TD Garden President Amy Latimer to be Honored as 2015 WISE ‘Woman of the Year’

Women in Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, has announced that TD Garden President Amy Latimer has been selected as one of three recipients for its prestigious 2015 WISE Women of the Year Awards.  Latimer, along with fellow honorees Lara Price (EVP, Business Operations, Philadelphia 76ers) and Mary Scott (President, United Entertainment Group, an Edelman Company), will be recognized at the 21st Annual WISE Awards Luncheon on June 16, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  These honorees were voted by WISE members across the country for their significant impact on the business of sports.

 

“It’s an honor for WISE to be able to recognize these women who have made an impact on our industry,” said Kathleen Francis, national chair of WISE. “These women exemplify a commitment to leadership and are dedicated role models for others.”

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Latimer was promoted to president of TD Garden in 2012, where she is responsible for all day-to-day operations at one of the most active, highly regarded and successful sports and entertainment venues in North America. With almost two decades of knowledge and experience in the sports and arena industry, Latimer continues to champion the TD Garden as an industry innovator, overseeing the areas of premium service, fan experience and overall revenue generation. Prior to her current role, she was Senior VP of Sales for the Boston Bruins. Latimer received her degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island, which she attended on a full basketball scholarship. She serves on the state board for the Salvation Army and Good Sports.

To view the full list of past WISE Women of the Year honorees, visit wiseworks.org.

 

About WISE
WISE (Women in Sports & Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can give them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco/Bay Area and Washington, D.C. To become a member of WISE, please visit www.WISEworks.org.

 

Top Marketing Executives Gather For Pre-Game Business Meet-Up

Even before the puck dropped Thursday night for the much anticipated Bruins/Blackhawks matchup, TD Garden was buzzing as business leaders gathered at the LinkedIn lounge area outside of the new Legends Club on the arena’s event floor.

The event — the latest in a series of TD Garden Business Network pre-game meet-ups — brought some of the country’s premier marketing minds together for an exclusive networking session.  Among those in attendance were Marty St. George, Senior VP Commercial of JetBlue, Brian Jennings, Executive VP Marketing of the NHLTodd Merry, CMO of Delaware North, and several other CMOs from the Greater Boston business community.

“I’ve been coming to the Garden for years, but tonight’s event is a unique opportunity to connect with business leaders in a casual, fun and competitive atmosphere. Networking is such an important part of the business community these days, and the Garden is a great venue for bringing people together.” ~ Robert Tas, Chief Marketing Officer at Pegasystems.

TD Garden’s B2B community was built to digitally unite corporate partners, Premium Club members and business leaders in the Greater Boston Area, as well as provide valuable in-person networking opportunities.  Business Network members are also able to check out which other executives are in attendance through the TD Garden mobile app, available now for iPhone & Android.  Complimentary access to the network is available by requesting here.

If you missed out on this meet-up, but would like to be alerted about future ones, please join the Business Network’s online LinkedIn group. You can also follow the Business Network on Twitter @TDGardenBiz to stay updated on relevant sports/business news and happenings.

 

WISE (Women in Sports & Events) To Honor Kathryn Tappen Dec. 18

WISE [Women in Sports and Events] will be hosting their 2nd annual Women of Inspiration event at the all-new Legends restaurant at TD Garden on Thurs. Dec. 18 from 6PM-8:30PM. The event will honor TV personality Kathryn Tappen, and will be hosted by Kelly Malone, formerly of Mix 104 and the current in-arena voice of the Boston Bruins.

The evening will feature networking with fellow Boston business executives, including representatives from all four major Boston pro teams, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

6:00-6:30pm: Registration & Networking
6:30 – 7:30pm: Discussion with Kelly Malone and Kathryn Tappen
7:30-7:45pm: Audience Q & A
7:45-8:30pm: Networking

Tickets, priced at $40 per person ($30 for students), are on sale now.  Join the conversation and share the inspiration by using #WISEWOI.

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About Kathryn Tappen

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Kathryn continues to appear as a personality on NHL Network. The lead host of NHL Network’s flagship studio show NHL Tonight since 2011.Tappen continues to be a part of the network’s coverage of signature NHL events — including the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final — as well as other NHL Network programs.

Tappen is not new to NBC Sports. She served as a studio host for men’s and women’s ice hockey during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and filled in for McHugh at times during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs by hosting NHL Live.

