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BSE Leaders

BSE Global Leaders

  • Joe Tsai
    Joe Tsai
    Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chairman, Barclays Center
  • Oliver Weisberg
    Oliver Weisberg
    Vice Chairman, BSE Global Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets
  • Sam Zussman
    Sam Zussman
    CEO, BSE Global Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets
  • Peter Stern
    Peter Stern
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Jeff Gewirtz
    Jeff Gewirtz
    Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer
  • Emerson Moore
    Emerson Moore
    Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
  • Laurie Jacoby
    Laurie Jacoby
    Executive Vice President, Chief Entertainment Officer
  • Mandy Gutmann
    Mandy Gutmann
    Executive Vice President, Communications and Community Relations
  • Jackie Wilson, II
    Jackie Wilson, II
    Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
  • Adina Erwin
    Adina Erwin
    Executive Vice President, Business Operations and General Manager, Barclays Center
  • Alton Byrd
    Alton Byrd
    Senior Vice President, Growth Properties
  • Chris Giacalone
    Chris Giacalone
    Vice President, Hospitality
Joe Tsai
Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chairman, Barclays Center

Joe Tsai is the governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and chairman of BSE Global, which includes the Brooklyn Nets, the team’s home arena Barclays Center, 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 and Las Vegas Lacrosse, professional indoor lacrosse teams in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Tsai’s sports investments include the Premier Lacrosse League, Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer, and several sports media and technology companies in North America, Europe and Asia.

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Joe Tsai

Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chairman, Barclays Center

Joe Tsai is the governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and chairman of BSE Global, which includes the Brooklyn Nets, the team’s home arena Barclays Center, 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 and Las Vegas Lacrosse, professional indoor lacrosse teams in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Tsai’s sports investments include the Premier Lacrosse League, Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer, and several sports media and technology companies in North America, Europe 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 Yale men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. Yale won the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in 2018 and was the runner-up in the Championship Final in 2019. In 2017, Tsai received the George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale University, which honors alumni athletes for significant leadership contributions in their respective fields of work.

Through the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, Tsai and his wife Clara Wu Tsai are active philanthropists supporting initiatives in education, research, criminal justice reform, economic mobility, the arts and humanitarian relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tsai is a founding board member of The Asian American Fund (TAAF), a non-profit launched in 2021 that provides resources to Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to mobilize against hate and discrimination and build the infrastructure to improve AAPI advocacy, power and representation.

Tsai is a member of the J.P. Morgan International Council, EXOR Partners Council, and International Advisory Council of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is a trustee of The Lawrenceville School.

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
Vice Chairman, BSE Global Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets

Oliver Weisberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Blue Pool Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong. Weisberg is an Alternate Governor of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty, and Vice Chairman of BSE Global.

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’ Asian Special Situations and Principal Investment Area divisions, where he represented the firm’s investment in Alibaba and sat on the Alibaba board. In 2006, Weisberg joined Citadel and was a Partner in Hong Kong when he left to join Blue Pool Capital in 2015.

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Oliver Weisberg

Vice Chairman, BSE Global Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets

Oliver Weisberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Blue Pool Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong. Weisberg is an Alternate Governor of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty, and Vice Chairman of BSE Global.

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’ Asian Special Situations and Principal Investment Area divisions, where he represented the firm’s investment in Alibaba and sat on the Alibaba board. In 2006, Weisberg joined Citadel and was a Partner in Hong Kong when he left to join Blue Pool Capital in 2015.

Weisberg also manages the firm’s investments in sports, media and related assets. Weisberg played competitive tennis in high school and was a walk on to the Harvard Squash team.

For over a decade, Weisberg was on the board and instrumental in helping to build Teach for China; he is currently on the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Shanghai Center and the Harvard China Fund. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.

