seals, a professional indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Through J Tsai Sports, Tsai has investments in the upstart field lacrosse league, Premier Lacrosse League, Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer, and several sports media and technology companies based in North America and Asia.

Tsai is one of the co-founders of Alibaba Group, a global Internet technology company based in China. He is a member of board of directors of the company and serves as its executive vice chairman. Tsai’s career at Alibaba Group spans over 20 years, during which he served as the company’s chief financial officer and oversaw strategic mergers, acquisitions and investments.

Tsai played high school football and lacrosse at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. In his freshman year at Yale, he walked on to the varsity lacrosse team and continued to play for four years. Tsai has been a consistent supporter of the Yale lacrosse program. Yale won the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in 2018 and again played in the Championship Final game in 2019.

In 2017, Tsai received the George H.W. Bush ‘48 Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale University. The award honors alumni athletes who, in their lives after Yale, have made significant leadership contributions in their worlds of governance, commerce, science and technology, education, public service, and the arts and media.

Prior to founding Alibaba Group, Tsai was a private equity investor with Investor AB of Sweden’s Wallenberg family. He is a graduate of Yale College (BA ’86) and Yale Law School (JD ’90), and practiced tax law as an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York from 1990 to 1993.

Oliver Weisberg
Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets

Oliver Weisberg is an alternate governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the chief executive officer of J Tsai Sports, and the chief executive officer of Joe Tsai’s family office, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong.

Weisberg graduated from Harvard College and spent considerable time living and doing business in Mainland China. He is a fluent Chinese speaker.

Weisberg started on Wall Street in New York and built his career in private equity, special situations, and hedge fund investing in Asia. He was part of Goldman Sachs’ (GS) Asian Special Situations and Principal Investment Area (PIA) divisions, where he represented the firm’s investment in Alibaba and sat on the Alibaba board on behalf of GS. In 2006, Weisberg joined Citadel and was a partner in Hong Kong when he left to join Tsai’s family office in 2016.

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Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets

Oliver Weisberg is an alternate governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the chief executive officer of J Tsai Sports, and the chief executive officer of Joe Tsai’s family office, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong.

Weisberg graduated from Harvard College and spent considerable time living and doing business in Mainland China. He is a fluent Chinese speaker.

Weisberg started on Wall Street in New York and built his career in private equity, special situations, and hedge fund investing in Asia. He was part of Goldman Sachs’ (GS) Asian Special Situations and Principal Investment Area (PIA) divisions, where he represented the firm’s investment in Alibaba and sat on the Alibaba board on behalf of GS. In 2006, Weisberg joined Citadel and was a partner in Hong Kong when he left to join Tsai’s family office in 2016.

In addition to managing Tsai’s family office, Weisberg manages the firm’s investments in the Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, San Diego Seals, Premier Lacrosse League, and Los Angeles FC. Weisberg played competitive tennis in high school and was a member of the Harvard squash team.

Weisberg serves as the vice chairman of Teach for China and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Shanghai Center and the Harvard China Fund. He also serves on the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.

David Levy
Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chief Executive Officer

David Levy is the chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Barclays Center, the president of J Tsai Sports, and a venture partner at Joe Tsai’s family office, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the Nets and Barclays Center in September 2019, Levy oversaw Turner’s leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, sports, kids, and young adult networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Bleacher Report, and Turner Sports. Additionally, he led Turner’s two domestic (U.S.) revenue divisions: ad sales and distribution.

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Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chief Executive Officer

David Levy is the chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Barclays Center, the president of J Tsai Sports, and a venture partner at Joe Tsai’s family office, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the Nets and Barclays Center in September 2019, Levy oversaw Turner’s leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, sports, kids, and young adult networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Bleacher Report, and Turner Sports. Additionally, he led Turner’s two domestic (U.S.) revenue divisions: ad sales and distribution.

