Chairman, Comcast Spectacor and Founder, Philadelphia Flyers
Ed Snider was an icon – an entrepreneur, a passionate philanthropist, a risk-taker for the greater good, and a true visionary in the sports and entertainment industry.
Chairman, Comcast Spectacor and Founder, Philadelphia Flyers Ed Snider was an icon – an entrepreneur, a passionate philanthropist, a risk-taker for the greater good, and a true visionary in the sports and entertainment industry.
Driven to succeed from an early age, Ed Snider would bring a new team and a new industry into existence, rooting them into the fabric of the city he quickly fell in love with; one that adopted him as its own.
His entrepreneurial drive started early. He first worked at his father’s grocery store and later, during his college years at the University of Maryland, created a business with his fraternity brothers to sell Christmas trees. After graduating from college as a certified public accountant, he quickly realized he wanted to run a business more than anything. He and a partner started a wholesale record distributor, Edge Ltd., in 1955. Three years later, he co-founded the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) which is now known as the Music Business Association.
Ed Snider’s emergence as a leader in the Philadelphia sports market started in 1964 as vice president with the Philadelphia Eagles. Two years later, he transformed sports in the city when he mortgaged his home to establish a National Hockey League (NHL) franchise as the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers were quick to succeed and became the first expansion team to capture the coveted Stanley Cup when they won it in 1974 and again in 1975. The Flyers went on to become the only National Hockey League team to defeat the powerful Soviet Union national team when it toured North America in 1976. Ed Snider became the driving force behind the Spectrum, Philadelphia’s iconic arena and home to the Flyers and National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers when, once again, he used his own financing to buy it out of bankruptcy in 1972.
In 1973, leveraging his knowledge of the sports and entertainment worlds, he created Spectacor as the management company to oversee the Flyers and the Spectrum. This move helped launch an entire industry – private management of sports and entertainment facilities. In 1976, Ed Snider’s vision turned to broadcasting. He created PRISM – the first 24-hour regional cable network in the nation to combine sports and movies.
Over the next 20 years, Spectacor experienced significant growth, earning national acclaim for its impact in the sports and entertainment industry. Under Ed Snider’s guidance, Spectacor developed and acquired nearly a dozen related lines of business including WIP-AM, which later became one of the first all sports radio stations. Spectacor was renamed Comcast Spectacor after Comcast Corporation acquired the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996 and then merged with Spectacor. The company has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most successful companies in the industry and as an unparalleled innovator. Until his death, Ed Snider served as chairman of Comcast Spectacor.
In the early 1990s, Ed Snider had yet another vision for the city he loved: to create a state-of-the-art arena for the Flyers and the 76ers. He worked with city government and the business community to privately finance and build what is today called the Wells Fargo Center, which opened in 1996. It has since become a must play destination for the best people in the sports and entertainment industry to showcase their talent. Today, Comcast Spectacor has three businesses: the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center and Spectra, the company’s hosting and entertainment division. The Flyers are second in National Hockey League history behind the Montreal Canadiens in all-time points percentage.
The Wells Fargo Center is a perennial Top Five arena in North America and Spectra currently manages venues, food services and ticketing for over 300 clients at more than 400 global properties. All of this is a tribute to the man who conceived and steered the growth of the enterprise.
One of Ed Snider’s proudest accomplishments was the creation of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in 2005. It provides underserved children from urban neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ, with the opportunity to learn to play the game of ice hockey and as a means to succeed in the game of life. The Foundation partnered with the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010 to complete a $14.5 million construction project, completely refurbishing four public rinks in the city for year-round use. This project included new classrooms, learning labs, and public meeting space, as well as upgrading these rinks to NHL standards. Snider Hockey now funds and administers programming for more than 3,000 boys and girls at nine inner-city sites. Ed Snider matched every $1 contributed by donors with $2 of his own money.
In addition to the legacy of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, Ed Snider also created Flyers Charities. The Flyers Wives Carnival, its signature event, is a highly attended annual event hosted by the wives that has raised more than $28 million since its inception in 1977. These charities have impacted millions of people in the region and touched the hearts of millions of fans. The Snider Foundation, Ed Snider’s private family foundation, has been a significant contributor to numerous nonprofit organizations that share and promote the values of limited government, individual and economic liberty, free markets and private enterprise, Jewish culture and survival, fighting anti-Semitism and enriching local communities.
