Sofi Armenakian

Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena

Sofi Armenakian currently works for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena as the Director of Operations and Sustainability. In this role, she is responsible for the conversion, uniform, housekeeping department as well as the venue’s sustainability operation with a special focus on zero-waste operations. Most recently, she was instrumental in delivering the first-ever zero-waste NBA All-Star Game and the first-ever TRUE zero-waste certified sporting event in the world.

Prior to joining the Hawks, she worked as the Conversion and Sustainability Manager for Mercedes-Benz Stadium as part of AMB Sports & Entertainment. During her time with AMB Sports & Entertainment, she was responsible for managing the operations budget of both the conversion department and the sustainability department. In 2018, she created the sustainability department to help start the venue’s journey to becoming zero waste. Part of the journey was the creation and implantation of “Recycle & Win”, a surprise-and-delight engagement with fans who were seen in the act of recycling while attending the venue. ‘Recycle and Win’ was implemented into all events hosted at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 2018-2020. These events included Super Bowl LIII, the 2018 MLS Cup and MLS All-Star Games, the 2018 College Football National Championship, all Atlanta Falcons games and all Atlanta United games. In addition, the venue hosted various collegiate bowl games and various concerts.

Sofi is a board member at CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) and volunteers with Trees Atlanta and participates in the Green Sports Alliance. Earlier in her career, she worked for ESSEX Consulting Group Inc. as a business development and marketing director, focusing on data-driven sustainability solutions. Prior to energy consulting, she worked in retail as a general manager, district trainer and recruiter.

Sofi is also trilingual and speaks English, German and Armenian. She graduated from Georgia State University and is originally from Armenia but calls Atlanta home.

Jake Crumbine

Impossible Foods

Jake Crumbine is the Director of Marketing at Impossible Foods, where he leads Global Brand Partnerships, VIP/celebrity relations, influencer engagement, and consumer brand experiences.

Jake joined Impossible™ in 2016 where he led and built sales from the ground up for the food-tech startup and was responsible for the high-profile, go-to-market launch strategy for the company’s first product, The Impossible™ Burger, that started with celebrity chef David Chang.

Prior to Impossible Foods, Jake worked in feature film development at Universal Studios and as a tv Producer at Vice.

Marty Diamond

Wasserman Music

Marty Diamond founded his celebrated boutique agency Little Big Man Booking in 1994, following stints at booking agency International Talent Group, record labels Arista and PolyGram, Bill Graham Management, and as talent buyer at Manhattan music venue The Ritz (now known as Webster Hall). Little Big Man won the Pollstar Award for Boutique Booking Agency of the Year 10 times in 11 years before being acquired by Paradigm in 2006. Diamond became Paradigm's Head of Global Music, and is a 15-time nominee and three-time winner of Pollstar's Agent of the Year award.

Diamond takes pride in being an architect of artist development. He represents many of music's most creatively and commercially successful artists, including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Janelle Monáe, Sigur Rós, Sara Bareilles, Liam Gallagher, Sia, Lorde, Alessia Cara, Bastille, Snow Patrol, Jess Glynne, and Vance Joy, among others.

Diamond is a Samburu Trust board member, serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for the University of Delaware's College of Arts & Sciences, and is actively involved with Global Citizen and the Surfrider Foundation in an advisory capacity. Diamond and his family were honored at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 2013 Family Day. In September 2019 he received the City Parks Foundation's SummerStage Icon Award in New York.

Kenneth Feld

Feld Entertainment

Juliette Feld Grossman

Feld Entertainment

Tod Hynes

XL Fleet

Tod Hynes is Founder, President, and a Board Member of XL Fleet. He founded the company in 2009 and leads the company’s corporate strategy initiatives. Tod is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT, where he has taught a graduate course, Energy Ventures, since 2008, and co-founded the MIT Clean Energy Prize. He is on the board of the Woodwell Climate Research Center, a world leading climate science research center. Previously, Tod was the Director of Alternative Energy at Citizens Energy where he launched the company’s wind development business. Prior to Citizens Energy, Tod founded a consulting and engineering company in clean distributed power generation. He has a Bachelor of Science in management science from MIT.

