BSE Leaders

BSE Global Leaders

  • Mikhail Prokhorov
    Mikhail Prokhorov
    Owner
  • Dmitry Razumov
    Dmitry Razumov
    Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Maureen Hanlon
    Maureen Hanlon
    President, Onexim Sports and Entertainment
  • Brett Yormark
    Brett Yormark
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Leo Ehrline
    Leo Ehrline
    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
  • Michael Zavodsky
    Michael Zavodsky
    Chief Revenue Officer
  • Keith Sheldon
    Keith Sheldon
    Executive Vice President, Programming
  • Elizabeth Brooks
    Elizabeth Brooks
    Chief Marketing Officer
  • Joshua Pruss
    Joshua Pruss
    Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships
  • Dan Lefton
    Dan Lefton
    Senior Vice President of Ticketing, Strategy & Operations
  • Mandy Gutmann
    Mandy Gutmann
    Vice President, Communications
  • Alton Byrd
    Alton Byrd
    Vice President, Long Island Nets Business Operations
Mikhail Prokhorov
Owner

Mikhail Prokhorov, through Onexim Sports and Entertainment, is the owner of Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, and he has majority ownership in the operating company for NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  In addition, he is the Governor for the Nets on the NBA’s Board of Governors.

Mikhail is the principal owner of Onexim Group, a private investment fund created in 2007. Among the assets currently owned and/or managed by Onexim Group are metal companies (Rusal, Intergeo), financial services (Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit, MFK Bank, Soglassye Insurance), utilities (Quadra), and manufacturing (Obuv Rossii).

Prior to Onexim Group, Mikhail was the Chief Executive Officer of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, from 2001 to 2007. In this capacity, in addition to transforming Norilsk Nickel into one of the world’s premiere mining and metals companies, he spearheaded the company’s investments in sports, including leading CSKA to two Euroleague basketball championships.

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Owner

Mikhail Prokhorov, through Onexim Sports and Entertainment, is the owner of Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, and he has majority ownership in the operating company for NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  In addition, he is the Governor for the Nets on the NBA’s Board of Governors.

Mikhail is the principal owner of Onexim Group, a private investment fund created in 2007. Among the assets currently owned and/or managed by Onexim Group are metal companies (Rusal, Intergeo), financial services (Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit, MFK Bank, Soglassye Insurance), utilities (Quadra), and manufacturing (Obuv Rossii).

Prior to Onexim Group, Mikhail was the Chief Executive Officer of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, from 2001 to 2007. In this capacity, in addition to transforming Norilsk Nickel into one of the world’s premiere mining and metals companies, he spearheaded the company’s investments in sports, including leading CSKA to two Euroleague basketball championships.

Before joining Norilsk Nickel, Mikhail was the President of Rosbank, a leading Russian commercial bank, from 2000 to 2001. From 1993 to 2000, he had served as Chairman of the Board of Onexim Bank, at the time Russia’s largest privately-owned commercial bank. From 1992 to 1993, he was Chairman of the Board of International Finance Company, a Russian commercial bank.

In 2011, Mikhail stepped away from the day-to-day management of his assets to enter the political realm. He briefly headed a political party, and then campaigned as an independent candidate for the presidency of the Russian Federation.

Mikhail was born in Moscow, Russia in 1965. His mother, Tamara, was a chemical engineer and his father, Dmitry, was head of the international department for the Soviet Sport Committee, a circumstance that greatly influenced his love of sports from an early age.

Mikhail is passionate about sports and enjoys the Tibetan martial art of Tescao in addition to windsurfing, jet skiing and heli-skiing. He has served as President of the Russian Biathlon Union.

Mikhail created the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation in 2004 to support a wide range of causes, from sports to cultural development.