Ed Snider’s business success and philanthropy has been widely recognized. In addition to serving on the NHL’s Executive Committee, he was a recipient of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States (1980). He also is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1985), the Hockey Hall of Fame (1988), the Flyers Hall of Fame (1989), the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1997), the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2005), the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2007), and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame (2011). In 1999, the Philadelphia Daily News named Ed Snider the Greatest Mover and Shaker of the Millennium. Later, in 2012, the SportsBusiness Journal acknowledged him with The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business award and he was also ranked 43rd on the 50 Most Influential People in their Sports Business list.
He received the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s William Penn Award (2005); the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2005) awarded to Americans of all ethnic backgrounds who have made significant contributions to society; the Philadelphia Business Journal Philanthropist of the Year (2015); and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Sports Summit (2015).
Ed Snider was a proud graduate and generous benefactor of the University of Maryland. He received the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maryland in 2012. He and The Snider Foundation established the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at his alma mater in 2014.
He received honorary degrees from Hahnemann University (1985) and Thomas Jefferson University (1999). He was also a benefactor of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; a member of the board of directors of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; and a founder and dedicated contributor to the Ayn Rand Institute.
At the time of his death, Ed Snider resided with his wife, Lin, in suburban Philadelphia, and Montecito, CA. At the center of his life’s work were his children — daughters Lindy, Tina, and Sarena, and sons Craig, Jay, and Samuel, as well as his 15 grandchildren. He was also survived by his sister, Phyllis Foreman, and former spouses Martha (McGeary) and Christine (Decroix).
President/Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Spectacor
David A. Scott was named President/Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Spectacor on July 29, 2015.
He joined Comcast Spectacor as President and Chief Operating Officer on December 2, 2013. He retired from Comcast on July 1, 2013 after 20 years with Comcast.
He quickly established a OneComcast Spectacor culture with a unified “Go-To-Market” approach, a renewed focus on operational excellence and client retention and standardization of back office systems and support. In June 2015, Scott launched a rebranding of the company’s three divisions that are engaged in live event management – Global Spectrum, Ovations Food Services, and Paciolan. These now operate cohesively as Spectra, a singular, new brand, raising the bar on live event experiences by always putting the customer first.
Scott had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Cable since 2005, with responsibility for the Company’s financial planning and strategy, accounting, procurement and executive project management organization (EPMO), as well as oversight for the legal group. During this time Comcast acquired approximately 5 million new customers and launched Comcast Digital Voice and Business Services.
Scott served as President of Comcast’s Former Midwest Division from 1999 to 2005, where he led operations serving approximately 4 million cable customers. Under his leadership the Midwest Division integrated several acquisitions, including 2.4 million former AT&T Broadband customers in Greater Chicago, the Twin Cities, Michigan and Indiana.
He joined Comcast in 1993 as Regional Vice President of Comcast’s Southeast Region after extensive roles in finance and operations with two other communication companies, and in 1996 set up what was formerly the Southern Division based in Atlanta. The former Southern and Midwest Divisions were consolidated into the new Central Division in 2010.
Scott holds a BBA in Accounting from Cleveland State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He currently serves on the Board of the Comcast Foundation and Conditional Access Licensing (CAL) and has been a past Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Focus Hope and Cranbrook Science Institute in the Detroit area.
Scott is married with five children.
Fred A. Shabel is Vice Chairman of Comcast Spectacor, a multifaceted hospitality firm specializing in live sports and entertainment. He has been with Comcast Spectacor (and its predecessor Spectacor) for 35 years.
During that time, Shabel has guided the company’s transition from being a local sports team in one arena, to being a moving force in the Philadelphia Community.
Shabel is an active participant in numerous community organizations. He currently serves on the following Boards: Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation; Honorary Board of Directors of Police Athletic League; and Chairman Emeritus of Visit Philadelphia; as well as the Advisory Board of Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (formally Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education). Previously he served as Chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (now called Visit Philadelphia), and served on the Boards of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Arthritis Foundation, the Philadelphia Sports Congress, the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation and Executive Committee of the Independence Visitor Center Corporation, the Franklin Institute, the Moore College of Art, and Friends of Rittenhouse Square, One to One Mentoring, Center City District, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Partners, the Institute for Cancer and Blood Diseases and the Philadelphia Police Foundation. He also served as a member of the Court of Judicial Discipline of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Prior to joining Spectacor in 1980, he was Vice President for Operations at the University of Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1980. He was Penn’s Athletic Director from 1967 to 1975. In that time, his team achieved 28 Ivy League titles and numerous national rankings. In 1972-73, Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn accomplished a benchmark season, topping all previous victory records during the school’s 26 year in the Ivy League.
