BSE Leaders

BSE Leaders

  • Mikhail Prokhorov
    Mikhail Prokhorov
    Owner
  • Dmitry Razumov
    Dmitry Razumov
    Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Brett Yormark
    Brett Yormark
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Drew Cloud
    Drew Cloud
    Chief Business Officer
  • Leo Ehrline
    Leo Ehrline
    Chief Experience Officer
  • Jeff Gewirtz
    Jeff Gewirtz
    EVP, Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer
  • Charlie Mierswa
    Charlie Mierswa
    EVP, Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer
  • Michael Zavodsky
    Michael Zavodsky
    EVP, Global Partnerships
  • Keith Sheldon
    Keith Sheldon
    EVP, Programming
  • Christopher Magee
    Christopher Magee
    SVP, Human Resources & Culture
  • John Baier
    John Baier
    SVP, Ticket Sales and Service
Mikhail Prokhorov
Owner

Mikhail Prokhorov, through Onexim Sports and Entertainment, is the owner of the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA Development League affiliate Long Island Nets, and Barclays Center, and has majority ownership in the operating company for NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In addition, he is the Governor for the Nets on the NBA’s Board of Governors.

Mikhail is the principal owner of Onexim Group, a private investment fund created in 2007. Among the assets currently owned and/or managed by Onexim Group are metals companies (Rusal, InterGeo), financial services (Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit, MFK Bank, Soglassye Insurance), media outlets (RBC, Snob), real estate development (OPIN), and utilities (Quadra).

Prior to Onexim Group, Mikhail was the Chief Executive Officer of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, from 2001 to 2007. In this capacity, in addition to transforming Norilsk Nickel into one of the world’s premiere mining and metals companies, he spearheaded the company’s investments in sports, including leading CSKA to two Euroleague basketball championships.

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Owner

Mikhail Prokhorov, through Onexim Sports and Entertainment, is the owner of the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA Development League affiliate Long Island Nets, and Barclays Center, and has majority ownership in the operating company for NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,. In addition, he is the Governor for the Nets on the NBA’s Board of Governors.

Mikhail is the principal owner of Onexim Group, a private investment fund created in 2007. Among the assets currently owned and/or managed by Onexim Group are metals companies (Rusal, InterGeo), financial services (Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit, MFK Bank, Soglassye Insurance), media outlets (RBC, Snob), real estate development (OPIN), and utilities (Quadra).

Prior to Onexim Group, Mikhail was the Chief Executive Officer of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, from 2001 to 2007. In this capacity, in addition to transforming Norilsk Nickel into one of the world’s premiere mining and metals companies, he spearheaded the company’s investments in sports, including leading CSKA to two Euroleague basketball championships.

Before joining Norilsk Nickel, Mikhail was the President of Rosbank, a leading Russian commercial bank, from 2000 to 2001. From 1993 to 2000, he had served as Chairman of the Board of Onexim Bank, at the time Russia’s largest privately-owned commercial bank. From 1992 to 1993, he was Chairman of the Board of International Finance Company, a Russian commercial bank.

In 2011, Mikhail stepped away from the day-to-day management of his assets to enter the political realm. He briefly headed a political party, and then campaigned as an independent candidate for the presidency of the Russian Federation.

Mikhail was born in Moscow, Russia in 1965. His mother, Tamara, was a chemical engineer and his father, Dmitry, was head of the international department for the Soviet Sport Committee, a circumstance that greatly influenced his love of sports from an early age.

Mikhail is passionate about sports and enjoys the Tibetan martial art of Tescao in addition to windsurfing, jet skiing and heli-skiing. He has served as President of the Russian Biathlon Union.

Mikhail created the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation in 2004 to support a wide range of causes, from sports to cultural development.

