November 2-3, 2021
Chicago, IL

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Dan Griffis

President, Global Partnerships, Oak View Group

As President of Global Partnerships for OVG, Dan currently leads all revenue across the company including OVG’s arena development projects of Seattle, NYC, Austin, Palm Springs, Savannah and Manchester (UK).  Dan, a former senior marketing executive at Target Corporation, helped start OVG in October of 2015 with Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff and has since built one of the highest performing teams in the industry - a team that recently won the SBJ Sports Business Award for best Sales, Consulting and Client Service in 2021.   In the last 12 months alone, OVG Global Partnerships has sold over $1.8B in COI including an unprecedented Naming Rights to 8 venues - Climate Pledge (Amazon) Arena - UBS Arena, CoOP Live, Caesars Superdome, Subaru Park, Enmarket Arena, Starbucks Community Iceplex and Moody Center.  In addition to naming rights, OVG GP has successfully sold NBA Jersey Patches, League partnerships, founding, presenting and arena level team sponsorships, award show sponsorship, museum/arts sponsorships, …etc. Before OVG, Dan was the “Curator of Pop Culture” for the Target brand for many years running marketing across fashion, sports, entertainment, CSR, grocery and home.  He also spent a decade as the head of marketing and sales for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and started his career at KPMG as a management consultant and profitability expert.   Dan earned a degree with honors in history and economics from The College of Wooster and an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan.  Dan is also proud to serve on the Sport Management Advisory Board (SMAB) at the University of Michigan and the Board of Directors at Grambling State University.  Dan currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife (Janna) and three children (Riley, Holden and Eliza).  

Tuesday, November 02

The New Abnormal: Making Sense of a New Sports Marketplace

Moderator: Terry Lefton, Editor-at-Large, Sports Business Journal

Nana-Yaw Asamoah, Vice President, Business Development, NFL
Jeff Garrant, Senior Vice President, Publicis Sport & Entertainment
Dan Griffis, President, Global Partnerships, Oak View Group
Claudine Lilien, Senior Vice President and Head, Global Sales & Partnerships, WWE
Rene Ramos, Vice President, Sponsorships, Events and Field Marketing, Constellation Brands