During his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, Shabel served as Chairman of the Ivy League Athletic Directors and the Eastern Collegiate Television Committee, and was Director of the Penn Relays.
Shabel graduated from Duke University where he played on the Duke Men’s Basketball team and after serving in the Air Force because an assistant basketball coach under Vic Bubas from 1957 to 1963. He moved on to become head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and was honored as New England Coach of the Year in 1964. He has been the recipient of many awards including the Duke Alumni Award, the Penn Varsity Club Award, the University of Pennsylvania Hunter Lott Award, the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award and Girl Scout of Southeastern Pennsylvania “Take the Lead” Champion Award.
Fred and his wife Irene reside in Center City, Philadelphia. He has two grown children; a son Alan, and a daughter Lisa; a granddaughter Gemma; and grandson, Samuel.
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer, Comcast Spectacor
Gary serves as Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Spectacor. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Finance & Business Operations for Comcast Business Services.
Gary has financial responsibility for all products and services within Comcast Spectacor and works to evaluate opportunities, strategies, and manage the company’s operating budgets and growth.
Gary joined Comcast in 1997 and has held numerous finance roles within the organization. He has been instrumental in implementing the launch of several start up businesses within a rapidly growing business unit, substantially impacting its success.
Gary earned a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Gary has 3 daughters and resides in East Norriton, PA.
Executive Vice President / General Counsel
Phil Weinberg has been Executive Vice President/General Counsel at Comcast Spectacor since the partnership was created in 1996. Previously, Weinberg was Spectacor’s Vice President/General Counsel since December of 1990.
Weinberg is responsible for oversight of all the company’s legal affairs, including litigation, employment and labor law, financing, business acquisition and development, and player related matters. He is an Alternate Governor of the National Hockey League. He participated in structuring the construction and permanent financing for the Wells Fargo Center (1994), the merger between Comcast and Spectacor (1996), the acquisitions of Global Spectrum, Ovations Food Services, New Era Tickets and Paciolan, Inc., and the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers (2010). From 2008 through 2012, when Comcast completed its acquisition of NBC, Weinberg also worked with Comcast’s Regional Sports Network group as its Executive Vice President for Legal and Business Affairs.
Weinberg received a BA in Political Science from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, in 1977 and his law degree from Boston University in 1983. Between 1977 and 1980, he served as an assistant to the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to joining Spectacor, he was in the private practice of law for seven years, primarily with the litigation firm of Sprague and Sprague in Philadelphia.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, the Comcast Spectacor Foundation, Philadelphia Futures and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Phil and his wife, Terry, reside in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. They have two children – daughter Sydney and son Zachary.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast Spectacor
Alice is responsible for all areas of Human Resources and Payroll including talent acquisition, employee engagement, learning and development, compensation, compliance, and employee communications for Spectra and Comcast Spectacor.
President, Philadelphia Flyers
Paul Holmgren was named president of the Philadelphia Flyers on May 7, 2014. Holmgren oversees both the business and hockey operations of the Flyers, reporting directly to Flyers Chairman Ed Snider.
He begins his 36th season as a member of the Flyers organization.
Holmgren was promoted to president after serving eight seasons as the general manager of the Flyers, during which time the team posted an overall record of 307-234-73 (.559) and made six appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, reaching the Eastern Conference Final in 2008 and the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.
Holmgren was named interim general manager on October 22, 2006 following the resignation of Bob Clarke. The interim tag was lifted on November 11, 2006 when he was named to the position on a permanent basis. Holmgren led the franchise through a turnaround following the 2006-07 season and then guided the Flyers through one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. The team made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons from 2008-2012, winning seven of the 12 playoff series it played during that time. The Flyers enjoyed back-to-back 47-win seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12, their most in a two-year period since 1985-87, and were the only team in the NHL to reach the second round of the playoffs (or further) in each of the three seasons from 2009-10 to 2011-12. The Flyers posted a 42-win season in 2013-14 and returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence.
In 2007-08, his first full season as general manager, Holmgren guided the Flyers to the best single-season rebound in the NHL that season. The club improved 39 points in the standings, posting a 42-29-11 record for 95 points after collecting just 56 points the year before. The Flyers returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and made an impressive run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Since the NHL expanded the playoffs to four rounds in 1980, the 2007-08 Flyers were only the second team to finish with the worst record in the NHL one season and reach the third round of the playoffs the next season (Detroit Red Wings in 1987). The 2007-08 Flyers were also the first team in 13 years to advance to the second round of the playoffs after finishing the previous season with the worst record in the league (San Jose Sharks in 1994).