Dmitry Razumov
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dmitry Razumov is the CEO of Onexim Group, a private investment fund with a diverse portfolio of assets ranging from commodities to financial services to media and real estate development. He hails from Moscow, Russia and studied at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations, where he received a degree in International Law. He is also chairman of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

Dmitry began his career as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance before shifting his focus to investment banking at Renaissance Capital. In 1998, he co-founded LV Finance, an independent venture capital firm, which stands behind the success of MegaFon, Russia’s largest mobile phone operator. From 2001, Dmitry served as Deputy CEO for Strategy and M&A at Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, going global through groundbreaking deals to acquire assets of Stillwater Mining Company, Gold Fields and Polyus Gold. Dmitry took Norilsk Nickel to a new level, with the company achieving industry’s best corporate governance standards among Russian blue-chip companies. He currently serves on the boards of Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer, and Uralkali, the world’s leading potash producer; chairs the boards of OPIN development group, Soglassye Insurance, Intergeo mining, Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit and RBC.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dmitry Razumov is the CEO of Onexim Group, a private investment fund with a diverse portfolio of assets ranging from commodities to financial services to media and real estate development. He hails from Moscow, Russia and studied at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations, where he received a degree in International Law. He is also chairman of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

Dmitry began his career as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance before shifting his focus to investment banking at Renaissance Capital. In 1998, he co-founded LV Finance, an independent venture capital firm, which stands behind the success of MegaFon, Russia’s largest mobile phone operator. From 2001, Dmitry served as Deputy CEO for Strategy and M&A at Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, going global through groundbreaking deals to acquire assets of Stillwater Mining Company, Gold Fields and Polyus Gold. Dmitry took Norilsk Nickel to a new level, with the company achieving industry’s best corporate governance standards among Russian blue-chip companies. He currently serves on the boards of Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer, and Uralkali, the world’s leading potash producer; chairs the boards of OPIN development group, Soglassye Insurance, Intergeo mining, Renaissance Capital, Renaissance Credit and RBC.

Brett Yormark
Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Brett Yormark oversees the business enterprise that manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Nets’ Development League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Yormark is a member of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Alongside Charlie Walk of the Republic Group, Yormark co-founded the BSE Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance and supports development initiatives and unique content opportunities for Barclays Center.

Since its grand opening in September 2012, Yormark has had oversight for all facets of Barclays Center, including operations, event programming, sales, and marketing. In January 2007, Yormark secured a 20-year strategic marketing partnership with Barclays, which includes the naming rights to Barclays Center.

Yormark oversaw all aspects of the Nets’ move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012, including the rebranding, marketing, and sponsorship sales. Since he joined the Nets in 2005, Yormark's mission has been to make it the most accessible, inventive, fan-friendly, and community-active team in sports.

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Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Brett Yormark oversees the business enterprise that manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the New York Islanders business operations, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the Nets’ Development League affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Yormark is a member of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Alongside Charlie Walk of the Republic Group, Yormark co-founded the BSE Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance and supports development initiatives and unique content opportunities for Barclays Center.

Since its grand opening in September 2012, Yormark has had oversight for all facets of Barclays Center, including operations, event programming, sales, and marketing. In January 2007, Yormark secured a 20-year strategic marketing partnership with Barclays, which includes the naming rights to Barclays Center.

Yormark oversaw all aspects of the Nets’ move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012, including the rebranding, marketing, and sponsorship sales. Since he joined the Nets in 2005, Yormark’s mission has been to make it the most accessible, inventive, fan-friendly, and community-active team in sports.

In leading the team’s relocation and marketing campaign, Yormark developed and transformed the Nets brand from a traditional sports team to a trendy lifestyle brand, revolutionizing the public appeal through marketing, partnerships, and public relations efforts. In the 2012-13 season, the team’s first in Brooklyn, the Nets reached the top five in merchandise sales at the NBA Store and on NBAstore.com, after the team was last in the league in merchandise sales during its final season in New Jersey.

Yormark and the Nets’ marketing team created and introduced the team’s successful “Hello Brooklyn” campaign, a multifaceted marketing campaign that built a connection between the borough and its new home team, and captured the attitude, pride, and history of Brooklyn. #hellobrooklyn was seen by 25 million Twitter users on April 30, 2012, the launch day of the Brooklyn Nets brand. Yormark was also instrumental in arranging for the unique black-and-white color scheme of the Brooklyn Nets, which became the first team in the NBA to wear the color combination.