Levy, who enjoyed a more than 30-year career at Turner, had executive oversight of the company’s domestic portfolio of brands and businesses. Under his leadership, the Turner networks increased their investment in original premium content across the company’s portfolio of entertainment, kids, and sports divisions. In 2018, Turner was nominated for 33 Emmy Awards.

Both TBS and TNT experienced significant brand evolutions under Levy, with each network launching distinct and buzz-worthy original content. truTV evolved its programming schedule and now ranks as one of the youngest-skewing cable networks in the television industry. Adult Swim continues to be a brand powerhouse behind popular series such as Rick and Morty. In 2017, Turner added to its portfolio of premium sports properties by acquiring rights to UEFA, which includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with the UEFA Super Cup. In 2018, Turner kicked off its UEFA Champions League coverage by launching it on B/R Live, the company’s new direct-to-consumer channel.

Additionally, Levy led a significant expansion in digital media and new businesses designed to grow Turner’s portfolio. In 2012, he spearheaded Turner’s efforts in the acquisition of Bleacher Report, a leading multi-sport website and video streaming service. In 2015, the company purchased a majority stake in streaming video pioneer iStreamPlanet, a move that expanded Turner’s capabilities to offer live events and cultivate future business opportunities on digital platforms. In May 2016, Turner launched ELEAGUE, a new professional esports league created in partnership with WME | IMG.

Levy was also instrumental in deepening and expanding Turner’s media rights and defining the division by its association with premium sports content, brands, and events, including the NBA, MLB, and the PGA. He negotiated a number of wide-ranging agreements, each representing a significant change that extended well beyond traditional television rights. In 2010, he was instrumental in orchestrating a landmark deal, partnering with CBS for the multi-media rights to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. As part of the agreement, TBS exclusively televised the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in 2014 and the National Championship in 2016, marking the first time in the event’s history the key games were televised by a cable network.

Levy has received numerous awards for his professional achievements during his career at Turner. In 2012, he was elected to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and in 2018, he was named one of the most influential executives of the past 20 years by Sports Business Journal.

In 2016, the JDRF, the leading research and advocacy organization funding type 1 diabetes, honored Levy, and his wife Niki, with the organization’s annual Humanitarian of the Year award.

Leo Ehrline
Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer

As EVP/Chief Experience Officer for BSE Global, Leo Ehrline is responsible for further improving the customer experience at BSE venues and events, working closely with all areas of the company, including security, guest services, food and beverage, events and hospitality, analytics, marketing, communications, ticketing, and traffic. In addition, he oversees the seamless communication between basketball and business, and manages many business relationships at Barclays Center, including the NY Islanders.

In his 22-year tenure with the organization, Ehrline has been a key contributor across many aspects of the business. He most recently served as EVP, Chief Administrative & Relationship Officer, being the key liaison between the front office and the Brooklyn Nets ownership group. He played a major role in the organization's move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer

As EVP/Chief Experience Officer for BSE Global, Leo Ehrline is responsible for further improving the customer experience at BSE venues and events, working closely with all areas of the company, including security, guest services, food and beverage, events and hospitality, analytics, marketing, communications, ticketing, and traffic. In addition, he oversees the seamless communication between basketball and business, and manages many business relationships at Barclays Center, including the NY Islanders.

In his 22-year tenure with the organization, Ehrline has been a key contributor across many aspects of the business. He most recently served as EVP, Chief Administrative & Relationship Officer, being the key liaison between the front office and the Brooklyn Nets ownership group. He played a major role in the organization’s move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

Prior to joining the Nets, Ehrline spent 19 years at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. He had a steady ascent up the corporate ladder, working his way from the accounting office to the box office, and eventually managing all marketing and sales efforts at the Meadowlands.

A native of Medford, N.J., Ehrline graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1977. He resides in Jersey City, NJ, and he and his wife Kathy, spend most of their free time at the Jersey shore . His two sons. Leo IV and John, reside in Hoboken.

Jeff Gewirtz
Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer for BSE Global (BSE). Gewirtz joined BSE in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and he was promoted to his current EVP and CLO position in 2010. He also previously served as BSE’s Chief Administrative Officer.

