In 2008, the SMA launched its annual “Veeck Address,” which honors the legendary sport innovator Bill Veeck. The Veeck Address honoree serves as Keynote Speaker for the SMA Conference. Past Veeck Address keynoters have included some of the industry’s leading innovators.
2016 Veeck Address Honoree and Speaker
Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena
Len Komoroski is Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization. The organization includes the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), and Canton Charge (NBADL). He also plays a leadership role for business operations and business-related endeavors for Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert’s family of sports and entertainment interests in Ohio. He is also a principal in Rock Gaming, which operates Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. Most recently, he played a significant leadership role in securing Cleveland as the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
With more than 30 years of experience in professional sports and entertainment, Komoroski’s leadership has helped set a solid business foundation from which the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Gladiators, Canton Charge and Quicken Loans Arena have flourished into one of the most successfully operated sports and entertainment organizations in the country.
Komoroski joined the Cavaliers organization in 2003 as president. In his first year he restructured and transformed how the Cavaliers approached the business community; assembled a team of top sports marketing professionals; transformed the organization’s communications efforts; and oversaw the development of one of the most dynamic game experiences in the NBA. Other accomplishments at the helm of Cavaliers business operations include playing vital roles in developing one of the top cable TV relationships in the NBA with Fox Sports Ohio, as well as securing the entitlement of the Cavaliers new state-of-the-art player development center - Cleveland Clinic Courts.
The Cavaliers franchise has been repeatedly recognized within the pro sports team industry (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS) as one of five finalists for Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “Sports Team of the Year” award in recent years. The award recognizes excellence, creativity and innovation in franchise business operations.
Previous "Veeck Address" Honorees
Mark A. Tatum
Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Office of the National Basketball Association
SCOTT O'NEIL, Chief Executive Officer OF THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERs
Donna Orender, Former President of the WNBA