Dmitry Razumov
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dmitry Razumov is the CEO of Onexim Group, a private investment fund with a diverse portfolio of assets ranging from commodities to utilities to financial services to sports and entertainment. He hails from Moscow, Russia and studied at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations, where he received a degree in International Law. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

Dmitry began his career as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance before shifting his focus to investment banking at Renaissance Capital. In 1998, he co-founded LV Finance, an independent venture capital firm, which stands behind the success of MegaFon, Russia's largest mobile phone operator. From 2001, Dmitry served as Deputy CEO for Strategy and M&A at Norilsk Nickel, Russia's largest mining company, going global through groundbreaking deals to acquire assets of Stillwater Mining Company, Gold Fields and Polyus Gold. Dmitry took Norilsk Nickel to a new level, with the company achieving industry's best corporate governance standards among Russian blue-chip companies. He has served on the boards of Rusal, the world's largest aluminum producer, and Uralkali, the world's leading potash producer and chaired the boards of OPIN development group, Soglassye Insurance, Intergeo mining, Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit and RBC.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dmitry Razumov is the CEO of Onexim Group, a private investment fund with a diverse portfolio of assets ranging from commodities to utilities to financial services to sports and entertainment. He hails from Moscow, Russia and studied at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations, where he received a degree in International Law. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

 Dmitry began his career as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance before shifting his focus to investment banking at Renaissance Capital. In 1998, he co-founded LV Finance, an independent venture capital firm, which stands behind the success of MegaFon, Russia’s largest mobile phone operator. From 2001, Dmitry served as Deputy CEO for Strategy and M&A at Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, going global through groundbreaking deals to acquire assets of Stillwater Mining Company, Gold Fields and Polyus Gold. Dmitry took Norilsk Nickel to a new level, with the company achieving industry’s best corporate governance standards among Russian blue-chip companies. He has served on the boards of Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer, and Uralkali, the world’s leading potash producer and chaired the boards of OPIN development group, Soglassye Insurance, Intergeo mining, Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit and RBC.

Maureen Hanlon
President, Onexim Sports and Entertainment

Maureen Hanlon is the president of Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc., the enterprise that owns BSE Global. Hanlon provides counsel for corporate transactions in coordination with BSE’s legal department, serves on the Board of Advisory Directors for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, and acts as a liaison to Onexim’s headquarters in Moscow.

Hanlon brings more than 25 years of experience in legal practice to BSE. She previously worked for Hogan Lovells US LLP where she assisted her clients in acquisitions, joint ventures, and commercial transactions in the sports, media, and entertainment industries. While at Hogan Lovells, Hanlon served as primary outside counsel to Onexim for eight years, and was instrumental during its acquisition of 100 percent equity interest in Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, and its purchase of a majority interest in NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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President, Onexim Sports and Entertainment

Maureen Hanlon is the president of Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc., the enterprise that owns BSE Global. Hanlon provides counsel for corporate transactions in coordination with BSE’s legal department, serves on the Board of Advisory Directors for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, and acts as a liaison to Onexim’s headquarters in Moscow.

Hanlon brings more than 25 years of experience in legal practice to BSE. She previously worked for Hogan Lovells US LLP where she assisted her clients in acquisitions, joint ventures, and commercial transactions in the sports, media, and entertainment industries. While at Hogan Lovells, Hanlon served as primary outside counsel to Onexim for eight years, and was instrumental during its acquisition of 100 percent equity interest in Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, and its purchase of a majority interest in NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Hanlon earned her Doctor of Law from Columbia University. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and was named to Sports Business Journal’s 2016 Power Players: Outside Counsel.

Brett Yormark
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of BSE Global, Brett Yormark oversees the business enterprise that manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, Webster Hall, and the Nets’ NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Yormark is a member of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Alongside Charlie Walk of the Republic Group, Yormark co-founded the BSE Global Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance and supports development initiatives and unique content opportunities for Barclays Center.

Yormark oversaw all aspects of the Nets’ move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012, including the rebranding, marketing, and sponsorship sales. Since its grand opening in September 2012, Yormark has had oversight for all facets of Barclays Center, including operations, event programming, sales, and marketing. In January 2007, Yormark secured a 20-year strategic marketing partnership with Barclays, which includes the naming rights to Barclays Center.