Gewirtz is responsible for BSE’s ownership and his executive management colleagues on key business, strategic, and legal matters for BSE’s current and prior holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets, the NBA 2K League’s NetsGC, and, through 2019, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Webster Hall. Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, media, litigation, and day-to-day business and legal affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Gewirtz also works closely with management of Barclays Center on a wide-range of critical arena operations and event programming initiatives. He additionally has oversight for BSE’s external affairs function.

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Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer for BSE Global (BSE). Gewirtz joined BSE in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and he was promoted to his current EVP and CLO position in 2010. He also previously served as BSE’s Chief Administrative Officer.

Gewirtz is responsible for BSE’s ownership and his executive management colleagues on key business, strategic, and legal matters for BSE’s current and prior holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets, the NBA 2K League’s NetsGC, and, through 2019, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Webster Hall. Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, media, litigation, and day-to-day business and legal affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Gewirtz also works closely with management of Barclays Center on a wide-range of critical arena operations and event programming initiatives. He additionally has oversight for BSE’s external affairs function.

Gewirtz was a key member of the negotiating team for BSE’s most significant commercial initiatives over the past several years, such as: the 2012 relocation of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn; development of the $1 billion Barclays Center; the 2015 relocation of the New York Islanders to Barclays Center and oversight of all legal affairs for the Islanders’ business operations through 2019; team and arena ownership transfer transactions in 2010, 2016, 2018, and September 2019; re-development of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; development of the Brooklyn Nets’ state-of-the-art practice facility, the HSS Training Center; acquisition of the Webster Hall business; and BSE’s media rights alliance with YES Network.

Gewirtz was named to the 2019 United States GC Powerlist by The Legal 500 and in 2015 his legal department was named one of the top 50 in-house legal departments in the United States by The Legal 500. In addition, Gewirtz was named 2014 Sports Counsel of the Year by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel, and in 2009 Gewirtz was selected to the prestigious “Forty Under 40” by Sports Business Journal as one of the 40 top sports executives under the age of 40 in the United States. Gewirtz sits on the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association and he is a past Sports Committee Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Volunteers Lawyers Project and in 2018 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Prior to BSE, Gewirtz served as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) General Counsel and Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer where he was responsible for all USOC legal matters, as well as the USOC’s government relations activities with Congress and federal government agencies. Gewirtz has also held positions with: The Coca-Cola Company’s Corporate Legal Division – as Global Marketing Counsel – where he negotiated many of Coca-Cola’s most significant sports industry transactions such as its $500 million+ NCAA Corporate Champion sponsorship and media alliance with CBS Sports; IOC Television & Marketing Services SA – as Director of Legal Affairs – where he served as lead counsel for the International Olympic Committee’s global sponsorship Olympic Partner (“TOP”) Programme in connection with the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games and 2004 Athens Olympic Games; the LPGA Tour as General Counsel; and the WTA. He began his legal career as a corporate associate at the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP.

A native of Baldwin Harbour, New York, Gewirtz is a graduate of Tufts University, where he was a four-year member and Captain of the Tufts Varsity Tennis Team his senior year, as well as a member of its New England Championship team. In 2016 he was appointed to the Tufts Athletics Board of Advisors. Gewirtz received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the recipient of a three-year merit scholarship and from which he is a two-time recipient of its Alumni Achievement Award in Sports Law.

Gewirtz lives in Manhattan with his wife, Brooke Raphael, who is Vice President for Commercial with Phosplatin Therapeutics, and their two children, Eton and Dalia.

Eu-Gene Sung
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of BSE Global, Eu-Gene Sung oversees the finance department for BSE venues and teams, including Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets. In her role, she also oversees the data analytics, operations and facilities, and technology departments.

Sung brings more than 15 years of experience in finance to the role, having held a number of positions at Interpublic Group subsidiaries, where she worked her way to Chief Financial Officer at McCann New York. Her role included driving all commercial aspects of client relationships in scope, incremental projects, and staffing, and managing working capital to maximize cash flow. She began her career at J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst and research associate.

