CANTON, Ohio – June 15, 2022 – Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW), the only resort, entertainment and media company centered around the power of professional football, today announced it has named highly experienced sports marketing and sales professional Vic Gregovits as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, effective June 20, 2022. Gregovits, who will report to President and CEO Michael Crawford, will be tasked with further growing the HOFV brand among sponsors, consumers and the local community. His primary responsibilities will include overseeing all of the Company’s strategic marketing efforts as well as a dedicated focus to new sponsor and partner development for HOFV, Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls, Hall of Fame Village Media, and the company’s emerging gaming and entertainment verticals.
“Vic is a game-changing addition to our Company, as he possesses more than 32 years’ experience working in sales and marketing for some of the most recognizable sports franchises in the world, including the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Guardians,” said Crawford. “We are very excited to leverage his deep connections with the business community to bring on additional sponsors and his strong local market expertise to enhance the experience for guests of the Hall of Fame Village. I look forward to working with Vic to further solidify HOFV’s position as the preeminent brand operating at the intersection of sports, media and entertainment.”
Gregovits joins HOFV from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, where he served as President and oversaw business operations for the USL and its home field, Highmark Stadium. In just one year with the Riverhounds, Gregovits oversaw double digit increases in both ticket sales and corporate partnerships. What’s more, he was instrumental in Highmark Stadium being selected to host the International Jazz Festival, Blues Festival, was home to Pittsburgh Women’s Lacrosse inaugural season and the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (“WPIAL”) soccer championships on multi-year agreements.
Prior to the Riverhounds, Gregovits spent two years as President of the Louisville Bats, the AAA Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, where he oversaw all operations. He helped grow overall revenues incrementally, including increasing corporate partnership renewals by double digits. During his career, Gregovits has held senior-level sales and marketing positions with several additional professional sports franchises and high-profile organizations including the San Antonio Commanders, one of eight members of the Alliance of American Football, Home Team Marketing, the Cleveland Guardians, Robert Morris University, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Eagles. Impressively, Gregovits played a significant role in negotiating the $58 million naming rights agreement to Progressive Field.
“I am so energized to be joining HOFV and to use my over three decades of experience in sales and marketing to elevate this brand exponentially,” said Gregovits. “There are so many compelling opportunities this company offers fans and sponsors that no other business can, and I am excited to get to work and help drive revenue throughout each vertical of the organization. It’s an honor to work alongside Mike and the rest of our experienced leadership team.”
Gregovits, who resides in Avon Lake, Ohio, graduated from Robert Morris University with a degree in Business Administration, and was the recipient of the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland’s Distinguished Marketing & Sales Award in 2006. He was a volunteer member on the Board of Trustees for Robert Morris University and the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, Pittsburgh Advertising Club and the Louisville Sports Commission. Furthermore, Gregovits also served on the Steering Committee for the National Sports Forum.
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.
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