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Grizzlies announce addition to business operations staff

Jason Wexler named Chief Operating Officer for Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum; John Pugliese to assume expanded role

MEMPHIS, April 19, 2013 – The Memphis Grizzlies announced today the hiring of Jason Wexler as Chief Operating Officer of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum. Wexler will lead the organization’s ticket sales and service, arena operations, broadcasting, community investment, corporate partnership, finance, human resources, marketing, and communications departments.

“We are thrilled to have Jason join the organization's leadership team,” CEO & Managing Partner Jason Levien said. “Jason’s creative vision, breadth of experience and deep ties to the Memphis community will enhance our upward trajectory.”

Wexler served most recently as President of the Henry Turley Company, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company including development and management of residential, commercial and mixed use communities. During his tenure, Wexler was able to spearhead efforts to realize compelling city center development initiatives such as the projects comprising the Downtown Memphis Flats and Jackson Walk. Previously, Wexler founded the real estate development and investment firm Greenhat Partners LLC, and prior to that was a partner in the Memphis law firm of Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak and Blair, PLLC.

In 2012, Wexler received the Downtown Vision Award for individual achievement by the Downtown Memphis Commission, and he currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Board of Directors for Indie Memphis, the Overton Park Conservancy, and the Memphis Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, as well as serving on the Boards of Memphis Shelby Growth Alliance, Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., and the Memphis Regional Design Center.

Wexler graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and from Columbia Law School.

"I’ve spent the bulk of my career working towards building up the City of Memphis and the Mid-South,” Wexler said. “I see this as a rare opportunity to continue that work by building upon the unique and special bond between a city and its team for the ongoing mutual benefit of the Grizzlies franchise, the City of Memphis and the Mid-South."

In addition, the Grizzlies announced that longtime Grizzlies' employee John Pugliese will assume an expanded role. As Vice President of Marketing Communications & Broadcast, Pugliese, now in his 14th season, will oversee the day-to-day operations of each of those departments. Originally with the franchise since the team was in Vancouver, he has helped the organization establish its roots in Memphis, has been an active member of the community and a resident of downtown Memphis for the past 11 years.

"John has been an enormous asset to the organization. His elevated role is well-deserved and vital to our future growth. His energy, leadership and dedication will be critical to our success," Levien said.

Coming off 10 straight home playoff game sellouts, Grizzlies’ fans are encouraged to guarantee their playoff tickets by purchasing 2013-14 Season Tickets. Season Tickets start at just $5 per game. Grizzlies’ fans can purchase single game tickets for Playoff Games 3 and 4 (Home Games 1 and 2) while supplies last at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or 901-888-HOOP, by visiting the FedExForum Box Office or online at grizzlies.com or ticketmaster.com. For more information on the Memphis Grizzlies, please visit grizzlies.com, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz). The 2013 Memphis Grizzlies Playoffs are presented by Memphis-Area Toyota Dealers and First Tennessee Bank.