HOFREco Names Shawn Smith Vice President of Marketing
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HOFREco Names Shawn Smith Vice President of Marketing

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Names Shawn Smith Vice President of Marketing

Smith possesses more than 28 years’ experience in professional sports business, sales and marketing

CANTON, Ohio – January 18, 2022 – Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV”) (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW), the only resort, entertainment and media company centered around the power of professional football, today announced it has appointed experienced marketing professional Shawn Smith as Vice President of Marketing. Smith, who spent the last five years serving within the Boston Red Sox organization on business development projects and as its General Manager in Lowell, MA, will report to Erica Muhleman, Executive Vice President of New Business Development/Marketing & Sales.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Smith has over 28 years’ experience working in professional sports, 15 of which were spent within the Red Sox family. He possesses a strong familiarity of business operations and development, sales and marketing, and will be responsible for further elevating the HOFV brand amongst key stakeholders, including sponsors, fans and the community.

“We are thrilled to be adding such a tremendous talent in Shawn to our growing company,” said Muhleman. “Shawn’s track record of creating value for the organizations he has served is both extensive and impressive, and we are fortunate for him to be part of what we are building at HOFV. We look forward to the many contributions Shawn will make as a member of our team and working with him to strategically grow our brand across the U.S.”

Smith previously spent seven years as the Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of the NBA Development League (now Gatorade League), the official minor league system of the NBA. His responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day business operations of the League as well as collaborative ventures in all marketing tactics and partnerships, broadcast and digital programming/content, team business development, international efforts and league expansion initiatives. He also spearheaded the League’s digital strategy and significantly grew its digital impressions while deepening its relationships and programming options with national broadcast partners.

Smith also spent two years with the NBA as a Vice President within its Team Marketing and Business Operations division. Furthermore, he also served as team President and/or General Manager of minor league franchises affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros. During this period, he was deeply involved in the construction and management of five new ballparks while winning numerous national and local honors for business achievements.

“I am energized by joining HOFV, an organization that is building something truly special both inside and outside of Canton,” said Smith. “I am very excited about the company’s mission and the significant progress it has already made executing on its strategic objectives. I am confident that my unique skillset will help create tremendous value for all of our stakeholders.”

Shawn earned his Masters degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University. He was inducted into Syracuse University's Newhouse Professional Gallery in 2012 and the Providence Day (Charlotte, NC) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

About Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW) is a resort and entertainment company leveraging the power and popularity of professional football and its legendary players in partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Headquartered in Canton, Ohio, the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company is the owner of the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-use sports, entertainment and media destination centered around the Pro Football Hall of Fame's campus. Additional information on the Company can be found at www.HOFREco.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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