Sam Zussman
CEO, BSE Global Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets

As Chief Executive Officer, Zussman is responsible for leading the overall business strategy and operations for BSE Global, which is the parent company of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and its home arena Barclays Center, as well as the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League and NetsGC of the NBA 2K League. Additionally, in this role he oversees advancement of the company’s existing sports, media and entertainment businesses as well as identifies and executes on new opportunities for growth. He also serves as an Alternate Governor for the Brooklyn Nets.

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Sam Zussman

CEO, BSE Global Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets

As Chief Executive Officer, Zussman is responsible for leading the overall business strategy and operations for BSE Global, which is the parent company of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and its home arena Barclays Center, as well as the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League and NetsGC of the NBA 2K League. Additionally, in this role he oversees advancement of the company’s existing sports, media and entertainment businesses as well as identifies and executes on new opportunities for growth. He also serves as an Alternate Governor for the Brooklyn Nets.

Zussman is a widely respected sports, media and entertainment industry leader who prior to joining BSE Global spent 16 years with IMG/Endeavor. While based in London, he led the company’s growing portfolio of owned and operated event divisions, including tennis, golf, motorsports, action sports, festivals, and other cultural, art and lifestyle properties. Additionally, Zussman oversaw the company’s global media production business, media rights acquisition and distribution business, and betting rights business, IMG Arena, and represented marquee clients such as Wimbledon, English Premier League, La Liga, and UFC.

Before relocating to London, he spent five years as President of IMG Performance, building IMG Academy in Florida into the world’s largest and most-advanced sports training and educational institution. Most notably, he converted the Academy from an athletic-only institution to an academic-athletic institution sending the overwhelming majority of its graduates to college. He joined IMG in 2006 after five years with McKinsey & Company.

Zussman earned both his B.A. and J.D. from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University

Peter Stern
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Peter Stern is the Chief Financial Officer of BSE Global, the parent company of the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, NBA G League Long Island Nets, and NetsGC of the NBA 2K League.



Prior to joining BSE Global, Stern was Head of U.S. Investments at Alibaba Group. Earlier in his career, he held various banking and investing positions in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Sydney.


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Peter Stern

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Peter Stern is the Chief Financial Officer of BSE Global, the parent company of the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, NBA G League Long Island Nets, and NetsGC of the NBA 2K League.



Prior to joining BSE Global, Stern was Head of U.S. Investments at Alibaba Group. Earlier in his career, he held various banking and investing positions in New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Sydney.



Stern is known for his criminal justice reform work at San Quentin prison and as Senior Advisor at The Last Mile which prepares incarcerated individuals for successful re-entry through business and technology training.  He is a founding member of the E-Town Scholarship fund which supports educational pursuits of children of formerly incarcerated individuals.



A Chicago native, Stern earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  

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

Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer of BSE Global (BSE), a role he also held from 2010 through 2020. In 2021 he served as BSE’s Chief Operating Officer, where he led the efforts around re-opening Barclays Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and had general oversight for arena operations and its health and safety protocols. Gewirtz joined BSE in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Gewirtz advises BSE’s ownership and his executive management colleagues on key business and legal matters for BSE’s holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the New York Liberty, 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 also works closely with Barclays Center management on live event programming initiatives, and he has oversight of BSE’s government relations function.

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Jeff Gewirtz

Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer

Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer of BSE Global (BSE), a role he also held from 2010 through 2020. In 2021 he served as BSE’s Chief Operating Officer, where he led the efforts around re-opening Barclays Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and had general oversight for arena operations and its health and safety protocols. Gewirtz joined BSE in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Gewirtz advises BSE’s ownership and his executive management colleagues on key business and legal matters for BSE’s holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the New York Liberty, 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 also works closely with Barclays Center management on live event programming initiatives, and he has oversight of BSE’s government relations 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 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 the Brooklyn Nets’ 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 is a Board of Directors emeritus member 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 Access Justice Brooklyn and in 2018 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Gewirtz also previously served as pro bono General Counsel to the Eastern Section of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

Prior to BSE, Gewirtz served as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) General Counsel and its 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 (as a secondment, he also served as Corporate Counsel for the Coca-Cola Southeast & West Asia Division, based in Bangkok, Thailand); 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, primarily in connection with the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games and 2004 Athens Olympic Games; the LPGA Tour as General Counsel; and the WTA Tour. He began his legal career as a corporate associate at the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP, where he worked on matters for the firm’s global advertising industry clients, along with sports industry clients such as the USTA and the USOC.