Jennifer Kearney

Gotham Energy 360

Before forming Gotham 360, Jennifer served as the Director of Energy Programs for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital in the United States. In that role, Jennifer managed a $70 million energy procurement portfolio including power, renewables, natural gas, and fuel oil. In addition to procurement of supply, Jennifer oversaw the development and construction of an 8MW synchronous cogeneration system, which was the first of its kind in the borough of Manhattan. Her efforts resulted in savings of over $11 million annually, and ongoing national recognition by the EPA as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

Leveraging her expertise in the healthcare space, Jennifer founded Gotham 360 to support other healthcare organizations with strategies for the development and deployment of energy programs based on combining established best practices with innovation in the implementation of new technologies. Clients from the higher education, industrial, multi-family, and commercial sectors soon followed, and today, Gotham 360 is recognized as a groundbreaking, woman-owned business addressing complex challenges in energy management, efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability.

Jennifer has both authored and been the subject of several articles published in national energy journals including Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production, Breakthrough, and Healthcare Facilities Management. She sits on the Advisory Board of Enterprising Women magazine and is committed to the empowerment of women globally in both her professional and personal life.

Amy Latimer

TD Garden | Delaware North

Amy Latimer is President of TD Garden, one of the most active, highly regarded and successful sports and entertainment venues in North America. Latimer also works directly with Delaware North, the owner and operator of TD Garden, by overseeing its client and contract retention support and enabling base business growth.

Latimer was part of the inaugural executive team at the TD Garden and started as the Director of Marketing in 1995. Later, she launched the arena’s first e-business department, where she led a team dedicated to harnessing database marketing and website strategy.

Latimer’s growth within the arena continued as she served for six seasons as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, responsible for developing and leading all sales and marketing strategies for the Boston Bruins and TD Garden. In 2012, Latimer was named president of the arena.Under Latimer’s leadership, TD Garden has transformed. As arena president, she has led a $70 million, floor-to-ceiling renovation in 2015 and a multilevel, $100+ million, 50,000- square-foot expansion of the arena which opened to the public in 2019. Dubbed TD Garden’s Legendary Transformation, this project provided a completely enhanced fan experience, from new entrances, re-imagined premium products and amenities, state-of-the-art vertical transportation and several new bars, lounges and seating areas.

A recognized leader in the sports and arena industry, Latimer was named one of Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers” in 2011, “WISE Woman of the Year” in 2015 and a “Boston Business Power Player” in 2017 by Boston Magazine. With Latimer at the helm, TD Garden has been consistently ranked among The Boston Globe’s “Top 100 Women-led businesses in Boston.” Additionally, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s board of directors, serves on the Massachusetts Large Venue Security Task Force, and named to the New England Advisory Council for the Boston Federal Reserve.

Thanks to her extensive experience and knowledge in the sports and arena industry, she continues to raise the profile for Boston’s premier sports and entertainment arena by attracting national and international events, including the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four, 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regional and the upcoming 2022 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four.

Throughout her tenure at TD Garden, Latimer has overseen and participated in many of the arena’s charitable endeavors via Garden Neighborhood Charities, the arena’s philanthropic arm, and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Latimer currently serves as the Executive Director of Garden Neighborhood Charities in addition to serving on the MA State Advisory Board for The Salvation Army, the MIAA Educational Athletic Advisory Board, The Special Olympics of MA Advisory Board, and sits on the Board of Directors for Shooting Touch. She continues to play a key role in developing and hosting annual events, volunteer opportunities and financial support of community partners such as The Salvation Army, Action for Boston Community Development, Friends of Boston's Homeless, Good Sports and The Special Olympics Massachusetts.

The native of Ellicott City, MD received her degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, which she attended on a full basketball scholarship. Latimer also took political management courses at George Washington University and worked for Empower America while living in Washington, D.C. She currently resided in Topsfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jody and their three sons.

Amanda Mann

Portland Trailblazers & Moda Center

Amanda Mann, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Rose Quarter Operations, enters her sixth season with Rip City Management and the Trail Blazers in 2021-22. Mann oversees all Event Operations including Booking, Ticket Operations, Production, Guest Experience and Security as well as all Facility Operations including Sustainability, Environmental Services, Engineering and Maintenance for Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Quarter campus. Under Mann’s leadership, Moda Center became the first-ever existing LEED O+M v.4.1 Platinum venue in 2019. Mann also serves as a liaison with Levy Restaurants – concessionaire to the Rose Quarter. In 2021, Mann was selected to the 11th annual class of Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business,” exemplifying what it means to be a game changer in the sports and entertainment industry.

Mann has been spearheading Moda Center’s effort to be safe and secure amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic. Strictly following CDC guidelines and with the coordination of public health experts, global officials and the NBA, Mann and her team have implemented changes and increased protocols at Moda Center to ensure the health and safety of all employees, fans, players and touring events. Amongst the changes are receiving The WELL Building Standard Certification which includes meeting AHRAE standards, new cleaning and disinfecting products and procedures, touch-free features in all restrooms, improved HVAC filters and more.