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Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of BSE Global, Brett Yormark oversees the business enterprise that manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, Webster Hall, and the Nets’ NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Yormark is a member of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Alongside Charlie Walk of the Republic Group, Yormark co-founded the BSE Global Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance and supports development initiatives and unique content opportunities for Barclays Center.

Yormark oversaw all aspects of the Nets’ move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012, including the rebranding, marketing, and sponsorship sales. Since its grand opening in September 2012, Yormark has had oversight for all facets of Barclays Center, including operations, event programming, sales, and marketing. In January 2007, Yormark secured a 20-year strategic marketing partnership with Barclays, which includes the naming rights to Barclays Center.

In leading the Nets relocation and marketing campaign, Yormark developed and transformed the Nets brand from a traditional sports team to a trendy lifestyle brand, revolutionizing the public appeal through marketing, partnerships, and public relations efforts. In the 2012-13 season, the team’s first in Brooklyn, the Nets reached the top five in merchandise sales at the NBA Store and on NBAstore.com, after the team was last in the league in merchandise sales during its final season in New Jersey.

Yormark and the Nets’ marketing team created and introduced the team’s successful “Hello Brooklyn” campaign, a multifaceted marketing campaign that built a connection between the borough and its new home team, and captured the attitude, pride, and history of Brooklyn. #hellobrooklyn was seen by 25 million Twitter users on April 30, 2012, the launch day of the Brooklyn Nets brand. Yormark was also instrumental in arranging for the unique black-and-white color scheme of the Brooklyn Nets, which became the first team in the NBA to wear the color combination.

Yormark negotiated the agreement with JAY-Z to open Barclays Center with eight consecutive nights of concerts starting on Sept. 28, 2012. JAY-Z unveiled the Brooklyn Nets jersey on stage, marrying sports and entertainment in unprecedented fashion.

Yormark was also instrumental in facilitating the move of the New York Islanders to Barclays Center in October 2015, and spearheads the team’s marketing, ticket and sponsorship sales, and in-game experience.

In keeping with his goal to bring the best programming to Barclays Center, Yormark has secured high-profile programming alliances with the industry leaders in concerts, professional boxing, top college basketball, and family shows. Some of the programming alliances have included Live Nation for concerts, Feld Entertainment for family shows, and dick clark productions, which broadcasted worldwide Barclays Center’s renowned New Year’s Eve concerts on ABC’s Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

In fall 2015, Yormark oversaw a partnership with TIDAL to become the title sponsor of Barclays Center’s theater. Yormark also secured an alliance with Billboard to unveil Billboard Lounge, an exclusive lounge area situated on the arena’s event level.

In making Barclays Center a must-play for college basketball, Yormark secured agreements to host the storied ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2017 and 2018, and the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2016. Additionally, the venue hosted the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship for four consecutive years, and the event will return to the arena in 2019. Yormark has also secured the agreement to host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional in 2021 at Barclays Center.

Furthermore, in fortifying Barclays Center as the center of boxing in the country, Yormark was named to the Supreme Council of WBC, having brought several nationally televised Premier Boxing Champions events to the venue since 2015. In further diversifying its BROOKLYN BOXING platform, BSE launched an apparel line featuring activewear and lifestyle apparel, and named Brooklyn native and WBA world middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs as the face of the brand.

Yormark also initiated BSE’s collaboration with Cooper Holdings, Inc., to form a new naming rights venture, ENTITLE, which aims to provide properties and brands with meaningful partnerships and has retained a number of high profile clients.
Through a partnership with Disney Institute, Yormark has made great customer service a priority at Barclays Center and the Coliseum. With its comprehensive program, Disney Institute trains Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment employees in providing a guest experience that is unmatched by any major sports and entertainment venues in New York.

In 2013, Yormark was instrumental in securing the winning bid for BSE to renovate and operate the Coliseum on Long Island, which reopened on April 5, 2017 after a major renovation project. The venue is home to the Long Island Nets and hosts a variety of events annually, including concerts, family shows, college basketball, the ATP 250 tennis event formerly known as The Memphis Open, and BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island.