Yormark negotiated the agreement with JAY Z to open Barclays Center with eight consecutive nights of concerts starting on Sept. 28, 2012. JAY Z unveiled the Brooklyn Nets jersey on stage, marrying sports and entertainment in unprecedented fashion.

Yormark was also instrumental in facilitating the move of the New York Islanders to Barclays Center in October 2015, and spearheads the team’s marketing, ticket and sponsorship sales, and in-game experience.

In keeping with his goal to bring the best programming to Barclays Center, Yormark has secured high-profile programming alliances with the industry leaders in concerts, professional boxing, top college basketball, and family shows. Some of the programming alliances have included Live Nation for concerts, Feld Entertainment for family shows such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, and dick clark productions, which broadcasted worldwide Barclays Center’s renowned New Year’s Eve concerts on ABC’s Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

In fall 2015, Yormark oversaw a partnership with TIDAL to become the title sponsor of Barclays Center’s theater. Yormark also secured an alliance with Billboard to unveil the Billboard Lounge, an exclusive lounge area situated on the arena’s event level.

In making Barclays Center a must-play for college basketball, Yormark secured agreements to host the storied ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2017 and 2018, and the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2016. Additionally, Barclays Center hosted the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship for four consecutive years and the event will return to the arena in 2019.

Furthermore, in fortifying Barclays Center as the center of boxing in the country, Yormark helped bring several nationally televised Premier Boxing Champions events to the venue in 2015 and 2016. Overall, Barclays Center has hosted more than 130 fights and dozens of world championship bouts. In further diversifying its BROOKLYN BOXING platform, BSE launched an apparel line featuring activewear and lifestyle apparel, and named Brooklyn native and WBA world middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs as the face of the brand.

In addition, Yormark was influential in negotiating a partnership with Tribune Media’s New York television station, PIX11, which now has New York’s only Brooklyn bureau, headquartered inside the arena where it broadcasts live daily.

Through the arena’s partnership with Disney Institute, Yormark has made great customer service a priority at Barclays Center. With its comprehensive program, Disney Institute trains Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment employees in providing a Barclays Center guest experience that is unmatched by any major sports and entertainment venue in New York.

In 2013, Yormark was instrumental in securing the winning bid for BSE to renovate and operate NYCB LIVE on Long Island. The venue will host world-class sports and entertainment events.

Yormark joined the Nets after a successful six-year period with NASCAR, for which he helped build the stock-car racing company into a major sports property. As vice president of corporate marketing in 2003, he oversaw a $750 million deal with Nextel Communications — changing the name of stock car racing’s premier circuit to the NASCAR Nextel Cup — at the time the largest sponsorship agreement in the history of American sports.

Yormark has been named the maximum three times to the “Forty Under 40” list by Sports Business Journal and was selected twice to the “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s New York Business. In 2013, Yormark was honored by March of Dimes with the “Sports Leadership Award.” He has been profiled in Newsweek, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Gotham, Hamptons, Success, The New York Times, and USA Today, and on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and CNBC.

Yormark sits on the board of the City Parks Foundation and NYC & Company. He is the proud father of Madison, 15, and Drake, 12, and is married to Elaina Scotto.

Drew Cloud
Chief Business Officer

As Chief Business Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), Drew Cloud provides oversight for the sales, marketing, communications, and customer service efforts for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders, and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Prior to joining BSE, Cloud accumulated more than 20 years of leadership experience, having most recently served as Executive Vice President & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for the Pittsburgh Pirates where he led ticket sales, corporate partnership, and marketing efforts.

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Chief Business Officer

As Chief Business Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), Drew Cloud provides oversight for the sales, marketing, communications, and customer service efforts for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders, and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Prior to joining BSE, Cloud accumulated more than 20 years of leadership experience, having most recently served as Executive Vice President & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for the Pittsburgh Pirates where he led ticket sales, corporate partnership, and marketing efforts.