Prior to joining the organization, Mann served as Assistant General Manager, VP of Booking & Event Operations at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, as well as VP of Booking for Clear Channel Entertainment, Texas. Mann graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Amanda currently resides in Northeast Portland with her husband and two daughters.

Chris McGowan

Vulcan Sports & Entertainment

Chris McGowan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment (VSE), where he is responsible for business operations of VSE sports franchises and facilities, including the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) and Seattle Seahawks (NFL). Chris also serves as VSE representative for the ownership stake in the Seattle Sounders (MLS).

Named Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & Chief Executive Officer in October 2012, McGowan, 47, moved to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), where he was recognized by the Sports Business Journal in its exclusive “Forty Under 40” list in 2012. McGowan spent 16 years with AEG, including a final assignment as Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports, before becoming one of the NBA’s youngest CEOs. Prior to ending his time with AEG Sports, McGowan was a part of a Stanley Cup Championship run for the LA Kings in the National Hockey League; an MLS Cup title for the LA Galaxy and played an important role in opening one of the country’s most iconic sports and entertainment venues – Staples Center.

Retaining his current responsibilities as President and CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter, McGowan oversees the day-to-day operations of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter including arena operations, ticket sales and service, corporate partnerships, premium seating, analytics, marketing, corporate communications, broadcasting, social responsibility, digital, finance and human resources. Since joining the organization, the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter have seen dramatic increases in all key revenue areas including ticket sales, sponsorship, retail, arena operations, and food and beverage.

In 2020, McGowan spearheaded the initiative to fight racial injustice and expand diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the community. Under his guidance, the Trail Blazers launched the Racial Injustice Initiative, consisting of an organization-wide commitment to fight racism with the creation of the Racial Injustice Fund of the Trail Blazers Foundation. The Fund, seeded by $200,000 in donations from the company, employees, players and coaches and continually funded by donations from fans and partners, will support nonprofit organizations advocating for racial justice and police reform at the local and national level.

In 2013, McGowan led a business restructuring to self-operate the Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Rose Quarter campus. Through a significant partnership with Live Nation and event ticketing systems under Ticketmaster, McGowan has driven an unprecedented variety of events to the Rose Quarter, including Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Billy Joel, the 2019 NCAA Women’s Regional Basketball Tournament, the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and PK80 Invitational – a groundbreaking college basketball tournament featuring 16 of the country’s top teams in a double-bracket format honoring the 80th birthday of Nike co-founder Phil Knight in 2017.

In August 2013, McGowan and his team negotiated a community partnership with Moda Health that included naming rights to the Moda Center. Together, Moda and the Trail Blazers have energized Portland’s hub for sports and entertainment, creating an urban showcase for healthy, active living. Chicago-based Performance Health joined the Trail Blazers and Moda’s focus on active lifestyles with its Biofreeze product as the team’s first-ever jersey patch branding sponsor beginning with the 2018-19 NBA season.

McGowan has piloted major venue and technological improvements to the Rose Quarter campus and Trail Blazers Practice Facility, including $16 million in capital improvements. This includes the refurbishment of 1,800 seats in the Kuni Lexus Club Level; renovation of 44 of the arena’s private suites; construction of 24 theatre-style premium boxes called Studio Suites; opening of an exclusive “speakeasy-style” club called Oro Fino; the creation of a glass-enclosed bar on the arena’s top level named The Pines and Dr. Jack’s bar on the Rose Quarter campus.

He has taken advantage of Portland’s thriving food culture by bringing local fare and some of the city’s popular restaurants to Moda Center, including Killer Burger, Salt & Straw, Sizzle Pie, Daddy D’s and Tamale Boy. In 2013, McGowan signed Levy as the Rose Quarter’s food and beverage partner for award-winning culinary vision, hospitality and customer service. A new agreement with Levy subsidiary Rank + Rally also oversees the Trail Blazers retail store, Rip City Clothing Co.

Under McGowan’s leadership, the organization’s charitable giving has increased annually thanks to new funding sources, including proceeds from the Trail Blazers specialty license plates for Oregon vehicles. During the 2019-2020 season, the team’s cash grants and donations exceeded $1.186M benefitting schools and nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Sports Business Journal recognized McGowan’s accomplishments at AEG Sports by naming him to their exclusive “Forty Under 40” list in March 2012. In 2017, McGowan was honored as one of the “Business Executives of the Year” by the Portland Business Journal. Locally, McGowan volunteers as a board member of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation; Oregon Sports Authority; and the Trail Blazers Foundation.

