Senior Vice President, Venue Operations
Chris Oxley’s expansive career in the sports and entertainment industry has spanned two decades. In his 18th year at the Rose Quarter, Oxley holds the position of Senior Vice President of Venue Operations for the Portland Trail Blazers. His responsibilities include the oversight of Information Technology, Ticket Operations, Business Development, Government Affairs and Rip City Management, LLC. Venue responsibilities include F&B, facility operations, content, capital planning, design & construction, event development and sustainable operations. His driving goal in managing this cross-section of the company is to create exceptional moments for fans through cutting edge technology, premier events and outstanding customer service. Previously the organization’s Vice President, General Manager of Rose Quarter Operations, Oxley managed a significant renovation of the Trail Blazers practice facility and oversaw a $16 million capital campaign that infused the Rose Quarter with critical new entertainment infrastructure to enhance the fan experience. His culinary vision led to the creation of the successful Dr. Jack’s and The Pines; including the launch of new food, beverage and catering offerings that is now considered an innovative model for professional sports venues. An established leader in sustainable venue operations, he also led the charge for the Moda Center to be the first professional sports venue to achieve LEED Gold Certification for an existing building. Oxley’s executive role has also expanded within Vulcan, Inc., parent company of the Trail Blazers, to include a strategic business advisory role for Vulcan Arts+Entertainment properties Upstream Music Fest + Summit, MoPop, Seattle Art Fair, Flying Heritage & Combat Museum, Living Computers Museum + Labs, New Orleans Food + Funk Festival and The Hospital Club. Oxley began his career in many notable Colorado venues and is a graduate of Drake University with a BA in Economics and Business Administration. In addition to a diverse mix of professional duties, Oxley maintains a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to regional growth. He serves in board-executive leadership positions with the Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland Inc. and Oregon Sports Authority. In addition, he serves in Board of Director positions with Portland’5 Foundation, Trail Blazers Foundation and the Lloyd Business Improvement District. He resides with his family (Suzan, Jackson and Maxwell) in the Multnomah Village neighborhood in Southwest Portland.