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Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of BSE Global, Eu-Gene Sung oversees the finance department for BSE venues and teams, including Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets. In her role, she also oversees the data analytics, operations and facilities, and technology departments.

Sung brings more than 15 years of experience in finance to the role, having held a number of positions at Interpublic Group subsidiaries, where she worked her way to Chief Financial Officer at McCann New York. Her role included driving all commercial aspects of client relationships in scope, incremental projects, and staffing, and managing working capital to maximize cash flow. She began her career at J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst and research associate.

Sung received a Bachelor of Science in economics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and an MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). She resides in Manhattan, with her husband and two children, Tristan and Sydney.

Travis Sampson
Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Travis Sampson leads technology across all BSE Global properties and teams, including BSE Global’s corporate offices and the HSS Training Facility in Industry City, Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, and the Nets’ NBA 2K League team, NetsGC. Respected as a credible voice in aligning business tactics with sound technical strategy and creatively embracing the upside of innovation while minimizing risk, Sampson’s focus is pushing BSE Global as an industry leader in team and venue technology.

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Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Travis Sampson leads technology across all BSE Global properties and teams, including BSE Global’s corporate offices and the HSS Training Facility in Industry City, Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, and the Nets’ NBA 2K League team, NetsGC. Respected as a credible voice in aligning business tactics with sound technical strategy and creatively embracing the upside of innovation while minimizing risk, Sampson’s focus is pushing BSE Global as an industry leader in team and venue technology.

Sampson joined BSE Global in July after serving as Vice President of Technology for AEG Facilities at Barclays Center, where he led the venue design and technology integration team in 2012. Sampson’s career spans 15+ years in the sports and entertainment, and media technology industries. Prior to joining AEG, he held technology management roles at the National Basketball Association and Viacom Media International.

Keith Sheldon
Executive Vice President, Programming & Development

As Executive Vice President of Programming & Development for BSE Global, Keith Sheldon oversees the development of content opportunities and the booking of concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events for Barclays Center. He previously played an integral role in the planning, development and programming of NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Webster Hall.

Since joining BSE as Vice President in 2014, Sheldon has increased Barclays Center’s booking volume year-over-year and has delivered premium live content such as concerts from Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, and marquee sporting events such as NCAA tournament games, the ACC Men’s College Basketball Tournament, Premier Boxing Champions, UFC PPV fights and WWE SummerSlam.

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Executive Vice President, Programming & Development

As Executive Vice President of Programming & Development for BSE Global, Keith Sheldon oversees the development of content opportunities and the booking of concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events for Barclays Center. He previously played an integral role in the planning, development and programming of NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Webster Hall.

Since joining BSE as Vice President in 2014, Sheldon has increased Barclays Center’s booking volume year-over-year and has delivered premium live content such as concerts from Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, and marquee sporting events such as NCAA tournament games, the ACC Men’s College Basketball Tournament, Premier Boxing Champions, UFC PPV fights and WWE SummerSlam.

Under Sheldon’s leadership, BSE venues have been ranked among the top 10 venues worldwide and top three domestically in their respective categories by premier industry publications. Sheldon was named to Billboard Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2016, and was a finalist for Pollstar’s Venue Executive of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

Prior to joining BSE, Sheldon worked for AEG Facilities in a variety of roles, serving as Director of Events at KFC Yum! CENTER in Louisville, KY and Director of Business Affairs and Programming at XL Center in Hartford, CT.

Sheldon graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Business Management and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Originally from Sudbury, MA, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sally, and their three children.

Mandy Gutmann
Senior Vice President, Communications

As Senior Vice President of Communications, Mandy Gutmann leads the business and internal communications, and community relations efforts for BSE Global properties, including Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, and their NBA 2K League affiliate, NetsGC. She also manages media relations for concerts, college basketball, boxing, and other special events, encompassing all aspects of corporate, entertainment, community, and crisis communications.