Prior to joining the NHL Network in 2011, Tappen spent five years with the New England Sports Network where she served as lead studio host for Boston Bruins games and as a reporter on the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. She was a weekend anchor as well as a weekday sports reporter at NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence, R.I., and began her career in 2003 at College Sports Television.

In 2006, Tappen earned an Associated Press award for her sports feature “Swim Meet.” Her sports-feature reporting has been nominated for two Boston/New England Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 

About WISE Boston Chapter

WISE Boston provides professional access and information, presents and explores career-related issues, and offers a forum for problem-solving and enrichment for women in the sports and events industry. The organization fosters communication, support, and provides learning opportunities specifically geared towards the needs of women in sports and special events, thereby enhancing leadership skills, and increasing the visibility of women in the industry.

To learn more about WISE Boston, please e-mail WISEBOS@gmail.com or visit www.wisebos.org. 

 

*Parking in the North Station Garage will be available to WISE attendees for the deeply discounted rate of $5. Simply pull into the garage located directly underneath the TD Garden via either of the two entrance ramps located at: 121 Nashua Street or 140 Causeway Street. Please pull a ticket to enter the garage and park on any level. You will be given a chaser ticket at the event, which will allow you to pay with the discounted rate at any payment kiosk in North Station, and then use the chaser ticket to exit the garage.

*To enter the WISE event at Legends at TD Garden: Please enter TD Garden via the West Premium entrance. Legends is located on level 3.

RSVP Now For Next Thursday’s Pre-Game Business Meet-Up Event

Next Thursday (December 11), the Chicago Blackhawks return to TD Garden for a battle with the Black & Gold.  Join us before the game for a great business networking opportunity with some of the country’s premier marketing minds, including Marty St. George, Senior VP Commercial of JetBlue, Brian Jennings, Executive VP Marketing of the NHL, Todd Merry, CMO of Delaware North, and marketing leaders from Delaware North’s subsidiaries across the country.

The meet-up will take place in the landing area adjacent to Legends on level 3.  Attendees will also enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary beverage.  

All attendees must have a ticket to the game and RSVP by Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00pm to secure access.  Hope to see you there!

Business Networking Meet-Up

Thursday, Dec. 11 (Bruins vs. Blackhawks)

RSVP (by 12/10 at 7:00PM)

Grand Opening of New ProShop, powered by Reebok

Special Black Friday ‘Doubleheader Doorbuster’ Offers
Friday, November 28 from 7-11AM

TD Garden’s all-new ProShop, powered by Reebok, is having its Grand Opening and here’s your chance to get in on the best Black Friday deals on Bruins and Celtics apparel and merchandise. Beginning at 7AM on Friday, Nov. 28, the Doubleheader Doorbuster* will feature up to 30% off during the first hour, free parking in the North Station Garage with purchase, free gifts and ticket giveaways for both games of the Celtics (1PM vs. Chicago) and Bruins (7PM vs. Winnipeg) doubleheader later that day!

Learn more about the all-new ProShop powered by Reebok and get an advance look at next Thursday’s Boston Globe circular.

 

* Featured Black Friday (11/28/2014) Discounts: 30% off from 7-8AM; 20% off from 8-9AM; 10% off from 9-11AM. To be eligible for complimentary parking in the North Station Garage on Friday, November 28, vehicles may enter the garage beginning at 5AM and must exit the garage before 11AM with purchase from the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 of TD Garden. This parking offer does not apply to purchases made at the Level 1 TD Garden ProShop and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Boston Executives Come Together for Second in Business Meet-Up Series

King James wasn’t the only one making the rounds on Friday night at TD Garden.

TD Garden Business Network’s first meet-up of the Celtics’ season took place with business executives joining special guests Celtics President Rich Gotham and C’s legend Jo Jo White for pre-game drinks and apps before Friday’s oh-so-close loss to LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.

This second in a series of exclusive networking events for Boston area business executives, took place at the third floor LinkedIn lounge area outside of the renovated Legends and Celtics Courtside Club.

It wasn’t all basketball and business talk for attendees. Topics ranged from sharing frustration over Mass Pike traffic to discussing fitness routines. One attendee asked Gotham how he stays fit with the frenetic Celtics business schedule. The answer: he runs to train for triathlons.

“It’s always great when you can get a group of people at a unique event like a game and  incorporate business networking,” said Rich Gotham. “The excitement of a game atmosphere adds another dimension and helps people connect. It’s a good way for business to get done.”