Holmgren’s 2009-10 team made one of the most remarkable runs in Flyers history. The Flyers compiled a regular season record of 41-35-6 for 88 points and qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the season. They then went on to dispatch New Jersey (ECQF, 4 games to 1), Boston (ECSF, 4 games to 3), and Montreal (ECF, 4 games to 1) to reach the Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Flyers followed up that Finals run with a 47-win season and a division title in 2010-11, and again posted a 47-win season in 2011-12 after Holmgren dramatically reshaped the team’s roster during the offseason.
At the time of his promotion to general manager, Holmgren had served in various capacities in the Flyers front office for the previous 11 years. He re-joined the organization as a scout after he was replaced as the head coach of the Hartford Whalers on November 6, 1995, and was named director of pro scouting on December 30, 1995 when Bill Barber became the head coach of the Hershey Bears. Holmgren was named the director of player personnel on August 6, 1997 and was promoted to assistant general manager on June 14, 1999, a position he held for the next seven seasons.
Holmgren spent parts of four seasons (1992-93 through 1995-96) with the Hartford organization. He was named head coach of the Whalers on June 15, 1992 and added the general manager’s duties prior to the 1993-94 season. He stepped down as head coach 17 games into the 1993-94 season to concentrate on his GM duties, but was re-appointed to the position on June 28, 1994 when Jim Rutherford was named the club’s general manager. He compiled a record of 59-93-14 as Hartford’s head coach.
Upon his retirement following the 1984-85 season, Holmgren was named an assistant coach with the Flyers and helped Mike Keenan guide the team to three playoff appearances, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1987. He was named head coach of the Flyers on June 1, 1988, becoming the first former Flyer to be named head coach of the team. Over four seasons as head coach, Holmgren compiled a record of 107-126-31.
Internationally, Holmgren has served as the assistant general manager of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and the general manager for the 2006 U.S. National Team at the IIHF World Championships. He also served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Tournament.
Holmgren played 527 games in the National Hockey League over 10 seasons with the Flyers and the Minnesota North Stars. He recorded 144 goals and 179 assists for 323 points while racking up 1,684 career penalty minutes. Holmgren was drafted from the University of Minnesota by the Flyers in the sixth round (108th overall) of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft and spent parts of eight seasons with the team. He helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1976 and was part of the club’s historic 35-game undefeated streak and Stanley Cup Final appearance during the 1979-80 season. He was traded to the North Stars in exchange for Paul Guay and a third round pick in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft (Darryl Gilmour) on February 23, 1984. His Flyers totals include 138 goals and 171 assists for 309 points and 1,600 penalty minutes in 500 games over parts of nine seasons (1975-76 to 1983-84). His 1,600 penalty minutes with the Flyers are second all-time in club history.
Paul and his wife, Doreen, reside in Somerdale, New Jersey. He has four children: Jason, Kirsten, Wes, and Greta, and three grandchildren, Hannah, Noah and Mackenzie. Holmgren was born on December 2, 1955.
General Manager, Philadelphia Flyers
Ron Hextall returns to the Flyers after spending the previous seven seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, where he held the title of vice president and assistant general manager.
He assisted in all facets of the Kings’ hockey operations department while helping the team win the 2012 Stanley Cup championship. He also served as the general manager of the Manchester Monarchs, Los Angeles’s primary affiliate in the American Hockey League. The Monarchs made the playoffs in six of their seven seasons under Hextall’s watch, including a division title in 2007 and two trips to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals.
Prior to joining the Kings, Hextall spent the previous seven seasons in the Flyers front office. He became a pro scout in 1999 upon his retirement as a player, and served in that role for three seasons before being promoted to director of pro player personnel in 2002. In his front office positions with the Flyers, Hextall was instrumental in the club’s three Atlantic Division titles and two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals while the club averaged nearly 102 points per season.
Hextall played 11 years of his 13-year career with the Flyers, while also playing a year each with Quebec and the New York Islanders. He led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in his rookie season of 1986-87, winning the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender and the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player in the 1987 Stanley Cup Final, despite losing to the Edmonton Oilers in seven games. At the conclusion of Game 7, Hextall became just the fourth player in the then 23-year history of the trophy to win the award while being a member of the losing team in the Final. He was also named to both the NHL All-Rookie and NHL First All-Star Teams that season.
