NFL Executive Tim Connolly Joins Sports Travel Industry Leader QuintEvents
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tim Connolly, a highly accomplished senior executive for four NFL teams over the past 25 years, will join QuintEvents, America’s leading travel, experience and hospitality provider, as a Principal, focused on enhancing and expanding client relationships and event partnerships.
The announcement was made by QuintEvents’ C.E.O., Brian Learst, who has established the company’s partnerships with the NFL, NBA, Churchill Downs, Breeders’ Cup, Circuit of The Americas(TM), UFC®, Formula One Paddock Club(TM), MotoGP VIP Village(TM) and College Football Playoff Premium.
“Tim is a perfect fit for QuintEvents as we continue to generate new partnerships and expand our base of customers and clients,” said Learst. “A common thread throughout Tim’s career and the growth of QuintEvents is our desire to create an enhanced customer experience before, during and after each event.”
Connolly, who was most recently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Green Bay Packers, also held senior management positions with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.
In each of the last four years with the Green Bay Packers, Connolly’s group generated record revenues in areas including sponsorships, premium sales, ticketing, retail operations, and food and beverage operations while NFL surveys continually ranked the Packers as the number one fan experience in the League.
Connolly also brings with him a strong corporate and technology-based background that began at IBM and included senior management positions at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and the former Ameritech (now AT&T Teleholdings, Inc.).
“Whether it was leasing computers or growing the cell phone base or servicing season ticket holders, to me it was important to treat customers as ‘subscribers’, who year-after-year used your product or service,” offered Connolly. “The business relationship between a company and a subscribing customer is special. Each customer is a valued long-term relationship, not an occasional buyer, and the service culture must reflect that.”
It was during Connolly’s tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars, that he first worked with Learst and other QuintEvents partners on Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 at then-Alltel Stadium (now EverBank Field) in Jacksonville, FL, creating a program that has now developed into NFL On Location.
“I have known the management team at QuintEvents for over ten years and worked closely with them when Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX,” Connolly explained. “I am excited about working with them again, knowing full well their commitment to customer service, which is why they are the industry leader.”
A native of San Diego, CA, Connolly is a graduate of George Washington University and the IBM/Harvard Business School Executive Development Program.
QuintEvents delivers high impact experience packages and exclusive perks to the world’s most prestigious events to create unique, memorable experiences for individuals, large groups, corporate events and incentive travel. Charlotte-based QuintEvents is an Official Hospitality Provider that has established itself as America’s most prominent sports hospitality company through Official relationships with the National Football League, for events including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft, NFL International Series and Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, along with the National Basketball Association for NBA All-Star and the NBA Draft, Churchill Downs®, Breeders’ Cup®, Circuit of The Americas(TM), Formula One Paddock Club(TM), MotoGP VIP Village(TM), College Football Playoff Premium and UFC®. QuintEvents’ innovative Official programs expand fan experience opportunities in a way that reflects the quality and prestige of those brands and offers clients access to larger blocks of seats, unique venue access and hospitality, celebrity appearances, interactive experiences, the best hotels and access to exclusive parties at the world’s most prestigious sporting events.