Attendees included executives from numerous high-profile Boston area companies and included TD Garden/Bruins SVP of Marketing and Sales Glen Thornborough and other team/arena staff who stopped by to mingle with the crowd. Business Network members were able to check out which other groups were in attendance through the TD Garden mobile app, available now for iPhone & Android.

Want to know about the next meet-up? Join the Business Network’s online LinkedIn group to be the first to know out about upcoming events and follow us on Twitter to stay updated on relevant sports business news and happenings.

Boston Celtics and adidas Unveil ‘Parquet Pride’ Collection

The Boston Celtics and adidas announced the unveiling of the “Parquet Pride” home alternate uniform and merchandise collection, which celebrates great moments in Celtics history from the famed Parquet Floor. The year-long program will be the centerpiece to the partnership between adidas and the Celtics which is entering its eighth season.

The campaign tipped off with an exclusive event held at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston last night. On hand to unveil the Parquet Pride jersey and game shorts were Boston Celtics guards and adidas athletes Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, Celtics Managing Partner, Governor and CEO Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Team President Rich Gotham, adidas General Manager of Global Basketball, Chris Grancio, and other members of the Celtics and adidas families.

The Parquet Pride jersey features a green and white Celtics wordmark on a grey background with parquet-inspired piping down the sides. The shorts also feature the parquet piping along with the Celtics new Lucky alternate logo on the waistband. Consistent with the other home and road jerseys, a gold patch showcasing the Larry O’Brien championship trophy, as well as “17x” which represents the franchise’s league-record 17 titles, is featured on the back collar.

“We are proud to partner with adidas on unveiling the Parquet Pride collection which honors significant moments in Celtics history and the iconic Parquet Floor,” said Celtics Team President Rich Gotham. “Incorporating our franchise’s storied tradition into our alternate home uniform provides a contemporary new look our players and fans will enjoy, while embracing the history that makes the Celtics brand unique.”

In addition to the new Pride jersey and shorts, adidas will be releasing a Parquet Pride merchandise collection which will include t-shirts, hats, and other team gear honoring the Parquet Floor and commemorating the six historic moments. The team will debut the new Pride uniform on November 28 against the Chicago Bulls and don the uniform an additional five times throughout the 2014-15 season:

November 28, 2014

  • 25th Anniversary of Larry Bird scoring his 20,000 point on November 30, 1990 against the Washington Bullets

December 7, 2014

  • 25th Anniversary of Johnny Most announcing his retirement on December 2, 1990

January 2, 2015

  • 30th Anniversary of the number “2” retired in honor of Red Auerbach on January 4, 1985

February 6, 2015

  • 55th Anniversary of Bill Russell pulling down his career best 51 rebounds against the Syracuse Nationals on February 5, 1960
  • 55th Anniversary of Bob Cousy tallying his career best 46 points against the New York Knicks on February 7, 1960

March 4, 2015

  • 30th Anniversary of Kevin McHale scoring 56 points vs. the Detroit Pistons on March 3, 1985

April 12, 2015

  • 50th Anniversary of John Havlicek “stole the ball!” vs. the Philadelphia 76ers on April 15, 1965

The Parquet Pride collection will be available for purchase starting November 24 on Celtics.com/Shop, the TD Garden Pro Shop and Fan Zones, and other area retailers. Fans will also have the chance to win a piece of the Parquet and other great prizes through several in-season consumer promotions presented by adidas. Additionally, the team will release a Parquet Pride ticket package featuring the six games listed above and will include a gift with purchase from the collection. For more information on the Parquet Pride collection and ticket package visit Celtics.com or call 1-866-4CELTIX.

Pre-Game Business Meet-Up Series Kicks Off

Whether it was networking or working-the-net, TD Garden scored big on Thursday night on and off the ice.

Hours before our Boston Bruins mounted a third period comeback win against the Edmonton Oilers, the TD Garden Business Network hosted the first in a series of pregame meet-ups in the LinkedIn lounge area outside of the new Legends Club on the arena’s third floor.

Connected through the Business Network’s online LinkedIn group, invitees mixed and mingled with fellow members and team/arena executives while enjoying complimentary beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres.  Bruins President Cam Neely and Garden/Bruins SVP of Marketing and Sales Glen Thornborough joined other team/arena staff and network members, including executives from AT&T, Gillette, Whole Foods, Draft Kings, AAA, MassMutual, Friendly’s, Octagon and more.