Hextall played for the Flyers until 1992 and then returned to Philadelphia from 1994 until his retirement in 1999. His second stint with the Flyers also included a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997. He is the franchise’s all-time leader among goaltenders in games played (489) and wins (240), while ranking third in shutouts (18). Hextall also owns several other Flyers franchise goaltending records, including an NHL-record 113 penalty minutes in 1988-89 and the all-time records for career points (28), career penalty minutes (476) and most career playoff wins (45) by a Flyers goalie.
A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Hextall was originally selected by the Flyers in the sixth-round (119th overall) of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He is the fourth Hextall to play in the NHL following his father, Bryan Jr., his grandfather, Hall of Famer Bryan, Sr., and his uncle Dennis, who played for the Kings during the 1969-70 season. His NHL career included a total of 608 regular season games, a 296-214-69 record including 23 shutouts, a 2.97 goals-against-average and a .895 save-percentage.
During his playing career, Hextall was known for being one of the first goalies to regularly leave the goalmouth and play the puck with his stick and for creative and unique designs on his goalie mask. On December 8, 1987, he became the first goaltender in the history of the NHL to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net as the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins by a score of 5-2 at the Spectrum. On April 11, 1989, during a Flyers 8-5 playoff victory against the Washington Capitals at the Capital Centre, he collected his second career goal and became the first goalie to score a goal in an NHL playoff game.
Hextall and his wife Diane have four children – daughters Kristin and Rebecca and sons Jeffrey and Brett, who was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth-round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Chief Operating Officer and Alternate Governor, Philadelphia Flyers
Shawn Tilger enters his 11th season with the Flyers and was named Chief Operating Officer of Business Operations on Feb. 6, 2014.
He also serves the team as Senior Vice President and as Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League.
Tilger spent the last seven years as Senior Vice President of Business Operations. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of all facets of the organization’s business operations, overseeing marketing, broadcasting, communications, finance, budgeting, community relations, fan development, ticket sales, game presentation, customer service, digital media, publicity and merchandising functions. His responsibilities also include generating new revenue streams and leveraging partnerships for the Flyers and their parent company, Comcast Spectacor.
The Flyers have enjoyed tremendous growth on the business side of the organization and have been consistently ranked among the NHL’s leaders in sales, marketing, public relations and community efforts. The team has set numerous franchise attendance records several times over, including a new regular-season attendance record (837,754) in 2011-12 and a new single-season attendance record (1,020,699 – regular season plus playoffs) in 2009-10.
The Flyers have also embarked on many new customer-oriented initiatives, including stored value ticketing, a secondary ticket marketplace, unique ways to gather feedback from season ticket holders, and other popular features. The team’s community outreach programs, including the Flyers School Assembly Program and Hooked on Hockey clinics, have reached hundreds of thousands of children. The public relations department won the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association’s Dick Dillman Award as the top staff in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 and has been a finalist for the award for six consecutive years. The club has also created a digital media department to oversee mobile app development and its use of social networking, which comes as the Flyers surpassed one million social media followers during the 2012-13 season and saw a 30% increase in fans joining the team’s email marketing database.
Tilger was a 2010 recipient of the Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Forty under 40 Award, given each year to 40 of the top sports executives under the age of 40. The publication also previously recognized him as one of its “Five People to Know in Ticketing.”
Tilger previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Director of Marketing for Comcast Spectacor, overseeing marketing, public relations and sales of family events and concerts at the Wells Fargo Center and the Spectrum. Prior to joining Comcast Spectacor, Tilger was the regional marketing manager for the Harlem Globetrotters.
A native of Beverly, New Jersey, Tilger received an M.A. in Sports Management from Springfield College and a B.A. in Government and Law from Lafayette College. Tilger resides in Moorestown, NJ with his wife Erika, daughter Ava, and son Gavyn.
President, Wells Fargo Complex
John Page was named President of the Wells Fargo Complex on July 29, 2015. He oversees all aspects of the Wells Fargo Center and the surrounding Wells Fargo Complex. Page also serves on Spectra’s Executive Committee.
He had been President of Spectra Venue Management (previously Global Spectrum), since February 5, 2014. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of Global Spectrum since October 2004.
With emphasis on the Wells Fargo Center and Complex, Page works closely with both the surrounding community and the national sports and entertainment industry. He also oversees Comcast Spectacor’s partnership interest at Xfinity Live!, as well as the company’s four Flyers Skate Zone locations. He also has operational oversight responsibility for “Spectra Presents”, the company’s concert and touring business, and the company’s venue management investments outside of North America.