In 2017, McGowan’s role expanded when he was named President of Vulcan Arts + Entertainment. In this role, he focused on driving a comprehensive strategy for development, sales, and marketing across a portfolio of consumer-facing entities, including h Club London, h Club LA, Cinerama and Seattle Art Fair. Vulcan Arts + Entertainment also advanced the activities of the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, and Living Computers: Museum + Labs.

In 2018, McGowan was named to the additional role of CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, where his responsibilities expanded further into the professional sports franchises and entertainment properties in the Vulcan portfolio. McGowan manages a cross-functional executive team in both Portland and Seattle in leading these business operations.

McGowan earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware in 1996, where he was captain of the soccer team. Chris, his wife Susan, and their two sons, Ryan (18) and Kyle (16), reside in Southwest Portland.

Jason McLennan

McLennan Design

Considered one of the world’s most influential individuals in the field of architecture and the green building movement today, Jason is a highly sought out architect, designer, consultant and thought leader around the planet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize (the planet’s top prize for socially responsible design). He has been called the ‘Steve Jobs’ of the green building industry, a “World Changer” by GreenBiz magazine and he is an Award of Excellence winner for Engineering News Record - one of the only individuals in the architecture profession to have won the award in its 50+ year history.

McLennan is the creator of the Living Building Challenge – the most stringent and progressive green building program in existence, as well as a primary author of the WELL Building Standard, which is sweeping the globe. He is the author of seven books on Sustainability and Design – used by thousands of practitioners each year, including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, which is considered the ‘bible’ for green building’ – and is both an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Design Future’s Council. He has been selected by Yes! Magazine as one of ‘15 people shaping the world’ and works closely with world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, leading NGO’s, major universities, celebrities and influential development companies – all in the pursuit of a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He is the Founder of the International Living Future Institute and is the CEO of McLennan Design – his own architectural and planning practice designing some of the world’s most advanced green buildings. McLennan’s work has been published in dozens of journals, magazines, and newspapers around the world.

McLennan Design
McLennan Design is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary, regenerative design practices, focused on deep green outcomes in the fields of architecture, planning, consulting, and product design. The firm uses an ecological perspective to drive design creativity and innovation. McLennan and his team bring substantial knowledge and unmatched expertise to projects of all types around the globe. McLennan is the founder of the Living Building Challenge, winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize and ENR’s National Award of Excellence. For more information see www.mclennan-design.com

Alex Rodrigo

Sacramento Kings & Golden1 Center

Alex Rodrigo has served as a Senior Vice President with the Sacramento Kings and General Manager of Golden 1 Center, the first indoor venue in the world to be certified as LEED Platinum as an environmentally conscious building, since 2018. In this role, Alex manages the execution of strategic plans for all arena sports and entertainment operations. He is an innovative and accomplished executive with more than 17 years of experience in building development, renovation, management and operations.

Prior to the Kings, Alex served five seasons as the Group Vice President of Sports and Entertainment for the St. Louis Blues (NHL), Enterprise Center and Peabody Opera House and one season with St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) and Cordish Companies developing and operating the first phase of a $1 billion dining and entertainment district known as Ballpark Village (BPV). Alex also co-founded Colliers Internationals Las Vegas Mixed-Use Development and Resort Properties Division in 2004.

Alex had a distinguished eight-year career in the U.S. Air Force EOD program, assigned to three international tours in Japan, Korea and South America, in addition to several joint service operations around the world.

Jonathan Shank

Terrapin Station Entertainment

Since the start of his career, Jonathan Shank has thrived on going above and beyond to support artists in fully realizing their vision. With the recent launch of Terrapin Station Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based CEO has created an artist management and production company uniquely placed at the intersection of talent development and community enrichment, while continuing to expand his reach as an industry leader in live family entertainment.

