Arison Selected One of SportsBusiness Journal's 2013 "Forty Under 40"

MIAMI – Miami HEAT Chief Executive Officer, Nick Arison, has been selected as one of SportsBusiness Journal’s “Forty Under 40” class of 2013. He is the second representative from The HEAT Group to be awarded the prestigious honor. Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Eve Wright was selected for the class of 2012.

Arison has served the HEAT in a variety of positions over the years and has learned the business from the ground up. He initially started working for the HEAT organization as a team attendant for four seasons from 1995-99. He then served summer internships in the Arena Operations, Community Affairs and Sales and Marketing departments before becoming a full-time staff member on the business side of the organization in 2003 as an Account Manager, Premium Partnerships. In 2006, HEAT President of Business Operations, Eric Woolworth promoted him to Director of Corporate and Premium Services where he oversaw the Account Management Team. Prior to the 2008-09 season, he was named Vice President, Basketball Operations where he worked directly with HEAT President Pat Riley and Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/Assistant General Manager Andy Elisburg on overseeing the basketball side of the organization and played an active role in the recruiting and procurement of talent. During the summer of 2010 he was instrumental in the re-signing of Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, James Jones and Joel Anthony as well as the acquisitions of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller. A native of Miami, Arison graduated from Duke University with a degree in public policy and a certificate in marketing and management.

The Forty Under 40 Awards program was initiated in 1999 by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily to identify and honor the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40. A committee of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily editors and writers select the forty executives from among hundreds of nominations received each year. The winners will be honored at a black-tie gala—the Forty Under 40 Awards Banquet—on Thursday, April 4 at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida.

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