iSportconnect today announce the first three speakers for their 2020 iSportconnect Hospitality Masterclass, in partnership with Sodexo, at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds on February 5.
iSportconnect will be welcoming Jeanene Valentine, Director of Ticket Operations at Inter Miami CF, the new MLS franchise founded by David Beckham, across from the United States to join us.
Dan Buckingham, Head of Clubhouses, Lounges and Spas at Virgin Atlantic, alongside Chris Rawlings, Commercial Director of the Scottish Football Association.
The event will cover a whole range of topics within the hospitality sector of sport and is set to be a fantastic day of events, with a number of panel discussions and presentations on the day.
More speakers to follow soon…
Jeanene graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Film & Television. After working in the film industry for a few years, she quickly changed her focus to sports and entertainment venues.
With over 20 years of ticketing experience, Jeanene quickly found her niche within the industry after assisting with the transition for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
She has managed seven venue/stadium transitions and openings. Most recently she collaborated with 3D Digital Venue and SeatGeek with the opening of Allianz Field, a 19,400-seat soccer specific stadium for Minnesota United FC. Currently, she is working on opening her eighth and ninth stadiums for David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, Inter Miami CF.
Dan looks after the global clubhouse lounge and Spa business for Virgin Atlantic, a key USP as part of their Upper Class experience. Renowned for their Lounges, Virgin Atlantic created some world firsts including the first Lounges to offer a la carte menus. With the announcement of the third runway at Heathrow and with a vision to become Britain’s second flag carrier, Dan is working on expanding, and creating new memorable experiences for their customers.
Chris Rawlings has worked in the Commercial world of Sport since 1997, across Private and Public businesses, as well as working for a number of rights holders, including two Governing Bodies.
Chris Rawlings has operated in the Hospitality environment in a variety of capacities, including building and selling Hospitality Agencies, acquiring and delivering on Global Hospitality Sales Programmes (FIFA World Cup 2010), and the provision of hospitality offerings for stadium and non stadium owning organisations.
Chris Rawlings is currently the Chief Commercial Director at The Scottish FA, who have recently completed the purchase of its National Stadium at Hampden Park.
With a maximum of 150 invite-only delegates, iSportconnect provides a media/agency free opportunity to network with influential senior-level sports business executives. We are famous for our intimate and relaxed environment, encouraging ideas exchange and helping to introduce you to the right new connections.