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, from which he is a two-time recipient of its Alumni Achievement Award in Sports Law, and at which he previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Law.

Gewirtz lives in Fayetteville, New York with his wife, Brooke Raphael, who is Vice President of Strategy & Operations for Promontory Therapeutics, and their two children, Eton and Dalia.

Emerson Moore
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Emerson Moore is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of BSE Global where he oversees Human Resources for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League and NetsGC of the NBA 2K League.

Prior to joining BSE Global, Moore spent 13 years with TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications, a global leader in talent acquisition technologies, where he held the positions of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Head of Human Resources.

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Emerson Moore

Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Emerson Moore is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of BSE Global where he oversees Human Resources for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League and NetsGC of the NBA 2K League.

Prior to joining BSE Global, Moore spent 13 years with TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications, a global leader in talent acquisition technologies, where he held the positions of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Head of Human Resources. While overseeing the full scope of global Human Resource functions across 27 offices, Moore also provided strategic leadership and a forward‑thinking approach to staffing, recruitment, employee relations, payroll, compensation and benefits. He was also responsible for all legal matters pertaining to the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as those of its global subsidiaries, and managed the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions, governance and compliance, software services and license agreements, litigation and general corporate matters.


Prior to TMP, Moore was an associate in the corporate department at Proskauer Rose, an international law firm, where he was engaged in a broad-ranging mergers and acquisitions practice, representing private equity firms, global financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

A native of Detroit, MI, Moore graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Actuarial Mathematics. Moore also holds a J.D. from New York Law School, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Moore lives in New Rochelle, NY with his two sons, Emerson III and Harrison.

Laurie Jacoby
Executive Vice President, Chief Entertainment Officer

Laurie Jacoby is the Executive Vice President and Chief Entertainment Officer of BSE Global where she oversees programming and marketing for Barclays Center, including the booking of concerts, non-tenant sporting events, family shows, and award shows. Additionally, she is responsible for the development of other premier live events at the venue.

Prior to joining BSE Global, Jacoby spent 22 years with Madison Square Garden Entertainment, where she held the position of Senior Vice President of Concerts and Entertainment. In her more than two decades of experience, she was responsible for hundreds of high-profile concerts and events at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.

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Laurie Jacoby

Executive Vice President, Chief Entertainment Officer

Laurie Jacoby is the Executive Vice President and Chief Entertainment Officer of BSE Global where she oversees programming and marketing for Barclays Center, including the booking of concerts, non-tenant sporting events, family shows, and award shows. Additionally, she is responsible for the development of other premier live events at the venue.

Prior to joining BSE Global, Jacoby spent 22 years with Madison Square Garden Entertainment, where she held the position of Senior Vice President of Concerts and Entertainment. In her more than two decades of experience, she was responsible for hundreds of high-profile concerts and events at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Prior to joining The Garden, Jacoby held various entertainment positions in Washington and Virginia with companies such as Wolf Trap Foundation and One Reel.

Jacoby is a very talented and widely respected leader in the entertainment industry. She is the current Pollstar Award winner for Venue Executive of the Year, an honor she has earned a total of three times. Other accolades include being named to Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music Executive list and 2019 Power 100 List.

An Atlantic Beach, New York-native, Jacoby earned a B.S. in Telecommunications from University of Oregon and currently resides in New York City.

Mandy Gutmann
Executive Vice President, Communications and Community Relations

As Executive Vice President, Communications and Community Relations, 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 the historic 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 August 2021.

