Union Hire Rowan as EVP, CRO
Chester, Pa. (October 26, 2010) – Philadelphia Union has announced the hiring of Dave Rowan as the team’s Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. Rowan brings a wealth of knowledge to Philadelphia Union with over 26 years of experience in the sports industry, including stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Philadelphia Union and Keystone Sports and Entertainment,” remarked Rowan. “I look forward to building off of the phenomenal foundation that has been established by MLS, the ownership group, the staff and the tens of thousands of supporters. I’m truly honored to be part of such a great organization and am looking forward to many exciting times both on and off the field.”
The Marlton, N.J. resident spent the last six years as the Director of Sports Sales for CBS Radio, where he was responsible for selling integrated sponsorship packages for all of Philadelphia’s major sports teams including the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers.
“We are delighted to welcome Dave to the Union family and are excited to have such an accomplished executive join our team,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “Dave’s wealth of experience and local roots will be a tremendous addition to our staff.”
“Dave will be a huge asset to our organization,” said Philadelphia Union President Tom Veit. “Not only is he a Philly guy with a great reputation but he also possesses an understanding of the Union culture and our relationship with our supporters.”
Prior to joining CBS Radio, he served as the Vice President of Corporate Sales for the Eagles, overseeing all of the team’s corporate partnerships, promotions and naming rights negotiations and presentations. Rowan also played a major role in closing one of the largest stadium naming rights deals in League history with Lincoln Financial Group and the largest for a team practice facility with NovaCare. His department continued to thrive in Lincoln Financial Field’s first year of operation, establishing the Eagles as one of the top revenue producing teams in the NFL.
Rowan spent three seasons as the Director of Corporate Sales for the Jacksonville Jaguars, developing the corporate sales plans for the team in its first year of existence, including naming rights and multiple seven figure Owner’s Circle marketing relationships. He was also in charge of the team’s in house broadcast department.
A 1984 graduate of Penn State University, he began his career with the Phillies organization, first as the General Manager of the Clearwater Phillies and then later as an account executive in Corporate Sales for the Major League franchise.
Rowan has also been the Director of Sales for the Spectacor Management Group, where he was responsible for all sales activities of the Flyers and Spectrum properties, as well as the 11 buildings in the Southeast region of the country, including the Louisiana Superdome and Jacksonville Gator Bowl.
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union and is comprised of Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher Buccini, Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group. The group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park, the brand new $122 million soccer specific stadium on the Chester Waterfront, on June 27, 2010. PPL Park, the home of Philadelphia Union, holds approximately 18,500 seats and will host various events throughout the year. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.