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Barclays Center gets new GM; BSE Global names new security chief

The Barclays Center has a new General Manager, Matthew Felker, moving from a relatively brief stint at the Nassau Coliseum, known as NYCB LIVE, according to an 8/13/18 press release from BSE Global, below.

Regional General Manager Steve Rosebrook, longtime manager of Barclays for AEG Facilities, is overseeing the transition. His next position has not been announced.

Also, BSE Global has named retired New York Police Department veteran Steve Powers as Vice President of Security, who will oversee security for BSE venues, teams, and employees. He spent nearly 38 years at the NYPD in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. He began his career on patrol in the 67th Precinct and was promoted seven times to his final position as Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, according to the notice.

The press releases, verbatim

BROOKLYN – BSE Global and AEG Facilities have identified new leaders for Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The internal promotions name Matthew Felker as the General Manager of Barclays Center and Joe Zino as the General Manager of NYCB LIVE. Both promotions take effect October 1.

The announcement comes on the heels of the upcoming departure of Regional General Manager Steve Rosebrook, who will be overseeing the transition for AEG Facilities.

“Steve and his AEG Facilities colleagues have done a tremendous job building world-class arena operations teams at both venues. We thank Steve for his years of service and wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global, which oversees both venues. “We’re excited about the future with Matt and Joe and congratulate them on their well-deserved promotions. They have been integral leaders in the operation of Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE.”

“We were very fortunate to have an experienced executive like Steve operating these two venues for us. His leadership has prepared Matt and Joe for assuming bigger roles,” said Senior Vice President of AEG Facilities, Richard Krezwick, who both General Managers will report into.

Matthew Felker, who currently serves as General Manager of NYCB LIVE, will lead operations for Barclays Center as General Manager. Felker was a key member of the operations team that opened Barclays Center in 2012 and was promoted a number of times, eventually to the role of Assistant General Manager. In 2016, he transitioned to his current role on Long Island. Felker has accumulated more than 25 years of experience in sports and entertainment venues, including at XL Center in Hartford, CT, and Toyota Center in Houston.

In the transition from his current role as Assistant General Manager to General Manager, Joe Zino will become the head of operations for NYCB LIVE. Zino, a Long Island native, has been with the venue since 2008 when he was hired as an Operations Manager, and during its renovation served as a Director of Event Services at Barclays Center. He played an integral role in the reopening of NYCB LIVE following its $180 million renovation.

Bryan Calka, Former Yankees Executive, Hired to Lead Sponsorship Sales
BROOKLYN – BSE Global has created two new key executive positions with the hiring of Dr. Maurice Stinnett as Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and Steve Powers as Vice President of Security. Additionally, BSE has hired Bryan Calka as Senior Vice President of Global Partnership Sales.

“These three new executives are vital to the continued development of our business,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global. “Security and Diversity & Inclusion have been a major focus for our company and we are thrilled to make two strategic hires in those areas. In order to bolster our sponsorship sales, we’ve brought in Bryan, a leading sales executive in the market.”

As Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. Stinnett will create innovative programming tailored for inclusion and cultural competence by providing leadership and support across BSE brands. Dr. Stinnett was previously at Cleveland State University, where he served as the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. Prior to Cleveland State, Dr. Stinnett served as the Dean of Students at Central State University and was the Chairman for the World Leadership Program, a White House Initiative under the Obama administration designed to bridge cultures and encourage inclusive dialogue among universities in the Middle East and the US.

As Vice President of Security, Powers will oversee security for BSE venues, teams, and employees. He joins the company with nearly 38 years of New York City Police Department experience across the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. He began his career on patrol in the 67th Precinct and was promoted seven times to his final position as Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

As SVP of Global Partnership Sales, Calka will be responsible for securing new sponsorship partners for the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and other affiliated properties. With over 18 years of experience, Calka joins BSE from the New York Yankees, where he spent 10 years and most recently served as Vice President of Partnerships. There, he oversaw and managed the Partnership Sales and Activation teams, and secured high-profile accounts such as Ford, Audi, Wendy’s, and Before the Bronx, Calka was a vital part of the sales team at Washington Sports & Entertainment, the multi-faceted organization managing the Washington Wizards, Verizon Center, and Patriot Center.