Business Network members were also able to check out which other groups were in attendance through the TD Garden mobile app, available now for iPhone & Android.  The B2B community was built to digitally unite corporate partners, Premium Club members and business leaders in the Greater Boston Area, as well as provide valuable in-person networking opportunities.  Complimentary access to the network is available by requesting here.

The Garden Business Network will be back at it with another pre-game meet-up next Friday, November 14 before the Celtics host Lebron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.  RSVP below.



Celtics Networking Meet-Up

Friday, Nov. 14 (Celtics vs. Cavs)

RSVP (by 11/14 at Noon)

Upcoming Pre-Game Networking Meet-Ups: Nov. 6 & 14

Glen Thornborough, SVP of Marketing and Sales at TD Garden/Boston Bruins, announced today that the TD Garden Business Network will be hosting its first two meet-ups of the 2014-15 season at TD Garden this month.

Join fellow Boston business executives pre-game for the Bruins vs. Oilers game on Thursday, November 6 or prior to the Celtics vs. Cavaliers game on Friday, November 14.   Mix and mingle with network members and team/arena executives. Enjoy a complimentary beverage and passed hors d’oeuvres, and get the opportunity to meet special guests Bruins President Cam Neely (Nov. 6) and Celtics President Rich Gotham (Nov. 14) when they stop by.

The meet-ups will take place an hour before each game in the all-new landing area located adjacent to Legends on level 3. As a reminder, all attendees must also have a ticket to that night’s game.

Bruins Networking Meet-Up

Thursday, Nov. 6 (Bruins vs. Oilers)

RSVP (by 11/6 at Noon)

Celtics Networking Meet-Up

Friday, Nov. 14 (Celtics vs. Cavs)

RSVP (by 11/14 at Noon)

If you are not already a member of the Garden Business Network, please click here to request your complimentary access. 

 

TD Garden Shines Bright With New Digital Signage Boards, Concourse Renovations

Don’t let the 70-degree days fool you – ice is back in style at TD Garden as the Bruins have launched into the 2014-15 NHL regular season.  Bruins fans have gotten the first taste, literally and figuratively, of the fresh look at the newly-completed phase 1 of the $70 million TD Garden renovation project.

Hours before the team’s Opening Night puck-drop, TD Garden President Amy Latimer welcomed members of the media for a sneak-preview of the brand new amenities, highlighted by a modern, re-designed level 4 concourse and concession area, as well as updated technology infrastructure, Wi-Fi and dynamic digital signage board upgrades, and a comprehensive renovation of the arena’s Legends Club.

After a long summer of demolition and construction by Delaware North Companies, the level 4 concourse has been completely enhanced and infused with an inspired menu of new food and beverage options, as well as the modernization of technology that inspires fan engagement physically and digitally and brings sponsorship activation to life.

The level 4 concourse is now equipped with more than 200 dynamic digital signage boards illuminated with the LED colors of TD Garden partners – including TD Bank, JetBlue, Coca-Cola, Captain Morgan’s, AT&T, and Xfinity among others – whose brand messaging ran on the concourse’s new overhead “blade” screens. The Garden has also introduced interactive Digital Directories on the level – unique touch screens allowing guests to search for various food options in the new concession areas while visually providing direction and the quickest path to arena locations (i.e. the nearest restrooms, retail stands, ticketed seat location for the event, etc.).

TD Garden upgrades feature new state-of-the-art technology solutions using Cisco’s Connected Stadium Wi-Fi & StadiumVision to create innovative digital fan experiences, including:

  • High-density Wi-Fi accessible throughout the arena (via 400 new antennas).
  • Wi-Fi hot-spot antennas within the hockey boards – an industry first – so fans can quickly send pictures and post on their favorite social media sites.
  • Special ‘Check-In and Win’ functionality and contests for every arena event through the TD Garden app.
  • Legends, TD Garden’s largest restaurant, located on level 3 of the arena, also received a comprehensive renovation. Bruins’ icon Johnny “Chief” Bucyk officially christened the space, showing off a modern sports theme design and refreshed culinary offerings, featuring a raw bar, brick oven and charcuterie station. Legends will also feature two new bars, providing a broad selection of craft beer in addition to top-shelf drinks.

The two-year renovation project will continue at TD Garden throughout the season – major construction on the level 7 concourse is slated for the summer of 2015, additional concession stands will be upgraded, and a new 6,400 sq. foot ProShop is currently under construction on the arena’s east side second floor, featuring a complete redesign.

TD Garden’s new digital directories.

 


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