Cloud previously held a variety of roles in major sports organizations that have shaped his experience in the industry, including team marketing and business operations for the National Basketball Association; ticket sales, service and retention for MSG Sports; sales and guest experience for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and US Airways Center; and ticket and corporate sales operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cloud earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Ohio University. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife, Maggie, and his daughters, Grace and Sophia.

Leo Ehrline
Chief Experience Officer

As Executive Vice President, Chief Experience Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), Leo Ehrline is responsible for improving the overall customer experience across all BSE channels, working closely with all areas of the company, including security, guest services, food and beverage, analytics, marketing, communications, ticketing, traffic and more. Ehrline’s role is to ensure that Barclays Center and its assets not only have the best customer experience in the industry, but are considered a case study for other organizations.

In his 20-year tenure with the Nets, Ehrline has been a key contributor across many aspects of the business, and most recently served as EVP, Chief Administrative & Relationship Officer, being the key liaison between the front office and the Brooklyn Nets’ ownership group. He played a major role in the organization's seamless relationship between business and basketball.

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Chief Experience Officer

As Executive Vice President, Chief Experience Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), Leo Ehrline is responsible for improving the overall customer experience across all BSE channels, working closely with all areas of the company, including security, guest services, food and beverage, analytics, marketing, communications, ticketing, traffic and more. Ehrline’s role is to ensure that Barclays Center and its assets not only have the best customer experience in the industry, but are considered a case study for other organizations.

In his 20-year tenure with the Nets, Ehrline has been a key contributor across many aspects of the business, and most recently served as EVP, Chief Administrative & Relationship Officer, being the key liaison between the front office and the Brooklyn Nets’ ownership group. He played a major role in the organization’s seamless relationship between business and basketball.

Prior to joining the Nets, Ehrline spent 19 years at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. He had a steady ascent up the corporate ladder, working his way from the accounting office to the box office, and eventually managing all marketing and sales efforts at the Meadowlands.

A native of Medford, N.J., Ehrline graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1977. Residing in Jersey City, New Jersey, Leo and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Leo and John.

Jeff Gewirtz
EVP, Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE). Mr. Gewirtz joined the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliated arena operating company in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and he was promoted to his current EVP and CLO position in 2010, with his Chief Administrative Officer responsibilities added in January 2016.

Mr. Gewirtz is responsible for advising BSE’s Board of Advisory Directors and executive management on key legal, business, and strategic matters for BSE’s holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the business operations of the New York Islanders, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the NBA D-League’s Long Island Nets, and ENTITLE, a venue naming rights and sponsorship sales and advisory joint venture with Cooper Holdings. Through his management of the BSE Legal Department, Mr. Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, compliance, and day-to-day legal and business affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Mr. Gewirtz also oversees human resources for the BSE companies and he serves as Corporate Secretary for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

Mr. Gewirtz was a key member of the negotiating team for BSE’s most significant commercial initiatives, such as the 2012 relocation of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, development of the $1 billion Barclays Center, team and arena ownership transfer transactions in 2010 and 2016, the current re-development of NYCB LIVE, development of the Brooklyn Nets new state-of-the-art practice facility, the HSS Training Center, and the launch of business operations for the New York Islanders in connection with the team’s relocation to Barclays Center as of the 2015-16 NHL season.

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EVP, Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE). Mr. Gewirtz joined the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliated arena operating company in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and he was promoted to his current EVP and CLO position in 2010, with his Chief Administrative Officer responsibilities added in January 2016.