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Mandy Gutmann

Executive Vice President, Communications and Community Relations

As Executive Vice President, Communications and Community Relations, 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 the historic 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 August 2021.

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 her family.

Jackie Wilson, II
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Jackie Wilson oversees BSE Global’s Diversity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives, and helps to develop and execute the company’s overall social justice vision. He spearheads BSE’s Diversity Council, Employee Resource Groups and collaborates to provide a D&I lens with departments across the company. Jackie also developed BSE Global’s Supplier Diversity Program, which creates opportunities for local minority and women-owned businesses to become suppliers of goods and services for the organization.

Jackie joined BSE Global in 2020 with tremendous experience focused on the recruitment and growth of diverse talent, as well as establishing corporate and community programs related to Diversity and Inclusion. Jackie began his career as a litigator, and after a few years, his love of sports led him to become the General Counsel of All Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc., a sports agency based in New York City, where he served as a certified player agent. At All Pro, he was charged with spearheading the social responsibility efforts of professional athletes, helping them identify areas of need in their communities and establishing charitable foundations that addressed those issues, while also overseeing the implementation of community programming.

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Jackie Wilson, II

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Jackie Wilson oversees BSE Global’s Diversity and Inclusion strategies and initiatives, and helps to develop and execute the company’s overall social justice vision. He spearheads BSE’s Diversity Council, Employee Resource Groups and collaborates to provide a D&I lens with departments across the company. Jackie also developed BSE Global’s Supplier Diversity Program, which creates opportunities for local minority and women-owned businesses to become suppliers of goods and services for the organization.

Jackie joined BSE Global in 2020 with tremendous experience focused on the recruitment and growth of diverse talent, as well as establishing corporate and community programs related to Diversity and Inclusion. Jackie began his career as a litigator, and after a few years, his love of sports led him to become the General Counsel of All Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc., a sports agency based in New York City, where he served as a certified player agent. At All Pro, he was charged with spearheading the social responsibility efforts of professional athletes, helping them identify areas of need in their communities and establishing charitable foundations that addressed those issues, while also overseeing the implementation of community programming.

After more than five years at All Pro, Jackie followed his entrepreneurial dreams and his passion for fitness into health and wellness space by becoming the founder and CEO of Nova Fitness Innovation. As a Black entrepreneur, Jackie not only focused on diversity and inclusion within his own company, but also participated in efforts to help other minority entrepreneurs break the barriers he and his professional athlete clients have faced.

Jackie is a proud graduate of Duke University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy with a minor degree in African American Studies, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Adina Erwin
Executive Vice President, Business Operations and General Manager, Barclays Center

Adina Erwin is Executive Vice President, Business Operations and General Manager of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In her role, she oversees facility operations for the HSS Training Center and BSE Global headquarters in Industry City as well as all aspects of Barclays Center. Erwin joined Barclays Center in 2020, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry.

Prior to joining Barclays Center, Erwin served as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. During her tenure, the Fox Theatre received multiple accolades, including the ranking of #1 Theatre of the Decade Worldwide by Billboard. Erwin launched the award-winning Fox Theatre Institute, an innovative community engagement and consulting division that provided more than $3 million in grant funding and support to communities in Georgia. She also developed and led a master plan that enhanced existing revenue streams, introduced new revenue opportunities and improved guest and premium experience assets for the Fox Theatre.

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Adina Erwin

Executive Vice President, Business Operations and General Manager, Barclays Center

Adina Erwin is Executive Vice President, Business Operations and General Manager of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In her role, she oversees facility operations for the HSS Training Center and BSE Global headquarters in Industry City as well as all aspects of Barclays Center. Erwin joined Barclays Center in 2020, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry.