Page joined the company in 1991 as an event coordinator at the Los Angeles Coliseum and Sports Arena, relocating to Philadelphia in 1993 to become Event Manager at the Spectrum. He was named vice president of event production in 1997 for Comcast Spectacor, becoming Senior Vice President in 1999. As Chief Operating Officer of Global Spectrum (now Spectra Venue Management), Page oversaw a rapid expansion of the company’s footprint as it grew from 40 facilities in 2004 to more than 135 today. During his tenure, the company hosted two Super Bowls, two BCS Championship games, the NAACP Convention, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Final, the World Series, numerous NCAA events, All-Star Games and the Republican National Convention in 2000.
In 2016, the Wells Fargo Center will host the Democratic National Convention, the NCAA Men’s East Regionals, and celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Page received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 1988 and a Masters of Science from USC in 1990. He and his wife, Kellie, and their three children reside in West Chester, PA.
Executive Chairman, Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality
Even after four decades in the industry, Ken Young’s drive to please customers and deliver world-class products and services is unabated.
Ken’s professional journey began in his hometown of Philadelphia where he initially worked as a vendor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Palestra and Franklin Field. In 1972, after finishing his degree in Food Service and Housing Administration at Penn State, Ken acquired his first managerial position at the Providence Civic Center and has never looked back since.
Though his pre-Ovations career saw him directing food and beverage services at preeminent sporting events such as the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, and major political conventions, Ken always knew he wanted to actualize his vision of exemplary food service and management. In 1997, Ken did just that, when he and Todd Wickner began a food and beverage company, which has grown into one of the most successful in the industry.
Ken believes that at the heart of Ovations’ success is the personalized approach to business that both he and Todd exemplify. “We take the time to get to know our clients,” he says, which allows the team to tailor the Ovations’ Fresh approach to each account. Ken’s keen eye for new markets and long-term trends allows him to visualize what innovative approaches can be applied and how each account can be grown, generating revenues and increasing customer satisfaction along the way.
Ken’s love of sports and sporting events extends beyond his successful track record at Ovations and has led him to acquire ownership of four minor league baseball teams and one minor league Hockey team, the Norfolk Admirals. For delivering the same entrepreneurial and leadership skills he applies at Ovations, Ken was named the Minor League’s “Executive of the Year” by Baseball America.
Ken’s passion for food, sports, and business has garnered him numerous awards, including the 2008 National Association of Concessionaire’s Mickey Warner Award for his innovation and leadership in the food service industry, Venues Today 2007 Hall of Headline Awards in Concessions and 2006 Hall of Headline Awards in Bookings. In 2002, Ken’s alma mater Penn State honored him with the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award, awarded to Penn State alumni who are deemed outstanding in their chosen field.
To such successes, Ken says, “With great success comes the drive to surpass the accomplishments of the past. We know the future can only bring bigger and greater endeavors for us to conquer, and we look forward to the challenge!”
President, Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality
John is an accomplished executive in the sports and entertainment industry, recognized for driving profitable growth, operational excellence, and financial performance
Chief Executive Officer, Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement
Dave Butler oversees strategic direction and vision for the company, including client satisfaction, retention and product direction of all products, services and solutions.
Butler has helped grow the company’s market footprint to more than 500 live entertainment organizations, including 125 college athletics institutions, that sell more than 120 million tickets annually.
Prior to his current role, Butler was President of North American operations at Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. Butler also served as President, Mid-Market Division at Sage and Regional Director, Southern California at MAI Basic Four.
Butler received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton.
Founder, Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement
Jane Kleinberger co-founded Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement in 1980, served as the company’s CEO from 1992-2002.
Under Kleinberger’s leadership, the company expanded its domain to include fundraising and marketing solutions in addition to its core ticketing systems. Kleinberger’s work today focuses on both client and industry relations, and she is a key member of the senior management team focused on strategic development. Jane is a trustee of the IAAM Foundation Board and has served on the board of the International Ticketing Association (INTIX). She studied accounting and business administration at the University of Cincinnati, and has worked in hi-tech for over 30 years.
Chief Operating Officer, Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement
Kim Damron oversees the Client Partner, Marketing, eCommerce, Customer Service, Professional Services, and Technical Operations teams responsible for the development and execution of client strategy, to grow their business.
Prior to joining Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, Kim led business development, account management, and marketing for Tickets.com. Before Tickets.com, she oversaw the entertainment stores and sales operations for Buy.com, a leading eCommerce retailer. Kim began her career at Paramount Pictures, where she held various positions including Director of National Advertising for the Motion Picture Group. Kim earned a BA degree from the University of Southern California.