Mr. Gewirtz is responsible for advising BSE’s Board of Advisory Directors and executive management on key legal, business, and strategic matters for BSE’s holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the business operations of the New York Islanders, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the NBA D-League’s Long Island Nets, and ENTITLE, a venue naming rights and sponsorship sales and advisory joint venture with Cooper Holdings. Through his management of the BSE Legal Department, Mr. Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, compliance, and day-to-day legal and business affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Mr. Gewirtz also oversees human resources for the BSE companies and he serves as Corporate Secretary for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

Mr. Gewirtz was a key member of the negotiating team for BSE’s most significant commercial initiatives, such as the 2012 relocation of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, development of the $1 billion Barclays Center, team and arena ownership transfer transactions in 2010 and 2016, the current re-development of NYCB LIVE, development of the Brooklyn Nets new state-of-the-art practice facility, the HSS Training Center, and the launch of business operations for the New York Islanders in connection with the team’s relocation to Barclays Center as of the 2015-16 NHL season.

The counsel provided by Mr. Gewirtz covers a broad range of subject matter, such as: acquisition, divestiture, and joint venture transactions; debt and arena bond financings; general corporate governance; lease, licensing, concession, merchandising, and related venue transactions; complex live entertainment and sports content transactions and strategic alliances; collective bargaining; broadcast and digital media rights agreements; negotiation of executive and coaches employment agreements and general employment counseling; sponsorship and naming rights transactions; suite and club seat licensing and related ticketing arrangements; trademark development, prosecution and protection; and the provision of counsel on the rules and regulations of the NBA and NHL.

The current Legal Department led by Mr. Gewirtz was named one of the top 50 in-house legal departments in the United States under the GC Powerlist for 2015, published by The Legal 500 Series. In addition, Mr. Gewirtz was named 2014 Sports Counsel of the Year by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel and in 2009 Mr. Gewirtz was selected to the prestigious “Forty Under 40” by Sports Business Journal as one of the 40 top sports executives under the age of 40 in the United States.

Prior to BSE, Mr. Gewirtz served as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) General Counsel and Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer where he was responsible for all USOC legal matters, as well as the USOC’s government relations activities with Congress and federal government agencies.

Before he joined the USOC, Mr. Gewirtz was Global Marketing Counsel followed by Counsel – sports & entertainment transactions, marketing and media in The Coca-Cola Company’s Corporate Legal Division, where he negotiated many of Coca-Cola’s most significant sports marketing and media transactions, including its $500 million+ NCAA Corporate Champion marketing and media alliance with CBS Sports. In 2005, as a secondment, Mr. Gewirtz served as Counsel for Coca-Cola’s Southeast and West Asia Division, based in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2003, while with The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Gewirtz was named to the annual list of “Georgia Lawyers on the Rise” by Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta’s legal newspaper of record.

Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Gewirtz was Director of Legal Affairs for IOC Television & Marketing Services SA, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was a primary negotiator of global Olympic sponsorship, technology, and media alliances for the International Olympic Committee and for the Salt Lake and Athens Olympic Organizing Committee, respectively. He has also served as General Counsel for the LPGA TOUR and as Manager of Tournament & Business Affairs with the WTA. Mr. Gewirtz began his legal career as an associate with the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP, where he worked within the firm’s Corporate and Advertising Industry legal groups and where he was the designated associate to the firm partner who served as General Counsel of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). In addition, he previously served as pro bono General Counsel for the USTA’s Eastern Section.

Mr. Gewirtz was formerly on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, serving as an adjunct professor of sports law at both schools, and he is currently a Lecturer for the Madrid, Spain-based Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia for its US-based masters program in global sports law, which is associated with Columbia University’s graduate sports management program. He has served as Chair of the Sports Division and was a member of the Governing Committee for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, he sits on the Board of Directors of both the National Sports Law Institute and the Sports Lawyers Association, and he is a Board of Editors member of both the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law and Professional Sports and the Law. Mr. Gewirtz has lectured extensively, both in the United States and internationally, on a variety of commercial legal and business issues in sport, including before groups such as the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, the Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association, the British Association for Sport and Law, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, and at the 2003 SportAccord International Convention in Madrid, Spain.
In June 2010 Mr. Gewirtz was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Jewish Vocational Services of MetroWest New Jersey and he is a former Executive Committee member of the UJA-Federation of New York Sports for Youth Initiative.