With a dynamic background that includes working with an incredibly eclectic range of artists— Isaac Hayes, Smashing Pumpkins, Eve, Paul Oakenfold, Aly & AJ, Ashley Tisdale, and LFO, to name just a few—Shank first began pursuing his intense love of music as a teenager. Originally from Pennsylvania, he attended Tulane University for the purpose of embedding himself in the rich musical landscape of New Orleans, and promptly scored his first internship by turning up on the doorstep of the then-newly-opened House of Blues. During his time at Tulane, he also interned for legendary producer Kim Fowley, who later sent Shank off to L.A. with a stack of business cards scrawled with the words “Hire This Guy.” After graduating, Shank got his start at a boutique agency in L.A., an assistant gig that quickly led to working with legacy acts like The Doors’ Robby Krieger and John Densmore. Thanks in part to his vast musical knowledge, Shank discovered a rare ability to connect with clients on a deep-seated level, a factor that paved the way for his longtime relationship with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Not long after taking the role of Hart’s manager, Shank began producing benefit shows for the Rex Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Grateful Dead and friends. As he mastered the many intricacies of event production, Shank went on to produce such events as Nancy Pelosi’s inauguration bash in 2007 and the history-making Deadheads for Obama fundraiser in 2008. As part of his extensive work with Hart, he also earned a Grammy Award in 2009 for his role in creating the groundbreaking album Global Drum Project.

In 2010 Shank joined Red Light Management, where he soon took charge of developing the company’s family entertainment division. A previously untapped market, the division proved to be a massive success, with productions like Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour, Peppa Pig Live!, and The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert drawing instant sellouts across the country, generating over $80 million in gross box office sales and garnering three Pollstar Award nominations in 2019 and 2020. In his tenure as senior management executive at Red Light, Shank also played a vital part in cultivating the career of Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, now a multi-award-winning singer/actor.

Upon launching Terrapin Station Entertainment in summer 2020, Shank brought along his entire Red Light artist roster, including Justice as well as prodigious songwriter Scarypoolparty, “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe, multi-platinum-selling artist Magic!, multi-hyphenate phenomenon Laura Marano, and global influencer Sam Tsui. With Terrapin Station firmly positioned at the forefront of the family entertainment industry, he also continues to partner with leading brands to conceptualize and create high-impact business models for tours and live experiences.

Now scaling into other cultural verticals, Terrapin Station is also focused on an endeavor close to Shank’s heart: the production of high-profile charity concerts. Named the 2021 recipient of the T.J. Martell Trailblazer Award (an honor bestowed by the T.J. Martell Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer research), Shank has produced and directed such events as The Homeward Bound Concert (a fundraiser for L.A.’s unhoused population) and A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt (a benefit for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research). Not only a means of providing essential resources to those in need, each charity concert helps to fulfill one of Shank’s greatest missions: uniting artists across all genres and eras, and building a mutually supportive sense of community within the music world. Shank lives in L.A. with his wife and two sons.

Justin Toman


Justin Toman is Head of Sports Marketing & Partnerships for PepsiCo. He oversees the company’s sports marketing strategy, investments and initiatives including all league, team, sports media and athlete partnerships. With over 100 partnerships, Justin manages one of the largest portfolios of sports sponsorships in the industry.

Justin joined PepsiCo in 2007 and held several brand marketing roles before leading Sports Marketing. In driving Pepsi’s sports agenda he delivers some of the company’s largest and most successful marketing platforms including the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.

In 2017 Justin was honored as one of Sports Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’. In 2019 Justin was named to the Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics to help the sport recover from past scandals. In 2020 he was named Sports Marketing Executive of the Year by CynopsisSports Media.

Prior to PepsiCo, Justin worked at the University of Michigan Athletic Department. He received three degrees from Michigan and won three NCAA titles in gymnastics. He also beat Tom Brady for Michigan’s Athlete of the Year honors in 1999.

Corey Wilson

Pacers Sports & Entertainment | The Pacers Foundation

Corey Wilson is Vice President of Community Engagement with Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) and Executive Director of the Pacers Foundation. PS&E is the corporate identity of the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Pacers Gaming, Pacers Foundation, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Corey builds relationships that positively impact Hoosier’s quality of life. He concentrates on communities that are experiencing poverty and injustice with a focus on education, health & wellness, corporate citizenship, and female empowerment. Prior to PS&E, he was at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) as V.P. of the Sease Institute (custom corporate training), Special Advisor to the President for External Affairs, and Associate V.P. of the Professional Edge Center (student career focused). Before UIndy, he was Director of Supplier Diversity and IND AeroVision Committee (8-mile area land use) at the Indianapolis International Airport.

He has served as chair of the Eskenazi Health Center FQHC board of directors and has been on the boards of the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and Boy Scouts. Currently he serves on the boards of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Indiana Youth Institute and is a Distinguished Advisor with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. He also serves on the advisory boards of Martin University National Center for Race and Equity Institute, Newfields Museum and the Business Equity for Indy and the Diversity in Leadership Program.

Corey earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.