Sport Event Management Industry Affiliates

Sport Event Management Industry Affiliates

Lee Zeidman

President of Arena, Microsoft Theater and LA LIVE

As President of Arena, Microsoft Theater and L.A. LIVE the sports, residential and entertainment district, Zeidman oversees the venues event operations, production, including guest services, booking, box office, event security, event staffing, guest relations, facility presentation, marketing, communications, hospitality and food and beverage services. Along with his hard-working team of employees Zeidman also supervises Arena’s overall day-to-day support for its tenants, sponsors, clients and partners including the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks franchises hosting seven NBA Finals, two Stanley Cup Finals and five WNBA Finals in which the home teams won seven NBA Championships, two Stanley Cup Championships and three WNBA Championships.

Stephen V. Rodriguez

President, Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy, Inc.

A native Floridian, Stephen joined the Sarasota-Bradenton community in 2017, when he took the helm at Nathan Benderson Park just weeks prior to the World Rowing Championships.  With more than 30 years of experience in the industry of sport, Stephen concentrated his work in the area of sport tourism and amateur sport development.  Working with the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport, which was the State of Florida’s original statewide sports promotion agency, he was involved in the early years of amateur sports and sport tourism promotion, working with the Sunshine State Games, Florida Senior Games, Business of Sport Symposium, United States Track Coaches Association, and Olympic Congress. He also helped to implement the nation’s first Olympic License Plate in Florida.  After serving the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Florida Association of USA Track & Field, Stephen spent 18 years with the Florida Sports Foundation, promoting Florida as a destination for sport travel, serving sports commissions throughout the state, directing the Sunshine State Games and Florida Senior Games, and acting as the liaison to national and state governing bodies. Over the years, Nathan Benderson Park has developed robust community programming offerings and been responsible for hosting events that have driven more than $200 million of economic impact to the community.  The park has hosted numerous international and national events including the 2022 IDBF Club Crew World Championships, US Rowing Youth Nationals, 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta and the 2019 World Rowing U23 World Championships. 

Stephen is a graduate of the University of Florida, has organized hundreds of international, national and regional events, and is an alumnus of the United States Olympic Academy. He has served on numerous national and state boards, including the National Senior Games Association, where he was awarded the Warren Blaney Lifetime Achievement Award.        

Nicole Geller

Program Manager, Iron Man Kids

Nicole has been with Iron Man kids as a program manager and race director since 2019. Before this position, she was a Senior Manager for Athlete Development and Account Manager for Partnership services. Nicole has tremendous experience in managing events. In her current position her responsibilities include marketing, athlete registration, title partner assets, website ownership, volunteer management, community giveback partnerships and event day implementation. Nicole is a proud graduate of the University of Florida.