A native of Baldwin Harbour, New York, Mr. Gewirtz is a graduate of Tufts University, where he was a four-year member and Captain of the Tufts Varsity Tennis Team his senior year, as well as a member of its New England Championship team. In 2016 he was appointed to the Tufts Athletics Board of Advisors. Mr. Gewirtz received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the recipient of a three-year merit scholarship and from which he is a two-time recipient of its Alumni Achievement Award in Sports Law.

Mr. Gewirtz lives in Manhattan with his wife, Brooke Raphael, who works for Intercept Pharmaceuticals. They have one son, Eton.

Charlie Mierswa
EVP, Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer

As Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), Charlie Mierswa oversees the finance, box office and MIS departments. Having joined the organization in 2006, Mierswa’s leadership is a key ingredient in management’s vision of continuing to transform the front office into one of the most successful in all of professional sports.

Prior to joining BSE, Mierswa was the Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Music Operations for Clear Channel (currently named Live Nation), the largest SEC registered concert promoter, producer and venue operator for live entertainment events. Mierswa brings not only venue and event experience, but a strong accounting and finance background which he developed through almost 10 years at Ernst & Young, one of the largest CPA firms in the world.

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EVP, Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer

As Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), Charlie Mierswa oversees the finance, box office and MIS departments. Having joined the organization in 2006, Mierswa’s leadership is a key ingredient in management’s vision of continuing to transform the front office into one of the most successful in all of professional sports.

Prior to joining BSE, Mierswa was the Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Music Operations for Clear Channel (currently named Live Nation), the largest SEC registered concert promoter, producer and venue operator for live entertainment events. Mierswa brings not only venue and event experience, but a strong accounting and finance background which he developed through almost 10 years at Ernst & Young, one of the largest CPA firms in the world.

Featured in the First Quarter 2014 issue of CFO Studio Magazine as well as prior issues of Journal of Accountancy and CFO Magazine, Mierswa has been recognized for his extraordinary financial and operational knowledge that has been a key component to the success of the Nets’ management team.

Mierswa received his B.A. in economics and Spanish from Hamilton College and his Masters in accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

A long-time Nets fan, Mierswa grew up watching the team on Long Island. Mierswa lives in Westfield, New Jersey with his wife, Julia, and they have two children: daughter, Georgia, who is working in digital marketing for Amazon in Seattle, and son, Philip, who is working for Big Willow as a senior data analyst.

Michael Zavodsky
EVP, Global Partnerships

Michael Zavodsky has quickly risen through the ranks within the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) organization. Starting as an intern to CEO Brett Yormark in May 2005, Zavodsky quickly transitioned from Account Executive, to Director, to Vice President, then to Senior Vice President and finally to his current position of Executive Vice President overseeing the sales and service side of the Global Partnerships department which includes Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, including its D-League Team, the Long Island Nets, the New York Islanders, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and several other properties.

Zavodsky has been able to partner with some of the best brands in the world during his tenure in Brooklyn, including American Express, GEICO, Stoli, Calvin Klein, Anheuser-Busch, Infor, JetBlue, New York Life, New York Daily News, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, National Grid, Honda, Ticketmaster, RedBull, Amtrak, and adidas.

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EVP, Global Partnerships

Michael Zavodsky has quickly risen through the ranks within the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) organization. Starting as an intern to CEO Brett Yormark in May 2005, Zavodsky quickly transitioned from Account Executive, to Director, to Vice President, then to Senior Vice President and finally to his current position of Executive Vice President overseeing the sales and service side of the Global Partnerships department which includes Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, including its D-League Team, the Long Island Nets, the New York Islanders, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and several other properties.

Zavodsky has been able to partner with some of the best brands in the world during his tenure in Brooklyn, including American Express, GEICO, Stoli, Calvin Klein, Anheuser-Busch, Infor, JetBlue, New York Life, New York Daily News, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, National Grid, Honda, Ticketmaster, RedBull, Amtrak, and adidas.

Zavodsky has been innovative in the area of sponsorship during his career, bringing in many non-traditional brands to the space, such as one of the first partnerships in the daily gaming space with FanDuel. He continues to grow the company’s sales efforts globally.