Yormark joined the Nets after a successful six-year period with NASCAR, for which he helped build the stock-car racing company into a major sports property. As vice president of corporate marketing in 2003, he oversaw a $750 million deal with Nextel Communications — changing the name of stock car racing’s premier circuit to the NASCAR Nextel Cup — at the time the largest sponsorship agreement in the history of American sports.

Yormark has been named the maximum three times to the “Forty Under 40” list by Sports Business Journal and was selected twice to the “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s New York Business. He has been profiled in Newsweek, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Gotham, Hamptons, Success, The New York Times, and USA Today, and on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and CNBC.

Yormark is on the board of the City Parks Foundation, the TJ Martell Foundation and NYC & Company. He is the proud father of Madison, 16, and Drake, 13, and is married to Elaina Scotto.

Leo Ehrline
Chief Experience Officer

As 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 the Islanders relationship at Barclays Center.

In his 21-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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Chief Experience Officer

As 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 the Islanders relationship at Barclays Center.

In his 21-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, with his wife, Kathy. His two sons also 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 the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliated arena operating company in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and he was promoted to his current EVP and CLO position in 2010. He served as BSE’s Chief Administrative Officer in 2016 and 2017 and he was named BSE’s Chief Compliance Officer in September 2017.

Gewirtz is responsible for advising BSE’s Board of Advisory Directors and executive management on key legal, business, and strategic matters for BSE’s holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the business operations of the New York Islanders, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Webster Hall, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets, and ENTITLE, a venue naming rights and sponsorship sales and advisory joint venture with Cooper Holdings, LLC. Through his management of the BSE Legal Department, Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, media, litigation, compliance, and day-to-day legal and business affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Gewirtz also serves as corporate secretary for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center entities.

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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 the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliated arena operating company in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and he was promoted to his current EVP and CLO position in 2010. He served as BSE’s Chief Administrative Officer in 2016 and 2017 and he was named BSE’s Chief Compliance Officer in September 2017.

Gewirtz is responsible for advising BSE’s Board of Advisory Directors and executive management on key legal, business, and strategic matters for BSE’s holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the business operations of the New York Islanders, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Webster Hall, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets, and ENTITLE, a venue naming rights and sponsorship sales and advisory joint venture with Cooper Holdings, LLC. Through his management of the BSE Legal Department, Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, media, litigation, compliance, and day-to-day legal and business affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Gewirtz also serves as corporate secretary for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center entities.

Gewirtz was a key member of the negotiating team for BSE’s most significant commercial initiatives, such as the 2012 relocation of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, development of the $1 billion Barclays Center, team and arena ownership transfer transactions in 2010 and 2016, the April 2018 landmark team ownership transfer transaction, 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, the launch of business operations for the New York Islanders in connection with the team’s relocation to Barclays Center as of the 2015-16 NHL season, and BSE’s media rights alliances.

The current legal department led by Gewirtz was named one of the top 50 in-house legal departments in the United States under the GC Powerlist for 2015, published by The Legal 500 Series. 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, where he is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee and he is a past Sports Committee Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He previously served as pro bono General Counsel for the Eastern Section of the U.S. Tennis Association. 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 legal positions with The Coca-Cola Company’s Corporate Legal Division as Global Marketing Counsel, IOC Television & Marketing Services SA as Director of Legal Affairs, 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 a Director at Intercept Pharmaceuticals, 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, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Webster Hall, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

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, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Webster Hall, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

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.

Michael Zavodsky
Chief Revenue Officer

Michael Zavodsky has quickly risen through the ranks within the BSE Global. Starting as an intern to CEO Brett Yormark in May 2005, Zavodsky transitioned from Account Executive, to Director, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships, and finally to his current position as Chief Revenue Officer.

In his current role, Zavodsky oversees the ticketing, suites, sponsorship sales, and partnership marketing departments for all of BSE’s venues and businesses, including Barclays Center; the Brooklyn Nets, as well as its HSS Training Center and its G League team, the Long Island Nets; the New York Islanders; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Webster Hall, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

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Chief Revenue Officer

Michael Zavodsky has quickly risen through the ranks within the BSE Global. Starting as an intern to CEO Brett Yormark in May 2005, Zavodsky transitioned from Account Executive, to Director, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships, and finally to his current position as Chief Revenue Officer.