Since joining the company in 2012, Gutmann has played an integral role in the launch of the Brooklyn Nets brand after the team’s move from New Jersey, the grand opening of Barclays Center in 2012, the re-opening of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, and most recently, the re-opening of the iconic music venue, Webster Hall. Gutmann was hired as Communications Manager in 2012, and has risen through the ranks to her current role, to which she was named in July 2019.

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Senior Vice President, Communications

As Senior Vice President of Communications, Mandy Gutmann leads the business and internal communications, and community relations efforts for BSE Global properties, including Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, and their NBA 2K League affiliate, NetsGC. She also manages media relations for concerts, college basketball, boxing, and other special events, encompassing all aspects of corporate, entertainment, community, and crisis communications.

Since joining the company in 2012, Gutmann has played an integral role in the launch of the Brooklyn Nets brand after the team’s move from New Jersey, the grand opening of Barclays Center in 2012, the re-opening of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, and most recently, the re-opening of the iconic music venue, Webster Hall. Gutmann was hired as Communications Manager in 2012, and has risen through the ranks to her current role, to which she was named in July 2019.

After breaking into the sports industry with Women’s Sports Foundation, Gutmann held various public relations positions at Madison Square Garden for more than four years.

Raised in Dayton, Ohio, Gutmann became the owner and operator of “Mandy’s Cool Candies,” a Good Humor Ice Cream truck, at the age of 16. Over the next five years, she became a dominant force in the local ice cream truck scene, acquiring her first taste of business experience.
Gutmann is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.A. in journalism and sports studies. She resides in Brooklyn with family.

Bryan Calka
Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships

As Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for BSE Global, Calka is responsible for securing new sponsorship partners, as well as overseeing the strategy development and execution of sponsorship marketing for corporate partners of the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, and other affiliated properties.

Calka joined BSE Global in August 2018 with more than 18 years of sales and marketing experience across multiple industries. Prior, he spent 10 years with the New York Yankees, most recently serving as the Vice President of Partnerships, where he oversaw and managed the Partnership Sales and Activation teams, and secured high-profile accounts such as Ford, Audi, Wendy’s, and Wix.com.

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Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships

As Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for BSE Global, Calka is responsible for securing new sponsorship partners, as well as overseeing the strategy development and execution of sponsorship marketing for corporate partners of the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, and other affiliated properties.

Calka joined BSE Global in August 2018 with more than 18 years of sales and marketing experience across multiple industries. Prior, he spent 10 years with the New York Yankees, most recently serving as the Vice President of Partnerships, where he oversaw and managed the Partnership Sales and Activation teams, and secured high-profile accounts such as Ford, Audi, Wendy’s, and Wix.com.

Before the Bronx, Calka was a vital part of the sales team at Washington Sports & Entertainment, the multi-faceted organization managing the Washington Wizards, Verizon Center, and Patriot Center, for three years. Throughout his career, he has also held positions with Clear Channel Communications, PSP Sports Marketing and Merrill Lynch.
Calka is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, New York, with a B.A. in Economics. He currently resides in Woodbury, N.Y. with his wife Ali and their two daughters.

Savan Hacknorath
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Savan Hacknorath serves as a strategic business partner to BSE's executive leadership team and is responsible for developing human resource strategies in alignment with BSE's core business objectives, and leading people operations, talent management and employee experience across BSE’s venues and teams.

Hacknorath brings more than 15 years of professional experience to BSE in business and human resources. Prior to joining the organization in 2017, Hacknorath served as the Director of Global Human Resources at Marc Jacobs International, where she served as a strategic business partner to division heads globally. Prior to that, she worked for VINCE and Burberry in human resources, business partner and leadership roles. Hacknorath began her career in business operations with Target.

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Senior Vice President, Human Resources

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Savan Hacknorath serves as a strategic business partner to BSE’s executive leadership team and is responsible for developing human resource strategies in alignment with BSE’s core business objectives, and leading people operations, talent management and employee experience across BSE’s venues and teams.