Zavodsky has been a leader in creating revenue generating ideas, concepts, and events. One example is the creation of the WPIX Studio – where he took a traditional retail store connected to the venue and turned it into a fully functional, content-producing news studio for WPIX-TV. Another example is the creation of the CEO Challenge, in which current and prospective corporate partners compete in a basketball tournament. The tournament has successfully provided sales and networking opportunities. The program’s success domestically has translated into international opportunities – with Barclays Center hosting its first international CEO Challenge in Moscow.

In addition to the sales effort, Zavodksy has played a role in programming Barclays Center, helping to secure events like the Golden Gloves boxing event and college basketball games and has also engaged his partners in the community, including his work with Party City, in donating $100,000 worth of Halloween Costumes to underprivileged children in Brooklyn.

Other career highlights include oversight of the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment’s third party consulting / sales effort which carried out the sale of the IZOD Center naming rights, the Rutgers Stadium naming rights and the Quinnipiac University Hockey Arena naming rights.

Zavodsky attended Quinnipiac University and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater, the youngest recipient in University’s history. He was named one of Sports Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2016, as well as previously being named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and one of Sport Pro Magazine’s “10 Next.” The New Jersey native currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Keith Sheldon
EVP, Programming

As Executive Vice President of Programming, Keith Sheldon oversees the booking of concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events for Barclays Center. He has also played an integral role in planning and development as the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment roster of venues expands to include the reimagined NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater.

Since joining BS&E as Vice President in 2014, Sheldon has increased Barclays Center’s bookings year over year and delivered premium live content such as concerts from Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, and premier sporting events such as Premier Boxing Champions, major NCAA college basketball, and WWE SummerSlam. Under Sheldon’s leadership, Barclays Center has been ranked among the top 10 venues worldwide and top three domestically by the premier industry publications.

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EVP, Programming

As Executive Vice President of Programming, Keith Sheldon oversees the booking of concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events for Barclays Center. He has also played an integral role in planning and development as the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment roster of venues expands to include the reimagined NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theater.

Since joining BS&E as Vice President in 2014, Sheldon has increased Barclays Center’s bookings year over year and delivered premium live content such as concerts from Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, and premier sporting events such as Premier Boxing Champions, major NCAA college basketball, and WWE SummerSlam. Under Sheldon’s leadership, Barclays Center has been ranked among the top 10 venues worldwide and top three domestically by the premier industry publications.

Prior to joining BS&E, Sheldon worked for AEG Facilities in a variety of roles, serving as Director of Events at KFC Yum! CENTER in Louisville, KY and Director of Business Affairs and Programming at XL Center in Hartford, CT.

Sheldon graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Business Management and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Originally from Sudbury, MA, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sally, and their two daughters.

Christopher Magee
SVP, Human Resources & Culture

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Culture of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Christopher Magee is responsible for developing and aligning human resources strategies with BSE’s core business objectives, diversity and inclusion efforts, and recruiting and hiring activities.

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SVP, Human Resources & Culture

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Culture of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Christopher Magee is responsible for developing and aligning human resources strategies with BSE’s core business objectives, diversity and inclusion efforts, and recruiting and hiring activities.

Magee brings more than 30 years of professional experience to BSE in business and human resources. Prior to joining the organization in 2016, Magee served as SVP of Human Resources at WME/IMG Worldwide where he was a strategic business partner to division heads in North America and London. Magee also spent a decade leading the human resources department at Condé Nast Publications from 2002-2012.

Magee received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and finance from Clarkson University. He resides in Bedford, NY with his wife, Jen, and daughters, Reed and Campbell.

John Baier
SVP, Ticket Sales and Service

Baier joined the Nets organization in April 2005 as an Account Manager and was instrumental in the relocation of the teams’ season ticket base from New Jersey to Brooklyn, as well as the successful launch of the All Access Pass program.

SVP, Ticket Sales and Service