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Conversations with Legends of Indoor Soccer - First Day
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About this Speaker
Len Komoroski is Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which includes the Cleveland Monsters (AHL), Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), Canton Charge (NBAGL) and Cavs Legion Gaming Club (NBA2K). In addition, he plays a leadership role in business operations and business-related endeavors for Cavaliers Chairman 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, Canton Charge, Cavs Legion GC and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse have flourished into one of the most successfully operated sports and entertainment teams in the country.
Komoroski joined the Cavaliers 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 Cavs 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 Cavs Legion (NBA2K). Most recently, Komoroski played a leadership role in the public/private partnership agreement formed between the Cavs, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland for The Q Transformation, a major renovation project to transform the nearly 25-year-old arena. 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.
The Cavaliers franchise is consistently recognized within the pro sports team industry (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and MLS) as a business model for “best practices.” The Cavs were proud to be selected by Sports Business Journal (SBJ) as one of five finalists for the 2016 “Sports Team of the Year” as part of SBJ’s 10th annual Sports Business Awards. The Cavs have been a finalist for this award three times over the past decade, which is tied for the most by any team. The Cavs strong business model is consistently recognized at the annual NBA Sales and Marketing meetings, where the team has brought home the most awards in the league over the last three years.
As one of the seven Principles of JACK Entertainment, Komoroski played an instrumental role in bringing first-class, full-service casino gaming to downtown Cleveland and Cincinnati along with thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of positive economic impact for local and statewide communities.
Very active as a community and civic leader, he serves on the board of directors of AXS/Veritix, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Destination Cleveland, the Rock, and Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland chapter of the United Way. He is also a trustee for Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital and Cleveland State University. Komoroski was named Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland’s (SME) 2013 Business Executive of the Year, and in 2014 received the PRSA John Hill Award for his outstanding understanding and support of communications by an organization's president or chief executive officer.
Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and Chief of Business Operations with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles (1996-2003). There, he played a pivotal role in the Eagles’ growth and business success, which included bringing the Eagles Television Network in-house and helping to develop the Eagles training facility and then broker the record-setting, multi-million dollar naming rights deal for the NovaCare Complex. He also helped lead the development of Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles state-of-the-art stadium, and secured a 20-year, $140 million naming rights agreement with Lincoln Financial Group which, at the time, was one of the largest such agreements in pro sports history.
Prior to the Eagles, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and COO of the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Cleveland Lumberjacks (1994-96). The team was one of three profitable IHL teams in 1996. His first stint in the NBA was with Minnesota Timberwolves as Vice President of Sales (1988-1994), there he played a major role in the start-up of the team and its arena, the Target Center.
Komoroski is a 1982 cum laude graduate of Duquesne University. He and his wife Denise have three daughters – Kristin, Kelly, Jamie, and a son, Zachary.