Hacknorath brings more than 15 years of professional experience to BSE in business and human resources. Prior to joining the organization in 2017, Hacknorath served as the Director of Global Human Resources at Marc Jacobs International, where she served as a strategic business partner to division heads globally. Prior to that, she worked for VINCE and Burberry in human resources, business partner and leadership roles. Hacknorath began her career in business operations with Target.

Hacknorath received her Bachelor of Science in supply chain management and logistics from Iowa State University. She resides in Manhattan.

Dan Lefton
Senior Vice President of Ticketing, Strategy & Operations

As Senior Vice President of Ticketing, Strategy & Operations for BSE Global, Dan Lefton provides oversight for ticket sales, suite sales, premium services, tickets services, ticket analytics and the box office for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets.

Lefton previously worked at BSE from 2007-2013 as Vice President, Suite Sales and Premium Seating, and played a key role in the Nets’ move to Barclays Center. In his 4.5-year absence from BSE, Lefton co-founded Dynasty Sports & Entertainment, which provides a pricing, distribution and inventory management platform in the sports and entertainment space.

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Senior Vice President of Ticketing, Strategy & Operations

As Senior Vice President of Ticketing, Strategy & Operations for BSE Global, Dan Lefton provides oversight for ticket sales, suite sales, premium services, tickets services, ticket analytics and the box office for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets.

Lefton previously worked at BSE from 2007-2013 as Vice President, Suite Sales and Premium Seating, and played a key role in the Nets’ move to Barclays Center. In his 4.5-year absence from BSE, Lefton co-founded Dynasty Sports & Entertainment, which provides a pricing, distribution and inventory management platform in the sports and entertainment space.

Alton Byrd
Vice President, Long Island Nets Business Operations

As Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets, Alton Byrd oversees strategic and operational activities for the NBA G League team of the Brooklyn Nets. Byrd led the launch of the team’s inaugural season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the team’s permanent move to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on Long Island.

Prior to joining the Long Island Nets in 2016, Byrd accumulated more than 25 years of sports and brand marketing experience as a professional basketball player, coach, entrepreneur and business executive. He most recently served as Chief Revenue Officer for the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA where he grew the team’s sponsorship, merchandise and ticket sales.

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Vice President, Long Island Nets Business Operations

As Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets, Alton Byrd oversees strategic and operational activities for the NBA G League team of the Brooklyn Nets. Byrd led the launch of the team’s inaugural season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the team’s permanent move to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on Long Island.

Prior to joining the Long Island Nets in 2016, Byrd accumulated more than 25 years of sports and brand marketing experience as a professional basketball player, coach, entrepreneur and business executive. He most recently served as Chief Revenue Officer for the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA where he grew the team’s sponsorship, merchandise and ticket sales.

Byrd has previously held a variety of roles that have shaped his business experience, including Maloof Sports & Entertainment and the London Monarch of NFL Europe.

Byrd played professional basketball for Crystal Palace Basketball Club in London, and at 25 became the first African-American General Manager of a British sports organization, the Murray International Metals Sports Organization in Edinburgh, Scotland. While securing sponsorships such as Nike and Renault for the organization, Byrd led Murray International to four British championships, five Scottish championships, and the team’s first ever appearance in the second round of the European Champions Basketball Cup.

Byrd is a newly inducted board member of Long Island Association (LIA). Nassau PAL honored him for his community contributions in 2018; and he was an honoree for the NCC Foundation’s 17th Annual Golf Outing in support of Nassau Community College. Byrd was also inducted into the 2018 Class Legends of Ivy League Basketball.

With the Long Island Nets, Byrd has been lucky enough to lead the charge in receiving the following awards and recognitions, amongst many others:

  • Three citations from the Town of North Hempstead recognizing the Long Island Nets, two recognizing Alton Byrd
  • Three citations from the Nassau County Legislature recognizing the Long Island Nets, three recognizing Alton Byrd
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Nassau County Executive Laura Curran
  • Appreciation certificates from Nassau BOCES, Project Warmth and United Way, Nassau County Police Athletic League, Hempstead High School, and many more.