In his current role, Zavodsky oversees the ticketing, suites, sponsorship sales, and partnership marketing departments for all of BSE’s venues and businesses, including Barclays Center; the Brooklyn Nets, as well as its HSS Training Center and its G League team, the Long Island Nets; the New York Islanders; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Webster Hall, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

Zavodsky has been able to partner with some of the best brands in the world during his tenure in Brooklyn, including American Express, GEICO, Stoli, Calvin Klein, Anheuser-Busch, Infor, JetBlue, New York Life, New York Daily News, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, National Grid, Honda, Ticketmaster, RedBull, Amtrak, and adidas.

He has a notable ability for identifying non-traditional partners in the sports and entertainment industry, including GQ, Zappos, Steve Madden, Haworth, Viacom, and Jackson Lewis. He helped introduce fantasy sports into mainstream sponsorship, consummating a two-team deal with FanDuel which made the Nets and the Orlando Magic the first two teams in major pro sports to partner with the company.

Zavodsky was critical in securing New York Community Bank (NYCB) as the presenting partner for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He has also been responsible for the naming rights partnerships for Barclays Center, IZOD Center, Rutgers’ High Point Solutions Stadium, and Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.

Following his success in the naming rights sector, Zavodsky oversaw the launch of ENTITLE, a naming rights company under BSE’s umbrella in partnership with Cooper Holdings, Inc. ENTITLE, which launched in November 2016, aims to provide properties and brands with meaningful partnerships, and has retained a number of high profile clients.

Zavodsky attended Quinnipiac University and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater, the youngest recipient in University’s history. He was named one of Leaders’ “Leaders Under 40” in 2017, Sports Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2016, and previously named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and one of Sport Pro Magazine’s “10 Next.” The New Jersey native currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Keith Sheldon
Executive Vice President, Programming

As Executive Vice President of Programming for BSE Global, Keith Sheldon oversees the booking of concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events for BSE venues including Barclays Center, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He also plays an integral role in planning and development as the BSE roster of venues expands to include Webster Hall and the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater.

Since joining BSE as Vice President in 2014, Sheldon has increased Barclays Center’s bookings year over year and delivered premium live content such as concerts from Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, JAY-Z, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, and premier sporting events such as Premier Boxing Champions, major NCAA college basketball, 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 the premier industry publications.

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Executive Vice President, Programming

As Executive Vice President of Programming for BSE Global, Keith Sheldon oversees the booking of concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events for BSE venues including Barclays Center, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He also plays an integral role in planning and development as the BSE roster of venues expands to include Webster Hall and the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater.

Since joining BSE as Vice President in 2014, Sheldon has increased Barclays Center’s bookings year over year and delivered premium live content such as concerts from Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, JAY-Z, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, and premier sporting events such as Premier Boxing Champions, major NCAA college basketball, 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 the premier industry publications.

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 a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Originally from Sudbury, MA, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sally, and their two daughters.

Elizabeth Brooks
Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer of BSE Global, Elizabeth Brooks oversees all of the marketing efforts for BSE’s teams and arenas, including branding, advertising, merchandising, creative, digital, and in-game presentation.

Prior to joining BSE, Brooks served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive in Residence at the private equity firm, Sopris Capital Associates, where she worked across multiple high-growth portfolio companies.

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Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer of BSE Global, Elizabeth Brooks oversees all of the marketing efforts for BSE’s teams and arenas, including branding, advertising, merchandising, creative, digital, and in-game presentation.

Prior to joining BSE, Brooks served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive in Residence at the private equity firm, Sopris Capital Associates, where she worked across multiple high-growth portfolio companies.

An industry leader with more than 20 years of experience, Brooks has held senior marketing roles in entertainment, technology, and music, including CMO of big data innovator Lucid, Senior Vice President of Content & Marketing for Live Nation Entertainment, and CMO of RealD, the global leader in 3D cinema. At Lucid, Brooks’s brand leadership propelled the company to its recent $60M minority investment round. While at Live Nation, Brooks drove triple digit growth in key digital customer metrics and grew revenue in digital, sponsorship, and branded content.

