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Creating Strategic Collaborations for Strong Buyer-Supplier Engagement
CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers/Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Len Komoroski is Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which includes the Cleveland Monsters (AHL), Canton Charge (NBAGL) and Cavs Legion Gaming Club (NBA2K). In addition, he plays a leadership role for business operations and business-related endeavors for Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert’s family of sports and entertainment interests in Ohio. 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 Transformation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
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 and fan 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 in nearby Independence, OH. In addition, he also was a key player in the acquisition of the Monsters (AHL), Charge (NBDL) and Cavs Legion (NBA2K).
Komoroski’s latest achievement has literally transformed the venue that the Cavaliers and Monsters call home, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Working together with key civic and community officials, Komoroski played a core leadership role in the public/private partnership agreement formed between the Cavs, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland for the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Transformation, a major renovation project to transform the nearly 26-year-old venue. As part of the agreement, the Cavs extended their lease with their landlord, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, for seven additional years at the venue until 2034. The all-new Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse re-opened in late September for a full slate of games, concerts and events.
Very active as a community and civic leader, he serves on the board of directors of 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.
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.
BJ Waymer Associates/NFL
B.J. Waymer leads the National Football League’s Business Connect Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program for NFL events including Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and Draft. The Business Connect program identifies certified and experienced local diverse business owners with the capacity to compete for contracting opportunities specific to NFL Events. In Super Bowl markets the program hosts an eight-program professional development workshop and networking event series designed to grow business acumen and enhance the capacity of women, minority, LGBT and veteran-owned businesses.Read More
Prior to opening her own consulting company, B.J. was the Director of Community Relations for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. As a member of the Panthers’ inaugural expansion management team, BJ was responsible for developing policies, procedures and activation of the team’s two-state community outreach programming, off the field media, cause-marketing initiatives, and the team’s philanthropic arm, Panthers Charities.
B.J. also worked as an award-winning TV reporter and talk show host in San Francisco, Oklahoma City and Charlotte, NC.
In the last six years B.J. has grown Business Connect from an introductory small business program into a business-to-business venture that brings millions of dollars worth of contract opportunities to local, diverse communities in NFL event markets.
Suzanne Miklos, PhD
President & CEO, OE Strategies
President and CEO of O.E. Strategies, Inc., Dr. Miklos has more than 20 years of consulting experience in talent management, including assessment, competency-based development, coaching and support of change initiatives. Her focus on growing competitive advantage by coaching and developing leaders covers healthcare, manufacturing, financial and not-for-profit industries. She relies on data-driven, research-based methods tailored to the specific client business strategy and needs. Clients benefit from Dr. Miklos’ skill in translating organizational requirements to the evaluation and development of leaders who can implement the vision and effectively empower today’s workforce.