Our April panel will focus on the impact of athletic facilities and the need to keep up with the modern-day sports fan in terms of new construction and upgrades to facilities. We’ll dive into our beloved sports teams to see what the process is to transform an aging facility to attract fans and national sporting events, as well as a national perspective on athletic facilities around the U.S.
Vince Adamus, Vice President, Real Estate & Business Development | Greater Cleveland Partnership
Vice President Real Estate & Business Development at the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), Vince conducts outreach, and expands and supports the organization's business and physical development programs. One of the largest private-sector economic development organizations in Ohio, GCP serves as a catalyst to increase economic vitality in Greater Cleveland.
Earlier, Vince was the Economic Development Director of the Cities of Beachwood and Brook Park, conducting business and real estate development for these economically active communities, including directing an incubator and performing international business attraction. He served as CEO of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce and was the Manager, Public Works Infrastructure for the Build Up Greater Cleveland program, a public-private effort to leverage economic development through infrastructure planning and advocacy. Vince built his economic development skills providing business development assistance and corridor redevelopment with the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative.
Currently, Vince serves on the boards of Growth Capital Corp., Ohio's number one SBA 504 lender, and NAIOP Northern Ohio, the commercial real estate development association; chairs the Highland Heights Planning & Zoning Commission; and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Vince has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a prior career in city management. He believes that good development takes into consideration the long-term interests of all parties concerned.
Alex King, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategy | Cleveland Indians
Alex King is entering his eighth season with the Cleveland Indians, while the 2018 campaign will mark his sixth leading Marketing efforts for the Indians organization. In his current role, Alex oversees all aspects of Marketing, Service, and Strategy for the business side of the organization. Alex’s focus areas are strategic communications, analytics and data-driven decision making, delivering a compelling fan experience, building long term brand equity, and fostering a culture of service excellence.
Prior to joining the Indians, Alex spent more than 10 years in marketing and branding, including each of the last five at Procter & Gamble. Alex received his undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Dayton where he graduated cum laude and received his MBA from The University of Chicago with concentrations in Marketing and Finance.
In addition to his work with the Indians, Alex dedicates marketing expertise to Breakthrough Schools, the leading public charter school network in Cleveland. Alex resides in Shaker Heights with his wife, Kelly, and their daughters, Mallory and Lauren.
Jeffrey Appelbaum, Partner / Chairman of Construction Law Group | Thompson Hine LLP
For 40 years, Jeff has provided distinguished service to public/private owners, design professionals, construction managers and contractors. He served as lead counsel or project management consultant for hundreds of projects involving billions of dollars of construction, including 29 professional sports facilities; facilitated hundreds of partnering sessions; acted as lead trial counsel for multimillion-dollar claims; and mediated 300+ complex construction disputes. He facilitated the governor’s Ohio Construction Reform Panel and participated in creating final legislation, effective January 2012, that dramatically modified public procurement in Ohio. In 2012, he became the first lawyer inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society’s Hall of Fame.
Len Komoroski, Chief Executive Officer | Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena Organization
Len Komoroski is Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization. The organization includes the Cleveland Monsters (AHL), Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), and Canton Charge (NBAGL). In addition, he plays a leadership role for business operations and business-related endeavors for Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert’s family of sports and entertainment interests in Ohio. He is also a principal in JACK Entertainment, which operates JACK Casino Cleveland and JACK Thistledown Racino. In addition, Komoroski played a significant leadership role in Cleveland securing the 2016 Republican National Convention.
With more than 30 years of experience in pro sports and entertainment, Komoroski’s leadership has helped set a solid business foundation from which the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Gladiators, Canton Charge and Quicken Loans Arena have flourished into one of the most successfully operated sports and entertainment organizations in the country.
Komoroski joined the Cavaliers organization in 2003 as president. In his first year, he restructured and transformed how the Cavaliers approached the business community; assembled a team of top sports marketing pros; transformed the organization’s communications efforts; and oversaw the development of one of the most dynamic game experiences in the NBA. Other accomplishments at the helm of the Cavaliers business operations include playing pivotal roles in developing one of the top cable television relationships in the NBA with Fox Sports Ohio, as well as securing the entitlement of the Cavaliers new state-of-the-art player development center - Cleveland Clinic Courts. He was also a key player in the acquisition of the Monsters (AHL), Charge (NBDL) and Gladiators (AFL). Most recently, Komoroski played a leadership role in the public/private partnership agreement formed between the Cavs, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland to transform The Q with renovations planned to begin during the 2017-18 season. As part of the agreement, the Cavs extended their lease with their landlord, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, for seven additional years at The Q until 2034.
Thomas Chema, Esq Chairman, Founder | The Gateway Group
Thomas V. Chema rejoined Gateway Consultants Group, Inc., a firm which he founded in 1994, in July 2014. Tom is an attorney and President Emeritus of Hiram College. Prior to his service as Hiram College president, he was a principal at Gateway Consultants Group, Inc. where he assisted municipalities and sports franchise owners in developing new ballparks, stadiums, and arenas. After stepping down from Hiram in 2014, he returned to Gateway to continue his work in Sports and Economic Development projects.
The company was involved in over 40 such projects including Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati), Fifth Third Field and Huntington Center (Toledo), and the Indian Wells Tennis Stadium (Indian Wells, CA). Expertise in this area came from Tom’s leadership of the Gateway Project in Cleveland, OH which resulted in the construction of Jacob’s Field (Now Progressive Field) and Gund Arena (now Quicken Loans Arena). He served as Executive Director of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation which developed those facilities for the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio from 1990-1995.
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