Brooks resides in Manhattan with her husband, Brett, and her two dogs, Johnny Cash and Leia.

Joshua Pruss
Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships

Joshua Pruss is the Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for BSE Global. He is responsible for the oversight and strategy development of sponsorship sales and marketing for corporate partners of Barclays Center; the Brooklyn Nets and their G League team, the Long Island Nets; the New York Islanders; and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Pruss, who joined the organization in 2008, previously served as Senior Vice President of Partnership Marketing. He was an integral part of the grand opening of Barclays Center in September 2012, as well as the relocation of the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Throughout the transition, Pruss oversaw the sponsorship effort culminating in Barclays Center’s elite group of founding partners, including American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Express, Calvin Klein, EmblemHealth, GEICO, JetBlue, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, Ticketmaster, and Barclays, the venue’s naming rights partner. He was also instrumental in the strategy development for the roster of New York Islanders corporate partners when the team moved to Brooklyn in 2015.

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Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships

Joshua Pruss is the Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for BSE Global. He is responsible for the oversight and strategy development of sponsorship sales and marketing for corporate partners of Barclays Center; the Brooklyn Nets and their G League team, the Long Island Nets; the New York Islanders; and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Pruss, who joined the organization in 2008, previously served as Senior Vice President of Partnership Marketing. He was an integral part of the grand opening of Barclays Center in September 2012, as well as the relocation of the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Throughout the transition, Pruss oversaw the sponsorship effort culminating in Barclays Center’s elite group of founding partners, including American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Express, Calvin Klein, EmblemHealth, GEICO, JetBlue, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, Ticketmaster, and Barclays, the venue’s naming rights partner. He was also instrumental in the strategy development for the roster of New York Islanders corporate partners when the team moved to Brooklyn in 2015.

Prior to BSE, Pruss was an Account Director at Civic Entertainment Group, an award-winning marketing firm in New York City. Pruss began his career at ProServ, a Washington D.C.-based sports management agency. There, he worked on the Corporate Consulting team, which eventually became part of SFX Sports, a full-service sports management company.

His career highlights include managing National Football League partnership activations for Staples and HERSHEY’S, developing the marketing concept and activation platform for CNN at the Republican National Convention in NYC, and producing NCAA Championship Opening Ceremonies across several sports.

A native of New Milford, CT, Pruss graduated from the University of Delaware and currently resides in Chatham, NJ with his wife Brittney and their three children.

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 the ticket sales, suite sales, premium services, and the box office for Barclays Center; the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets; the New York Islanders business operations; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Webster Hall; and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

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 the ticket sales, suite sales, premium services, and the box office for Barclays Center; the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets; the New York Islanders business operations; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Webster Hall; and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

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.

Lefton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from Penn State University and a master’s degree in sport management from Temple University. He resides in North Caldwell, NJ with his wife Laura and three children Jake, Emily, and Brandon.

Mandy Gutmann
Vice President, Communications

As Vice President of Communications, Mandy Gutmann leads the business communications efforts for BSE Global properties, including Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Webster Hall, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. 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, and most recently, the re-opening of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. 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 2017.

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Vice President, Communications

As Vice President of Communications, Mandy Gutmann leads the business communications efforts for BSE Global properties, including Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets and their NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Webster Hall, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. 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, and most recently, the re-opening of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. 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 2017.

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 husband, Josh, and son, Caleb.

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 April 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 April 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 holds a degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Columbia University, where he starred on the men’s basketball team and is a member of the Lions Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was inducted into the 2018 Class of Legends of Ivy League Basketball. A three-year captain for Columbia, Byrd still holds the program’s career record with 526 assists. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1976-77 and earned First Team All-Ivy accolades in each of his three varsity seasons, behind an Ivy League career-best 7.41 assist average.

He currently resides on Long Island with his wife, Francine.