Prior to joining Barclays Center, Erwin served as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. During her tenure, the Fox Theatre received multiple accolades, including the ranking of #1 Theatre of the Decade Worldwide by Billboard. Erwin launched the award-winning Fox Theatre Institute, an innovative community engagement and consulting division that provided more than $3 million in grant funding and support to communities in Georgia. She also developed and led a master plan that enhanced existing revenue streams, introduced new revenue opportunities and improved guest and premium experience assets for the Fox Theatre.

Since 1993, Erwin has worked in various types of entertainment venues including arenas, convention centers and theaters. In Jacksonville, Florida, she held various management roles for SMG-Jacksonville facilities, such as TIAA Bank Field, Vystar Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she also served on the Super Bowl Host Committee and Event Team for Super Bowl XXXIX.

Prior to her position in Florida, Erwin was Director of Guest Services at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas where she created, managed and supervised a guest services department recognized for excellence in service by the National Basketball Association. She served on the Opening Team for this arena and served as the Event Manager for the 1999 Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Stars.

Her additional previous experience in the entertainment venue management industry include positions with Reunion Arena, the Charlotte Coliseum, Mobile Convention and Civic Centers. Erwin received a BA in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to earn her Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts Sport Management Program.

Erwin has served as an Instructor at the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Venue Management School (VMS) since 2003. She will serve as Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors during the upcoming 2022-23 year. She has also served as both Chair of the Board of Regents for VMS and the 2011 Exchange Instructor for the Venue Management School in Australia. In 2013, she was awarded the Ray W. Ward Award for her dedication and extraordinary contributions to the overall success and quality of VMS.

VenuesNow Magazine recognized Erwin as a “Women of Influence” in the music and entertainment venues industry and she was selected as one of the “Women Who Mean Business” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the IAVM Foundation and is currently 1st Chair Elect for the Board of Directors of IAVM.

Alton Byrd
Senior Vice President, Growth Properties

As Senior Vice President of Growth Properties for the Long Island Nets and Nets GC, Alton Byrd oversees strategic and operational activities for the NBA G League team of the Brooklyn Nets and Nets GC of the NBA 2K League. 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. He now also works on the strategic business operations of NBA 2K team Nets GC.

Prior to joining the Long Island Nets in 2016, Byrd has accumulated over 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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Alton Byrd

Senior Vice President, Growth Properties

As Senior Vice President of Growth Properties for the Long Island Nets and Nets GC, Alton Byrd oversees strategic and operational activities for the NBA G League team of the Brooklyn Nets and Nets GC of the NBA 2K League. 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. He now also works on the strategic business operations of NBA 2K team Nets GC.

Prior to joining the Long Island Nets in 2016, Byrd has accumulated over 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 person of color to become 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 has held sports roles including Head Coach, General Manager, Partial Team Owner, Head of Strategic Alliances, Chief Revenue Officer, and Head of Business Operations throughout his career.

Byrd is a 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. Byrd was also named Columbia Men’s Basketball Alumni of the Year in 2019.

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.
Chris Giacalone
Vice President, Hospitality

Chris Giacalone is Vice President of Hospitality for BSE Global where he oversees Barclays Center’s premium hospitality spaces and the concourse concessions, working with his team to curate a refreshed and exciting local food story as part of the arena’s Brooklyn Taste program.

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Chris Giacalone

Vice President, Hospitality

Chris Giacalone is Vice President of Hospitality for BSE Global where he oversees Barclays Center’s premium hospitality spaces and the concourse concessions, working with his team to curate a refreshed and exciting local food story as part of the arena’s Brooklyn Taste program. Chris joined the arena after serving as Director of Global Openings for Levy where he led a wide array of new venue launches, including Chase Center, the home of the Golden State Warriors, and Allegiant Stadium, the home of the Las Vegas Raiders. Prior to that, he was Director of Operations for Levy at Nassau Coliseum for two years and has additionally held director and management roles with Three Kings Restaurant Group and Goldman Sachs. He began his Levy career in 2012 helping to open Barclays Center as the General Manager of Concessions.