HEAT Group Enterprises Passes The Leadership Torch
Industry Veteran Mike Walker to Retire; Jarred Diamond Promoted to EVP
MIAMI – The HEAT Group announced today the concurrent retirement of Mike Walker, Executive Vice President of HEAT Group Enterprises—the marketing and booking arm of AmericanAirlines Arena—and the promotion of Jarred Diamond to that role. Walker will officially step down on June 30th after a 13+ year stint with the organization. Diamond, who currently serves as Vice President of Programming, will take over as EVP onJuly 1st.
A sports and entertainment industry veteran, Walker joined The HEAT Group in April 2001 when he began establishing the AmericanAirlines Arena as the leading concert and special event venue in Florida. Under his direction, the Arena ranks first in Florida, seventh in the United States and 28th in the world according to Pollstar’s most recent rankings. The facility is consistently heralded as “best in class” and among the world’s most successful venues for total ticket sales.
Walker has landed major live television events including the MTV Video Music Awards in 2004 and 2005, and the prestigious Latin Grammy Awards in 2003—all of which have repeatedly placed Miami in the international spotlight. Under his direction, the Arena has also hosted Univision Network’s Premio Lo Nuestro award show from the Arena for five of the last six years, plus other broadcast sports specials for UFC, WWE, boxing events with HBO, Showtime and ESPN. Walker has also been responsible for securing major music acts including Marc Anthony, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, U2, Justin Timberlake, Phish, Madonna, Maná, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars toname a few. Additionally, Walker has attracted choice family shows such as the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which maintains a long term, exclusive South Florida run.
Before his illustrious career at The HEAT Group, Walker worked for Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden as well as Delaware North.
“We want to thank Mike for what has been one of the all-time great rides!” said Eric Woolworth, President of The HEAT Group Business Operations. “When he got here just over 13 years ago, we were a little bit lost in terms of our place in the entertainment industry. Mike is the guy that literally put the AmericanAirlines Arena on the map. We are now consistently a top 10 arena in the United States, a top 20 venue in the world and a must play for major touring acts; that is primarily due to Mike’s tireless efforts. He’s literally been the best at what he does and we are going to miss him very much.”
Diamond first joined The HEAT Group in 1999 as a Guest Information Agent before being promoted to Event Staffing Manager in 2000 where he was responsible for coordinating HEAT basketball games, Arena concerts and family shows. He served in that capacity for three seasons before being promoted to Director of Event Services, and then to Assistant General Manager in 2006. Since then, he hasworked side-by-side with Walker building relationships with managers, agents and promoters, as well as ensuring that the AmericanAirlines Arena remains South Florida’s premier facility.
“Jarred has benefitted greatly from Mike’s tutelage and mentorship, and as a result is more than ready to take the mantle,” said Woolworth. “Jarred is truly one of the rising young stars in our industry and we are very fortunate to have him. I don’t anticipate missing a beat with Jarred as our new Executive Vice President of HEAT Group Enterprises.”
A New Jersey native, Diamond lives in Davie, Florida with his wife, Elizabeth and sons Jake and Gavin.